Penguins put Flyers on the brink with dominant Game 4 win

Kelley Robertson
Апреля 20, 2018

Whatever rivalry existed between the Flyers and Penguins coming into this season was hardly recognizable in the four games played in Philadelphia (two regular season, two playoff), where the home team was outscored 20-4. Shortly thereafter, Phil Kessel-to-Sidney Crosby-to-Evgeni Malkin puts the Penguins in front on the power play.

Game 5 of the series is set for Friday night in Pittsburgh at 7pm, if they Flyers win the series would return to Philly on Sunday. It was Crosby's 172nd career playoff point, tying Mario Lemieux, his old landlord, for the most in Pittsburgh history. Crosby and the Penguins followed a 7-0 Game 1 win and a 5-1 Game 3 victory with another dominant outing.

Both teams played without key cogs in their lineup: Sean Couturier (who had career highs with 31 goals and 76 points) was injured Tuesday at practice in a vicious collision with teammate Radko Gudas; the Pens played without top-line forward Patric Hornqvist because of an undisclosed injury.

Game 4 started where Game 3 left off - with the Flyers (Matt Read) committing a penalty and the PK unit unable to stop the Penguins top-ranked power play offense. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series. Back-up goalie Michal Neuvirth didn't fair much better, giving up two goals on just 13 shots.

And as the Flyers walked off the ice for what will likely be the last time at home this season, they did so with their heads collectively down and the sound of boos still raining down from the few fans still remaining.

The Flyers had consecutive dominating shifts later in the period, swarming the net, keeping the puck in the Pittsburgh end, and firing shots at Murray.

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Giroux, who scored 102 points during the season, has not scored a posteason goal since 2014.

Giroux has just one assist in the four games. So great, in fact, that the Flyers still go to her now and then (usually when they need a victory as badly as they did in Game 4) by putting her on the video board in a powerful duet with Lauren Hart, who is standing on the ice below. Midway through the first period, the Flyers were pressuring and buzzing around the Penguins zone.

You felt like if the Penguins could survive it and make some thing happen from there, that it could be a fatal blow not only the game, but the series.

Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol dismissed it as nothing unusual, but it shows that the Penguins' dominance over the Flyers this season hasn't been limited to their stars. Riley Sheahan made it 5-0 late in the third.

"They came out hard", Andrew MacDonald said.

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