Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

National Hockey League playoffs: Penguins, Preds, Lightning stretch series leads to 3-1

National Hockey League playoffs: Penguins, Preds, Lightning stretch series leads to 3-1

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The Flyers are 2-0 in the series when they score first, 0-3 when they don't.

The Philadelphia Flyers are still alive as a result.

Sean Couturier's long shot from the point deflected past Matt Murray with 1:17 left and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers added an empty-net goal to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Friday night to force sixth game in their first-round Eastern Conference series. "Lucky bounce, but we'll take them". While it's certain he's laboring in some way, it would take a lot to keep him out for Game 6 if there is a more serious underlying injury.

Game 6 will be Sunday, 3 p.m, in Philadelphia. The Flyers did trail the Pens 2-1 but scored the final three goals of the game and it was Sean Couturier, who scored the game-winner with just 1:15 left in the game.

Sunday afternoon National Hockey League playoff action and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins rumble with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA in game six of their best-of-seven series. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed five or more goals in four of their last eight games.

"This group of players has a real strong competitive spirit and I think it's hard to win in this game if you don't", Sullivan said. "We need a win tomorrow and that's it". Murray stopped all 26 shots sent his way in Game 4 for his second shutout of the series against Philly, while in the other win he only surrendered one goal. Filppula was excellent on the first line for the Flyers, and he was the difference between the Flyers trailing 2-0 and keeping the game tied heading into the third.

The Flyers continued to chase the play as the period went along and the Penguins piled up the shots.

"We know it's tough to end someone's season", said Penguins winger Jake Guentzel, whose team has outscored the Flyers by a 20-4 margin at the Wells Fargo Center this season.

Mistakes that injected some actual tension into a series devoid of it coming in.

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The Philadelphia Flyers proved they have ice running through their blood as they fought excessively in Game 5 to stay in the series.

Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol, perhaps fighting for his job, made his first significant change in an effort to keep his team's season alive, giving Neuvirth his first playoff start in almost two years after Elliott couldn't shake out of a funk that saw him pulled in Game 1 and again in Game 4.

The Flyers also Couturier back to center the third line just three days after teammate Radko Gudas accidentally took him out during a drill in practice that forced Couturier to watch Pittsburgh's clinical 5-0 Game 4 romp from the press box.

Coach Mike Sullivan did the Kevin-Bacon-in-Animal-House "all is well" routine after Game 5, reminding everyone the Penguins were by no means dominated even though they lost.

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux called his shot on Thursday afternoon.

However, Valtteri Filppula scored a goal shorthanded for his second point of the game on a rare rebound off of Matt Murray. The same holds for the Colorado Avalanche as they host the Nashville Predators in Game 4.

Somehow, the Flyers survived a one-sided second period and came out of it with a 2-2 tie. He played in 20 playoff games last season and recorded three assists. "It was a road game".

Late in regulation, the Flyers had outhit the Penguins, 45-24. Couturier is questionable for Game 5 and would be a major loss again if he misses another game. Hornqvist did skate earlier Friday and remains day-to-day.

Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins' star centre, was injured in a collision with Lehtera and went to the locker room with 3:32 to go in the first period. Malkin returned at the start of the second and later got into a shoving match with Brandon Manning as both players got their sticks high.

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