'Mad Max' Gives Pens 2-0 Series Lead

By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 10:37 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Penguins Maxime Talbot, left, celebrates his goal as Georges Laraque congratulates him during Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – Max Talbot scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins took a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference finals by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 tonight. Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa also scored and Jordan Staal added an empty-net goal in the final minute as Pittsburgh came back to win after twice squandering one-goal leads.

Pittsburgh won the first two games at home for the third consecutive series, with Game 3 set for Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Flyers won each of their first two playoff rounds after losing Game 1, but this is the first time they also lost Game 2 on the road. Crosby’s power-play goal was just his third in 5 ½ months. (Read more NHL stories.)