NOT PENN PALS

You won’t find a Flyer or Pen­guin who has a kind word for one another

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

THE BAT­TLE OF PENN­SYL­VA­NIA is one of the best and most heated ri­val­ries in the game thanks to the fact Pitts­burgh and Philadel­phia of­ten have ex­cel­lent teams with Cup as­pi­ra­tions. And though the Pens have the past three ti­tles in the his­tory of the bat­tle, the Fly­ers have thrown up road­blocks pre­vent­ing the Black and Gold from get­ting more.

The most trau­matic ex­am­ple came in 2012, when the Pen­guins threw home-ice ad­van­tage out the win­dow by ced­ing 12 goals in the first two games to the Fly­ers. Philly didn’t let up in Game 3, hang­ing eight more on the Pens for a 3-0 se­ries lead. And although the Pen­guins would mount a come­back, the Fly­ers drubbed

MARC-AN­DRE FLEURY

their state mates 5-1 in the Game 6 clincher.

The se­ries was the be­gin­ning of a black mark that has stained the ca­reer of Marc-An­dre Fleury. Even though he was Pitts­burgh’s net­min­der for the 2009 Cup run, ev­ery post-sea­son comes with a cloud hang­ing over the Pens, as pun­dits and fans won­der about the team’s goal­tend­ing.

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

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