Flyers beat Penguins, force Game 6

But mostly, blame Pittsburgh winger Jake Guentzel, who scored four goals to power the Penguins to a closer-than-it-looks 8-5 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

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.

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games.

Couturier injured his right knee in a practice collision with a teammate Tuesday and missed Game 4 of the series. 3, Pittsburgh, Hagelin 2 (Sheahan, Kessel), 7:17.

But Guentzel wasn't done, scoring his fourth consecutive goal and seventh of the National Hockey League playoffs to make it 7-4 10 seconds later. Our team doesn't get rattled.

With that, the Penguins have now won nine consecutive playoff series. A faceoff in the Flyers defensive zone following a TV time out went to Pittsburgh, which seconds later flipped the pick to Sidney Crosby who was able to fire the puck past Michal Neuvirth on a rebound off fo Kris Letangs shot from the point.

Yet another Gudas turnover led to the game-tying goal with 54 remaining left in the second.

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As the period hit the halfway point, shots were 2-0 Penguins.

Matt Murray should have stopped the goal - the kind of bad goal usually allowed by the Flyers - and the crowd derisively chanted his name.

A golden opportunity came 10 minutes later, as the Flyers were given just over a minute of 4-on-3 time looking to find a way to tie things.

That was just part of the physicality from this game, most of which went uncalled on both sides.

But the Flyers got another break on a penalty that should have gone against them when Travis Konecny held Sheary on top of him by the jersey, then cross-checked Sheary in the back as he skated back to the bench.

The Penguins almost scored on an extended stretch of 6-on-5 play, as the Flyers could not touch up on a delayed penalty call. The Flyers failed to take a shot on goal until almost 12 minutes into the third period and Couturier capped his three-goal game with 2:53 left to play.

The insurance would prove necessary as seconds later another Flyers turnover led to a Pens score - this one coming off the stick of Patrick Hornqvist. The so-called home ice edge in Philly lost some shine with large pockets of empty seats for a must-win Game 6. He had 31 goals and 76 points while playing all 82 regular-season games.

  • Lawrence Cooper