PHILADELPHIA – Simon Gagne made a timely return to the lineup, scoring in overtime to help the Philadelphia Flyers hold off elimination by beating the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Gagne, the longest-tenured Flyer, played for the first time since he broke his right toe in Game 4 of Philadelphia’s opening-round series against New Jersey.
Game 5 is Monday at Boston. The Bruins can still advance to their first conference finals since 1992 with a win on their home ice.
Former Flyers star Mark Recchi scored twice for the Bruins?including the tying goal with 31.5 seconds left in regulation that made it 4-4.
Chris Pronger, Danny Briere, Claude Giroux and Ville Leino all scored for the Flyers.
Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic had Boston’s other goals.
VANCOUVER (AP)?Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored three power-play goals and added two assists as the Blackhawks beat Vancouver and grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
Toews took over the NHL playoff scoring lead with 18 points as Chicago moved within one win of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals. The Blackhawks have won three straight after dropping the series opener at home.
Patrick Sharp also scored on the power play and Tomas Kopecky added a goal shortly after another penalty expired. Chicago went 4-for-8 with the man advantage.
Brent Seabrook opened the scoring 18 seconds in, Dave Bolland scored into an empty net with 37 seconds left, and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Blackhawks, who can advance with a win in Chicago on Sunday.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Edler scored for the Canucks. Roberto Luongo made 27 saves, but Vancouver lost consecutive home games for the second time this season.