Flyers' Couturier played with torn MCL

Penguins players were visibly disgusted as Flyers fans threw trash on the ice

The Penguins needed a victory to clinch their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in a city where they have historically struggled but were undefeated in four games this season.

Defenseman Ivan Provorov gallantly played with an injured left shoulder, but it severely limited his stickhandling and shooting ability, and his turnover led to Guentzel's two-on-one goal that put the Penguins ahead, 5-4, with 19:30 left in the third period.

"This is what you want to play in", Guentzel said. The Flyers failed to take a shot on goal until almost 12 minutes into the third period and Couturier capped his three-goal game with 2:53 left to play.

Guentzel tied it 4-4 at 19:06 of the second period, deflecting Olli Maatta's shot from the point.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin did not play because of a lower-body injury he sustained in Game 5 on Friday.

Sidney Crosby won a faceoff from Val Filppula tied the game at 1-1 as he knocked in a rebound off Letang's point drive.

The Flyers were led Sunday by Sean Couturier, who despite a torn MCL, also had a hat-trick and two assists in the loss.

Moving Riley Sheahan up from the fourth line to center the second with Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel paid dividends when Sheahan slipped a drop pass to Kessel behind the boards, who fed Hagelin for the go-ahead goal and a 2-1 lead at 7 minutes, 17 seconds of the first period.

The Penguins were able to close out the series on Sunday afternoon with an 8-5 win what was clearly the most physical, chippy, and just downright insane game of the series. It was one of Murray's worst goals allowed in the series, and it was Laughton's first score in 28 games. Couturier scored his second of the game on a lovely breakaway to open the second period and Scott Laughton scored on a long wrister and almost pulled off a Lambeau Leap over the boards in celebration.

He took advantage of a Flyers turnover at the blue line as Crosby fed Jake Guentzel, who set up Hornqvist to make it 4-3 at 13:35.

"I know for a fact that we got better as the season went on".

Malkin's knee injury had a ripple effect on the lineup, although the return of Patric Hornqvist somewhat softened the blow. A Brian Rust empty netter for Pittsburgh would follow (along with beer cans and rally towels in true Philly fashion). The Penguins captain has five goals and five assists in the series.



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