Penguins over the Flyers in game 4


Philadelphia players have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five outings.

In Game 4, he broke the Flyers' will, scoring the Penguins' fourth goal in what ended up a 5-0 win that gave his team an nearly insurmountable 3-1 series lead. At the end of the day, the Flyers find themselves with their backs against the wall and down 3-1 in the series.

Along the way, Sidney Crosby notched the Penguins' all-time record for career playoff points, Evgeni Malkin scored another multipoint game and Matt Murray was rock solid in his second shutout of the series. Yes, there have been numerous occasions over the years in which National Hockey League teams pull off historic comebacks, but when seeing the way that Philadelphia has been playing this series, that's never going to happen. Including the two regular-season games, the Penguins have outscored the Flyers on their own ice, 20-4.

But so far, this Penguins-Flyers series has been a major disappointment.

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"The second period was a real key part of this hockey game", Hakstol said following his team's 5-0 loss on Wednesday.

Phil Kessel took a feed from Malkin at the 14:37 mark to put the Pens up 2-0 going into the second period.

The Flyers played without Sean Couturier, who was injured at practice earlier in the week with what the team is calling a Lower Body Injury. They had no shots on a second-period power play, and it took them 9:21 to get their first shot in that stanza. Crosby has 33 goals and 63 assists to his name, and has notched a point in 56 games. Philly has just six goals in four games now and five of those came in Game 2. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last four games played on two days of rest.

Kris Letang tripled the Penguins' lead in the 2nd after burying a shot off Andrew MacDonald's stick and the goal post, chasing Brian Elliott from the game. They had stolen momentum. The Flyers were heavily outplayed in the second period, and the deficit doubled. Brian Elliott was replaced by Michal Neuvirth halfway through the game. Neuvirth was looking over his right shoulder for the Crosby shot that slipped in by his left skate.