Just one goal might make the Philadelphia Flyers feel better. Patrick Lalime has no intention of letting them have it.
Lalime posted his third consecutive 3-0 shutout, tying an NHL record as the Ottawa Senators beat the reeling Flyers before a towel-waving sellout crowd Wednesday night.
A 28-save performance gave Lalime a share of the NHL playoff mark for consecutive shutouts with Brent Johnson of St. Louis, who did it the previous night; Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons in 1926; John Ross Roach of the New York Rangers in 1929; and Frank McCool of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1945.
The only shot to beat Lalime came in Game 1 when the Flyers scored in overtime. The NHL record for longest postseason shutout sequence is 248 minutes, 32 seconds -- set by Detroit's Normie Smith in 1936.
"It's fun out there," Lalime said. "We've got three in the bank. Now we've just got to get the fourth."
That could come Friday night in Philadelphia.
"They are running out of time and have to play desperate," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We just have to play our game."
That game has stifled the Flyers, who finished second in the Eastern Conference.
"I don't have any answers," Flyers center Keith Primeau said. "If I had answers, we wouldn't be in the predicament we're in. We better find answers pretty soon, though."
Elsewhere, the New York Islanders tied their series with Toronto with a 4-3 victory; Carolina took a 3-2 lead over New Jersey with a 3-2 overtine win; and San Jose grabbed a 3-1 edge against Phoenix with a 2-1 decision.
Thursday night, it's Boston at Montreal, Vancouver at Detroit, Chicago at St. Louis and Los Angeles at Colorado. The Canadiens are ahead 2-1, the Canucks and Red Wings are 2-2, while St. Louis and Colorado lead their series 3-1.
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