Flyers' Sean Couturier to sit out Game 4 with lower-body injury

The second Penguins goal came as a huge deflation, following a fury of Flyers shots, chances and possession time in the Pittsburgh zone, an errant pass led to an odd-man rush that allowed Kessel to score after a ideal pass from Malkin.

It only took a penalty to Matt Read at the three-minute mark to kick things off for the Penguins. Elliott, who allowed three goals on 17 shots, was replaced by backup Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 11 of 13 shots.

"Same as last time", goalie Brian Elliott said with a reference to the Flyers' approach to Game 2 last Friday.

"I mean, we got to win a game", captain Ryan Getzlaf said.

Malkin and Kessel scored in the first, and Letang and Crosby registered goals in the second for the four-goal advantage.

DENVER (AP) - Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and Nashville withstood a furious rally by Colorado to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Pittsburgh now holds a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

There is no word yet on whether Couturier will be available for Game 5 or beyond.

"Yeah", Murray said later, sitting in his stall with a Gatorade towel around his neck, looking nothing like a goalie who just earned a shutout in a big game and everything like a guy without a care in the world.

The playoff version of Bobrovsky of years past was a confounding nightmare compared with his elite play during the regular season: 3-10 with a 3.63 goals-against average and.887 save percentage. "Each moment is huge right now, and you just have to be ready".

Murray made the save, however, with 42 seconds left in the period.

"I think when our team has had the ability to do it over the last couple of years, for me, it always starts with the leadership of the group", Sullivan said.

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.

The Penguins haven't had two off days between road playoff games since May 19-22, 2013 during the second round against the Senators.

"It's hard to generate a lot when you're not getting in the offensive zone much".

Claude Giroux looked downcast as he commented on the loss. We've faced adversity the whole season, we've had our ups and downs.

"Yeah, it's obviously very frustrating", MacDonald said. "He buried it ... we did a good job of holding on and giving ourselves a chance to go the other way". "The coaches thought it was the best idea to put us back together so we're just going to roll with it".

If they lose, it will come before their claim that they were young.

"Tonight we didn't get enough into the critical areas, " Hakstol said. "We know we can't get too high or too low".

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