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Penguins' Crosby scores goal while going completely unnoticed by keeper

Penguins' Crosby scores goal while going completely unnoticed by keeper”

Crosby has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-8 rating in four games in Philly this season.

There was no bigger goal in the game than Couturier's, but this one was a close second. Neuvirth made a few nice - if risky - saves, but he couldn't hold the lead after losing Rust behind the net. The same holds for the Colorado Avalanche as they host the Nashville Predators in Game 4. Malkin had to leave the ice but returned in the second period. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Metropolitan Division so far in the early season, is fairly close to what the team managed during last year's regular season (50-32). After Brian Elliott started the team's first four games of the opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with mixed results, Neuvirth had a lot riding on his shoulders on the road with elimination on the line.

The Minnesota Wild are facing a do-or-die Game 5 in Winnipeg and, boy, things are not going their way.

In the first period of Game 5, Malkin awkwardly tangled with Flyers defenseman Jori Lehtera. Meanwhile, Washington was applying the pressure all night to the Philadelphia defense and Neuvirth.

Claude Giroux picked up his first goal of the series and Matt Read added an empty-netter. Game 6 will be at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday. Their penalty kill is 9 for 9 in their two wins, but just 10 for 15 in their three losses. 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 teams would then go through 92 minutes of overtime before Keith Primeau beat Penguins' goalie Keith Tugnutt in the early hours of May 5th to tie the series, 2-2. Giroux has just two points and Voracek three.

Predators forward Ryan Hartman was scheduled to have a telephone hearing with the National Hockey League on Thursday after his shoulder met the head of the Avalanche's Carl Soderberg early in the third period of the Predators' 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

There's a chance the Flyers could have Sean Couturier in the lineup.

Hartman was assessed a charging penalty on the play, while Soderberg left the game and didn't return. ".We're going to go out there, play our game and be back for Game 6". Regardless, he showed his toughness through 16:55 of ice time and scored the go-ahead goal in the 4-2 victory with only 1:15 remaining in the third period.

Watching from the stands or on television, it might have been the most dramatic moment of Game 5.

Hornqvist took full contact in practice Saturday after missing Games 4 and 5 with an upper-body injury. Elliott was chased out of the game again after allowing three goals in two periods and in entered Neuvirth.

The Penguins have three convincing wins in this series, with the Flyers only managing a Game 2 victory. He still played over 20 minutes in Game 5, including seven shot attempts and five shots on goal. It already had the Flyers a bit handicapped going into Game 4, though the presence of Couturier probably wouldn't have made much of a difference in the outcome.

Both teams battled hard in the third with Pittsburgh continuing to attack Neuvirth, putting scoring chances on the net.

Now, with the Penguins trying for their third-straight Stanley Cup and the Flyers catching fire late in the season, we can only hope this matchup regains the spark it once had. But Pittsburgh was not done and with Murray on the bench and an extra attacker on the ice, the Penguins continued to pepper Neuvirth. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Jake Guentzel has six assists and Brian Dumoulin has nine shots on goal. The Flyers had been so morally wounded at times in this series that playing a fairly sound game for almost two periods only to trail by two would have probably been too much to overcome.

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a huge statement in Game 3 after they were challenged by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second game of the series.



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