The challenge will be even greater because the Penguins always seem to bring their "A" game at the Wells Fargo Center. And just 49 seconds after that, Joel Armia did the hard work to get the puck back into the zone and was eventually rewarded when another Byfuglien blast bounced off Armia's body and in for a 4-0 lead.
The Philadelphia Flyers proved they have ice running through their blood as they fought excessively in Game 5 to stay in the series.
The Philadelphia Flyers haven't been able to play with any consistency for a while now and a home team hasn't been able to win a game since the first meeting this series. "Our focus has to get back to one game". Philadelphia broke through first in the first as Valtteri Filppula went in on the forecheck, Jakub Voracek dug out the puck from below the goal line and fed a wide open Claude Giroux in the slot for a one-time blast over the glove of Matt Murray for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Meanwhile, Washington was applying the pressure all night to the Philadelphia defense and Neuvirth.
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 Penguins will now look to close it out on the road and move on to face the victor of the Capitals/ Blue Jackets series. A second period goal by Nicklas Backstrom to the high corner of the net was his only blemish of the day as he finished with 28 saves on 29 shots. The Avs are not concerned about regular-season achievements or the favored status of their opponent, and they will leave it all on the ice in Game 4.
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. "Lucky bounce, but we'll take them". Couturier's goal came at 18:45 at the tail end of a relentless Flyers attack.
Philadelphia got a boost from a returning player Friday.
The Flyers couldn't afford to fall behind early on the road.
"We didn't put a show on", said center Sean Couturier, who heroically returned from a leg injury and snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring with 1 minute, 15 seconds left in regulation, taking advantage of a Bryan Rust turnover and firing a long shot that deflected off the skate of the Penguins' Brian Dumoulin and into the net, "but we kept it tight and found a way to win".
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BC-HKN-Flyers-Penguins, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 800Couturier scores late, Flyers edge Penguins to force Game 6AP Photo PAGP106, PAGP108, PAGP109, PAGP111, PAGP113, PAGP114, PAGP104, PAGP105, PAGP102Eds: Flyers 4, Penguins 2.
Malkin, a Hart Trophy contender, has five points, including three goals in the Round 1 series. The total has gone over in five of the Devils' last six games. It was just his second appearance in Philly's last 26 games, he gave up two more goals to add on to what would be a 5-0 Pittsburgh win in Game 4 to give them a 3-1 lead in the series.
With Elliott having given up 14 goals in four games, the Flyers turned to Michal Neuvirth as their starter for Game 5.
Well, Friday night they came out swinging and they didn't go down.
The Flyers enter this game ranked 12th in scoring during the playoffs, putting up just 2.00 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots taken (24.4 spg) and 13th in power play conversions, converting on 11.1% of their chances. He gave up a Bryan Rust goal on a wraparound and a Jake Guentzel goal on a seemingly harmless shot from the left wing.
After leading the Penguins with 42 goals and 98 points in 78 regular-season games, Malkin has five points (three goals, two assists) in five games this series.
With 15:13 left in the third period, Giroux and Penguins defenceman Jamie Oleksiak collided, and the Flyers' captain limped off the ice.
The Penguins have the Flyers on the canvas in a headlock.