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The Philadelphia Flyers Needed To Be At Their Best Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Sean Couturier played two games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and was still, by far, the Flyers’ best player.

He notched the winner in Game 5 and followed it up with a hat trick and two assists in the Flyers’ 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first career five-point game and second playoff hat trick. Had the injury occurred in the regular season, he surmised, he would have missed four weeks. He’ll have plenty of time to recover because the Flyers’ season is over at the hands of the two-time defending champions who aim for a three-peat.

“There’s probably different reasons,” why the Flyers lost the series, Couturier said. “Early in the series we didn’t play our best. Today we let a two-goal lead slip. It shouldn’t happen in the playoffs. We’ll learn from it and become a stronger team next year.

“They’re the type of team where you make one mistake and they’ll make you (pay). It’s that simple. I don’t think they outplayed us. They just…they got their chances and capitalized right on them. It hurt us today.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The 2nd Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jake Guentzel had 4 goals and an assist for the Penguins, Sean Couturier had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Flyers in an 8-5 win by the Penguins.

The Pens will meet the winner of Washington/Columbus.

added 6:17pm, Watch the handshakes below.

added 8:33pm, game highlights below...

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Video- Claude Giroux Hit On Carl Hagelin

Hagelin has not returned.

 

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On To Game 6 For The Pittsburgh Penguins And Philadelphia Flyers

from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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. So how is it that they have stayed in this opening-round series against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions?

Might be that even they don't know.

But after a grueling, gutsy 4-2 victory at PPG Paints Arena on Friday night, these Flyers are again in position to flip the script with this best-of-seven affair headed back to Philadelphia.

If they do, it will probably go something like this at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon:

• inexplicable greatness from their goaltender (we're guessing Michal Neuvirth gets the call after his 30-save performance in Game 5)

• masterful penalty killing (the Flyers are a stone-cold 9 for 9 in their two victories)

• two words: Sean Couturier (one word to describe his Friday night: unforgettable)

Can the Flyers count on any of those elements carrying over into Game 6?

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Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers - The Better Team Won Last Night

from Mike Sielski of Philly.com,

One stride, two strides, three strides, and Brian Elliott was alone in the middle of the Wells Fargo Center ice Wednesday night, Michal Neuvirth gliding past him, the far end of the Flyers’ bench still a long way away, a predictable shower of boos soaking him in sound.

Sure as the Flyers were going to exhume that grainy 43-year-old video of Kate Smith belting out “God Bless America” and rerun it before Game 4 against the Penguins, a soft goal or two was all it would take for Elliott to take a seat and Neuvirth to get his chance to prevent this series from becoming what it has become. This was a 5-0 rout that only reaffirmed the distance between these two teams, and this is a three-games-to-one lead for the Penguins, a full-fledged domination by the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions of an inferior opponent.

“We lost to a better team tonight,” Neuvirth said, committing the classic gaffe in sports and politics of speaking a plain truth.

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Video- Radko Gudos Takes Out Sean Couturier In Practice Today

I know some of you do not follow Kukla's Korner on Twitter, so here is the Gudas/Couturier collision in practce today which I RT'd about 45 minutes ago.

No update from the Flyers.

 

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Morning Line- Mike Sielski

Terrific. Not only were the stunt’s masterminds classless, they were unoriginal. Understand: The prank wasn’t necessarily a reflection on the Flyers or even most of their followers. But it was a reflection on plenty of them, and it was stupid and sophomoric, another validation of the worst stereotypes of Philadelphia sports fans, the kind of thing that a high school meathead finds funny but that comes off to any mature person as pathetic.

-Mike Sielski of Philly.com on pictures of Sidney Crosby left in the urinals.  More on the Flyers/Penguins series.

Below, highlights of the Pens 5-1 over the Flyers.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Defeated The Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Last Night

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All things considered, this very unlucky Friday the 13th could have been so much worse for the Penguins.

Seeing Kris Letang return to the ice for the third period after taking what appeared to be a deliberate, high elbow to his head from Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux saved the night from being the Penguins’ worst nightmare.

It’s one thing to lose a game.

In some ways, it’s hard to believe the Penguins were whipped, 5-1, by the Flyers Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series just two days after the Penguins beat ’em by a touchdown in Game 1. But that’s the competitive nature of professional sports. The other team gets paid, too.

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Afternoon Line- Linda Cohn

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Evening Line- John Boruk 0n Game 1 Pittsburgh/Philadelphia

Quite simply, for the Flyers to have any chance in this series, their star players have to outperform Pittsburgh’s star players. On Wednesday, they weren't even close as Crosby and Malkin put on a dazzling display with some highlight-reel goals and open-ice moves that will leave Dave Hakstol with insomnia until the puck drops for Game 2.

-John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia after the Penguins defeated the Flyers 7-0.  More from Boruk on the game.

Watch the game highlights below.

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