PHILADELPHIA -- So we might have a series after all.
The Philadelphia Flyers showed some heart and hunger this time, winning a tight-knit affair in overtime 4-3 to close within one in the series. The Hawks still lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 here on Friday.
Chalk up Game 3 to another one that could have gone either way, but thanks to Claude Giroux, the Flyers are back in it.
Philadelphia played the way it is supposed to with its backs against the wall -- desperate. Even when they got down for the first time in the game, 3-2 early in the third, they responded quickly to tie the game and then they went on to dominate the rest of the period, out-shooting the Hawks 15-4 but Niemi was the man again and carried it over to overtime.
The Flyers led 1-0 and 2-1 thanks to power-play goals as the Hawks play with the man advantage was stuck in neutral but when Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway early in the third, it looked like the Hawks were on their way. Twenty seconds later, Ville Leino tied it and sent the game to overtime.
A huge score by the Hawks came off of Brent Sopel’s stick after a faceoff win by John Madden. The fourth line and Sopel were on the ice so once again, depth comes into play for Chicago. Tomas Kopecky, Ben Eager and now Sopel have huge scores in the first three games, all one-goal affairs.