David Clarkson's power-play goal was the difference.
With a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, New Jersey can eliminate the Hurricanes on Sunday in Carolina.
FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 0
In Pittsburgh, Arron Asham and Claude Giroux, role players on a team filled with goal scorers, got the first two goals and Philadelphia avoided elimination and forced Game 6 in the Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday.
The Flyers still have a huge challenge, as they are 0-13 in series they trailed 3-1, and they haven't forced a Game 7 since losing to Edmonton in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals.
RED WINGS 6, BLUE JACKETS 5
In Columbus, Ohio, Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left, giving Detroit a series sweep.