The Flyers, for the first time since Game 2, responded. He racked up 31 goals and 45 assists in 82 games during the regular season, not missing a single game which makes the timing of this all so undesirable. But the 2016 Vezina victor insists he doesn't feel any different than before his time off to reset his game in March.
Caps' Burakovsky out for series • Washington winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to fix an upper-body injury and will miss the remainder of the first-round series against Columbus. The goal gave the Flyers a spark, and they rode it the rest of the way to the win. Pronger had missed the previous 21 games, including the first five in the series, with a hand injury. Pittsburgh opened with a 7-0 triumph in Game 1, but the Flyers responded with a 5-1 win of their own in Pittsburgh in Game 2. Meanwhile, Washington was applying the pressure all night to the Philadelphia defense and Neuvirth. And the goal he scored before that stretch was an empty-netter in Game 6 in 2014. Neuvirth started strong for the Flyers, making a few saves, and the team looked like it was clicking outside of a silly penalty that the Penguins couldn't capitalize on.
In Game 6, the goaltending of Michal Neuvirth was just as impressive as it was in his first two appearances of the series. The Penguins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia, 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Kessel read the play perfectly; he broke to the high slot to take away Laughton's lone outlet, then the Penguins transition game began.
Couturier posted a career-high 76 points in the regular season but has just two goals in 21 National Hockey League playoff starts.
Nashville has lost three of the last four games when it was a road favorite and has given up the first goal in each game of this series. Rask's 2.27 goals-against average and.926 save percentage are indicative of just how solid he has been in giving the Bruins a chance to close out the Maple Leafs on Saturday (8 p.m. EDT, NBC). It also means he didn't think the Pittsburgh Penguins' dominating performances in Game 3 and Game 4 would help earn them a third straight victory.
They didn't even look this good in any of the four regular season games when they swept and outscored the Flyers, 20-11. If I could last the whole game, it's a good sign.
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The Flyers continued to chase the play as the period went along and the Penguins piled up the shots. For the Flyers to have any hope to extend the series they would need to come out with their best effort.
For the visiting Flyers, the offense will be coordinated by Claude Giroux, who's got 69 assists and 34 goals this year.
However, Valtteri Filppula scored a goal shorthanded for his second point of the game on a rare rebound off of Matt Murray. When a shot attempt from about 10 feet out was calmly scooped by Pens goalie Matt Murray in the third period, the Flyers' captain banged his stick against the glass. But Pittsburgh was not done and with Murray on the bench and an extra attacker on the ice, the Penguins continued to pepper Neuvirth.
Colorado scored the opening goal in the first three games of the series, and when the Avalanche won Game 3, they had the full attention of the Predators. It gave the Flyers life in the series, in their season.
Barely 72 hours removed from a frightening collision with a teammate in practice threatened to end his season, Couturier returned for Game 5 and threaded a shot through traffic that slipped past Matt Murray and into the net with 1:15 left to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night to send the series back to Philadelphia.
Pronger barely played in Game 6, just five shifts totaling 4:33, but the Flyers won 5-4 in overtime and cited his presence as motivation. When the Penguins are able to be aggressive with their transition game, good luck stopping them.