Flyers-Penguins preview: Michal Neuvirth tries to keep Philly alive

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Although it was his first National Hockey League playoff elimination loss, Provorov barely contained extra waves of emotion uncharacteristically washing over him after a two-goal Flyers lead in the second period came undone in a nightmare third period en route to an 8-5 Game 6 loss. Their only series win was against Boston in 2010, when they actually overcame a three-games-to-none deficit.

"On the 4-2 lead, things that came back to get us, and what caused us on the third and fourth goal, and some extenuating circumstances on the fifth, they're a good team and if you make mistakes and give them the puck back too easily, they make you pay quickly", Flyers' coach Dave Hakstol said.

Yet, the Penguins resilience hadn't run out, when Pactric Hornqvist buried a quick, sharp pass from Jake Guentzel past goaltender Brian Elliot, cutting the score to 4-3. Then, the Flyers Scott Laughton scored his first playoff goal by by receiving a long pass and finishing it off with a slapshot. Other Penguins with multi-point games were Letang (three assists), Hornqvist (one goal and two assists) and Kessel (two assists).

Two years ago in a playoff series against Washington, Neuvirith replaced a struggling Steve Mason and excelled in Games 4 to 6. The Flyers looked unprepared as the series started, and dropped Game One without scoring a single goal.

Philly's defense was nonexistent and the Flyers had no bodies on Crosby and especially Hagelin on the gimme goals against Michal Neuvirth.

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Penguins goalie Matt Murray (1.63 GAA, .933 save percentage) has been outstanding in the series. Game 6 of the series is Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Konecny jumped up and - like a wrestling heel smacking his opponent with a steel chair - cracked Sheary in the back with his stick and was whistled for roughing.

But that was about the last crowd-pleasing play by the Flyers. And it's not like Couturier was playing timidly out there, he was battling to do anything in his power to force a Game 7.

Bryan Rust scored an empty-netter with 30 seconds left to ensure the Penguins got all four of their wins by at least three goals.

Look no further than Philadelphia's usual unsettled goaltending to understand why the franchise has gone 42 years without a championship. The Penguins have outscored the Flyers, 20-10, including a 17-1 margin in their victories.

NOTES: Malkin was scratched with a leg injury. The Penguins scored five-plus goals against the Flyers eight times in 10 games this season.

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