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Couturier's late goal keeps Flyers alive with win in Pittsburgh

Couturier's late goal keeps Flyers alive with win in Pittsburgh

Between allowing the Penguins to score two goals of their own shortly after Couturier netted his first score to the Flyers letting a 4-2 lead slip away over the final two periods, there are plenty of factors behind this kind of loss.

The Penguins scored five straight goals after falling behind by two with 28 minutes remaining in the game, and sent the Flyers home by a score of 8-5, winning the first-round series four games to two.

It was looking like after this series that Philadelphia's best player was going to be Nolan Patrick, but things changed drastically after Game 5. After clinching game 6, they are advancing to the next round in the National Hockey League playoffs.

Here's a look at five players who had the "it" factor in the Flyers series and how they will be challenged in round two.

The Penguins will now play the victor of the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. He led them in postseason ice time at 24:52 per game and was matched against Penguins star Sidney Crosby all series. Pittsburgh has gotten there by developing a killer instinct under head coach Mike Sullivan that it lacked at times before his arrival in December, 2015.

It was 2-2 after one period, 4-4 after two, and nothing was decided in the fiercest game of the series between the longstanding rivals until Guentzel took control. Penguins forward Carter Rowney cross-checked Travis Konency and roughed him up on the ice while the officials just watched.

Goaltenders Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth both have one-year left on their contracts.

But that was about the last crowd-pleasing play by the Flyers. Overall, Pittsburgh won its ninth consecutive playoff series as it looks to take its third Stanley Cup in a row. He also missed game 4, which was a 5-0 win for the Penguins.

"This is what you want to play in", Guentzel said. "Said it won't need surgery but in regular season would have been four week recovery", Isaac tweets. Couturier had the best season of his career as he's a finalist for the Selke Trophy and had 31 goals and 76 points during the regular season.

Matt Read and Valtteri Filppula are unrestricted free agents as well. That was all the separation Rinne needed as the Predators improved to 6-6 all-time in a Game 6 situation. In any context it would have been a bad, selfish penalty, but given that the Penguins were only leading by one mid-way through the third period of a potential knockout game it was ... bad.



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