NHL Playoffs: Flyers top Devils for 3-1 series lead


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to end their playoff scoring droughts and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Unlikely postseason star Daniel Carcillo scored his second goal in two games for the Flyers.

Game 5 is Thursday in New Jersey.

The Devils haven’t won three straight games since they won five straight from Dec. 12 to 21.

The Flyers have won 17 of 19 playoff series when they hold a 3-1 lead. One of those blown leads came in 2000 in goalie Brian Boucher’s rookie season. Ten years later and in his third stint with the organization, Boucher has them on the brink of advancing to the conference semifinal.