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Malkin doesn't practice, game-time decision for Game 6

Malkin doesn't practice, game-time decision for Game 6”

He's hurting, but it's the playoffs.

Saskatoon's Chandler Stephenson, who played throughout the Washington Capitals lineup during the regular season, was skating on the left side of the second forward unit during Thursday's morning skate.

The Flyers scored only three shorthanded goals in the regular season, tied for 30th in the National Hockey League. The Flyers did trail the Pens 2-1 but scored the final three goals of the game and it was Sean Couturier, who scored the game-winner with just 1:15 left in the game.

This is a time when players step up and turn in memorable performances. The Penguins have been through too much to question themselves when they lose a game or two in any series.

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"I'm feeling better every day, and we'll see how I feel tomorrow", Couturier said.

It proved to be the right decision.

The Preds will find a way to eliminate the first-year Golden Knights, and they will get the job done in five games, while the Bruins will eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games. Now Philadelphia has to do it again at home, a place where the Penguins outscored the Flyers 10-1 while rolling in Games 3 and 4. Two minutes later, the Flyers responded with a shorthanded goal by Valtteri Fippula sending the game tied at two going into the third.

Everyone, that is, expect Ivan Provorov. The Czech has played very well since returning to the lineup, earning an assist in each of his two games. Again, it was another move that paid dividends for Dave Hakstol.

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An other-worldly glove stop by Neuvirth on Crosby preserved the victory 25 seconds later, with Matt Read sewing it up with an empty-net goal. "We had a great first period, took some penalties in the second but finished strong". Malkin (103 points) has tallied 45 goals and 58 assists and has recorded two or more points in 27 different games this year. Everything was going Pittsburgh's way. The San Jose Sharks are trying to sweep the Anaheim Ducks as they host Game 4 of the Western Conference series. We had a significant amount of power-play time.

The Flyers have converted on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that's right around league average.

All of a sudden, this series between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh just got a little more interesting since these two teams will head back to the City of Brotherly Love for what should be an epic Game 6 on Tuesday.

The Flyers were going to get a power play later in the second on a delayed penalty, but veteran Andrew MacDonald made a rookie mistake as was called for roughing Zach-Aston Reese. Filppula picked off a puck at center ice, marched it down the board, fed it to Jori Lehtera for a shot and slammed home the rebound to tie the game. "We're looking forward to the game". With that being said, they're giving the Predators everything they can handle as both teams look for the first goal of the game in what's been a stagnant game.Here, we've got you covered with everything you need for tonight's action:Friday's full scheduleLive updatesPredators and Avalanche battle it out for first goalThe Predators and the Avalanche are in the middle of a ground war so far, with the Avalanche's backs against the wall as they try to force a Game 6 in Colorado.

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Couturier missed Game 4, but the newly minted Selke Trophy finalist toughed it out and played the role of hero in a game that the Flyers absolutely had to win. There was certainly no guarantee that the Flyers would get this opportunity. The same holds for the Colorado Avalanche as they host the Nashville Predators in Game 4. But that does not diminish the effort Michal Neuvirth had in the series, making 103 saves on 105 shots over the course of three games for a.981 save percentage. There was physicality. There were plenty of extra-curriculars. The momentum change within PPG Paints Arena was palpable and it looked like the Flyers were in trouble down 2-1, and a penalty did nothing to assuage those concerns.



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