Penguins dominate Flyers 5-0, take 3-1 series lead

Sheri Evans
April 20, 2018

This goal by Phil Kessel to make it 2-0, was the back breaker.

If you're of a particular vintage, you'll remember how the Flyers rarely lost when they had Kate Smith sing God Bless America before playoff games.

It probably would have been more appropriate if it said "Defined by Defense" because in the end it was more of the same. With Game 5 taking place on Friday, chances are this will be the final game of 2018 for the Flyers, assuming they continue to look as bad as they have for the most part this series. Minus their 5-1 win in Game 2, the Flyers have been out scored 17-1 in games one, three and four.

(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette) Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby scores in the second period in game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. We had an opportunity to turn the momentum with our first power play, and we didn't do it.

That starts with T, that rhymes with P, that stands for Penguins.

Matt Murray urned away all 26 shots he faced, earning his second shutout of the series.

Let's take a look through the lens of our photographer Heather Barry's best photos from last night's game.

Giroux has just one assist in the four games. The Pens went 1-for-4 on the power play, while holding Philadelphia 0-for-4. The Devils led until J.T. Miller and Kucherov scored about 3 1/2 minutes apart in the first period. The two dropped the gloves and fought in Game 3.

That just about sums up the Flyers' night.

Murray made the save, however, with 42 seconds left in the period. "The puck ended up right on my stick", Crosby said. Though he had a career-best regular season in goals (34), assists (68) and points (102), Giroux's production has been nonexistent in the playoffs.

So Elliot was pulled and in would come Michal Neuvirth.

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But after finding that the Flyers weren't getting much production out of their other three lines - and after a ghastly 10-game losing streak - Hakstol shuffled the lines a bit in early December, keeping Giroux and Couturier together on the top line, along with Travis Konecny, and moving Voracek down to the second line. The nine points has moved him ahead of Mario Lemieux as the all-time playoff scoring leader in Penguins history.

At this point the crowd couldn't even boo, let alone chant "Crosby sucks".

Couturier (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Penguins, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

Even when he was in the line up, it wasn't working. Crosby had three goals and five assists.

For whatever reason, the Flyers never evolved into a dominant team on home ice this season. And the four games to date have been no contest.

This is definitely not 2012.

It's frustrating, but get used to it.

Disgruntled Flyers fans chanted from the balcony to the concourse for the Flyers to fire third-year coach Dave Hakstol.

Game 5 of the series is set for Friday night in Pittsburgh at 7pm, if they Flyers win the series would return to Philly on Sunday.

Tampa Bay can wrap up the best-of-seven series in Game 5 at home on Saturday. Pre-game on WISR is 6:30pm.

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