Sean Couturier: Unavailable for Game 4

Sean Couturier: Unavailable for Game 4

Sean Couturier: Unavailable for Game 4

But there he was Wednesday night, seemingly the only one trying, the only one effective against the powerful two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams traded 5-1 wins in Games 2 and 3, but Pittsburgh outplayed Philly in the shot share battle in both games.

Couturier leads the Flyers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the series, and is averaging 24:35 of ice time per game. And in scoring, Crosby also reached another milestone.

Kris Letang's deflected wrister from the slot chased an overmatched Brian Elliott eight minutes into the second.

For as much as Hornqvist's absence on the power play was a major storyline for the Penguins, the Flyers suffered a greater loss when Sean Couturier was injured in practice. The Flyers realized the importance of winning at least one of their previous two games at home to avoid heading back to Pittsburgh on the verge of elimination, but they couldn't even accomplish that goal. Over his illustrious career, Gretzky recorded 382 playoff points in 208 postseason games, 87 better than second place Mark Messier. 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.

Tonight's turning point rested on a series of events towards the end of the second period when the Flyers had a good 3-4 minutes of sustained pressure and scoring chances but couldn't solve Murray.

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 flawless pass from Malkin. Sidney Crosby drives against the Flyers in game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. They had stolen momentum.

Throughout the series, the Flyers have been thoroughly outmatched, and outplayed.

Elliott was finally replaced by Michal Neuvirth after giving up three goals on 17 shots. Neuvirth was looking over his right shoulder for the Crosby shot that slipped in by his left skate.

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