Flyers' Sean Couturier gets hat trick despite playing on a torn MCL

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Washington leads that series, 3-2. Unfortunately, the Flyers failed to come through when it mattered the most against their in-state rivals after falling to the Penguins 8-5 in Game 6.

It was tied 2-2 after the first period, and the Flyers came out strong in the second, with Cs Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton scoring to give the team a 4-2 lead. He scored 30 seconds into the third for the lead off another giveaway, and sealed one more lopsided win over the Flyers with two goals 10 seconds apart late in the period. He was injured in practice before Game 4 of the series when he was involved in a collision with teammate Radko Gudas. Guentzel became only the third player in National Hockey League postseason history to score four consecutive goals in a game - joining the Flyers' Tim Kerr in 1985 and Montreal's Newsy Lalonde in 1919 - and the fourth with a natural hat trick in a series clincher.

Sidney Crosby and Hornquivst each had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, and the Pens played without Evgeni Malkin, who was out with a leg injury. He had three goals, while Czech goaltender Michal Neuvirth made 20 saves. Yet, this lead did not last for long when Andrew MacDonald slapped it past the defense and Matt Murray's pads, tying the nail-biting game at 2-2.

Guentzel's outburst at Wells Fargo Center ranks up there with the great individual performances in not just the Penguins illustrious playoff history, but that of any team. In the elimination game, Couturier showed up in a big way.

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"Things are never going to always go your way, especially in the playoffs", Murray said. Ten seconds later, much to Guentzel's surprise, Hornqvist fed him for a 7-4 lead.

The series had been more cordial than confrontational but both teams cranked up the nastiness levels in Game 6.

It was not enough because, well, the Flyers just simply did not have an answer for the Penguins' offense. Konecny jumped up and - like a wrestling heel smacking his opponent with a steel chair - cracked Sheary in the back with his stick and was whistled for roughing.

Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg, Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators move on to face Winnipeg.

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Crosby had a hat trick in Game 1 and matched a postseason-high with four points in a Game 3 win in the Philadelphia arena where fans stuck his photo on the inside of urinals.

The Nashville Predators didn't play their best hockey through most of their series with the Colorado Avalanche, but the Presidents' Trophy winners were outstanding from start to finish in Game 6, taking advantage of Avalanche mistakes and not giving Colorado any chance to get back into this one.

He has established his playoff pedigree as a sensational scorer in just two seasons and helped keep a third straight championship in sight for the Penguins. Before this, the Avalanche hadn't lost two straight at the Pepsi Center since early December. Matthew Barzal deserves the award, with 63 assists and 85 points for the Islanders, but I passed on Brock Boeser, who had 29 goals but only played 62 games.

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