Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier scores dazzling goal

Posted April 23, 2018

They will play the victor of the Washington Capitals-Columbus Blue Jackets series in the second round.

With the score tied 2-2, Sean Couturier scored the second of his three goals at the 40-second mark while the Flyers were shorthanded.

"He has the ability to play his best when the stakes are the highest". "They embrace adversity. They embrace the struggle".

But the Penguins, who were missing star center Evgeni Malkin because of an unspecified injury, didn't get rattled. "They embrace the challenge", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Guentzel scored the second of his four goals in the game off an assist from Phil Kessel .

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.

Guentzel tied it 4-4 at 19:06 of the second period, deflecting Olli Maatta's shot from the point.

The Flyers cut the Penguins' series lead to 3-2 going into Game 6 on Sunday in Philadelphia.

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. Get the app and get the game.

The win in Game 6 allowed the Penguins to clinch the series over the Flyers 4-2.

With that, the Penguins have now won nine consecutive playoff series. He has three goals and five points so far in the series.

Carl Hagelin scored at 7:17 to make it 2-1 before Andrew MacDonald tied it 2-2 at 15:48.

Philly's defence was nonexistent and the Flyers had no bodies on Crosby and especially Hagelin on the gimme goals against Michal Neuvirth.

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

With the second period reaching the final minute, another defensive-zone turnover by Radko Gudas cost the Flyers again.

That was just part of the physicality from this game, most of which went uncalled on both sides. Penalties_Kessel, PIT, (roughing), 9:43; Sheary, PIT, (cross checking), 16:09; Konecny, PHI, (roughing), 16:09.

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.

Couturier gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 2:15 of the first period. He was not anywhere near as good on Sunday giving up seven goals on the 27 shots he faced (the Penguins' eighth goal was an empty net goal).

Hart Trophy candidate Claude Giroux scored only one goal in the series for the Flyers. Well let's go through this piece by piece if we can.

Malkin's knee injury had a ripple effect on the lineup, although the return of Patric Hornqvist somewhat softened the blow.

Guentzel is the third Penguin - along with Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens - and the 35th player overall to score four times in a playoff game.