Penguins 8, Flyers 5: Eliminated

Updated: April 22, 2018 at 7:20 pm by Johan Gartner

The Flyers faced elimination when they travelled to Pittsburgh for Game 5, and with a gutsy effort, they managed to secure a Game 6 in Philadelphia. It was a great team effort lead by the captain and Sean Couturier — who was back in the lineup after his lower-body injury he suffered in a practice drill from Radko Gudas.

Michal Neuvirth was good in Game 5 and he got the start again today in Game 6. All other lines remained the same.

First Period

The Wells Fargo Center was rocking before puck drop and the players took that energy and started the game incredibly well, dominating the Penguins through out the first 10 minutes of the period.

It didn’t take them long to beat Matt Murray when Sean Couturier scored on a scramble in front of the Penguins net.

The Flyers continued to create scoring chance after scoring chance but they didn’t manage to capitalize on their chances and instead, just like before the Penguins would strike back when Crosby and Hagelin both scored just a couple of minutes between each other to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

Andrew MacDonald would tie it all back up again with less than 5 minutes left of the period on a big slapshot that went through everyone and into the back of the net.

Second Period

The second period might have been one of the craziest periods of hockey i’ve seen all playoffs and possibly all of the season, with chances back and forth throughout the period. Alot of great plays and alot of emotions between these two rivals. This was without a doubt the most entertaining period of Flyers-Penguins all year regular season included.

Sean Couturier scored his second goal of the game to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead when he got in all alone against Murray shorthanded and he made no mistake.

Just after the midway point of the period, the Flyers would score again when Scott Laughton scored on a shot that Matt Murray most likely would want back.

At this point Sean Couturier had a total of 4 points (2+2).

Third Period

It only took Jake Guentzel 30 seconds to give the Penguins a 5-4 lead after Provorov turned the puck over inside the Philadelphia zone.

Flyers failed to get a shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of the third period which is unacceptable and after they failed to score on a 4-on-3 powerplay the Penguins would score two more quick goals to give them a 7-4 lead with just 8 minutes left of the third period. Sean Couturier gave them a glimmer of hope when he scored his third goal of the game and fifth point of the night but they never really got any closer than that.

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The Penguins advance into the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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