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Penguins Trample Fragile Flyers Underfoot, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Penguins Trample Fragile Flyers Underfoot, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Paired on the first line with captain Claude Giroux, who despite having an MVP-caliber season has been a major disappointment throughout the series and was a minus-3 in Game 4, and Jake Voracek, who finished second on the team with 85 points in the regular season, Patrick was the Flyers' best scoring threat.

With AP Photos.Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins' career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. After the Flyers lost, 5-1, in Game 3, the Penguins dimmed the lights at the Wells Fargo Center and shut off any electricity the crowd was hoping to generate in Game 4 with a 5-0 shutout (see observations). Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel scored goals in the opening period and Matt Murray stopped all 26 Philadelphia shots on goal for the win. 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. It was Crosby's 172nd career playoff point, tying Mario Lemieux, his old landlord, for the most in Pittsburgh history.

The Penguins took a 3-1 stranglehold on the set with a 5-0 victory Wednesday. His lower-body injured, suffered in a collision with defenseman Radko Gudas during a drill, was a bad omen for the Flyers.

The Flyers, outside of Game 2 last Friday, have been defined by their defense the rest of the series, and it hasn't been pretty. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series. "The puck ended up right on my stick", Crosby said. Brian Elliott was replaced by Michal Neuvirth halfway through the game. Neuvirth was looking over his right shoulder for the Crosby shot that slipped in by his left skate.

For whatever reason, the Flyers never evolved into a dominant team on home ice this season.

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The only Penguins on the postseason roster who haven't scored goals are forward Zach Aston-Reese and defensemen Olli Maatta and Chad Ruhwedel.

Disgruntled Flyers fans chanted from the balcony to the concourse for the Flyers to fire third-year coach Dave Hakstol. Be sure to check back the day after every game for a look Through the Lens of the team's latest game. So great, in fact, that the Flyers still go to her now and then (usually when they need a victory as badly as they did in Game 4) by putting her on the video board in a powerful duet with Lauren Hart, who is standing on the ice below.

"They came out hard", Andrew MacDonald said.


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