Penguins over the Flyers in game 4

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The Penguins lead the first-round playoff series 3-1 as its shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5. Seeing the star center suffer a lower-body injury in practice of all places after Couturier collided with teammate Radko Gudas was beyond frustrating to see for the Flyers, and watching them lose 5-0 the way they did against the Penguins in Game 4 was the icing on the cake. He has also been playing valuable minutes as the Flyers number one centre both at even strength and on the power play.

The second Penguins goal came as a huge deflation, following a fury of Flyers shots, chances and possession time in the Pittsburgh zone, an errant pass led to an odd-man rush that allowed Kessel to score after a ideal pass from Malkin. Elliott made 14 saves on 17 shots before giving way to Neuvirth, who picked up 11 saves the rest of the way.

The Predators held off a late comeback attempt by the Avalanche to take a 3-1 series lead back to Nashville. The Kris Letang goal (assisted by Jake Guentzel) brought Michal Neuvirth into his first playoff game of the year as Philadelphia tried to find a way to fight their way out of a very deep hole.

There weren't many second-chance opportunities for the Flyers on Murray. Just four and a half minutes in, Evgeni Malkin found nylon with a wrister near the net (from Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel) to put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 early.

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In the series, Crosby has nine points (five goals, four assists), while Claude Giroux, a 102-point scorer and MVP candidate in the regular season, has one point, an assist, and is minus-7.

Andrew Cogliano scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who were outscored 16-4 in the series and swept for the first time since 1999 against Detroit. First, the Penguins were all over the Flyers from the start, rolling four lines and eventually generating 18 of the first 25 shot attempts, including a power-play goal by Malkin at 4:33 off a slick backhand pass from Crosby. Earlier in the sequence, Malkin flubbed the puck but Laughton failed to clear it down the ice.

So, Crosby should celebrate the assist on the Penguins' first-period power-play goal that served as Crosby's 172nd career playoff point, for it tied him with Lemieux for most in franchise history. The Flyers were heavily outplayed in the second period, and the deficit doubled. The Penguins adjusted to their new lines; the Flyers didn't.

The Penguins can wrap up the series at home on Friday.