Flyers hope to mature, learn from playoff mistakes

Sean Couturier was the best thing about this series, and this season, for the Flyers | Mike Sielski

The Flyers also got a strong game from their penalty killers, who snuffed all five Pittsburgh power plays and added a short-handed goal from Valtteri Filppula, and from Michal Neuvirth, one of three goalies Philadelphia has used in this series. He was injured in practice on Tuesday, and missed Game 4 on Wednesday night, but fought through the pain and played in Game 5 and Game 6 with an undisclosed injury.

Sean Couturier (#14) celebrates a goal with his Flyers teammates Sunday during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Then, Jake Guenztel went on a scoring rampage, scoring three-in-a-row, pushing the Penguins into a 7-4 lead in the 3rd period. 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. Washington leads that series 3-2.

In a memorable (but for many, also forgettable) Game 6 in Philadelphia, the Penguins proved too opportunistic - and talented - for the fledgling Flyers to defeat to force a Game 7, faltering 8-5 to end their up and down season. There's one season that ultimately is successful, and obviously we didn't accomplish that this year. Is Pittsburgh going to close it out in Game 5 with a third straight victory?

If nothing else, Sunday afternoon's tilt between the Penguins and Flyers was a damn good hockey game. for 50 minutes at least.

Guentzel didn't just join Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens as the only Penguins with four or more goals in a playoff game. But, as it turns out, Couturier's injury wasn't just another bruise, it was actually a torn MCL. In the second period of Game 5, the Penguins doubled their lead from 2-0 to 4-0 in 2:52. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Mike Sullivan may turn to Tristan Jarry (15-11-2), who has a.908 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this year.

Giroux is the last player left from the '10 finals team and had just one goal and two assists in the playoffs. "They got their chances, they capitalized on them". "Lucky bounce, but we'll take them".

Jake Guentzel had the same reaction as the rest of us after putting his four-goal finishing touch on the Flyers. "There are a lot of real positives that we're going to be able to go back and evaluate".

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