Flyers' Sean Couturier nets hat trick despite torn MCL
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 26, 2018,
Apr 26, 2018, 6:47
His play was matched by that of Sean Couturier on the Philadelphia side, who scored a hat trick of his own and added two assists despite playing on a torn MCL in his right knee. He played almost half of each game in the series.Shayne Gostisbehere had just one goal in six games despite playing with Provorov for most of the series.
The Flyers also Couturier back to centre the third line just three days removed from a scary practice collision with teammate Radko Judas that left Courtier with a lower-body injury that forced him to watch Pittsburgh's clinical 5-0 Game 4 romp from the press box.
Philadelphia was going to have to win the high-end talent battle to win this series and they couldn't match Pittsburgh's. The Capitals lead that series three games to two. There's one season that ultimately is successful, and obviously we didn't accomplish that this year. Washington is up 3 games to 2.
Claude Giroux, who was second in the National Hockey League during the regular season with 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists), had three points (one goal, two assists) in the series.
Guentzel didn't just join Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens as the only Penguins with four or more goals in a playoff game. Philadelphia fans have been clamoring for offense from the 8th overall pick in the 2011 entry draft, and Couturier finally answered.
The Flyers blew 1-0 and 4-2 leads as a physical game between two hated rivals came down to the final 20 minutes, tied at 4 at the Wells Fargo Center in front of an emotionally drained crowd.
Jake Guentzel was credited with four goals, including three in the third period. They were always looking for the next play it seemed instead of just shooting the puck.
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. Matt Murray made 21 saves but had no chance on Couturier's victor as the puck found its way through a sea of players and into the net. "They got their chances, they capitalized on them". "... There's been a lot of talk, we're tight to play at home, we're this, we're that". If necessary, Game 7 will be played Wednesday night. "Ultimately we came up short of that full 60 minutes".