Jake Guentzel scored four goals in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 8-5 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers, ending the first-round series in six games. The Penguins will face the eventual winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flyers blew a two-goal lead in Game Six, then Pittsburgh forward Guentzel reached power level over nine thousand in the final frame to secure victory. Sean Couturier also recored a hat trick for the Flyers.
As expected from a Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series, it was an intense, physical elimination game. These plays were not called for penalties:
Giroux lights up Hagelin. pic.twitter.com/unjUTvQ43q
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 22, 2018
(A very Tom Wilson-esque hit by Claude Giroux)
Blatant trip goes uncalled and the Penguins score to go up 6-4 pic.twitter.com/hH2JXOkESs
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 22, 2018
Couturier gets hit up high. One more missed call for good measure. pic.twitter.com/nxqRyho7nn
— Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) April 22, 2018
Guentzel becomes the third player in Penguins playoff history to score four goals in a game. He had five shots on goal.
The Penguins defeated the Capitals in the second rounds of the 2016 and 2017 playoffs on their way to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. In case you forgot.
Headline photo: Bruce Bennett
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