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Philadelphia Flyers have hope after all against Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers have hope after all against Pittsburgh Penguins

Winnipeg will face the victor of the Nashville-Colorado series in the second round.

"We have to make sure we give ourselves a chance with the urgency", Crosby said. It's been a grind, but Andrew Hammond and Pekka Rinne have been spectacular in an evenly matched game. But that does not diminish the effort Michal Neuvirth had in the series, making 103 saves on 105 shots over the course of three games for a.981 save percentage.

Can they win a game in front of a restless fan base that has grown exhausted of seeing the Penguins embarrass the home team in their own building? He would be a big loss for the Flyers if he is unable to play in Game 6. Couturier's heroics staved off elimination for the Flyers and ensures there will be a Game 6 back in Philly on Sunday.

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 almost 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. Couturier's goal came at 18:45 at the tail end of a relentless Flyers attack. But in the end, the Flyers came through and forced at least one more game back home ice for a Game 6 on Sunday night.

Valtteri Filppula's short-handed goal tied it late in the second period shortly after the Penguins had taken the lead and Couturier's second goal of the playoffs was a knuckler that deflected off Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin and by a surprised Murray. The Flyers got off to the flawless start, drawing a penalty after a strong stretch of pressure and then killing a penalty of their own while the Penguins struggled to get any momentum.

Coach Mike Sullivan did the Kevin-Bacon-in-Animal-House "all is well" routine after Game 5, reminding everyone the Penguins were by no means dominated even though they lost.

Looking at all the leading indicators, the Penguins continue to outplay the Flyers in the series.

Filppula fought for the puck behind the Pens' net and got it to Voracek who sent Giroux a sweet pass which he got in his wheelhouse for a one-timer past the stunned Matt Murray to open the game's scoring. Filppula was excellent on the first line for the Flyers, and he was the difference between the Flyers trailing 2-0 and keeping the game tied heading into the third.

In their third chances, they're 1-0, finally polishing off Washington in Game 7 in the second round last season. But the Flyers goalie held strong through shorthanded situations and the Penguins pressure before Sean Couturier got the puck by Murray to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 1:15 remaining.

The Flyers seemed to know that if this game went into overtime, it would be a huge momentum swing in favor of Pittsburgh. "So we got another real good opportunity to go home in front of our fans and play a real good hockey game". Coach Barry Trotz says Burakovsky could possibly return later in the playoffs.

Winnipeg's relentless attack just kept coming, too.

It was his first goal in the playoffs since April 29th, 2014.

"I was trying to get a test, but Lappy wasn't so good on faceoffs to really test it out", he said, drawing laughs. The Jets were simply the better team, as they have been for most of the series, and they'll go on to play the victor of Predators-Avalanche in the second round.How to watch all the Stanley Cup playoff gamesJust look here for a complete TV and game schedule.Odds for each seriesThe experts at SportsLine have run simulations and have your betting odds for the eventual Stanley Cup champions. You can find all of those odds here.


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