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Giroux's Flyers seize control; Red Wings get even against Predators

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 Two 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 One on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh raced to a 3-0 lead in that one only to succumb on Jakub Voracek's goal less than three minutes into the extra session.

The Penguins tried to downplay their collapse in the opener, insisting there was plenty of hockey to play.

Maybe, but there might not be much left after another stirring comeback by the Flyers. Philadelphia is 17-0 when it wins the first two games of a series.


Red Wings get revenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period, and the Detroit Red Wings got the best revenge against the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 victory Friday night that evened the opening 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 One on Wednesday night.

Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game and landed a good punch before they were separated.

Weber and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for Nashville, which missed a chance for its first 2-0 series lead in its seventh postseason. The Predators had yet another sold-out crowd, yet the NHL's best power play in the regular season is 0 of 12 in the series.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock had said his Red Wings didn't have the personnel to retaliate against Weber for shoving Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game One. Bertuzzi is around, and he dropped the gloves early to get it over with.


Today's games

*The St. Louis Blues need to regain their home ice aura, and fast. Coach Ken Hitchcock will do his best to make it happen for Game Two (7:30 p.m., CNBC) of their first-round series against San Jose.

*The Rangers, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, know they need to be prepared with Ottawa looking to refocus after a 4-2 loss in Game One on Thursday night. The Rangers and Senators play Game Two tonight (7 p.m., NBCSN).

*Part of Boston's defensive plan was to limit Washington forward Alex Ovechkin's chances. So far, so good. Ovechkin was held to just one shot while mostly matched up against the Bruins' top defensive pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Game Two is this afternoon (3 p.m., NBC).

*The first playoff series between Chicago and Phoenix (10 p.m., NBCSN) will be decided by which team can dictate the style of play. The Blackhawks like to soar around the ice, score in bunches. The Coyotes have more of a pack mentality and grinding their opponent down.

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