The Philadelphia Flyers went into Game Four of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins down 2-1 and looking to turn a best-of-seven series into a best-of-three. But, after a dominating 5-0 Penguins win Wednesday, the Flyers are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Evgeni Malkin started the show early, scoring a PPG just under five minutes in.
Then, later in the frame, Phil Kessel fired a shot that just squeaked through Philly goaltender Brian Elliott‘s five-hole, giving the Pens a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
In the second, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby tallied in quick succession, the latter being an milestone for the Penguins captain.
Crosby’s masterful wraparound goal allowed him to pass NHL legend Mario Lemieux for most playoff points in Penguins history.
Sidney Crosby's done what many years ago would've considered improbable, unseating "Super Mario" to become the @penguins all-time career playoff scoring leader (albeit, in 45 extra GP) pic.twitter.com/iVZ4qhWkrF
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) April 19, 2018
Riley Sheahan scored late in the third just to rub the Flyers nose in the dirt, ensuring a 5-0 Pittsburgh victory.
The Battle of Pennsylvania has been an incredibly lopsided series thus far. In the Pens’ three wins, they have outscored the Flyers 17-1. Even if you add in Game Two, Pittsburgh still has a massive goal differential over Philadelphia, 18-6.
The Penguins will attempt to finish the Flyers off back in Pittsburgh for Game Five, held Friday at 7pm.
The winner of this series will play the winner of the Capitals and the Blue Jackets in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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