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NHL: Philadelphia 4, Montreal 2

April 30, 2008 at 10:03 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, April 30 (UPI) -- Daniel Briere put Philadelphia in front with 3:38 to play Wednesday and the Flyers took command of their conference semifinal series by downing Montreal 4-2.

Philadelphia has a 3-1 advantage in the series and can eliminate the top-seeded Canadiens when Montreal hosts Game 5 Saturday.

It was the eighth goal of the playoffs for Briere, tying him for the post-season lead in that category with Detroit's Johan Franzen.

Briere's wrister came on the power play 30 seconds after Steve Begin went to the penalty box for interference.

R.J. Umberger added an empty-net goal with two seconds to play.

Umberger scored the game's first goal midway through the second period and Scott Hartnell gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead 6:47 into the third.

Montreal came back with goals 37 seconds apart by Tomas Plekanec and Saku Koivu, but Briere beat Jaroslav Halak to give the Flyers their third straight win in the series.

The Canadiens' only victory in the best-of-seven series came in overtime.

Martin Biron made 36 saves for the Flyers.

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