Penguins Advance: On Jake Guentzel Sinking the Flyers, Pittsburgh’s 3rd Pairing Woes, Crosby – Giroux

 

Game 6 Analysis Nine Straight Playoff Series Wins, three more to go for a Penguins Three-Peat to be complete. Jake Guentzel scored 4 goals and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Philadelphia Flyers 8-5 on Sunday afternoon to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Penguins in ousting the Flyers in six games, scored six unanswered goals to close out the game after being on the ropes and trailing 4-2 in the second period. How special was Guentzel’s big-time performance? — While Jake Guentzel produced a five point game in a winning effort, Sean Couturier became just the second player in NHL history to record five points in a playoff game and have his team lose. Couturier playing with a torn MCL had a hat trick and two assists. Couturier was sensational in the series, especially considering the circumstances of his injury, finishing with 5 goals andRead More »

Game 5 Analysis: On Flyers extending the series, Penguins Lack of Killer Instinct Late in Period 2 & More Buzz

 

Flyers 4 – Penguins 2 (PIT LEADS SERIES, 3-2) The Philadelphia Flyers have extended the series and forced a Game 6 with a 4-2 win on Friday Night at the PPG Paints Arena. Sean Couturier broke a 2-2 tie with a 1:15 left in regulation and Matt Read added an empty netter as the Flyers staved off elimination. The loss for the Penguins was more about the Penguins themselves than the Flyers. Pittsburgh had a meh performance through the first half of the game, which was even in play, but the Penguins started finding their legs in the second period, big game Bryan Rust tied the game at 1-1 (12:00 mark) and then Jake Guentzel put the Penguins up 2-1 with his second goal of the playoffs, 4:45 later. Momentum was all with the Penguins and then 17 seconds after the Guentzel goal, Pittsburgh goes on the power play asRead More »

Penguins All-Time Playoff Points Leaders

 

Sidney Crosby in his 152nd career playoff, surpassed Mario Lemieux on Wednesday night to become the Penguins all-time playoff points leader. Kris Letang in the win also moved into eighth all-time in Penguins history for playoff points. Penguins All-Time Playoff Points Leaders 1. Sidney Crosby | 152 GP – 62 Goals – 111 Assists – 173 Pts 2. Mario Lemieux | 107 GP – 76 Goals – 96 Assists – 172 Pts 3. Evgeni Malkin | 153 GP – 61 Goals – 101 Assists – 162 Pts 4. Jaromir Jagr | 140 GP – 65 Goals – 82 Assists – 147 Pts 5. Kevin Stevens | 103 GP – 46 Goals – 60 Assists – 106 Pts 6. Ron Francis | 97 GP – 32 Goals – 68 Assists – 100 Pts 7. Chris Kunitz | 126 GP – 23 Goals – 53 Assists – 76 Pts 8. Kris LetangRead More »

Game 4 Analysis: Penguins have reached a level where Flyers have mentally checked out

 

Penguins 5 – Flyers 0 (PIT LEADS SERIES, 3-1) PIT LEADERS Matt Murray | 26 Saves, 1.000 SV% Sidney Crosby | Goal, Assist Phil Kessel | Goal, Assist Evgeni Malkin | Goal, Assist Kris Letang | Goal Riley Sheahan | Goal GAME 4 ANALYSIS Game 3 felt like the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Flyers season, most notably the momentum changing plays Matt Murray and Sidney Crosby provided in period one of Game 3. Pittsburgh’s 5-0 win in Game 4 vs the Flyers further cemented the Flyers have reached the point where they know they can’t beat the Penguins. Matt Murray with a 26 save-shutout was dominant again in the first period, stopping all 10 shots in the period including a breakaway save. Murray with 4 shutouts in his last six playoff games, has boasted a .972 save percentage in the first period of this series. For the underdog Flyers, Murray’sRead More »

Game 4 Storyline: Impact on series of injuries to Hornqvist, Couturier

 

Game 4 Storyline The Pittsburgh Penguins look to go up 3-1 in the series against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight and one of the storylines entering tonight is a key injury on both sides. For Philadelphia, it’s the uncertainty surrounding a lower body injury to top-line center Sean Couturier who taken was out in a wicked collision with goon defenseman Radko Gudas in Tuesday’s practice. If Couturier can suit up, there’s still questions of how effective he will be. For as great as Sidney Crosby has been in the series, 4 goals and 3 assists in 7 games, Couturier at full strength is the Flyers only hope of slowing down Crosby who is at 48% in possession head-to-head vs Couturier in the series and at 66% when away from Couturier. For Pittsburgh, it’s the loss of Patric Hornqvist. The Penguins won a playoff game last postseason against a much better WashingtonRead More »

Game 3 Analysis: Matt Murray, Sidney Crosby & Championship Prowess of weathering the storm

 

Penguins 5 – Flyers 1 (PIT LEADS SERIES, 2-1) Brian Elliott turned back into Brian Elliott and the Pittsburgh Penguins are now up 2-1 in the series. Matt Murray stopped 26 of 27 shots, while Sidney Crosby was doing Sidney Crosby things again with a goal, 3 assists in a 5-1 Penguins win. The brilliance of Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray might have won the series in the first period. Philadelphia came out of the gates with a major surge, dominating play but Murray shut the door on every opportunity highlighted by a breakaway save on Nolan Patrick. After one period the Flyers had a 29-12 edge in shot attempts, 19-3 edge in scoring chances and 10-1 advantage in high danger chances, yet Murray and Crosby were the story after 20 minutes as Murray turned aside all 11 shots and Sidney Crosby scored a wrap-around goal at 10:25 of theRead More »

No hearing for Claude Giroux

 

The National Hockey League has determined Claude Giroux violent collision with Kris Letang is not worthy of a hearing. Letang was leveled by Giroux in the second period, a hit/collision that certainly looked intentional live and the replay doesn’t do much justice. Letang who has a bad concussion history, left the ice for a short-time due to a cut hand.

Game 2 Analysis: Brian Elliott, Special Teams & Momentum Swings

 

Flyers 5 – Penguins 1 (Series Tied, 1-1) Penguins – Flyers is all tied up as the series shifts to Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. Brian Elliott stopped 34 of 35 shots and the Flyers turned the tables on Pittsburgh with a 5-1 win in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1. “Said it coming in, nobody really is giving us a serious chance in this series,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said. “I don’t Know if anybody still will. But I know this, we just it down to a five game series and we introduced ourselves into this series tonight.” The Penguins 7-0 win in Game 1 was so impressive and spelled so much trouble for the Flyers because of how Pittsburgh excelled in  possessing of a number of matchup problems, that in reality Philadelphia’s only answer to some of them is getting great goaltending. Well the Flyers got exceptionalRead More »

Game 2? Brian Elliott 0-7 with .852 SV% in last 8 postseason starts

 

As Matt Murray dating back to the 2017 playoffs will enter Game 2 with a 206:52 of playoff time shutout streak, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is pressed with the decision to stick with Brian Elliott or not. In the immediate aftermath of the Penguins 7-0 thrashing over the Flyers, Hakstol says his “first instinct” is to stick with Elliott who the Flyers signed in July to try to shore up their No. 1 goaltending position which has seemed like a yearly occurrence since Ron Hextall’s prime. What should be frightening for Flyers fans is this on Elliott: