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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sidney Crosby tormented the Flyers just as he has from the start of his National Hockey League career. And Matt Murray? Oh, just two shutouts and the type of outings that show more zeros on the board are possible in the second round - and maybe, beyond.
Even if the Flyers had managed to pull off the unthinkable by forcing a Game 7, and somehow found a way to advance in the series, the chances of them going beyond the second round would have seemed slim. Austin Watson and Filip Forsberg each scored their fourth goals of the series before Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson each notched their second.
The Flyers are headed home, as usual, with a Stanley Cup drought that dates to 1975.
"He did such a great job a year ago in the playoffs, but he's raised his game again to another level".
The juggernaut Pittsburgh Penguins were given a run for their money in this high-scoring series against the Flyers.
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Now comes the hard part.
It was not enough because, well, the Flyers just simply did not have an answer for the Penguins' offense. It also proves that Matt Murray is an elite playoff goaltender. "We got the job done". "You're at a blur at that point, just to get them back-to-back like that".
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was too caught up in the next-line mentality to appreciate the moment or the gravity of Guentzel's four-goal game.
"Sid loves to compete". The defenseman briefly gave his team the spark needed to go toe-to-toe with the Penguins. "You love to see guys have success", Crosby said, acknowledging the rarity of the four-goal game. "I turned the puck over a couple of times and they turned into goals, and, um. and we lost the game". The Predators will face off with the Winnipeg Jets in the second round for what is guaranteed to be a series you'll want a lot of popcorn to excitedly eat while watching.
Sure, four goals is a bit ridiculous, but Guentzel will need to be a key contributor again especially if Malkin isn't ready to go. A series that saw the Penguins win all three games at Wells Fargo Center, where no Flyers fans responded by raining hats.
However, game two was a different story. Malkin didn't play the final 3:28 of the first period, but returned for the start of the second and finished the game. But he was hurt to the point where he sat out Game 6, and all it takes is one nagging injury to slow down the road toward completing the Stanley Cup trilogy. For much of the season, he was the top player on the team and a major reason they even made the playoffs.
Before the Eastern Conference final against the Senators, I asked Guentzel if he noticed a big change with the way the game was played at this time of year.