Flyers Show There's Still Hope

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMay 15, 2008

It was a warm and rowdy night at the Wachovia Center tonight as 21,000 excited Flyers fans screamed their way into their seats. If you were at this game and listened and watched the fans inside and outside the arena, you would have no clue that this game was an elimination game and could very well be the last game of the season for the orange and black.

The Philadelphia Flyers knew what task was ahead of them to continue their season. We heard all the talk form the players and coaches about what they had to do to continue their season and take this series back to Pittsburgh for game 5. Now it was time to execute those words.

The Flyers came out firing on all cylinders and then some, scoring three goals in the first period. Lupul cashed in first with a howitzer from the point that seemed to be deflected off a Penguin's shoulder, but it was a break the Flyers hadn't had all series.

Minutes later, the new invisible man in the NHL, Daniel Briere, found the potion to be seen again and scored on the powerplay to put the Flyers quickly ahead 2-0. Jeff Carter put another powerplay goal behind Marc-Andre Fleury to put the Flyers ahead 3-0 now, and the Wachovia and the Flyers are pumped and looking forward to game 5 in Melon Arena.

This game was not without some fireworks from the Penguins, nor was this game a breeze for the Flyers. The game was a skate through for the orange and black until the middle of the third period when the Penguins put two away pretty close to each other. Both goals were from Jordan Staal, who the day before flew all the way back home to Canada to attend his grandfather's funeral.

It was 3-2 until late in the third when the Penguins pulled Fleury and Joffrey Lupul netted his second of game, this one being an empty netter. The game got hot-headed with about 40 seconds to go in the game when there was a scramble between the two teams with some fists flying.

The game ended with a 4-2 victory for the Flyers. The Wachovia Center was electrifying all night long, and they were alive at the final buzzer of the third period! This game now moves on to Pittsburgh on Sunday at 3 pm on NBC.

This game actually could spell comeback for the Flyers, since this game was the first time in Flyers' history that they won game 4 after being down 0-3. I don't know Flyers fans, it could happen! I'm a die-hard fan, I know we're talking about a Philadelphia team, but all we can do now is hope this game carries over, and the Flyers have the correct antidote which will consist of blood, sweat, and HOPE!