Couturier even impresses his teammates

So what is more impressive: rookie Sean Couturier potting three goals and adding an assist, or the fact he continues to make life miserable for NHL regular-season scoring leader Evgeni Malkin?

Certainly Couturier's teammates were raving about his play.

“He played an unbelievable game, obviously," Claude Giroux offered. "He’s playing against one of the best players in the league and he’s been able to play pretty good."

Jaromir Jagr, a five-time NHL scoring champ himself, was left pretty much speechless.

“I don’t know if I know any words to describe this kid," Jagr said. "I don’t think in my hockey career I’ve seen anyone that good defensively at that age."

Couturier was the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft and at one point looked like he might be closer to No. 1. But the Flyers were sure pleased he slipped down to where they could nab him.

Couturier’s four-point night tied a franchise record for points by a rookie in a playoff game that was set exactly 27 years ago on this night by the late Peter Zezel.

Friday night marked the first time two Flyers have had a hat trick in the same playoff game. In fact, the last time the Flyers had two players record a hat trick in the same playoff year was the 1986-87 season.

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  • This marks just the second time in Flyers history that they have won the first two games of a playoff series on the road. The first time was 1997 when they defeated Pittsburgh in five games. They have never lost a series when leading 2-0, going 17-0.

  • The Penguins, meanwhile, are 5-6 when they fall behind two games.

  • With two more assists in Game 2, Pascal Dupuis has now collected points in 19 straight games.