PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a score by Matt Niskanen #2 (not shown) of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the powerplay at 8:05 of the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Vs. Penguins, Game 4: Pittsburgh Wins, 10-3, Forces Game 5

Pittsburgh hit double digits on the scoreboard in Game 4 to stave off elimination, but they'll still need to win three more in a row against the cross-state rival Flyers.

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Penguins Vs. Flyers, Game 4: Philly Shows They Are Just As Capable Of Losing Focus

In a circus-type atmosphere before and during Game 4, the Flyers fell into a pattern of taking bad penalties. Pittsburgh made them pay to remain alive in the wild, high-scoring series.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Pittsburgh Stays Alive With 10-3 (!) Win

We're heading back to Pittsburgh. The Penguins scored five goals in the second period of Game 4 and another in the third period en route to a 10-3 victory. Pittsburgh staved off elimination with the win, and the teams will head back to CONSOL Energy Center for Game 5 on Friday night.

Perhaps the reaction of the Philadelphia fans in the front row following Goal No. 9 sums this game and this series up the best:

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Nothing you can do but laugh as a Flyers fan. Nothing you can do but laugh as a Penguins fan either, really. The series has gone completely off the rails but, somehow, there's still one constant that's decided all four of these games: Specialty teams. The Flyers won the special teams battle in Games 1, 2 and 3 and came out on top in all three hockey games.

Pittsburgh won the battle in Game 4. They went 4-for-9 on the power play in the contest, and Philadelphia helped the cause by taking nine penalties in the second period alone. That was the difference in the period that swung the game in the Penguins' direction, and that's ultimately why we're headed to a Game 5. Special teams. It's important.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Flyers vs. Penguins series coverage. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey, and for more from the Pittsburgh perspective, check in with Pensburgh.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Teams Trade Goals In First, Pittsburgh Leads 4-3

Yep, this series is still ridiculous.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins scored seven goals in the first period of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, and both teams blew leads multiple times. Typically, this is the part of the first period recap where we'd go over every goal ... but, well, we don't want to be here all night, now.

So we'll be succinct: Philadelphia scored first and the teams traded goals back and forth before the score reached 2-2. Jakub Voracek then gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead before Pittsburgh got back-to-back goals from Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. Here's Staal's goal that gave the Penguins the lead; it's clear that the Flyers defense doesn't really know how to play defense at this point:

As you'd expect, the goaltending and defense have been completely nonexistent. The teams scored those seven goals on 26 shots in the period, and about half of those goals actually hit the goalies on their way into the net.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Flyers vs. Penguins series coverage. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey, and for more from the Pittsburgh perspective, check in with Pensburgh.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Flyers Vs. Penguins Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

There's been a lot of fighting and a lot of goals, and Philadelphia is a game away from advancing over their in-state rivals.

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Arron Asham Suspended 4 Games For Attacking Brayden Schenn

Arron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been suspended four games for his actions in Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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James Neal Suspended 1 Game For Hits On Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier

James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been suspended one game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

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Craig Adams Suspended 1 Game For Actions In Penguins Vs. Flyers Game 3; Dan Bylsma Fined $10K

Craig Adams will miss Game 4 between the Flyers and Penguins. He received an automatic one-game suspension and Dan Bylsma has been fined $10,000 for actions on Game 3.

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