Ramblings: Avs and Flyers Stay Alive, Jets Knock Off Wild & Post-Hype Sleepers

Cam Robinson

2018-04-20

 

 

The Flyers managed to go into hostile territory on Friday night and stave off elimination. They were boosted greatly by the return of top line pivot, Sean Couturier who ended up potting the game winning goal with just 1:15 to play in regulation to stun the home crowd. 

 

It was an all around poor play by the Penguins as a weak clearing attempt ended up on Couturier's stick who launched a 50ft wrister that Matt Murray should've had.

 

The Penguins came out flat in this one and were lucky to get out of the first period down 1-0 as Claude Giroux potted his first of the playoffs to get the monkey off his back. The Pens outshot and outchanced the Flyers in last 40 minutes but Michael Neuvirth stood strong and made 30 stops in the 4-2 victory – including a five-bell save against Sidney Crosby with the net empty and under a minute to play.

 

Expect Neuvirth to start game six. 

 

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Evgeni Malkin left the first frame after landing awkwardly as he attempted to dump (or maybe slewfoot?) Jori Lehtera. 

 

 

The big Russian returned to the game to begin the second frame and still managed to play over 20 minutes. That likely indicates he should be good to go back in Philidelphia for game six but we'll await word. 

 

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For the first time (sort of) in their franchise history, the Winnipeg Jets are off to the second round. The city of Winnipeg hasn't celebrated a playoff round victory since 1987 and they had the barn rocking!

 

Connor Hellebuyck posted his second consecutive shutout to finish off the Wild in five games, however this one was never really in doubt as the Jets jumped all over Devan Dubnyk by sc