Pittsburgh Penguins push past Flyers to move on to the 2nd round

Grace Regan, Staff Writer

On Sunday, April 22, the Pittsburgh Penguins shocked the Flyers in an 8-5 win in Game 6.

In the first period, Flyer’s Sean Couturier opened up the scoring by jamming the puck past Murray, and in typical Sidney Crosby fashion, he answered back by sliding home a rebound to make the score 1-1.

Then, Carl Hagelin collected a beautiful pass from Phil Kessel and slammed it home. Yet, this lead did not last for long when Andrew MacDonald slapped it past the defense and Matt Murray’s pads, tying the nail-biting game at 2-2.

At the start of the second period, Sean Couturier scored a nifty backhanded shot against Murray, taking the lead for the Flyers at 3 goals to 2. Then, the Flyers Scott Laughton scored his first playoff goal by by receiving a long pass and finishing it off with a slapshot.

Yet, the Penguins resilience hadn’t run out, when Pactric Hornqvist buried a quick, sharp pass from Jake Guentzel past goaltender Brian Elliot, cutting the score to 4-3.

Then, Jake Guenztel went on a scoring rampage, scoring three-in-a-row, pushing the Penguins into a 7-4 lead in the 3rd period. But, the Flyers didn’t quit. Sean Couturier slapped a shot by Murray. But, Brian Rust fired the puck into the empty net late in the 3rd period to seal the Penguins 8-5 win.

The Pens play the winner of the Capitals/ Blue Jackets series. Washington is up 3 games to 2. Game 6 of the series is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.  If necessary, Game 7 will be played Wednesday night.