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Flyers Even Up the Finals



    Flyers Even Up the Finals
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    Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Postpone the party plans, Blackhawks fans.

    Chicago had hoped to bounce back from Wednesday's overtime loss, but the Philadelphia Flyers continued their miracle comebacks this season to even up the Stanley Cup finals with another win in Game 4.

    The Flyers are now within two wins of their first championship since the second of consecutive titles in 1975.

    Protecting their home ice, the Flyers for the first two periods outplayed the Hawks, taking a 1-0 lead on a power play in the first period.  Mike Richards skated behind the net, stole the puck from defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and backhanded a shot past Antti Niemi for his seventh goal of the playoffs.

    Philly led 2-0 when the Hawks got on the board courtesty of Patrick Sharp.  He scored his 9th goal of the playoffs with an assist from Duncan Keith.

    But less than a minute later, Claude Giroux -- the one guy the Hawks haven't been able to handle -- buries a shot past Niemi, his 10th of the season.

    After that fast-paced opening period that had the Flyers up 3-1, the teams settled in and slowed things down in a scoreless second.

    The Flyers scored again in the third with a shot from Ville Leino ricocheting off Kris Versteeg's back.

    With roughly eight minutes left in the game, the Hawks responded with a goal from Dave Bolland on a 5-on-3 power play.  But the Broad Street Bullies kept pounding away, nabbing a late empty-netter.

    The Blackhawks haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1961.  Still, the odds favor Chicago. Only two of the previous 33 teams that lost the first two games on the road came back to win. The Penguins did it last year, beating Detroit on the road in Game 7 after trailing the series 2-0 and 3-2.

    Game 5 is Sunday in Chicago.

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