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Philadelphia Flyers can stick a fork in season after Game 4 loss

Philadelphia Flyers can stick a fork in season after Game 4 loss

The second Penguins goal came as a huge deflation, following a fury of Flyers shots, chances and possession time in the Pittsburgh zone, an errant pass led to an odd-man rush that allowed Kessel to score after a flawless pass from Malkin.

Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and had an assist as the Pens whipped the Flyers, 5-0 in Philadelphia. 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.

Game 4 started where Game 3 left off - with the Flyers (Matt Read) committing a penalty and the PK unit unable to stop the Penguins top-ranked power play offense.

"Obviously it's disappointing, but nobody's quitting in this room and feeling sorry for ourselves", said rookie center Nolan Patrick, who, with Sean Couturier injured, centered the top line for the first time this season, had a team-high six shots, and won six of eight faceoffs but was minus-3 on the night. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series.

Now holding a commanding 3-1 series lead, it seems all but a certainty that the Penguins will wrap up this best-of-seven series in five games - and put an end to the Flyers' roller coaster ride of a season - when the teams meet Friday night in Pittsburgh.

So, Crosby should celebrate the assist on the Penguins' first-period power-play goal that served as Crosby's 172nd career playoff point, for it tied him with Lemieux for most in franchise history. Back-up goalie Michal Neuvirth didn't fair much better, giving up two goals on just 13 shots. "The puck ended up right on my stick", Crosby said.

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And it so it goes in Philly, the Flyers are a loss away from another empty season without the Stanley Cup.

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek have combined for zero goals, four assists and are a combined -9 for the series.

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

With the Wells Fargo Center half empty midway through the third period, the postseason frenzy felt more like a preseason yawner. Kris Letang made it 3-0 in the second and that was all for Elliott. Riley Sheahan made it 5-0 late in the third. Neuvirth stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief.

The Flyers displayed much less energy than their cross-state opponents, lost most puck battles, and were missing the urgency needed from a team in a virtual must-win situation.

"We didn't do the job in the second".


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