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Flyers stay alive with second win

Flyers stay alive with second win

He's hurting, but it's the playoffs.

Couturier posted a career-high 76 points in the regular season but has just two goals in 21 National Hockey League playoff starts. Yet he was the guy scoring the game-winning goal with 1:15 left in regulation. This was a Philadelphia team that was streaky throughout the year and had a fair share of ups and downs to get here.

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't look this good during the regular season.

There were at least 1,000 empty seats for Game 4 at the Wells Fargo Center - a Flyers spokesman said all the tickets were sold - and those that were there had lots of energy and gave lots of support in the first 10 minutes.

So far, Kadri has generated two goals and six assists in 14 career playoff games, piling up 35 penalty minutes.

There's really no question who gets the start in goal for Game 6.

Vegas will follow up its first-round win over the Los Angeles Kings with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in seven games.

Everyone, that is, expect Ivan Provorov. The brawl resulted in 62 penalty minutes, with Craig Adams and Scott Hartnell dropping the gloves and four players were given game misconducts. Let's say that again.

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Analysts have said however that it would take more for the West to mount a meaningful challenge to Russia's weight as a broker. The paper reported that the most expansive proposal included airstrikes on Russian air defense capabilities in Syria.

The Penguins think Brassard can do the same, though they certainly hope he doesn't have to Sunday afternoon.

Claude Giroux said the other day if the Flyers were going down, they would be going down swinging. Again, it was another move that paid dividends for Dave Hakstol. The Penguins were 0 for 5 Friday and allowed Flyers forward Valtteri Filppula to score a shorthanded goal that tied the score 2-2 at 18:15 of the second period. Malkin returned to start the second period. He has been taking maintenance days during the series and then suiting up for games. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way.

With a.909 save percentage and 26.1 saves per game, Matt Murray (32-21-3) has been the top goalkeeper for Pittsburgh this season.

You can never count the defending Cup champs out, and they showed why they are so tough to beat. That negated the power play and, just 24 seconds later, Shayne Gostisbehere was called for holding Sidney Crosby, a questionable call that incensed the Flyers. The Flyers had been so morally wounded at times in this series that playing a fairly sound game for almost two periods only to trail by two would have probably been too much to overcome. Malkin missed the final 4 minutes of the first period after Philadelphia's Jori Lehtera fell on it when the two got tangled in the corner. Filppula goes hard to the net, finds the rebound and pounds it home to tie the game.

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? As the time ticked off the game clock it looked as though the series would see its first game head to overtime.

Now the Flyers can go back on home ice to look for their first home win in a crucial Game 6 and push this series back to Pittsburgh for a Game 7. If Michal Neuvirth pulls off a three-game stretch like he did against the Capitals the other year, the Flyers have a chance to come back in the series as long as they can establish momentum early on and generate quality offensive chances against Murray, something they lacked in the series against Washington in 2016.

The Philadelphia Flyers proved they have ice running through their blood as they fought excessively in Game 5 to stay in the series. They are 0-2 at home. Giroux has just two points and Voracek three. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars. The Nashville Predators clinched all three of their playoff series a year ago at home a year ago in reaching their first Stanley Cup Final and have a chance to close out Colorado in Game 5 (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

In a playoff series that turned into an all-out war, it was Game 3 that stood out as the roughest of them all.

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