Not so fast: Penguins fall to Flyers, 4-2, on home ice
22 April, 2018, 05:53 | Author: Julian Harrison
Either way, Philadelphia knows it needs to find a way to recapture the resiliency it showed during the regular season when it overcame a litany of setbacks to return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Couturier, while clearly not 100 percent, rose to the occasion, and it is the reason that the series is heading home.
The Flyers were much more physical than in their previous two games, lopsided losses at the Wells Fargo Center in which they were outscored by a combined, 10-1.
It proved to be the right decision. He was back on the ice for his next shift for a few seconds before he left following Michal Neuvirth's glove save on Sidney Crosby. "We need to do a better job of bringing the momentum back our way".
After four blowouts in games that lacked the intensity and the hatred usually seen at this stage of the hockey season, the Flyers-Penguins series finally has a playoff feel, finally has a pulse. Neuvirth did that on Friday, and he'll be relied on to do it again on Sunday.
It would not be long before the Flyers responded, though.
Hey, Dave Hakstol has realized that Robert Hagg is still around. Filppula also provided an assist on Matt Read's empty net goal to seal the deal.
He went to the dressing room but returned for the second period, playing sparingly. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed one or less goals in four of their last six games. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way. He essentially carried the team on his back after being down 3-0 in the series and gave them a chance to draw even for a Game 7 in Washington, a task only done by nine teams at the time. "Now we've just got to figure out how to play at home".
The Flyers were going to get a power play later in the second on a delayed penalty, but veteran Andrew MacDonald made a rookie mistake as was called for roughing Zach-Aston Reese.
With Pittsburgh on their fourth power play of the game, Valtteri Filppula picked up the puck and skated up the ice.
Boston and Nashville will go seven games, and Nashville's relentlessness on offense and the highlight-reel play of Rinne in goal will give the homestanding Preds the edge. But in the end, he came up clutch to keep the Flyers in the series, and that's why he got the start.Jets dominate Wild to advanceThe Minnesota Wild were facing a do-or-die Game 5 in Winnipeg and, boy, things did not go their way, with the Wild losing 5-0 after never recovering from a four-goal onslaught in the first period.The Jets poured it on early, starting with a goal from Jacob Trouba just 31 seconds into the game, and that would have been the game victor on its own, but it didn't stop there. There was certainly no guarantee that the Flyers would get this opportunity. This game was a little like that one. The total has gone over in five of the Devils' last six games. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars. He has been taking maintenance days during the series and then suiting up for games. We're down 3-1 obviously, but our focus has to get back to winning one game, and that's tomorrow.
Philadelphia, which is just 4-8 in its last 12 home games as a moneyline underdog of +120 to +150, has issues with two of its key forwards.
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games. And just 49 seconds after that, Joel Armia did the hard work to get the puck back into the zone and was eventually rewarded when another Byfuglien blast bounced off Armia's body and in for a 4-0 lead.
In the third, the shot attempts were very close. The Flyers had a 46.67 CF% in the final 20 minutes at 5-on-5, but had three high danger scoring chances to one for Pittsburgh.
The Flyers trailed in almost every category again.
The ultimate insult, of course, would be seeing the Penguins clinch the series on the Flyers' ice.
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