Couturier had been the Flyers' postseason savior, returning from a serious leg injury to score the Game 5 victor and then open Game 6 with his third goal of the series just 2:15 into the game.
"We have had certain games during the regular season where we have played like this but obviously not every night", Penguins forward Carl Hagelin said. Yet, this lead did not last for long when Andrew MacDonald slapped it past the defense and Matt Murray's pads, tying the nail-biting game at 2-2.
Crosby scored Pittsburgh's first goal at 6:30 of the first period from Kris Letang of Montreal, Quebec and Brian Dumoulin to tie the game at one at the time.
Look no further than Philadelphia's usual unsettled goaltending to understand why the franchise has gone 42 years without a championship.
"We went D-to-D (a defenseman to defenseman pass) low and it just exploded off my stick", Provorov said quietly.
If that isn't the definition of tough, then I don't know what is. He missed Game 4 and clearly wasn't at full strength in Game 5, but he's battled and did whatever he could to help his team stave off elimination. The Flyers and Penguins are often touted as one of the NHL's fiercest rivalries.
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Despite the lack of strength in the limb, Provorov led the Flyers with six hits as they finally tried to get physical with the Penguins, who were missing Evgeni Malkin due to an injury incurred Wednesday. But, as it turns out, Couturier's injury wasn't just another bruise, it was actually a torn MCL.
Couturier, who sprung out of the gates to score 31 goals before slowing down late in the regular season, had been injured Tuesday in a collsion on the practice ice with Radko Gudas.
Couturier, 25, scored the game victor in the Flyers' 4-2 victory in Game 5.
Wayne Simmonds (24 goals), Travis Konecny (20) and Jakub Voracek (20) combined for one goal, by Konecny in Game 2. A year ago, we spoke about being a team with depth and the ability to not look to one, or two, or three, or four players.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champs have won all four games in Philadelphia this season - and scored five goals in each of them. When you play against the best players on the other side, you've got to step up your game and play better.
"We come home and we had a few guys that instead of going out and being confident, just going out and playing, we had our own shackles on in Games 3 and 4 here", coach Dave Hakstol said.