Pens Lose Game 5 to Flyers 4-2

Pens Lose Game 5 to Flyers 4-2

You could see the tide of the game turning in the Penguins favor. He's hurting, but it's the playoffs. They hope that the change in goalie will help them here at home where they have not played well in this series.

Not only did Couturier do a solid job under the circumstances, he scored the biggest goal of the season.

It proved to be the right decision. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots, including a diving stop on the doorstep to deny Penguins star Sidney Crosby with 50 seconds left.

The Flyers once again had what seemed like a struggling goalie in their net and needed to find a way to get back into the game if they wanted the postseason to continue past this game.

In the end, the Flyers beat the Penguins at their own game of being able to hold a lead and take an important game. Neuvirth did that on Friday, and he'll be relied on to do it again on Sunday.

The Flyers, for the first time since Game 2, responded.

Everyone, that is, expect Ivan Provorov. Or, Sullivan could choose to play mind games and not announce at all. He tried to stay on the ice for his next shift, but retreated to the locker room for the remainder of the game.

The Flyers certainly need them.

Filppula did some hard work behind the net and Voracek relayed the puck to Giroux at the right hash marks for a shot past Murray at 17:29.

Hey, Dave Hakstol has realized that Robert Hagg is still around.

Filppula set up a first-period goal by Giroux (which ended an 11-playoff-game goal drought), then scored a shorthanded goal with 1:45 remaining in the second period to tie the score at 2-2.

But it was the short-handed goal late in the second period that was the difference maker.

Rust now has nine goals in 16 elimination games for Penguins, and he continued to live up to his clutch reputation with the tying goal on Friday. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way. "We know how to play".

The question is, can they play the same way when the series resumes Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center?

The Flyers were going to get a power play later in the second on a delayed penalty, but veteran Andrew MacDonald made a rookie mistake as was called for roughing Zach-Aston Reese. Filppula picked off a puck at center ice, marched it down the board, fed it to Jori Lehtera for a shot and slammed home the rebound to tie the game. Despite the pressure they applied, Neuvirth stood tall, allowing a goal to T.J. Oshie early on in the final period, but coming up with some tough saves late in the period to preserve the win.

Vegas will follow up its first-round win over the Los Angeles Kings with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in seven games. This game was a little like that one.

Friday's game was really the first to deliver everything that was expected in the series. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars. The playoffs are a series of momentum (swings) - within a period and within a game.

In front of a packed Bell MTS Place, the Jets struck early and often in a 5-0 win, sending the punchless Minnesota Wild packing in five games.

Sean Couturier, named a finalist for the Selke Trophy - awarded to the league's best defensive forward - before Wednesday's game, did not play due to an injury suffered at practice on Tuesday. 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. Obviously the goal of the game is Sean Couturier's game-winning goal. Neuvirth made a few nice - if unsafe - saves, but he couldn't hold the lead after losing Rust behind the net.

In the third, the shot attempts were very close. It was one of those chances that found a way in.

The Flyers trailed in almost every category again. The Penguins outshot the Flyers, 32-25, had more power play opportunities and won 62.3 percent of face-offs.

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