Penguins overpower Flyers 8-5 to end series

Ruben Hill
April 23, 2018

Sean Couturier also had a hat trick for the Flyers. Washington and Pittsburgh have met in the postseason 10 times.

The Penguins have beaten the Capitals in the second round in each of the past two seasons.

After four straight games of blowouts, Game 5 was the first game that was close and came down to the wire. The Penguins will face the eventual victor of the series between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets.

This is the third time the Avalanche had trailed 3-1 in a series since the franchise relocated to Colorado.

First things first, they still need one more win against Columbus. "It's tough, because we lost, obviously", Couturier said. "When the bounces start going your way, you just try and run with it". Couturier's effort wasn't enough to keep the Flyers from getting eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs with an 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh, but it will no doubt earn him respect across the National Hockey League. "I just tried to lay it all out there, and give it all I had".

Guentzel, not Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel or the injured Evgeni Malkin, won the game for the Penguins with goals off costly Flyers turnovers, leading them to their ninth straight playoff series win.

The Flyers hustled to score a pair of goals in that second period but all the good work was washed away by a pair of Penguin goals late in the period which tied the score at 4-4. The Flyers got the wind back in their sails with the game victor from Couturier to extend the series and take all that momentum to their home ice, but the Penguins are too experienced to let a loss like that get to them to drop two straight and allow a Game 7 back on home ice. He has three goals and five points in five contests in the first round series.

The Penguins, who won Games 3 and 4 in Philly, took aim on the road sweep with two straight goals. Crosby scored on a rebound off Kris Letang's shot from the point to tie it 1-1 at 6:30.

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