Flyers hurt by key injuries in first-round loss to Penguins

Apr 26, 2018, 06:50
Flyers hurt by key injuries in first-round loss to Penguins

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In the 8-5, Game 6 series-ending loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Couturier factored in all Flyers goals, scoring three and assisting on two others. "I just tried to lay it all out there, and give it all I had". "We go to Pittsburgh, tough building to play in".

That was in stark contrast to Game 3, when the Flyers had four really good chances on Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray in the opening 14 minutes, only to fall behind 2-0 on a Phil Kessel goal shortly thereafter.

It was a odd series in that the home team lost five straight in a Flyers series for just the second time (the other was the first five games of the 1995 conference finals, a 4-2 loss to the Devils). "I like playing in the playoffs", Neuvirth said. "We came in to win the series". Jake Guentzel scored just seconds later, and the Penguins led by two, and the Flyers were flatlining.

The Flyers had gone through the series-capping handshake line and now were milling about the Wells Fargo Center rink with their sticks raised, an acknowledgement to the applause from the fans who remained, and as the players started filing into the locker room, Sean Couturier was by himself for a while at center ice.

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Six years into his National Hockey League career, Couturier had never scored more than 15 goals in a season, had never provided conclusive evidence that he could be more than a third-line center and penalty-killer.

"It took a lot of young guys growing throughout the year to be able to put together the stretch run that we did have", he said.

Mistakes that injected some actual tension into a series devoid of it coming in. He had five goals and four assists in five playoff games.

"That's what-if", said goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who didn't dress until Game 4 because of a lower-body injury.

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 nearly two years and his first start of any variety in more than two months after Brian Elliott couldn't shake out of a funk that saw him pulled in Game 1 and again in Game 4.

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There was no need for change in Pittsburgh, which has developed a killer instinct under coach Mike Sullivan it lacked at times earlier in the Crosby/Malkin era.

"You're just seeing the 2-on-1 go down, and you're just like, 'No way this can happen, ' " Guentzel said.

If that wasn't enough, Guentzel scored his fourth goal of the game on a two-on-one just 10 seconds later, officially icing the game. He also played all 82 regular season games for the Flyers.

Meanwhile, the Penguins don't want to wait until Game 7 to close this first round series out.

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