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Flyers fight off late surge, tie series 2-2 with 5-3 win

Jun 4, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

It’s almost as if Game 4 was like a road trip in which a middle aged man tries to drive for 16 hours in one bladder-shredding sitting. Everything was under control for the Philadelphia Flyers, until all of a sudden the game veered off into a very, very dangerous direction. Philadelphia held on, though, and managed to win the game 5-3 after seeing their three-goal lead dry up to just one.

The Flyers carried a 3-1 lead from the first period through the second and made it 4-1 when Ville Leino scored a strange goal on the Blackhawks. Amid talk of pulling Antti Niemi, Chicago looked completely dead. Then, all of a sudden, the Blackhawks received a 5-on-3 and scored without hesitation with less than eight minutes left in the third. Brian Campbell made it a one-goal game three minutes later on another odd goal.

Yet Michael Leighton stood tall when it mattered the most, improving his home playoff record to a staggering 6-0. The Blackhawks put together some nice chances in the final 2:09 until a puck skipped over Duncan Keith’s stick and Jeff Carter scored an easy empty-netter. (As good as Keith was – he even had three assists – my guess is he feels pretty miserable right now.)

The series is now 2-2 and the Blackhawks really must be wondering what happened to their collective mojo. We’ll see if this one goes a full seven games, but no doubt about it this will reach at least a Game 6. Catch the rest of the games on NBC and stay tuned for more coverage, including from Brandon tonight.

  1. Jim Altfeld - Jun 5, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    The Hawks played some of their worst hockey EVER last night. It was embarrassing. They were either so ill prepared or possibly over-prepared that they became inept in that first period. I’ve seen better stick handling and puck control in the IHL. How do you completely lose sight of a man standing right next to the net and leave him with a wide open shot? This is beginning to remind me of the Cubs versus the Padres in 1984. If there is a way to blow it, (outside of the 85 Bears and the Jordan Bulls) Chicago does it’s damnedest to find a way. Go Hawks!! But I don’t say it with the same conviction I had going into Game 1. Now it’s Go Hawks, Don’t Blow It!!

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