Through the Lens: The best photos from Flyers-Penguins Game 4

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If the Philadelphia Flyers want to stay alive in this series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and not fall 3-1, they all but have to win tonight in their last game at home before heading back to PPG Paints Arena on Friday. In getting pulled during the second periods of Games 1 and 4, Elliott has given up a total of eight goals on 36 shots ... After the Flyers lost, 5-1, in Game 3, the Penguins dimmed the lights at the Wells Fargo Center and shut off any electricity the crowd was hoping to generate in Game 4 with a 5-0 shutout (see observations). And the Penguins best, led by Crosby, are revving up for what looks like will be another long playoff run.

Giroux has just one assist in the four games.

Simply put, the Flyers looked deflated and dejected knowing they would be forced to play without Sean Couturier, who was a game-time decision but officially ruled out 40 minutes before the opening faceoff.

With the game seemingly out of the reach entering the 3rd stanza, both teams played a seemingly-innocuous period.

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Among the 48 time periods possible between games scheduled for the first round of the 2018 National Hockey League playoffs, only six were for more than one day. Malkin lit the lamp less than five minutes into the game, and Phil Kessel added another 10 minutes later to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead by the first intermission.

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Flyers dropped Games 3 and 4 on home ice, and neither game was even remotely competitive. Back-up goalie Michal Neuvirth didn't fair much better, giving up two goals on just 13 shots.

Philadelphia has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that's right around league average.

The Penguins have reached the playoffs in 12 of Crosby's 13 National Hockey League seasons (thanks in large to No. 87) and have also played deep into many of those postseasons. The Philly boo birds came out during what would be a shot-less Flyers power play in the second period. "From the start of the period, they pushed the momentum the first three, four minutes". Neuvirth was looking over his right shoulder for the Crosby shot that slipped in by his left skate.

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