Every NHL fan waits for this time of year. You look at the game we lost, it's 5-1 but it didn't feel like a 5-1 game.
Hagelin told reporters that he predicted Kessel would score in Game 4, when Phil was reunited with Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin. It was the 2nd time in this series that they were shutout. Is Pittsburgh going to close it out in Game 5 with a third straight victory? Coaches pull out all the stops.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a solid season, but they are now one loss away from being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. This team is rolling at the moment.
Outside of a Matt Read slash to the back of Brassard's leg Wednesday night, the ends of these games haven't degenerated to a gong show, either.
In the 2015-16 season, the Flyers moved on from head coach and former player Craig Berube, and chose to give the University of North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol a shot at the National Hockey League level.
The No. 1 seed in the Western Conference has been challenged by the eighth-seeded Avalanche. The Flyers faced off against the one-seed Washington Capitals in the first round. During that time he helped the Flyers not only go a ideal 5-for-5, but also score a shorthanded goal and completely shut down the Penguins' power play, limiting the unit to just four shots on goal.
"I was just trying to take it one shift at a time, win your one-on-one battles, keep it simple", Couturier said when asked what his mindset was. The goal gave the Flyers a spark, and they rode it the rest of the way to the win. The Flyers are a +205 underdog, while the total sits at 6 goals. The Flyers finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 42 W 26 L and 14 OTL to pick up the third seed in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Flyers seemed to know that if this game went into overtime, it would be a huge momentum swing in favor of Pittsburgh. The answer was nothing. During the third period, his line with Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton generated the most extended pressure Philly had in the period.
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The team responded in a big way, some people might say.
On the brink of elimination, the Flyers brought buckets of desperation. The Penguins have been through too much to question themselves when they lose a game or two in any series. Nolan Patrick's two-on-one blast was stopped by goalie Matt Murray, and the juicy rebound caromed to an all-alone Michael Raffl. In his first full game since February 16, Neuvirth turned in a solid outing, but the Penguins finally solved him in the second. It was Giroux's first goal of the series, and what a time to get it. The stadium was rocking and the fans were ready to give Pittsburgh a rough night. Surely the Penguins' power play won't be 0-for-5 again if given the same chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very average as they come in ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.88 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots allowed (29.9 spg) and 29th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.2% of their chances. That is when the wheels fell off, and the team seemed to nearly give up.
The Flyers didn't just overcome five minor penalties by killing the Penguins' power play, but Valtteri Filppula even scored a series-changing, short-handed goal to tie the score 2-2. Everyone except for their coaching staff that is.
Couturier returned to action after missing a game following an injury from a collision with teammate Radko Gudas on Tuesday. We want to be disciplined. Once again it looked like Elliott was not on his game. "You play hard between the whistles".
That means he doesn't think his team's performance in Game 5 will matter much in Sunday's Game 6.
Couturier scored the game victor with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line.
It remains to be seen how Neuvirth and the Flyers do Sunday in a similar situation. It was the first series win in the history of the franchise. The series came 31 years after the original Jets last won a series before the team moved to Arizona.