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NHL officials miss a blatant tripping call, create most controversial goal of the playoffs

Fans are absoulutely FUMING this evening! What a way to go out…

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In case you missed it earlier this evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers in their first round series following an incredible 8-5 victory in Game 6. 

Penguins sophomore Jake Guentzel had four straight goals (4!!!) to seal the deal for the Penguins, but it was his 3rd of the game that really generated some controversy in Philadelphia tonight. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang pushed hard on the forecheck and tripped up Flyers forward Sean Couturier, who himself had a monster game with three goals and five points, in the process. Letang then fed the puck over to Guenztel who made no mistake in blowing his shot by Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth.

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Look… it’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs and all and I get that referees want to “let the boys play”, but that’s about as blatant as a trip as you’ll see in the NHL. And for those calling out Couturier for a dive, just look at how his body hits the ice. There’s no way anyone takes a dive and ends up falling to the ice that way… this is clearly just a case of a blown call from the on ice officials. Brutal.

As you might imagine, Flyers fans are absolutely furious and are taking to social media to let people know about it.

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From there, the Penguins more or less cruised their way through the rest of the third period and ultimately ended up winning the game 8-5, thereby eliminating the Flyers from post-season contention. Wow... what a way to go out.

For the Penguins, their series win over the Flyers represents their 9th consecutive playoff round win, dating back to the opening round of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Guentzel finished the game with four goals and five points, while Letang, Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist each finished the game with three points apiece. Pretty remarkable. It's also worth noting that superstar Evgeni Malkin did not play due to injury.

Now the Penguins will have to wait for the winner of the Metro Division's other tightly played series between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets to determine their next opponent. After dropping the series' first two games, the Capitals have stormed back with three consecutive wins to hold a 3-2 series lead over the Blue Jackets.