Penguins Move to Brink of Cup Finals with 4-1 Win

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 10:58 PM CDT
Penguins Move to Brink of Cup Finals with 4-1 Win
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, right, sends Philadelphia Flyers forward Scottie Upshall (9) to the ice during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference hockey finals.   (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

(Newser) – Quick strikes by Ryan Whitney and Marian Hossa raised the Pittsburgh Penguins to heights not reached since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr donned the black and gold. Whitney and Hossa scored less than 3 minutes apart in the first period, and the Penguins held the Philadelphia Flyers to 18 shots Tuesday night in a 4-1 victory that gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

One more win against their cross-state rivals, and the Penguins will advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since Lemieux and Jagr led Pittsburgh to back-to-back titles in 1991 and 92. R.J. Umberger, born in Pittsburgh, answered with a first-period goal for the Flyers, but the Pittsburgh defense then locked them down. (Read more hockey stories.)

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