PHILADELPHIA — Twice, the Flyers needed video replay to decide if a goal counted.
One did. One didn't.
But Claude Giroux didn't need the officials to check his winner.
Giroux scored 5:59 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night, cutting the Blackhawks' series lead to 2-1.
Giroux scored on a deflection off former Lightning defenseman Matt Carle's pass, beating Chicago goalie Antti Niemi.
"I tried to get a stick on it, and it just trickled in," Giroux said. "Our line started playing well, so any time your line's going, you just play better, I think. The whole team just showed up (Wednesday), and we really wanted that win.
"Desperation was the key word, I think. It's almost do or die."
The Blackhawks snapped a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game road winning streak.
Giroux ended the game moments after Simon Gagne thought he scored the winner, only to have replay officials rule the puck didn't cross the goal line.
It was the second time replay was needed to determine whether the Flyers had scored. They went 1-for-2, but that one was huge for the Flyers in their first Stanley Cup home game since 1997. The rocking sellout crowd of 20,297 was the largest to watch an NHL game in Pennsylvania.
Scott Hartnell had a no-goal call on the ice overturned by replay to spark the Flyers to their first Cup final win since 1987. Danny Briere and Ville Leino also scored for the Flyers. Michael Leighton made 24 saves.
Niemi stopped 28 shots, and Duncan Keith, Brent Sopel and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago. Kane, the team's leading regular-season scorer, got his first point of the series in the first period with an assist on Keith's goal that tied the score at 1.
The Flyers heard the goal horn twice on one goal midway through the second period to go up 2-1.
Chris Pronger's power-play slap shot was deflected by Hartnell, trickled through Niemi and eked past the red line. Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's diving stab at the puck cleared it back onto the ice as the goal horn sounded.
Play continued for another 1:42 even as the red goal light spun. When play stopped, officials reviewed the play, and the goal was ruled good.
Sopel blasted a shot past Leighton from inside the point to make it 2-2, a shot the goalie likely never saw because of an ill-timed screen by Flyers and former Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek, who was standing in front of him.
Chicago and Philadelphia swapped goals 20 seconds apart to make it 3-3 early in the third. Kane was all alone on a breakaway when he beat Leighton stick side for his first goal of the Cup final and Chicago's first lead of the game, 3-2.
Leino revived a suddenly hushed crowd when his rebound off Giroux's shot tied it at 3.
|Blackhawks lead series 2-1|
|Blackhawks lead series 2-1|
First Period—1, Philadelphia, Briere 11 (Hartnell, Coburn), 14:58 (pp). Penalties—Hossa, Chi (slashing), 13:54; Carcillo, Phi (charging), 18:05; Byfuglien, Chi (roughing), 20:00.
Second Period—2, Chicago, Keith 2 (Kane, Hossa), 2:49. 3, Philadelphia, Hartnell 5 (Pronger, Giroux), 9:55 (pp). 4, Chicago, Sopel 1 (Madden), 17:52. Penalties—Pronger, Phi (high-sticking), 3:36; Byfuglien, Chi (slashing), 9:31; Leighton, Phi, served by Leino (delay of game), 14:59.
Third Period—5, Chicago, Kane 8 (Toews, Eager), 2:50. 6, Philadelphia, Leino 6 (Giroux, Carle), 3:10. Penalties—None. First Overtime—7, Philadelphia, Giroux 9 (Carle, Briere), 5:59. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Chicago 9-12-4-2—27. Philadelphia 9-7-15-1—32. Power-play opportunities—Chicago 0 of 3; Philadelphia 2 of 3. Goalies—Chicago, Niemi 14-5-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Philadelphia, Leighton 7-2-0 (27-24). A—20,297 (19,537).