Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Flyers down Penguins on road to force Game 6

Flyers down Penguins on road to force Game 6

These teams will head back to Philly as the Penguins try again to clinch, and the Flyers try to force a deciding Game 7 in what was easily the best game of the series.

"Just one of those things", he said.

At times this season - OK, most of the time this season - the Flyers have needed everything to go right to stay in games against the Penguins.

Of course it was, despite the obvious similarities. The Flyers got off to the flawless start, drawing a penalty after a strong stretch of pressure and then killing a penalty of their own while the Penguins struggled to get any momentum.

The OddsShark NHL Database shows that the Penguins are 8-4 in their last 12 road games during the playoffs in April.

The Flyers are more than capable of evening this series because they are an explosive offensive team.

Kessel's first goal of the series came at an opportune time, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead late in the first, after the Flyers had come to life.

On the broadcast, it's easier to see why Brassard went the way he did, but I still feel like he, and a lot of guys, are working on being a little too pretty. "The playoffs are a different story". "We need to do a better job of bringing the momentum back our way". Talked a little bit this morning, just to get our focus in place. Let us know in the comments section below. "Our veterans have to draw on their experiences and help the young guys in the room".

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"We got to make sure we regenerate [momentum]", Hakstol said. Hobbling and wincing at times, Couturier carried on. At least for the next two days. Though hobbled from an apparent right-knee injury, the Flyers figured Couturier at less than 100 per cent was better than anyone else. Or was it the fact that Shayne Gostisbehere bailed out on a fifty-fifty puck and then skated away from Crosby, allowing him to stuff the puck past Neuvirth, who was looking the other way? So now it's on to a sixth game. And just as was the case in Game 2, the Flyers were able to win based on the strength of that penalty kill.

The similarities in the two playoff series that the Flyers have been involved in with Hakstol as their coach can not be denied. It's not as if the Flyers are invincible on this end, especially considering the question marks in the net and their own inconsistencies, but if there's an area on the Pens that can be exploited, it's the "D". In the two losses, he has yielded seven goals on 43 shots.

General manager Ron Hextall, still slowly rebuilding this team while not getting it any closer to actual success, had a ready-made answer Thursday. They use systems of play that they have been planning all season to get the slightest advantage against their opponents. "When they get chances they can score". We need to cut down on those. The Flyers picked up the Game Two win by the score of 5-1.

Crosby has scored his share of goals from net-side, and that's where a ton of his baseball bat magic has occurred this season and last. Edge: Penguins SPECIAL TEAMS This is the most obvious mismatch of the bunch, and it bodes extremely well for the defending champs. Is Pittsburgh going to close it out in Game 5 with a third straight victory?

They certainly aren't of the skill ilk of the top teams in the East, such as Pittsburgh, probably still Washington and certainly Tampa Bay and Boston. Couturier's goal came at 18:45 at the tail end of a relentless Flyers attack. It will also be what it was two years ago, a delightful delay of the inevitable. "His play down the stretch was great, not just on the game-winning goal". They have second-year players in Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny who showed progress toward the star level both will soon attain.

Robert Hagg is also expected to make his series debut, playing alongside Andrew MacDonald as fellow rookie Travis Sanheim will serve as the healthy scratch. Yes, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and still-youthful Couturier had career years.

Special teams ended up having a huge impact on the outcome, although not in a way the Flyers would ever have scripted it.

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