PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each scored three goals and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a wild 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Giroux added three assists for Philadelphia, and former Penguins Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr also scored to help the Flyers take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Ilya Bryzgalov overcame another shaky start to stop 23 shots for the Flyers, who rallied from a pair of early two-goal deficits.
Chris Kunitz had two goals for Pittsburgh, and Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for the second straight game, but the Penguins failed to close out the Flyers for the second time in three days.
The game mirrored Philadelphia’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh raced to a 3-0 lead in that one only to succumb on Jakub Voracek’s goal less than 3 minutes into the extra session.
Red Wings 3, Predators 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and Detroit got the best revenge against Nashville with a victory that evened the Western Conference series 1-1.
Johan Franzen also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves as the Red Wings answered Nashville defenseman Shea Weber being fined only $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass at the end of Game 1.
Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game and landed a good punch.
Devils 3, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots for his 100th postseason victory, and a three-goal first period was enough to help New Jersey spoil Florida’s long-awaited return to the playoffs.
Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter scored in an 8:25 span in the opening period.
Brodeur also picked up an assist for his 10th postseason point, and became the second goalie in NHL history to reach triple-figures in playoff wins. Only Patrick Roy has more, with 151.
Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg scored for Florida, which was in its first postseason game since losing to Brodeur and the Devils on April 20, 2000. Jose Theodore made 35 saves.