PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury restored order to his goal crease and his team's Stanley Cup hopes.

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury restored order to his goal crease and his team's Stanley Cup hopes.

Fleury turned aside 24 shots — a dozen in a frantic third period — and the Penguins fended off elimination with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"He won them the game, plain and simple," Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell said.

Facing elimination, Fleury had no choice. The Flyers spent the game's final 15 minutes doing everything they could to rattle him, bowling him over on more than one occasion and forcing him to make stops with one or two players draped around his white pads.

Yet after four wild games in which his goals-against average and his confidence took a beating, Fleury stood tall to trim Philadelphia's lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

"(Fleury) was on and he made some huge ones," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "It definitely was the difference in the game. It's the time of year when you need those and he came up big for us."

Steve Sullivan, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which won on a night stars Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held pointless. The Penguins dug in, however, after another shaky start to keep their hopes alive of becoming the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a three-game deficit.

"Our defense made hard and good plays," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "We finally got what looks like a playoff game a little bit more tonight."

It was a welcome change for the Penguins, who have struggled to keep up with the Flyers during a series more suited to a video game than the Stanley Cup. The teams combined for a record 45 goals in the first four games. The goal light — which malfunctioned briefly in the third period — only came on five times Friday as the wide open sheets of ice that marked the first week of the series suddenly disappeared.

Hartnell and Matt Carle scored power-play goals in the first period for Philadelphia, but the Flyers failed to close out Pittsburgh for the second straight game. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 20 shots, playing much steadier two days after getting yanked in the second period of a 10-3 loss in Game 4.

Staal had a hat trick in the rout, but his goal Friday might have been more important. The Flyers had the lead and momentum when Staal beat Bryzgalov over the glove 6:15 into the second period to tie it and give the Penguins an energy boost in front of the largest crowd in the Consol Energy Center's brief history.

Predators 2, Red Wings 1

At Nashville, Tenn., David Legwand scored 13 seconds into the third period, and Nashville advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a Game 5 victory over Detroit.

The fourth-seeded Predators capped a season in which they finished ahead of their Central Division rival for the first time by beating the Red Wings for the first time in their third playoff series. Nashville made it even sweeter by handing the Red Wings their earliest postseason departure since a six-game first-round loss to Edmonton in 2006.

Legwand added an assist, and Alexander Radulov also had a goal and assist for Nashville. The team that scored first won each game, and that was Nashville again.

Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which heads into the summer having lost three straight waiting to see if captain Nicklas Lidstrom has played his last game after 20 seasons.