PITTSBURGH — Steve Sullivan, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins fended off elimination with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves – including a series of big stops in the third period – to help Pittsburgh cut Philadelphia’s lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell scored power-play goals in the first period for Philadelphia, but the Flyers failed to close out Pittsburgh for the second consecutive game. Game 6 is Sunday in Philadelphia.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 20 shots.
Following four wild games that featured a record 45 goals, the teams played something more closely resembling playoff hockey.
Staal, coming off a hat trick in Pittsburgh’s 10-3 victory in Game 4, likely extended the Penguins’ season when he beat Bryzgalov over the glove 6:15 into the second period to tie the game and give the team an energy boost in front of the largest crowd in the Consol Energy Center’s brief history.
Kennedy put Pittsburgh in front to stay just over 3 minutes later, ripping a shot past Bryzgalov.
And this time, a one-goal advantage in this wide-open series was enough.
PREDATORS 2, RED WINGS 1
In Nashville, Tenn., David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period, and the Predators advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a victory over Detroit in Game 5.
The fourth-seeded Predators capped a season in which they finished ahead of their Central Division rival for the first time by beating the Red Wings for the first time in their third playoff series. Nashville made it even sweeter by handing the Red Wings their earliest postseason departure since a six-game first-round loss to Edmonton in 2006.
Legwand added an assist, and Alexander Radulov also had a goal and assist for Nashville. The team that scored first won each game, and that was Nashville again.
Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which heads into the summer having lost three in a row.