Flyers hurt by key injuries in first-round loss to Penguins

Flyers-Penguins preview: Michal Neuvirth tries to keep Philly alive

Flyers-Penguins preview: Michal Neuvirth tries to keep Philly alive

Couturier played in all 82 regular season games for the Flyers, scoring 31 goals.

Jake Guentzel dropped to his right knee and slid on the ice in celebration, not only for his second career postseason hat trick, but for the goal that assured Pittsburgh was moving on in the playoffs. Couturier suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Radko Gudas during practice on Tuesday. "Some of the penalties that we took along the way, to some of the plays that we just didn't make that normally we as a team expect to make. I turned the puck over a couple of times and they turned into goals, and, um. and we lost the game".

At the start of the second period, Sean Couturier scored a nifty backhanded shot against Murray, taking the lead for the Flyers at 3 goals to 2. They use systems of play that they have been planning all season to get the slightest advantage against their opponents. Washington leads the series 3-2.

The Flyers hope Ivan Provorov, the anchor of their defense, can play in the must-win game. The Flyers and Penguins are often touted as one of the NHL's fiercest rivalries.

That went for Couturier, too, as he nearly penned a story of overcoming injury that was just as remarkable, or more so, than Provorov's.

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He replaced Ancelotti, who was sacked after a 3-0 drubbing at Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage. Going for a midfield triangle (Martinez, James and Thiago) would leave Robben on the bench.

Crosby scored Pittsburgh's first goal at 6:30 of the first period from Kris Letang of Montreal, Quebec and Brian Dumoulin to tie the game at one at the time. The Penguins scored five-straight goals - Guentzel netted four and added an assist for good measure. "I don't know what their team is like. We came in to win the series". He's one of our leaders.

Not so Giroux, who ended a disappointing playoff with an assist on the final Couturier goal well after the Penguins made it clear there was going to be no Game 7.

So went yet another last Flyers game of a too-early spring, leaving them to experience a familiar kind of pain while admiring the efforts of their respective forward and blue line building blocks of the immediate future, Couturier and Provorov.

There is one season that is ultimately successful - and we didn't obviously accomplish that this year - but there were a lot of positives that we can go back and evaluate.

"We come home and we had a few guys that instead of going out and being confident, just going out and playing, we had our own shackles on in Games 3 and 4 here", coach Dave Hakstol said.

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