"Our focus has got to be to win that Game 4 and that's all we can do".
Make that the relentless Penguins.
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.
Matt Murray made 26 saves and collected his second shutout in the series. Still, Hakstol didn't waste any time pulling his starter after Letang's goal, the third allowed by Elliott on 17 shots.
The Penguins will attempt to finish the Flyers off back in Pittsburgh for Game Five, held Friday at 7pm. "We have to stick together and believe in ourselves".
The 25-year-old Couturier has one goal and three points through three games in the best-of-seven series. In the playoffs, however, the team's dropped to an average of 31.3 shots on goal (and down to 4.3 goals per game).
And, so, yes, it was a pretty important game. The stands were almost empty with a couple minutes to go, most of a crowd that's so good at being hostile and raucous hardly getting the chance to do so in a game the Flyers were losing from the 4:33 mark and onward.
The Flyers picked up a four-minute power play at the end of the second when Malkin was whistled for high-sticking and cutting Travis Konecny under the eye.
As the final frame opened, Philly needed four goals in the third period to even make things interesting - a task they had done a few times this season most recently in January against the Islanders.
Claude Giroux (34 goals, 69 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Flyers. Couturier had to be helped off the ice with an apparent lower-body injury. After an off day Monday, the Penguins practiced Tuesday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.
"It wasn't a great start", Andrew MacDonald said.
"Tonight was one of the first night that I felt we had some looks that got through to the net but we didn't have net front presence".
The Philadelphia Flyers were unable to win Game 3 on their home ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins and now face a 2-1 series deficit. "They seemed to be smarter than us there, breaking up a lot of plays and preventing us from getting in".
Trailing 2-0 early in the second stanza, the Flyers got their first real man advantage but squandered it without creating a single scoring opportunity. "He buried it ... we did a good job of holding on and giving ourselves a chance to go the other way". Flyers vs Penguins tv channel schedule is on NBCSN. The Sharks' best defenseman, Brent Burns (undisclosed), has an injury situation to monitor, but they are 11-4 in their last 15 home games against Anaheim.
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