The Penguins already had a 3-0 lead before Crosby beat the Flyers' net-minder at 10:56 in the second frame. This was the second straight phantom penalty called against the Flyers in the game and the Flyers players were starting to wonder how they only were given one power play back in the middle of the first period.
After practice on Thursday, Giroux proclaimed that the Flyers were going to return for a Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Filppula helped set up the Flyers first goal of the game, scored by Giroux. Brian Elliott has given up 14 goals on 97 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed two goals on 14 shots. The series was headed back to Philadelphia and it seemed the Flyers had seized momentum behind Neuvirth, trailing 3-2 in the series. He had just two points, both assists, in his last 11 playoff games. Malkin had to leave the ice but returned in the second period. Locked in a duel with Pekka Rinne with his team facing elimination, the Hamburglar stopped 44 of Nashville's 45 shots to steal a 2-1 Avalanche win and stave off elimination.
And the San Jose Sharks (-169), the only home team which is favored on Wednesday, are trying to complete a sweep against the Anaheim Ducks (+152).
Big saves are a bigger deal this time of year than volume, considering how many harmless shots are flicked at the net from long range. Managing to overcome this as well as a 10-game losing streak in early December, the Flyers would face their in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
Game 5 goes tonight at 7:00 pm EDT from the PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Jets 5, Wild 0 • Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and host Winnipeg won its first-round series in five games.
All of sudden the Penguins' momentum gave them a 2-1 lead. 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.
With the National Hockey League playoffs at the midpoint of the first round, the Penguins are a -140 moneyline favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the rival Philadelphia Flyers with a 6-goal total for Wednesday's Game 4 matchup. Murray is 6-4 in 13 games against the Flyers in his career and he has allowed 2.08 gpg in those games. Similar to 2016, he stood on his head and came up with some stellar saves against a Pittsburgh team that applied heavy pressure in the offensive zone all night.
For the visiting Flyers, the offense will be coordinated by Claude Giroux, who's got 69 assists and 34 goals this year.
But less than two minutes after Guentzel's goal sent the crowd into a frenzy, Valtteri Filppula quieted them with a shorthanded goal. But Pittsburgh was not done and with Murray on the bench and an extra attacker on the ice, the Penguins continued to pepper Neuvirth. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Neuvirth finished the game stopping 30 of 32 shots in his first full game since March 28th. The Flyers, who have seven first- or second-year players playing in their first postseason, were blanked for the second time and have just six goals in the series. "We didn't put a show on, but we kept it tight and found a way to win". Still, I see the penguins closing out the series in this one as they are by far the better team and do not want to give the Flyers a chance of stealing the series with a game seven. He waited for a pass from Jake Voracek and one-timed the puck into the back of the net.
Couturier said the Flyers have to "keep it simple, play our game, and don't get anxious about putting on a show or worry about what the fans think or react".