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Phantoms Lose 2-0 to Penguins in Game Four of East Division Finals

Monday, May 10, 2004

By Al Cohen
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent

Andy Chiodo recorded his second straight shutout over the Philadelphia Phantoms as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 2-0 victory in Game Four of the East Division Finals tonight at Wachovia Arena.

Chiodo, who turned aside all 18 shots he faced in Saturday's 3-0 triumph, registered 32 saves tonight to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton take a three games to one lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game Five is set for Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in Philadelphia.

Shane Endicott put the Penguins on the board 8:02 into the game during a two-man advantage and Tom Kostopoulos netted an empty-net goal with 11.9 seconds to play to seal the win.

Phantoms goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 15-of-16 shots before being pulled for a sixth attacker with 65 seconds remaining.

Philadelphia held an 11-8 advantage in shots during the first period and had the first good scoring chance of the game at the 6:53 mark, but Kirby Law pushed a shot wide right on a mini breakaway.

With Ian MacNeil already off serving a goaltender interference minor, John Slaney was called for tripping seconds later, giving Wilkes-Barre a 5-on-3 power play. The Penguins worked the puck around and set up Ryan Whitney for a one-timer from the far circle. The puck caromed out to Endicott in front and the center placed it past Niittymaki at the 8:02 mark for his fourth postseason goal and second in as many games.

The Phantoms controlled the action in the second stanza, outshooting Wilkes-Barre by a 12-2 margin, but could not light the lamp. Jeff Carter was denied from point-blank range 4:22 into the period and Mark Murphy was stopped during a 2-on-1 rush 41 seconds later.

Philadelphia again outshot the Penguins, 9-7, in the third and came up short on several chances until Endicott fed Kostopoulos for the empty-netter, his fifth playoff goal.

Phantoms Notes: Stephen Wood, Nick Deschenes, James Laux, Les Borsheim, Kirk Furey, Mike Peluso, Stefan Ruzicka and Craig Berube were scratched ... Ben Eager made his first appearance of the playoffs ... The Phantoms fell to 10-2 all-time in Game Four of a playoff series ... Philadelphia lost for the first time in 11 games this season when wearing its purple third jerseys ... The Phantoms had never been shut out in consecutive playoff games before ... It was just the sixth shutout over the Phantoms in postseason history.

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