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Flyers beat Devils again for 3-1 series lead

Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to end their playoff scoring droughts and lead the host Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Devils last night and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Unlikely postseason star Daniel Carcillo scored his second goal in two games for the Flyers.

Game 5 is Thursday in New Jersey. The Devils haven't won three straight games since they won five straight from Dec. 12 to 21.

The Flyers have won 17 of 19 playoff series when they hold a 3-1 lead. One of those blown leads came in 2000 in goalie Brian Boucher's rookie season.

Ten years later and in his third stint with the organization, Boucher has them on the brink of advancing to the conference semifinal. He made 30 saves last night.

Penguins 7, Senators 4

Sidney Crosby had four points, including two of Pittsburgh's five goals in the second period, leading the Penguins to the victory over the host Ottawa Senators last night and a 3-1 series lead.

Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal 11:50 in, the only score of the first period. Crosby scored two of Pittsburgh's three goals in a 2:25 span early in the second. Matt Cooke scored 12 seconds after Crosby's first goal to make it 3-0, and the Penguins' 22-year-old captain added his fourth goal of the series at 6:12 to chase Brian Elliott.

Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists and Maxime Talbot had a goal and an assist as the teams combined for eight goals in the second, one short of the NHL playoff record for goals in a period.

Jordan Staal scored in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for his third straight win.

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 0

Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals to lead Detroit to a series-evening victory over visiting Phoenix in Game 4. Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves for the Coyotes. The Vezina Trophy finalist stopped the first 24 shots he faced, then gave up goals on three of the last 10 against him. - AP

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