Flyers Force Game 6 After 4-2 Win over Sidney Crosby, Penguins

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23 April, 2018

You could see the tide of the game turning in the Penguins favor. He's hurting, but it's the playoffs.

It got the monkey off his back, and he played well the rest of the way. He had 31 goals and 45 assists in 82 games during the regular season.

In fact, it was Couturier's go-ahead goal with 1:15 remaining in the game that ended up being the difference maker for Philadelphia before Matt Read sealed the deal with 18 seconds remaining with another score.

The Penguins are 8-5 when given a chance to clinch a playoff series since Sullivan took over.

It proved to be the right decision. There was also a late scrum that saw Rick Tocchet and Jim Johnson dropping the gloves with the Penguins holding a two-goal lead late in the third.

"I felt good once I got going", he said.

Vegas will follow up its first-round win over the Los Angeles Kings with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in seven games.

Coach Dave Hakstol was pleased with the Flyers' defensive pairs' play on Friday, "but I think we can all raise the level a little bit, and honestly we're going to have to do that to push this to a seventh game".

Everyone, that is, expect Ivan Provorov. Or, Sullivan could choose to play mind games and not announce at all. Let's say that again.

Fil-ling in on the Top Line - You weren't alone if you were scratching your head at Valtteri Filppula playing on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.

Filppula helped set up the Flyers first goal of the game, scored by Giroux.

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He went to the dressing room but returned for the second period, playing sparingly.

Giroux not only scored a goal but played 27 shifts and shook off a big hit by Pittsburgh's Jamie Oleksiak to finish the game. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way. "They have won back to back Cups and know what it takes".

Grinding center Carter Rowney would also figure to draw in if Malkin is unable to play.

The Flyers have converted on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that's right around league average. If that happened, the Flyers would be 0-3 at the Wells Fargo in this year's postseason - and it would mean that, for just the second time in the past 20 years, Philadelphia would have failed to win at least one home game when it reached the playoffs. The first four games were blowouts on the scoreboard if not always on the ice, three of them ending with the Flyers skating off the ice wondering what they needed to do to keep pace with cross-state rivals.

It may have looked like a questionable move, but Filppula had one of his best games as a Flyer in Game 5. Can Philadelphia manage another win this afternoon on their home ice to force a Game 7? There was certainly no guarantee that the Flyers would get this opportunity. The Flyers were fighting for all they're worth, and the gravity of this game was apparent after two periods tied 2-2.

These archrivals have gone back and forth with one-sided victories in the first three games of the series. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars.

Neuvirth, making his first start in the series, had been superb before Rust's goal. Couturier's heroics staved off elimination for the Flyers and ensures there will be a Game 6 back in Philly on Sunday.

Game 5 goes tonight at 7:00 pm EDT from the PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh. Obviously the goal of the game is Sean Couturier's game-winning goal. Elliott was chased out of the game again after allowing three goals in two periods and in entered 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.

Hammond relieved Bernier to start the third period and turned aside all eight shots he faced in his first post-season appearance since April 17, 2015, while a member of the Ottawa Senators.

In the third, the shot attempts were very close.


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