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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.

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher has Philadelphia 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 and a 3-1 series lead over the host Ottawa Senators.

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.

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.

Predators 4, Blackhawks 1

David Legwand scored the go-ahead goal for host Nashville, which achieved the franchise's first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series. The Predators have never won more than two games in any of their first four playoff appearances. Joel Ward and Shea Weber also scored for Nashville, and Martin Erat scored on a penalty shot late. - AP

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