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Game 4 is one Flyers fans would like to forget even happened. The we were embarrassed in front of our home crowd by a desperate Pittsburgh team. The 10-3 final looked more like the score from a Steelers/Browns game from last year.
We knew the Pens weren't going to lay down in this series, and they proved that by running up the score on the Flyers Wednesday night. We saw flashes of the Pittsburgh team people expected to see entering the playoffs, and the fact that the Penguins now have life isn't something the Flyers should take lightly.
With the series now at 3 games to 1, the Flyers have given the Penguins a glimmer of hope. In the playoffs, every game is a clean slate. Nothing should really carry over.
The lack of discipline, the reluctancy to play any sort of defense, and goaltending performance(s) that left more to be desired for ultimately cost the Flyers Game 4.
Any true hockey fan knows that winning that 4th game is the hardest thing to do in a series.
Hopefully the Flyers burned all of the tapes yesterday at practice, and are looking forward to Friday night's matchup in Pittsburgh with a new mindset. Here are some thingsto look for in Game 5:
- Claude Giroux- The unofficial leader of this team will step up tonight. Just like he took his team on his back for the first three games, look for G to do everything in his power to end this series tonight.
- Consol Energy Center- The Flyers are 7-1 all-time in the Penguins new home, including victories in both Games 1 and 2.
- Young Guns- In Game 4, team defense was a glaring weakness. You could especially see our younger players get exploited by the likes of Malkin, Staal, and Crosby. You have to believe that tonight, Couturier will get right back to sticking with Malkin, and the other rookies will get back to playing sound, two-way hockey.
- Crosby, Malkin, Staal- The three men down the middle for Pittsburgh absolutely killed the Flyers on Wednesday. Being able to contain these three guys is key if the Flyers expect to finish off this resilient Penguins club.
- Defense- This series is unlike anything we've ever seen before, especially the defense and goaltending... or lack thereof. We've been expecting this for every game since Game 1, but look for tonight to be a game that is much tightly played on both ends of the ice.
- Heart- The Penguins are facing elimination in their building. The Flyers want to end this series as soon as possible. Both clubs have a lot on the line, and neither of these two franchises want to lose tonight. Expect players on both sides of the ice to pour everything they've got into their efforts. Right now, it is about who wants it more...
- Rivalry- With the intensity of the series picking up, it's obvious that these two teams do not like each other. Expect yapping after the whistle for sure, but look for each team to do whatever it takes to stay out of the box. There were a combined 7 power play goals on 14 opportunities in Game 4. After what happened in Game 3, expect the series to be called like that from here on out.
The Flyers are 5-1 all-time in Game 5's dropping a decisive Game 4. Like we've said, the 4th win is the absolute hardest for a team to get. Peter Laviolette knows that, and fully expect that the players in the Flyers locker room are aware of that.
The Penguins will bring the house early and often and the Flyers need to match their intensity. The Flyers need to stay relaxed and play their game (preferrably with a little bit of defense).
They should know that they are in the driver's seat with a 3-1 series lead, but by no means should take their foot off the gas.
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Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins - 7:30 PM/ET
Flyers Lead Series 3-1
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
TV: ROOT, CSN-PH, NBCSN, TSN, RDS
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