Penguins Trample Fragile Flyers Underfoot, Take 3-1 Series Lead

If the Philadelphia Flyers want to stay alive in this series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and not fall 3-1, they all but have to win tonight in their last game at home before heading back to PPG Paints Arena on Friday. At the end of the day, the Flyers find themselves with their backs against the wall and down 3-1 in the series.

Crosby passes Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who held the previous franchise record with 172 points scored in 107 games.

The second Penguins goal came as a huge deflation, following a fury of Flyers shots, chances and possession time in the Pittsburgh zone, an errant pass led to an odd-man rush that allowed Kessel to score after a ideal pass from Malkin.

"We're working as a group out there", Crosby said, according to the (Doylestown, Pa.) Intelligencer.

The Flyers best players have not been good at all.

And it so it goes in Philly, the Flyers are a loss away from another empty season without the Stanley Cup.

Though it was unlikely to matter, the Flyers were without Sean Couturier, who was injured in Tuesday's practice.

A few seconds before scoring the power-play goal that made it 1-0 in the first period, Evgeni Malkin fumbled the puck in the right circle.

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"We lost to a better team tonight", said goalie Michal Neuvirth, who relieved Brian Elliott midway through the second period.

At the other end, Brian Elliott made some good early saves to keep the game manageable. "You just have to regroup".

The Penguins have reached the playoffs in 12 of Crosby's 13 National Hockey League seasons (thanks in large to No. 87) and have also played deep into many of those postseasons.

Sheahan's goal was very fitting as the Penguins rolled all four lines in overwhelming fashion all night, and the fourth line was rewarded for their play with that final goal. Still in it, down by two late in the second, the Flyers had a great chance to close the gap when Travis Konecny stepped out of the box and into a clear breakaway.

Less than 40 seconds into the third, the Flyers came out energized as Patrick broke free all alone on Murray.

Hertl scored just 1:16 after the Ducks finally got a puck past Jones when he deflected a point shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic past John Gibson.

"You don't like to see that", Philadelphia team captain Claude Giroux told reporters. Colton Sissons and Craig Smith scored in the second period, following Filip Forsberg's highlight-reel first-period marker to give the Preds a 3-0 advantage going into the third.

  • Lawrence Cooper