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