After falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in their best-of-seven first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, the Flyers responded Friday with a big 4-2 win in Game 5 in Pittsburgh, keeping the series alive. The Penguins have won nine straight playoff series, which ties a franchise record and are the most in the National Hockey League since the Detroit Red Wings also won nine from 1997 to 1999.
Couturier had been the Flyers' postseason savior, returning from a serious leg injury to score the Game 5 victor and then open Game 6 with his third goal of the series just 2:15 into the game. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots, including a diving stop on the doorstep to deny Penguins star Sidney Crosby shortly after Couturier's knuckler put Philadelphia in front.
Couturier finished Philadelphia's brief postseason with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in the five games he played.
The Penguins will now play the victor of the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. However, they are still looking for their first win of the series at the Wells Fargo Center after losing Game 3 and Game 4 in Philadelphia. It's not often a team scores five goals in a game, and still comes up on the losing end, but Game 6 was the ideal example of how frustrating this series was for the most part when it comes to Philadelphia, and unfortunately it's time to begin looking forward to the offseason. Both of the Flyers' wins in the series have come in Pittsburgh. Whether that means more veteran leadership or even a slight change in style remains to be seen, but this team can be great if they can sort out their rollercoaster seasons.
Couturier had a career season for the Flyers this year. They are 0-2 at home. There was one instance when the Flyers were buzzing in Game 4 when the Penguins couldn't clear the zone.More news: Airstrikes kill scores at Yemen wedding
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Following a turnover by Claude Giroux, the Penguins moved ahead 2-1 when Hagelin scored at 7:17. When you play against the best players on the other side, got to step up your game and play better.
Couturier scored his second goal of the game just 40 seconds into the second.
Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins.
The team won without Evgeni Malkin, who was out with a leg injury.
It is the third straight season that Nashville have advanced to the second round.
The Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home & Crematory posted a note that read, "Help us send our condolences to the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, with these custom prayer cards memorializing their run in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs".