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Banged-up Penguins look to eliminate Flyers

Banged-up Penguins look to eliminate Flyers

Feisty winger Patric Hornqvist, a stalwart on the power play and a fount of upbeat energy, could return Sunday for Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center after missing the past two games because of an unspecified injury. "Our focus has to get back to one game".

During the playoffs, the Penguins have been very good on offense as they come in ranked 2nd in scoring at 4.00 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (31.2 spg) and 9th in power play conversions, converting on 20.8% of their chances.

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will each lead the charge for the Penguins. The brawl resulted in 62 penalty minutes, with Craig Adams and Scott Hartnell dropping the gloves and four players were given game misconducts. Nolan Patrick's two-on-one blast was stopped by goalie Matt Murray, and the juicy rebound caromed to an all-alone Michael Raffl.

Defensively the Pens have some issues on defense that can be exploited, but it seems unlikely that the Flyers can get the best of them four times in a best-of-seven series.

"[Hornqvist] isn't an easy guy to replace", said head coach Mike Sullivan, per Wes Crosby of NHL.com. The Flyers had just one power play. Lemieux would notch a goal and an assist in the game, but it would be the Flyers who came out on top thanks to a late goal from Gary Galley that put the Flyers on top for good.

The 25-year-old centre had to be helped off the ice at Tuesday's practice and was spotted limping to the dressing room following a collision with teammate Radko Gudas.

The Flyers' rookie defenseman who was in the top-6 nearly all season until getting injured and promptly losing his spot in only two post-injury outings, appears to finally be getting a chance come Friday night. The Flyers needed to summon up some of the fight the team had in Game 2 of the series to force at least a game six back home. The NBA superstar is no longer concerned with winning 70-plus games.

And the San Jose Sharks (-169), the only home team which is favored on Wednesday, are trying to complete a sweep against the Anaheim Ducks (+152).

Here's a link to the full first-round schedule of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But in the end, he came up clutch to keep the Flyers in the series, and that's why he got the start.Jets dominate Wild to advanceThe Minnesota Wild were facing a do-or-die Game 5 in Winnipeg and, boy, things did not go their way, with the Wild losing 5-0 after never recovering from a four-goal onslaught in the first period.The Jets poured it on early, starting with a goal from Jacob Trouba just 31 seconds into the game, and that would have been the game victor on its own, but it didn't stop there. Pittsburgh, which is ahead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, has also scored exactly five goals in four of their last five road games against the Flyers.

Nashville was the eighth seed a year ago and were able to sneak up on opponents. It was his 2nd of the series and 33rd of the year.

They have loads of talent and are led by Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, P.K. Subban, Roman Josi and goalie Pekka Rinne.

In their third chances, they're 1-0, finally polishing off Washington in Game 7 in the second round last season.

It may not be enough, but the Preds will be forced to work for their win. "We know we need to rise to the moment when we get to the playoffs".

The Tampa Bay Lightning (-144) are favored against the New Jersey Devils (+130) for their Game 4 matchup on Wednesday.

That's what he'll be looking to do, despite the pressure of stepping in cold in a do-or-die playoff game. Malkin (103 points) has tallied 45 goals and 58 assists and has recorded two or more points in 27 different games this year.

Giroux opened the scoring for the Flyers in Game 5, paving the road to victory.

Giroux, a non-factor through much of the series, gave Philadelphia the lead 17:29 into the first when he found some space in the slot and took a pretty feed from behind the Pittsburgh net by Jakub Voracek to pump a shot by Murray. The latter two games were in this conference quarterfinal.


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