Flyers Force Game 6 After 4-2 Win over Sidney Crosby, Penguins
23 April 2018, 05:46 | Kristine Mills
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He's hurting, but it's the playoffs.
Thus, the Penguins have effectively neutralized Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, the NHL's second and 13th-leading scorers in the regular season. "He won't play (Friday), but he did skate (Thursday) morning", Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan told the Pittsburgh Tribune.
The good news for the Penguins is Hornqvist should be back this afternoon. Clinging to a one-goal lead in the final minute of regulation, Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth made a lunging glove save to deny Sidney Crosby a tying goal that would have lived on his personal highlight reel.
"Fil's just a really good, two-way veteran", Hakstol said. "It's got to be our best game". Neuvirth did that on Friday, and he'll be relied on to do it again on Sunday.
The Flyers seemed to know that if this game went into overtime, it would be a huge momentum swing in favor of Pittsburgh.
Everyone, that is, expect Ivan Provorov.
But there's also reason for some trepidation regarding Malkin's availability for Game 6. Let's say that again.
The Flyers settled back into more of a defensive style of play as the period went along and started to spend most of the time in their own end.
Provorov has been a warrior all season.
As it is, the Penguins are still sitting pretty heading for Game 6.
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.
Yes, that third series game was heavily slanted the home team's way in the first period. They took the lead on a weak goal.
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"They've played extremely well, and we need to play better", Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said. He is also a point man on the Penguins heralded power play.
For one, the Flyers have been lousy at home this playoff series, losing Games 3 and 4 to the cumulative tune of 10-1.
With time running out in the second, Jori Lehtera got off a hard shot on Murray.
The Flyers were in full desperation mode as the game started. the Flyers outshot the Penguins nine to five in the first period. Murray is beatable as Game 5 proved and with Couturier back in the fold, it makes the Philly offense that much more formidable. Still, I see the penguins closing out the series in this one as they are by far the better team and do not want to give the Flyers a chance of stealing the series with a game seven. It marked the second time in the series the Flyers had scored first - and they won the other time, 5-1, in Game 2. There was certainly no guarantee that the Flyers would get this opportunity.
The Flyers still remember how he shut out Washington in Game 5 two years ago. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars.
Filppula struggled mightily down the stretch and in the first four playoff games. Neuvirth made a few nice - if unsafe - saves, but he couldn't hold the lead after losing Rust behind the net.
The first thing the Penguins had to do to prepare for Game 6 in Philadelphia was get over the disappointment they have to play a Game 6 in the first place.
The Flyers couldn't afford to fall behind early on the road.
Couturier only played 16:55, down almost eight minutes from his average in the series, but was effective when he needed to be. All four games have been decided by at least four goals. Meanwhile, Washington was applying the pressure all night to the Philadelphia defense and Neuvirth.
The Flyers had a solid opening period, with a 60.87 CF% at 5-on-5, but were massively outplayed in the second period, as Pittsburgh had a 67.74 CF% at 5-on-5.
The Flyers trailed in almost every category again.
That's not the only big question mark for the Flyers (and perhaps for the Penguins' hopes of prepping for the Flyers). The Flyers led in hits with 48 to Pittsburgh's 25 and had 14 blocked shots in the game to Pittsburgh's 11.
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