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Blitzburgh buries Philly; Pens score eight in row to avoid elimination

PHILADELPHIA -- Pushed to the brink of a sweep, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal pushed back with a vengeance, helping the Penguins score nine goals in the first two periods in a 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in their opening-round playoff series.

Staal had a hat trick, Malkin scored his first two goals of the series and Crosby added one to help the Penguins cut the series deficit to 3-1. Game Five is Friday in Pittsburgh.

Marc-Andre Fleury settled down after a shaky first period and had his best game of the series, easily outplaying counterpart Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers led 3-2 when the Penguins reeled off eight straight goals to win the most lopsided game of the series.

"It was a crazy game in a lot of ways," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "But we got a lot of big saves at key times, and we were able to turn it the other way."

The Penguins were the first team to score at least 10 goals in a playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings scored 12 against the Calgary Flames on April 10, 1990, according to STATS LLC.

"We had a task tonight to win one game, and focus only on one game," Bylsma said. "And we got that win tonight. That's our focus for the next game, back in Pittsburgh."

Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen and Jakub Voracek all scored for the Flyers, who blew their chance at a stunning sweep of the 108-point Penguins. Bryzgalov, shaky all series, was at his worst in Game Four. He was yanked for Sergei Bobrovsky after allowing his fifth goal of the game.

There's little chance of a goalie controversy in Philadelphia, though. After earning huge cheers for stopping his first shot, Bobrovsky was worse than Bryzgalov, allowing four goals the rest of the second period.

Fleury made it stand the rest of the way and started to make up for a miserable first three games in which he allowed 17 goals.

Then again, Pittsburgh's offense was so potent, not even Fleury could blow this one.

Long despised in Philadelphia, Crosby scored his second goal of the series on a deflection that tied the game at 3-all in the first. Staal followed with a goal from the slot for a 4-3 lead and the Penguins never looked back.

The Penguins were short-handed in their last-gasp effort at trying to stave off elimination. Forward Arron Asham served the first game of a four-game suspension; and James Neal and Craig Adams served a one-game ban for their actions in Game Three.

Defenseman Paul Martin also sat out with an undisclosed injury.

The Penguins scored four power-play goals in Game Four.

After the two teams combined for a whopping 158 penalty minutes in Game Three, the two teams played under control until the game spiraled out of control late. The nastiness in the series spilled off the ice when Crosby said after Game Three he didn't like any of the Flyers.

The Flyers whipped up orange T-shirts for the game that read, "Guess What? We Don't Like YOU Either!"

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