Crosby passes Lemieux in playoff points, 'nice to be in the company'

Pittsburgh Penguins take 2-1 series lead behind performance of Matt Murray power play

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. Seeing the star center suffer a lower-body injury in practice of all places after Couturier collided with teammate Radko Gudas was beyond frustrating to see for the Flyers, and watching them lose 5-0 the way they did against the Penguins in Game 4 was the icing on the cake.

Crosby passes Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who held the previous franchise record with 172 points scored in 107 games.

Then, later in the frame, Phil Kessel fired a shot that just squeaked through Philly goaltender Brian Elliott's five-hole, giving the Pens a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Crosby now has nine points in four games.

So Elliot was pulled and in would come Michal Neuvirth.

Sidney Crosby - love him, hate him, curse him, it doesn't matter - once again proved why he's the best player in the world, scoring his fifth goal in four games and putting the proverbial nail in the Flyers' coffin with 9:04 left in the second period.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were kicking off their quest to three-peat against the Philadelphia Flyers, who finished two points behind them in the regular-season standings.




"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. Even with common core math, you can figure out that 2+ points a game is what you can expect from him every time he steps on the ice to face the Flyers.

For his postseason career, Crosby now has 62 goals and 111 assists for 173 points in 152 games to go along with three Stanley Cups. It was a way to avoid a sluggish start like Monday when Colorado scored three times in the first period of Game 3. Pre-game on WISR is 6:30pm.

Giroux has just one assist in the four games.

Another moment of finality in this game was with the Penguins leading 1-0 thanks to an early power play goal by Malkin.

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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