NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Philadelphia
(Saturday, March 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Nashville 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Joffrey Lupul tallied twice to lead Philadelphia over Nashville, 4-1, at Wachovia Center.
Mike Richards and Claude Giroux also provided scores for the Flyers, who rebounded from Thursday's 5-1 loss to Calgary and have won two of their last three.
Martin Biron was solid in net, making 31 stops to record his 20th win of the season.
Martin Erat had the lone goal for the Predators, whose six-game win streak came to a halt.
Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 26 shots in the loss, his first in regulation since February 16. The Finnish rookie also had a personal six-start win streak snapped.
"We just couldn't get our game started today," said Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein. "I think we got away from what makes us best, playing physical and really forechecking hard."
In a scoreless first period, Biron kept the Preds off the board with a highlight-quality save.
Shea Weber's blast from the right circle was stopped but the rebound went right to an open Erat on the left wing. His one-timer was headed for the back of the net, except that Biron, late to shift across the crease, stuck out his stick and stopped the puck right on the goal line.
Richards put the Flyers on the board with a power-play goal 45 seconds into the second period, stashing home a cross-ice feed by Simon Gagne.
Jeff Carter and Randy Jones started a 3-on-1 break which Lupul finished off with a tip at the right post at 4:22 and it was 2-0 for Philadelphia.
Biron was at his sharpest in the middle 20 minutes, stopping all 18 shots he faced and thwarting a pair of Predators power plays.
Erat slipped a wrister between Biron's arm and body at 7:45 of the third period to halve Nashville's deficit, but Lupul followed up a Daniel Carcillo shot from in close to restore the two-goal edge at 8:51.
Arron Asham set up Giroux for the clincher with 3:13 left in the contest.
The Preds had won three of the last five meetings, and the Flyers hadn't posted a victory since a 5-2 decision on March 3, 2004...Flyers forward Danny Briere was not in the lineup after tweaking a previous groin injury on Thursday...Lupul's goals gave him 20 for the season, the sixth Flyer to reach that plateau this season...Biron hit the 20-win mark for the second straight year and for the fifth time in his career...Carcillo's assist was his first point as a Flyer, after his acquisition on Wednesday from Phoenix.
03/08 01:39:37 ET