BOO THE BIRDS
Flyer fans are most passionate when berating the detested Penguins
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
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.