"Moving forward, hopefully as it feels better, I can get more responsibility", Couturier said. Neuvirth wasn't ideal, allowing two rather soft goals in the game, but he also made 30 saves, including several from point-blank range earlier in the game and an absolutely tremendous glove save on Sidney Crosby at the side of the net in the final minute.
Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin missed practice, Saturday, and rumors grew inside the Penguins practice facility that Malkin will also miss Game 6. Neuvirth did that on Friday, and he'll be relied on to do it again on Sunday.
Provorov played 30:07 in the game. He tried to stay on the ice for his next shift, but retreated to the locker room for the remainder of the game.
Hey, Dave Hakstol has realized that Robert Hagg is still around.
Gabriel Landeskog started the rally with his goal into an empty net with Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne caught outside the crease with teammate Ryan Ellis in his lap.
The Flyers have had a rough time in the second period of every game in the series except for game two.
Rozier downplays any bad blood with Bledsoe
Hard to imagine why he might feel that way, except for the whole "that guy's been summarily outplaying me" thing. But that doesn't mean they can't make a dent in the Eastern Conference on the way to the NBA Finals.
There was no bigger goal in the game than Couturier's, but this one was a close second. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way. "Lucky bounce, but we'll take them". "We know how to play".
The Flyers have converted on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that's right around league average. For the Flyers to have any hope to extend the series they would need to come out with their best effort.
With time running out in the second, Jori Lehtera got off a hard shot on Murray. "We didn't give up a whole lot of chances, especially in the third period, and one of them ended up in our net". At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very solid as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.00 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots allowed (24.4 spg) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 11.1% of their chances. As soon as Dubnyk sat down near the gate, captain Mikko Koivu moved down to him and gave him a tap-Minnesota's offense scored just nine goals in the five-game series, and none since the second period of Game 3.
The Flyers' rookie defenseman who was in the top-6 nearly all season until getting injured and promptly losing his spot in only two post-injury outings, appears to finally be getting a chance come Friday night. There was certainly no guarantee that the Flyers would get this opportunity. No one really gave them a chance in Game 5. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars. The Lightning will have home-ice advantage, but the razor-sharp Bruins will win the series in six games.
The Flyers turned to backup goalie Michal Neuvirth for Game 4 and he dominated the Capitals. The challenge will be even greater because the Penguins always seem to bring their "A" game at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers are still alive as a result. After the hit, the two teams went to war, with Deryk Engelland and Wayne Simmonds dropping the gloves and the teams combining for over 40 minutes of penalty time in the final 1:03. The return of Sean Couturier would help considerably.
After Brian Elliott was pulled in Game 4 in favor of Michal Neuvirth, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made a decision to go with his backup for Game 5, and he was rewarded. Now Philadelphia has to do it again at home, a place where the Penguins outscored the Flyers 10-1 while rolling in Games 3 and 4. This was the second straight phantom penalty called against the Flyers in the game and the Flyers players were starting to wonder how they only were given one power play back in the middle of the first period.