Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-13-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-13-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Elliott stopped 14 of 19 shots and was pulled in favor of Mrazek after Crosby's latest bit of wizardry pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 5-0 just 9:01 into the second.

The Penguins have a pack of forwards who love to pressure and pursue the puck in the offensive zone. The defencemen in front of Murray turned Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds into a bystander.

"It was just a commitment to defend and play the right way", Sullivan said.

Unless they get a better effort from their defense or goaltenders, this will be a quick series. For all of their dominance on Wednesday night, it still only counts as one. With a win in Game 2 on Friday, the Flyers can tie the series - and even steal home-ice advantage in the process.

Offensively, the Penguins dominated, led by Sidney Crosby's hat trick. How could a powerful performance like that not make the Flyers wonder if they have enough to win? Hakstol declined to elaborate on his plans Thursday, though he's well aware Elliott's play was not Philadelphia's only issue.

The Flyers worked so hard and played so well in the final four months of the regular season that it was hard to fathom them looking so flat, so passive, so overmatched in their playoff opener.

Philadelphia returned to the playoffs this spring thanks in part to its resilience.

"Right now, my first instinct is yeah", Hakstol said when asked if Elliott would start Game 2. It leaves Dave Hakstol with a decision to make ahead of Game 2, go with the relief netminder who looked a little more stable, or turn back to Elliott. Future Vezina Trophy victor Pekka Rinne was elite this season, their defence was once again top in the league thanks to P.K. Subban and Roman Josi and their offence is just good enough to finish in the top half of the league.

Another loss would put Philadelphia in a perilous spot going home.

After winning the Stanley Cup as a rookie the previous two seasons, Murray was 27-16-3 with a 2.92 goals-against average and.907 save percentage in 49 games this season.

More importantly, Elliott got some crucial playing time to steady his game - those two starts were as important to his mental edge as they were to his physical status. Good luck with that. When Crosby was asked afterward why he did it, the Penguins captain responded: "I don't like them".

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Neuvirth was called upon then and responded brilliantly, with a 31-save victory in Game 4 and an even better, 44-save Game 5 shutout win. "You can probably apply that to a lot of our game". And don't forget Patrick Maroon, who had three goals and 10 points in 17 games for New Jersey, which acquired him from Edmonton. If the Jets can do it twice in three days, they'll have firm control against sloppy Minnesota. It's on the Flyers now to not only be better, but be prepared for what Pittsburgh brings in response to this Game 1 spectacle. The Wild understand they need to be smarter in their own end.

"It was one game".

Grubauer has only appeared in two playoff games, starting one of them which was back in 2015.

The Penguins were very good on offense during the regular season as they ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.29 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots taken (34.4 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 26.2% of their chances. Having a crammed and raucous Bell MTS Place certainly helped.

Last season, the Predators lost in the Finals to the Penguins.

That Penguins team looked nothing like the Penguins juggernaut which showed up for Game 1, Round 1 on Wednesday night.

Will Game 2 follow the same script?

The Golden Knights are one of the best stories in National Hockey League history.

"I just think that Grubi deserves the opportunity", Trotz said.

Look, the Penguins boast a ton of star power and are without question a superior team on paper.

The Kings outhit Vegas 68-59, though some Los Angeles players scoffed at the notion Game 1 was an overly physical. "So I think Nashville quietly, whether it's at the deadline or just before, did some awesome things".

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