Briere Gives Flyers 3-1 Series Lead

Last year's bottom-feeders now have three chances to knock off this year's top seed
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 10:56 PM CDT
Briere Gives Flyers 3-1 Series Lead
Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Richards (18) congratulates goalie Martin Biron (43).   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Benching goalie Carey Price couldn't spark Montreal. Now Danny Briere and the Flyers are one win from ending the Canadiens' season. Briere scored the winner on a rebound with 3:38 left to lift Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over the Canadiens on Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Flyers, the worst team in the NHL last season, can eliminate the top-seeded Canadiens in Game 5 on Saturday night in Montreal. The Canadiens gave Philadelphia a scare when Tomas Plekanec and Saku Koviu tied the score at 2-all on goals 37 seconds apart late in the third period. It was Briere's eighth goal of the postseason. (Read more NHL stories.)

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