Pen­guins down Fly­ers 5-1

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PHILADELPHIA — Sid­ney Crosby had a goal and three as­sists and Matt Mur­ray stopped 26 shots to help the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins si­lence a rau­cous Philadelphia crowd and beat the Fly­ers 5-1 on Sun­day to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round play­off se­ries.

Two of the so-called fiercest ri­vals in the NHL have pro­vided three lop­sided games: Pitts­burgh’s 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia’s 5-1 vic­tory in Game 2 could about qual­ify as nail-bit­ters in this se­ries.

Game 3 is Wed­nes­day night in Philadelphia.

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the se­ries in the first pe­riod, and Der­ick Bras­sard, Ev­geni Malkin and Brian Du­moulin scored in the se­cond to make it 4-0. Malkin and Du­moulin scored 5 sec­onds apart. Justin Schultz made it 5-1 in the third on Pitts­burgh’s third pow­er­play goal of the game.

Brian El­liott, yanked in Game 1, had an­other rough out­ing and might need to bor­row fel­low Wells Fargo Cen­ter ten­ant Joel Em­biid’s black mask to have a bet­ter look at the puck.

The Fly­ers haven’t won a play­off se­ries since 2012 and pulled out all the the­atri­cal stops in their re­turn to the post-sea­son af­ter a one-year ab­sence. Light-up bracelets flick­ered in the dark­ened arena and an­other packed house roared “Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!”

Here’s the thing Philly fans haven’t re­al­ized, he re­ally doesn’t — and es­pe­cially not against the Fly­ers.

Crosby, who has 93 points in 63 ca­reer reg­u­lar-sea­son games against Philly, shut up the or­ange-and-black die-hards with a wrap­around goal off a turnover mid­way through the first.

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