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Just then, the hard reality of the series had revealed itself: If the Penguins wanted to target the Flyers' beating heart, if they were going to take out one player to preserve victory in Game 6, it wasn't going to be Claude Giroux. They still trail 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Sunday but counterpunched effectively against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.
"Like I said before, a lot of his records aren't going to be touched", Crosby told reporters.
Meanwhile, the biggest factor for Philadelphia might very well be the play of goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the sixth-most hits in the league (24.0 per game).
If that wasn't enough, Guentzel scored his fourth goal of the game on a two-on-one just 10 seconds later, officially icing the game.
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In Game 1, they allowed two goals in 4:02 in the first period to turn a 1-0 game into a 3-0 hole, then allowed two goals in 1:11 to fall behind 5-0.
Mistakes that injected some actual tension into a series devoid of it coming in.
He achieved the feats while playing with a torn MCL suffered at practice on Tuesday after an ugly collision with team-mate Radko Gudas. Pittsburgh has gotten there by developing a killer instinct under head coach Mike Sullivan that it lacked at times before his arrival in December, 2015.
Pittsburgh would not go quietly, scoring a goal just 1:21 later. In Neuvirth's first start in the series, he made 30 saves and would seem the likely starter Sunday. "I've never seen anything like it, to be honest", Penguins goalie Matt Murray said.
Guentzel, 23, tied the game at 4-4 with 54 seconds left in the second period off a Flyers turnover.
Philadelphia has been written off a number of times, which isn't a surprise considering they were outscored a combined 17-1 in their three losses in this series. "You're at a blur at that point, just to get them back-to-back like that".
Could the series have gone differently if Philadelphia's two most indispensable players were healthy? Hornqvist did skate earlier Friday and remains day-to-day.