VOORHEES, N.J. It's the playoffs.
For Giroux, the goal snapped an 11-game streak without a goal, which should be a huge confidence booster for not only Giroux, but the entire team moving forward.The Penguins also got a scare when one of their stars Evgeni Malkin stayed on the ice after the Flyers' Jori Lehtera fell on his leg. Malkin returned to the game in the second period.The Penguins' equalizer came 12 minutes into the second period when Bryan Rust nudged a wraparound goal past the skate of Neuvirth, who had hung on by the skin of his teeth for the previous five minutes after a slashing penalty from Shayne Gostisbehere put the Penguins on the attack in the power play. So it's always give an honest effort. unless you're talking to the media about injuries.
As for whether Couturier can do something useful once he's there. "I've got a lot of respect for that guy (Couturier)". "I guess you have to ask (Hakstol) about that. It's the playoffs right now".
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"This team has had pretty good presence in terms of leadership in knowing the situation and handling the situation". "Sure, we're disappointed that we didn't get the job done yesterday, but we still get to go play hockey for a living". They are 0-2 at home. "We didn't put a show on, but we kept it tight and found a way to win".
Take, for example, No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang and how he's been used in a first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. I think they play it the way it should be played and I try to play the same game.
The Penguins this season have tallied the sixth-most hits per game (24.0), but that number has risen to 28.8 over their last five home outings. Obviously the goal of the game is Sean Couturier's game-winning goal.
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He could use them both or sell one off as part of another deal, perhaps to land an established veteran like Odell Beckham. Then they can accumulate some picks and still find a player that fills a need later in the first or early in the second.
"I think they're a hell of a team", Hakstol said. They lost the game 4-2. No one really gave them a chance in Game 5. We're capable of turning it. The same goes for the banged-up Bruins because they're on a crash course to face the Lightning in the second round. Now we just gotta figure out how to play at home...
Clearly the Flyers have to do a lot of things better. Even though postseason scoring is up 7 percent from past year, Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury and San Jose's Martin Jones combined to allow just seven goals in eight games - two four-game sweeps - to set up a second-round showdown.
The question is, can they play the same way when the series resumes Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center? This was the second straight phantom penalty called against the Flyers in the game and the Flyers players were starting to wonder how they only were given one power play back in the middle of the first period.
Michal Neuvirth was strong with 30 saves in his Game 5 start, but this one was by far the best. Just what is vitally necessary.
In his rookie season with the Penguins, Sidney Crosby felt the hatred from Philadelphia fans nearly immediately.
Welcome to the Battle of Pennsylvania, even if it took until the fifth game for the series to get a personality. We are about to find out, because, after four lopsided games in a conference quarterfinal that had no drama and bore little resemblance to the teams' colorful past against each other, this series suddenly has gotten interesting. "Just the fight in this team". The brawl resulted in 62 penalty minutes, with Craig Adams and Scott Hartnell dropping the gloves and four players were given game misconducts. "If we go down, we're going to go down swinging".