Penguins over the Flyers in game 4

Apr 20, 2018, 00:53
Penguins over the Flyers in game 4

With apologies to Harold Hill from The Music Man fame, the Flyers are in trouble, trouble, trouble ...

Unlike in Game 3, there was no surge at the start for the Penguins to endure.

Make that the relentless Penguins. Seeing the star center suffer a lower-body injury in practice of all places after Couturier collided with teammate Radko Gudas was beyond frustrating to see for the Flyers, and watching them lose 5-0 the way they did against the Penguins in Game 4 was the icing on the cake.

Matt Murray stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are a win away from playing in the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Michal Neuvirth relived Elliott and it didn't matter.

"We didn't do the job in the second. We have to stick together and believe in ourselves".

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BC-HKN-Penguins-Flyers, 1st Ld-Writethru, 770Crosby leads Penguins past Flyers for 3-1 lead in playoffsAP Photo PATM104, PATM105, PATM102, PATM101Eds: Penguins 5, Flyers 0. From there, though, the Flyers were able to mount pressure and do what they can to even the game.

And, so, yes, it was a pretty important game. They had no shots on a second-period power play, and it took them 9:21 to get their first shot in that stanza. The Lightning now lead the series 3-1. Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Nikita Kucherov was a force in this one, scoring the twice and adding an assist while laying a massive (and controversial) hit on Devils' defenseman Sami Vatanen, which knocked the latter out of the game.

The only Penguins on the postseason roster who haven't scored goals are forward Zach Aston-Reese and defensemen Olli Maatta and Chad Ruhwedel. Instead, we saw them at their worst, and nothing irks Flyers fans more than watching Sidney Crosby walk out of the City of Brotherly Love with six points and two victories in a pair of playoff games.

Just the mere presence of the Penguins in this building is expected to bring out the best in the Flyers.

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Paired on the first line with captain Claude Giroux, who despite having an MVP-caliber season has been a major disappointment throughout the series and was a minus-3 in Game 4, and Jake Voracek, who finished second on the team with 85 points in the regular season, Patrick was the Flyers' best scoring threat. Earlier in the sequence, Malkin flubbed the puck but Laughton failed to clear it down the ice.

Crosby's most recent one goal, one assist performance gives him five and four, respectively, in the series.

Letang would end Elliot's night at 8:04 of the second period when his wrist shot from the high, near-circle would tip off of a Flyers stick and go over the glove of the screened, helpless keeper. After a slew of penalties in the second period, the Flyers were never the same.

Pittsburgh will look to close the series out at home Friday night. So great, in fact, that the Flyers still go to her now and then (usually when they need a victory as badly as they did in Game 4) by putting her on the video board in a powerful duet with Lauren Hart, who is standing on the ice below. They failed to capitalize.

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