Visit SportsLine to get National Hockey League odds and picks for every Stanley Cup playoff game, all from the advanced computer model on a red-hot 21-8 National Hockey League run.The Philadelphia Flyers will play in a Game 6 after getting a late goal Friday night to beat the Penguins, 3-2.
Game 6 will be in Philadelphia on Sunday, and the key question will be does head coach Dave Hakstol start Neuvirth who made 31 saves or go with Brian Elliott who is 1-3 while giving up 14 goals? The series was headed back to Philadelphia and it seemed the Flyers had seized momentum behind Neuvirth, trailing 3-2 in the series.
Barely 72 hours removed from a frightening collision with a teammate in practice threatened to end his season, Couturier returned for Game 5 and threaded a shot through traffic that slipped past Matt Murray and into the net with 1:15 left to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night to send the series back to Philadelphia. "Create a rebound. Luckily it may have hit one of their guys (defenseman Brian Dumoulin)". "Lucky bounce, but we'll take them". The Flyers started to react to what was going on more than they were trying to push the play like they did in the first.
The Flyers once again had what seemed like a struggling goalie in their net and needed to find a way to get back into the game if they wanted the postseason to continue past this game. Giroux fired the puck over the glove of Matt Murray to give the Flyers a one to nothing lead with two and a half minutes left in the period.
Filppula set up a first-period goal by Giroux (which ended an 11-playoff-game goal drought), then scored a shorthanded goal with 1:45 remaining in the second period to tie the score at 2-2. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots, including a diving stop on the doorstep to deny Penguins star Sidney Crosby with 50 seconds left.
"It was a good day", Couturier, who still isn't at 100 percent, said before the game. "We've got to win a game and from our standpoint, nothing has really changed". Their only series win was against Boston in 2010, when they actually overcame a three-games-to-none deficit. Matt Murray has given up eight goals on 120 shots faced.
In the end, the Flyers beat the Penguins at their own game of being able to hold a lead and take an important game.
Mistakes that injected some actual tension into a series devoid of it coming in.
Val Filppula, who had zero points in the first four games, centered Giroux and Jake Voracek on the top line.
Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol, perhaps fighting for his job, made his first significant change in an effort to keep his team's season alive, giving Neuvirth his first playoff start in almost two years after Elliott couldn't shake out of a funk that saw him pulled in Game 1 and again in Game 4. I'll see how I feel in warmups, see if I feel good enough to help the team.
Neuvirth, making his first start in the series, had been superb before Rust's goal.
Pittsburgh came out with a lot of energy in the second period and tied the score at the 12-minute mark on a goa by Bryan Rust. Now Philadelphia has to do it again at home, a place where the Penguins outscored the Flyers 10-1 while rolling in Games 3 and 4. The Jets were simply the better team, as they have been for most of the series, and they'll go on to play the victor of Predators-Avalanche in the second round.How to watch all the Stanley Cup playoff gamesJust look here for a complete TV and game schedule.Odds for each seriesThe experts at SportsLine have run simulations and have your betting odds for the eventual Stanley Cup champions. "It was a road game". We can be found at Sons of Penn and The Orange Update.
NOTES: Penguins F Patric Hornqvist missed his second straight game due to an upper-body injury.