PHILADELPHIA — Jake Guentzel scored four goals in succession to propel the Pittsburgh Penguins to a victory of 8-5 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
The Penguins have won the series for the first round in six games and they will compete now to the winning team of the series between the Washington Capitals to Blue Jackets de Columbus. The Capitals lead 3-2 and the two teams will compete in their sixth clash on Monday.
While the Flyers held a lead of 4-2 in the second period, Guentzel took matters into her own hands by feeding Patric Hornqvist in order to reduce the gap to 4-3. Before the end of the engagement, the attacking Penguins tied it up and he has scored three goals without response in the final third, putting the game out of reach of the Flyers.
At its first presence in career in the series of the Stanley Cup, last year, Guentzel had hit the target 13 times in 25 games, tops in the NHL.
“Jake has this ability to play his best when the stakes are high. Our team is capable of doing, insisted the head coach of the Penguins, and Mike Sullivan. The players feed off adversity, difficulties and challenges.”
As Lemieux and Stevens
Guentzel has passed the third game of the four aims of the history of the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux, in 1989, and Kevin Stevens, in 1991.
“These are games in which you want to play,” said Guentzel. You grow up dreaming of these moments and it is very pleasant. When the bonds go on your side, you try simply to follow the pace.”
Sidney Crosby has scored one goal and two mentions of assistance. Hornqvist has also added two helpers. Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust, in empty net, also blink the red light for the Penguins. Kristopher Letang is acting as an accomplice to the three goals of the victors.
Sean Couturier, who had nothing to reproach himself for in this series, concluded the meeting with five points, including a hat trick. It was the 24th hat trick in the series of the Flyers and the second Designer in a series. The attacker, 25-year-old said that he had played with a torn anterior cruciate ligament right, suffered in a collision with a teammate during a training session. “I couldn’t very well move, so I just wanted to get a good position and be alert with my stick,” he said.
Andrew MacDonald and Scott Laughton have succeeded in the other threads of the Flyers, who have not managed to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2012.
Matt Murray has not known its best start in front of the net for Pittsburgh, but he was helped by his attack. The guardian of 23-year-old has stopped 21 shots, and he still has not lost a series in career in the NHL.
His vis-à-vis Michal Neuvirth, who allowed the Flyers to keep hope in signing a victory in the fifth duel of this series, has allocated seven goals on 27 shots.
No goal for Giroux
Candidate for the most valuable player of the NHL, the captain of the Flyers Claude Giroux has scored a goal during the series. “I can assure you that we have been better as the season progressed. It is not enough to compare the team last year than this year,” he argued.
The Flyers, who have lost their three home games in this series, have enjoyed a good start to the game, while Couturier opened the scoring in the third minute of the game. The defensive of the home team, however, collapsed a few minutes later, allowing Crosby and Hagelin threading the needle in a span of 47 seconds.
MacDonald has brought the two teams to the starting point before the end of the first twenty and the Flyers have dominated their opponents in the first half of the second period. Couturier gave the lead 3-2 with his troop after only 40 seconds elapsed, and Laughton has deceived the vigilance of Murray to allow the boisterous crowd at the Wells Fargo Center to manifest.
Sullivan was on the point of withdrawing his goalkeeper of the meeting, and Casey DeSmith had started to prepare to jump on the ice when Hornqvist completed a beautiful tic-tac-toe started by Crosby and Guentzel.