PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michal Neuvirth stopped 31 shots in his first start of the playoff series, helping the Philadelphia Flyers stave off a sweep with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
The Capitals still lead the series 3-1 headed into Game 5 Friday night in Washington.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald each scored for the Flyers. Neuvirth was sensational in the third after T.J. Oshie scored early in the period to make it 2-1.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Florida Panthers beat the New York Islanders to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Teddy Purcell also scored for Florida, and Jaromir Jagr had an assist for his 200th career playoff point. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots.
STARS 3, WILD 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Spezza scored the go-ahead goal with a deflection off his skate, Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves each scored on a second-period power play to give Dallas’ lagging special teams a lift, and the Stars defeated the Minnesota Wild to push their series lead to 3-1.
Antti Niemi assumed the net from Kari Lehtonen, who started the first three games, and made 28 saves for the Stars. They’ll host Game 5 in Dallas on Friday.