Flyers' Couturier could play must-win Game 5

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He did score 34 goals and recorded 68 assists during the regular season.

Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol, perhaps fighting for his job, made his first significant change in an effort to keep his team's season alive, giving Neuvirth his first playoff start in nearly two years and his first start of any variety in more than two months after Brian Elliott couldn't shake out of a funk that saw him pulled in Game 1 and again in Game 4. Even as some of the gray-haired heroes of those prehistoric Stanley Cup days watched from the rafters in South Philadelphia, angry fans spotted the ice with beer cans.

DENVER (AP) - Mattias Ekhom ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round.

But a bigger prize looms for the Penguins - a third straight Stanley Cup. Their only series win was against Boston in 2010, when they actually overcame a three-games-to-none deficit.

Look no further than Philadelphia's usual unsettled goaltending to understand why the franchise has gone 42 years without a championship. The bracket says it's Capitals vs. Penguins, again.

"Things are never going to always go your way, especially in the playoffs", Murray said. Today, we could have done a better job and we had a real opportunity to push this to Game 7. "This time of year, it doesn't matter how, it just matters that you get the win".

Guentzel had the third four-goal playoff game in team history, joining Mario Lemieux in 1989 and Kevin Stevens in 1991.

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The Penguins handle adversity better than the Flyers .

"Sid loves to compete".

According to coach Mike Sullivan, there's another factor they might want to consider evaluating. That was the telltale sign that Malkin would not play in the Penguins' 8-5 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

Looking forward to it: Hard to believe given Philadelphia's long-time reputation, but the Penguins' next playoff opponent will be more physical than the Flyers were.

The Penguins have crafted a new identity after the departures of Chris Kunitz, Marc-Andre Fleury, Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley and Matt Cullen, all vital pieces of Pittsburgh's 2016 and 2017 titles. "You have players from their home team there".

"I don't know who they were aiming at", Rutherford said.

Regardless, they got to a Game 6 where they even held a two-goal lead in the second period before the defense melted down in epic fashion and turned the puck over repeatedly like they were being paid to do so. Malkin returned to start the second period. At practice last Tuesday, he and Gudas had gotten too close to each other, Gudas catching Couturier's right leg, sending him crashing to the Skate Zone ice, and leaving Couturier so angry and frustrated and certain that he'd been seriously injured that he hurled his stick as if he were striking a whip.

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