Flyers' Sean Couturier to sit out Game 4 with lower-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins take 2-1 series lead behind performance of Matt Murray power play

Matt Murray makes a save in Game 2 against the Flyers

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

That's been a theme in the series: The Penguins get a big save down one end, the Flyers don't get one down the other end. "The puck ended up right on my stick", Crosby said.

The Flyers trail the Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 last night to take Game Four of their Stanley Cup Playoff Series. The Flyers are 2 for 17 on the power play in the series.

The loss of Couturier shakes up the Flyers' top line considerably.

Matt Murray, meanwhile, grabbed his second shutout of the playoffs in the win, which puts the Flyers on the brink of a playoff exit.

Pittsburgh dominated from pillar to post in this one.

The Penguins are better than the Flyers. However, Patrick flipped a shot just wide.

But Laughton, in the Penguins' defensive end, threw an ill-advised diagonal pass that Kessel intercepted and tipped to Malkin. The same state rivals meeting in the playoffs for the first time in six years. And in the process Crosby broke one of the more significant records in franchise history. Brian Elliott was replaced by Michal Neuvirth halfway through the game.

That's also not the proper technique.

Sidney Crosby - love him, hate him, curse him, it doesn't matter - once again proved why he's the best player in the world, scoring his fifth goal in four games and putting the proverbial nail in the Flyers' coffin with 9:04 left in the second period.

Even when he was in the line up, it wasn't working.

Forsberg and his crew came out with a little more spring in their skates for Game 4.

And as the Flyers walked off the ice for what will likely be the last time at home this season, they did so with their heads collectively down and the sound of boos still raining down from the few fans still remaining. With Michal Neuvirth in goal, Sidney Crosby welcomed him almost three minutes later with a stealthy wraparound goal and a commanding 4-0 lead.

Both teams were missing star forwards - Couturier and the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist - because of injuries.

This is definitely not 2012.

Couturier (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Penguins, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. As a result, the Penguins will have an opportunity to close the series Friday in Pittsburgh.

The Flyers pulled out all their good-luck charms. I will be out in Philadelphia during Game 5 so Rachael McKriger, our website co-editor and Riverhounds SC writer, will keep you covered in the meantime.

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