The Capitals were leading the series 3-0 and the Flyers were on the brink of elimination. All four games have been decided by at least four goals. The line for Philadelphia sits at +205 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
The Preds and Winnipeg Jets will engage in a memorable second-round series, with Nashville surviving in seven games.
In front of a packed Bell MTS Place, the Jets struck early and often in a 5-0 win, sending the punchless Minnesota Wild packing in five games.
The Flyers had a solid opening period, with a 60.87 CF% at 5-on-5, but were massively outplayed in the second period, as Pittsburgh had a 67.74 CF% at 5-on-5.
The Philadelphia Flyers proved they have ice running through their blood as they fought excessively in Game 5 to stay in the series.
Everything was on the line for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5, and the game down to wire.
Val Filppula, who became the Flyers' top-line center because the hobbling Couturier wasn't close to 100 percent in Game 5, had three points - including a game-turning shorthanded tally - in Friday's win. Meanwhile, Washington was applying the pressure all night to the Philadelphia defense and Neuvirth. He added a second assist on Matt Read's empty-net goal in the closing seconds. The Penguins will now look to close it out on the road and move on to face the victor of the Capitals/ Blue Jackets series. He just loves the game.
It was short lived as the play got rough and penalties were called. Managing to overcome this as well as a 10-game losing streak in early December, the Flyers would face their in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
One strong 30-save performance in a 4-2 victory over the Penguins later, and the Flyers' net is now Neuvirth's to lose for the rest of this series.
"It's day to day", Couturier dutifully reported about the "lower body". well, probable right knee problem. that kept him out of Game 4. 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.
The total has also gone over in seven of Anaheim's last 10 playoff games when it was an underdog on the road.
It's do-or-die time for three different teams on Friday night in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With Josh Morrissey suspended for Friday's game, Niku would become the second Winnipeg defenceman to make his playoff debut in as many games after Tucker Poolman did so on Tuesday, registering three shots on goal and a blocked shot in 8:17 of ice time. Scoring in the loss was Bryan Rust, which was his 2nd of the series and 15th of the year and Jake Guentzel, which was his 2nd of the series and 24th of the year. He racked up 31 goals and 45 assists in 82 games during the regular season, not missing a single game which makes the timing of this all so undesirable.
Both teams battled hard in the third with Pittsburgh continuing to attack Neuvirth, putting scoring chances on the net.
Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier are excellent offensive threats and Shayne Gostisbehere can fire the puck from the back end, but the Flyers have to find a way to shut down or slow down the Penguins. But Pittsburgh was not done and with Murray on the bench and an extra attacker on the ice, the Penguins continued to pepper Neuvirth.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made a huge statement in Game 3 after they were challenged by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second game of the series.