Evgeni Malkin Injury: Misses Practice, Could Miss Game 6

Hope Soto
April 23, 2018

Much of practice was devoted to the power play, which has gone 1 for 9 in two games without Hornqvist this series. When asked about Malkin's status after the session, Mike Sullivan replied tersely, "All players are game-time decisions".

In one of the most iconic (and longest) games in National Hockey League history, the Penguins and Flyers battled for eight periods in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Can they win a game in front of a restless fan base that has grown exhausted of seeing the Penguins embarrass the home team in their own building?

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games. Slightly under five minutes later, the Penguins scored again on a goal where everything went wrong for the Flyers.

"He does a great job in front of the net", Crosby said.

Caps' Burakovsky out for series • Washington winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to fix an upper-body injury and will miss the remainder of the first-round series against Columbus. The Penguins shellacked the Flyers throughout the third period, but none of that mattered when Couturier fired the puck through a screen and gave the Flyers the late lead.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. He seemed to be moving a bit awkwardly in the second period, and saw the least even-strength ice time (2:52) of any Penguins center.

Sullivan didn't dispute the idea his bench is getting shorter as the series goes along, but he said that's because of circumstances more than anything.

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"I don't know, we go on the road and play our game and play it hard", Claude Giroux said by way of an explanation. Just like two seasons ago, Neuvirth is giving the Flyers the best chance to win in the clutch, in the big games.

As it is, the Penguins are still sitting pretty heading for Game 6.

It takes monumental efforts from multiple players to stave off elimination from the playoffs when you're facing the two-time defending champion Penguins.

But then, the Penguins do what they do best, take the lead and try to keep it. Jake Guentzel found himself all alone on the left wing as the Flyers' defense was shadowingSidney Crosby. Managing to overcome this as well as a 10-game losing streak in early December, the Flyers would face their in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. With the Penguins having all the momentum they seemed to catch a few breaks as well.

With Pittsburgh on their fourth power play of the game, Valtteri Filppula picked up the puck and skated up the ice. In Game 5 Brassard had a game-high eight shots on goal and a solid four hits. The momentum change within PPG Paints Arena was palpable and it looked like the Flyers were in trouble down 2-1, and a penalty did nothing to assuage those concerns.However, Filppula scored a goal shorthanded for his second point of the game on a rare rebound off of Murray.

Mason struggled in the first three games of the series, having allowed 12 goals on 81 shots with a.852 save percentage. Just him being out there was huge. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. That negated the power play and, just 24 seconds later, Shayne Gostisbehere was called for holding Sidney Crosby, a questionable call that incensed the Flyers.

Yes, that third series game was heavily slanted the home team's way in the first period.

An other-worldly glove stop by Neuvirth on Crosby preserved the victory 25 seconds later, with Matt Read sewing it up with an empty-net goal.

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