Flyers Beat Blackhawks 5-3, Tie Stanley Cup Final at Two Games Apiece

The Philadelphia Flyers, who had been down by two games in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup final, rallied to tie the series in Game 4 with a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The teams move to Chicago tomorrow for Game 5 in the best- of-seven series.

“We’re not happy about coming in and being up 2-0 and now it’s 2-2, but I think you got to be positive and look at it like it is a good opportunity to go home,” said Chicago’s Duncan Keith. “We’re going to our own building, we have home- ice advantage. We knew it was going to be a battle all along. We knew it wasn’t going to be a sweep like it was San Jose.”

Ville Leino gave the Flyers a 4-1 lead early in the third period before the Blackhawks rallied on scores by Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell to come within one goal.

Leino’s goal set a pair of franchise playoff records for all-time rookie scoring leader. It marked Leino’s seventh goal and 16th point of the 2010 playoff, moving past Mel Bridgman, who had six goals in 1976, and Brian Propp, who had 15 points in 1980.

‘Special Moment’

“It was a special moment,” Leino said. “Good win there, too. So it was a great game.”

Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal for the Flyers with 25 seconds left in the game.

“We’re certainly going to need to build on what we’ve done here at home,” said Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger. “I think we’ve got a little bit of confidence with how we played in our building. It’s up to us now to go steal one in their building.”

Mike Richards started the Flyers’ scoring with a power- play goal. Matt Carle added a second goal and Claude Giroux scored with 37 seconds left in the first period to put Philadelphia ahead 3-1. Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks their first-period goal.

“We just have to play smart hockey,” said Chicago’s Marian Hossa. “In the first period I think we were running around in our zone too much. We just have to simplify things in our zone.”

The attendance of 20,304 was the largest crowd to watch a hockey game at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, surpassing the previous record of 20,297 set during Game 3 on June 2.

To contact the reporters on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net Sophie Caronello in Washington at scaronello@bloomberg.net

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