Guentzel Leads Penguins Past Flyers, 8-5


Rowney got into the line up for the first time in the post-season Sunday afternoon and played eight and a half minutes.

The Penguins will move on to play the victor of the series between Washington and Columbus.

Pittsburgh, which has a three-games-to-two lead, can wrap up the series with a win. "Look at our team last year and look at our team this year", he said. "No people believed in us that we would be here and [would] be able to play good hockey against Pittsburgh, so [I'm] just very proud of this team".

The Flyers hope Ivan Provorov, the anchor of their defense, can play in the must-win game. They use systems of play that they have been planning all season to get the slightest advantage against their opponents.

Couturier, named a Selke Trophy finalist Wednesday, was injured in a collision with defenseman Radko Gudas in practice Tuesday.

In Game 6, the Penguins scored twice in 47 seconds in the first period to take a 2-1 lead, twice in 1:24 to go from trailing 4-3 late in the second period to leading 5-4 at 30 seconds of the third period, and twice in 10 seconds midway through the third to make it 7-4. But, as it turns out, Couturier's injury wasn't just another bruise, it was actually a torn MCL.

It was 2-2 after one period, 4-4 after two, and nothing was decided in the fiercest game of the series between the longstanding rivals until Guentzel took control. However, it wasn't anything the Penguins - playing without star Evgeni Malkin, out with a lower body injury - did to the Flyers more than it was what the Flyers did to themselves.

The hero act elevated with his standout showing Sunday of three goals and a pair of assists for his first career five-point playoff performance. "We did that. Now we have to win the next one".

Not so Giroux, who ended a disappointing playoff with an assist on the final Couturier goal well after the Penguins made it clear there was going to be no Game 7.

The Predators went 3-1-1 against the Jets during the regular season. That's the reality. Could we have played better as a team?

There is one season that is ultimately successful - and we didn't obviously accomplish that this year - but there were a lot of positives that we can go back and evaluate. "I just try to lay it all out there and give it all I have".

"Not specific to those guys, I feel like we were our own worst enemy", Hakstol said.