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.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.
A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.
Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati
Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.
Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.
Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.
Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.
George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.
Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).