Crosby leads Penguins past Flyers for 3-1 lead in playoffs

Flyers' Couturier Game-Time Decision After Injury In Practice

Evgeni Malkin took advantage of a power play to get the Pittsburgh Penguins on the board, starting yet another rout as they defeated the Flyers 5-0 to take a commending 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Don't worry. No bones were involved.

The Penguins now hold a 2-1 advantage in the series and will look to widen their lead Wednesday night in Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center.

Crosby's most recent one goal, one assist performance gives him five and four, respectively, in 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. Couturier was third on the Flyers with 76 points during the regular season.

The carnage continued, care of Crosby (assisted by Guentzel and Dominik Simon) and his shifty stick as a turnover led to a quick wraparound goal as Neuvirth looked the wrong way to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-0.

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

"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.

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You felt like if the Penguins could survive it and make some thing happen from there, that it could be a fatal blow not only the game, but the series.

The Flyers pulled out all their good-luck charms.

Flyers fans heard the usual stirring rendition of "God Bless America", live by Lauren Hart and on video by the late Kate Smith.

Once the pageantry settled down, the Penguins poured it on.

Disapproval poured down Wednesday when the Flyers flopped on their power play, which finished 0 for 10 in the two games on home ice, and the crowd of 19,644 booed unmercifully as the horn sounded after each period. The Devils led until J.T. Miller and Kucherov scored about 3 1/2 minutes apart in the first period. Kris Letang made it 3-0 in the second and that was all for Elliott. He was stopped by Matt Murray, and they could have sent everybody home right there and then ... "Right now we have to forget about this game and try to refocus ... and try to get a game in Pittsburgh and bring it back here". Crosby scored on all three goalies the Flyers have used in the series.

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.

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