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Penguins rout Flyers 10-3 and cut series to 3-1

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 8:35 p.m. MDT

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) battles for the puck with Philadelphia Flyers' Braydon Coburn (5) in the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Philadelphia.  (Matt Slocum, Associated Press) Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) battles for the puck with Philadelphia Flyers' Braydon Coburn (5) in the second period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum, Associated Press)

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 5 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 seven straight goals to win the most lopsided game of the series.

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