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Round One of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Brett Seitz and Bryce Bair

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In the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the Philadelphia Flyers. In game 1 the Penguins destroyed the Flyers 7-0, Crosby had his third postseason hat trick, Matt Murray had a shut-out, and Evgeni Malkin had a highlight reel goal to help the Penguins take game one. In game 2, the Flyers beat the Penguins 5-1 to even the first-round series at a game apiece. Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists, and Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots to limit the Penguins to only 1 goal. The Flyers’ victory helped gain momentum going into game three, but it was not enough to beat Pittsburgh as the Penguins came out on top with a victory 5-1. Sidney Crosby, Derick Brassard, Brian Dumoulin, Justin Schultz, and Evgeni Malkin all had goals, and Matt Murray stopped 26 out of 27 shots. In game four, the Penguins won again making the series 3-1 in their favor. In game 6, Sean Couturier scored the game winning goal with 1:17 left in the game. The flyers capped off the game with an empty net goal. The Flyers cut the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2 going into Game 6 on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Penguins finally eliminated the Flyers 8-5  in Game 6. Jake Guentzel was the player of the game with 4 goals.

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