Flyers' Couturier played with torn MCL

Flyers' Couturier could play must-win Game 5

Flyers' Couturier could play must-win Game 5

Alas, the Pittsburgh Penguins got the last laugh after not only beating the Flyers in the series, but by paying their respects to the Philadelphia dead.

"Just trying to be around the net", Guentzel told NBC Sports after the game of his productive night. They just chucked stuff while action was unfolding, forcing players to maneuver around it. "So pretty fortunate to be on the good end of them tonight".

But it's fair to question the contributions of top forwards Claude Giroux (one goal, two assists), Jake Voracek (no goals, three assists) and Simmonds (no goals, two assists).

NOTES: Malkin was scratched with a leg injury. While the Flyers' campaign is now over, this certainly was a remarkable series for Couturier and it comes after a breakout regular season where he scored 31 goals and 76 points in 82 games.

"Yeah, it's never fun", he said. "That's the reality. But we talked all year about how everyone is expected to go out and do a job and help push for the right result". In Game 5, he tallied the game-winning goal with 1:15 remaining.

"The boys stuck together and played for each other all year, and that's why we were here in the playoffs", defenseman Ivan Provorov said.

Somebody probably started making the T-shirts halfway through Sunday afternoon's Flyers-Penguins game.

"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.

After leading the league in postseason goal scoring a season ago he is now tied for the league lead as of Sunday with his teammate, Sidney Crosby.

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.

Couturier scored his second goal of the game just 40 seconds into the second. Washington leads the series 3-2. But he was the only one to score more than one goal against the Penguins.

"It was something special", Penguins goalie Matt Murray said of Guentzel's game.

Rookie Nolan Patrick only scored 13 goals and recorded 17 assists during the regular season, but he will play a big role in the near future for the Philadelphia Flyers. Hornqvist did skate earlier Friday and remains day-to-day.

It took until the sixth game but the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers finally had their series turn into complete chaos.

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