This Ain't Over: Flyers Take Game 4

This Ain't Over: Flyers Take Game 4

After one period of Thursday night's game 4, the Flyers had established that they weren't ready to pack it in just yet. They scored 3 goals on 17(!) shots in the period, which proved to be enough. Despite a rush led by Jordan Staal's 2 goals in the third, the Flyers held on when things got rough, adding an empty netter and a few beat downs to show they're not done yet.

Joffrey Lupul, who'd been pretty quiet in these playoffs outside of a series winner against the Caps, scored the game's first goal, as well as its last (en). Danny Briere finally woke up in this series, adding the second goal of the game, and Jeff Carter netted the third. Both Briere and Carter scored on the power play, a welcome sight after the man-up had gone anemic in the first three games without Kimmo Timonen. Working on a line with Briere and Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell notched three assists. Dude can do pretty much anything that's asked of him. First period highlights:

Marty Biron had another great night in net, turning away 25 shots through the first two periods and 36 overall. If he hadn't already, he's earned the respect of this fanbase during this playoff run.

To cap the night off, Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone mixed it up with Derian Hatcher, and Hatch just went off, pummeling Malone despite taking the first few punches uncontested. Moments later, Richards and Sidney Crosby got into a beef, but luckily for Crosby, it ended before Richards got loose and destroyed him.

The teams are off until Sunday afternoon, which might actually be a good thing for the Flyers despite their up-tempo win tonight. With any luck, Braydon Coburn should be ready to go by then, though I doubt Kimmo Timonen will be ready by then, and so may Kimmo Timonen. With Cole Hamels throwing a complete game shutout of the Braves across the parking lot, it was a hell of a night in South Philly.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.