BOO THE BIRDS

Flyer fans are most pas­sion­ate when be­rat­ing the de­tested Pen­guins

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

PHILADEL­PHIA FANS ARE well known for their lust­ful boo­ing – it’s prac­ti­cally a sport at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter – but a spe­cial hate is re­served for cross-state ri­val Pitts­burgh. A fre­quent play­off op­po­nent, the Pens may seem to be the less goon­ish of the two teams, but when it comes to play­ing the Fly­ers those flight­less birds are not afraid to peck at the eyes. Even back in 1981 you had a brawl-fu­elled contest in which no less than two Pitts­burgh play­ers launched suc­cess­ful sucker punches at un­sus­pect­ing Fly­ers (Paul Baxter on Behn Wilson and Russ An­der­son on Ken Lin­se­man).

But per­haps Philly has lost the pub­lic re­la­tions war be­cause of the bone­headed plays

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that stick out in his­tory. For ex­am­ple, in 2009, with the Fly­ers fac­ing elim­i­na­tion but win­ning a game 3-0, Philly goon Daniel Car­cillo de­cided to fight be­low his weight class by tak­ing on Maxime Tal­bot. The Pen­guins ended up with the mo­ti­va­tion after the dust-up and scored five straight goals to win the game and the se­ries.

The two teams meet Oct. 22, Jan. 20, April 1 and April 5.

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