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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh’s record book and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination.Flyers fans booed the goal – and the ones that stuck around for the end belted a familiar refrain: “Fire Hakstol! Fire Hakstol!”Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Penguins‘ career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Flyers on Wednesday night.The Penguins lead the first-round playoff series 3-1 as its shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Friday. Crosby and the Penguins followed a 7-0 Game 1 win and a 5-1 Game 3 victory with another dominant outing.Matt Murray stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are a win away from playing in the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.Crosby scored in the second period for a 4-0 lead and topped the team owner and Hall of Famer in Lemieux for most playoff points with 173.”A lot of his records aren’t going to be touched http://www.officialknightsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-brad-hunt-jersey ,” Crosby said. ”The fact I can be close to him and around that one, I guess I’ve been fortunate to play in a number of playoff games helps a lot.”The Flyers were already on their second goalie by the time Crosby scored. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series. Michal Neuvirth relived Elliott and it didn’t matter. Neuvirth lost track of the puck behind the net and had his head turned to the right when Crosby found it and snapped it under the goalie’s left skate.”I was in a good spot. The puck ended up right on my stick,” Crosby said.The Flyers were confused. The Penguins were composed.And it so it goes in Philly, the Flyers are a loss away from another empty season without the Stanley Cup.”Somehow, we need to get our confidence back and go from there,” team captain Claude Giroux said.Disgruntled Flyers fans chanted from the balcony to the concourse for the Flyers to fire third-year coach Dave Hakstol.Both teams played without key cogs in their lineup: Sean Couturier (who had career highs with 31 goals and 76 points) was injured Tuesday at practice in a vicious collision with teammate Radko Gudas; the Pens played without top-line forward Patric Hornqvist because of an undisclosed injury.Giroux, who scored 102 points during the season, has not scored a posteason goal since 2014.”One game away for the season to be over Cody Eakin Jersey ,” Giroux said. ”You can expect this team to have some fight the next game.”The Flyers pulled out all their good-luck charms.The national champion Villanova Wildcats were in the house and star guard Phil Booth screamed ”Are you ready for some hockey?”Flyers fans heard the usual stirring rendition of ”God Bless America,” live by Lauren Hart and on video by the late Kate Smith. The song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since Smith began singing it in the mid 1970s. Hart started the song, then looked up to the big screen and passed it off to Smith. They finished in a split-screen duet.Once the pageantry settled down, the Penguins poured it on.Crosby’s on-point pass on the power play led to Evgeni Malkin’s third goal of the playoff just 4:33 into the game. Phil Kessel scored his first of the postseason midway through the period. Kris Letang made it 3-0 in the second and that was all for Elliott.Riley Sheahan made it 5-0 late in the third. Neuvirth stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief.”We won in their building on the second game so that’s the attitude we’re going to take,” Neuvirth said.Murray was solid again, and stoned Travis Konency on a breakaway out of the penalty box in the second that had the second-year center slam his stick on the ice in anger.”They had their chances, at times,” Murray said. ”But we got the job done.”NOTES: Couturier was named a Selke Trophy finalist as the league’s best defensive forward. … 2018 Olympic hockey gold medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando hosted a clinic and helped donate equipment on behalf of a volunteer effort at the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Snider was the Flyers founder and chairman until his death in 2016. … Crosby scored on all three goalies the Flyers have used in the series. … The Flyers are 2 for 17 on the power play in the series. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t happy with their lackluster play in the first period after a three-day holiday break.Then Youth Colin Miller Jersey , Phil Kessel and the power play changed everything.Kessel scored two power-play goals, Derick Brassard added two goals and the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday.“Just the plays he made tonight is elite,” Brassard said of Kessel. “It’s up there with the tops in the league. He’s going to win you some games like that.”Kessel scored twice in the second period and raised his season total to 16 goals. He moved into 20th place all-time with his 97th career power-play goal by an American, passing Chris Drury. Brassard now has six goals, and Patric Hornqvist scored his 13th of the season as Pittsburgh won its fourth straight game, matching a season best.“We scored some big goals, starting with Phil to get us going,” Brassard said. “Our transition was really fast in the second. As soon as we play with pace and move our legs Calvin De Haan Jersey Womens , I feel like some teams struggle against us.”Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each finished with two assists. Crosby has registered points in nine of his last 11 home games and has 24 points in his last 18 games. Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for his fourth straight win since returning from a lower-body injury.Pittsburgh was once last in the Eastern Conference during a run of one win in 10 games. Now, the Penguins have won nine of 13 games in December, including six of seven and 12 of 19 overall.“I just think coming off the break like the way we did, we played against a team that’s young, enthusiastic and they can skate,” Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought they had more urgency to their game in the first period than we did. We had to get back to playing the game the right way, and I thought our power play was a big difference-maker.”Dylan Larkin extended his career-long, 12-game point streak with his 16th goal of the season for Detroit. Andreas Athanasiou returned from a two-game absence because of an upper-body injury and scored his 12th of the season. Jimmy Howard made 35 saves for the Red Wings Womens Deryk Engelland Jersey , who have lost three straight and seven of eight games overall.Athanasiou’s breakaway goal cut the Penguins’ lead to 3-2 at 4:45 of the third period. But Hornqvist restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal lead 1:10 later when he redirected Jack Johnson’s shot from the point past Howard.Howard said Athanasiou’s goal initially gave Detroit life before Pittsburgh responded.“It was a great read by him,” Howard said. “He just put the afterburners on and made a great play, but it wasn’t very much later where (Pittsburgh) got it back, so it’s tough.”Larkin continued his point streak by opening the scoring at 11:49 with a wrist shot over Murray’s shoulder. He has six goals and 15 points in his last 12 games. Larkin’s 12-game point streak is the longest since Henrik Zetterberg’s 17-game run in 2007-08.“After the first, we let (Pittsburgh) come in,” Larkin said. “We stopped forechecking and we stopped our O-zone grind that was so good in the first period. We needed two points desperately here.”Pittsburgh jumped ahead in the second period with two goals scored in 74-second span. Kessel tied the game with a power-play goal at 7:12 and Brassard put the Penguins in front.Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson fell, allowing Kessel to swoop in and slip a backhander between Howard’s pads. Brassard gave Pittsburgh the lead when he redirected a pass from Kessel past Howard.Kessel scored his second power-play goal with 1:02 to play in the second period. His wrist shot from between the circles beat Howard on the glove side and gave Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead.“It’s incredible the talent he has,” Brassard said. “Tonight http://www.officialknightsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-james-neal-jersey , he came up big for our team.”NOTES: The Penguins, on Thursday, re-signed 24-year-old F Jake Guentzel to a five-year contract extension worth $30 million. The deal runs through 2023-24 and carries an average annual value of $6 million per season. … Detroit D Niklas Kronwall passed Mattias Ohlund for seventh all-time in games played by a Swedish defenseman in the NHL with 909. . Malkin has points in seven of his last eight against Detroit. … Pittsburgh has won eight of its last 11 home games. . Penguins’ D Jamie Oleksiak skated Thursday morning in a non-contact jersey, but missed his third game with a concussion.UP NEXTRed Wings: Conclude a three-game road trip Saturday at Dallas.Penguins: Begin a three-game road trip Saturday at St. Louis.