The Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are probably going to see a lot of each other over the next few weeks. A few statements were made on Sunday afternoon in the game at Pittsburgh as the game at the end turned into a brawl where even the two head coaches were yelling at one another. There is still one more regular season game left between these two cross state rivals and after that it looks like a first round Stanley Cup playoff series. Things are going to get really interesting in the state of Pennsylvania in a few weeks, especially between the Flyers and Penguins fans. The Flyers defeated the Penguins in a very important game for both teams.
The Flyers Jakub Voracek scored twice in the third period to break open what was a pretty tight and playoff like game. Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot, and Andre Bourdon all scored for the Philadelphia Flyers in this game.
The Flyers also had a good game from backup goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky who stopped 43 shots as the Flyers pulled to within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The game was a preview of what is most likely going to be a first round match up in the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs. The intensity exploded in the third period late in the period when a brawl broke out and even both head coaches got into a screaming match.
Steve Sullivan scored twice for the Pittsburgh Penguins and James Neal added another but the Penguins were not able to hold onto their early 2-0 lead they jumped out to.
The fourth seed will have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs but maybe if the Flyers are playing the Penguins in the playoffs, they may just want the Penguins to have the home ice advantage because the Flyers are 5-0 at Consol Energy Center since it opened in 2010.
Pittsburgh frustration occurred over Sidney Crosby taking a hard hit from Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn in the third period. Teammate Arron Asham went after Schenn later. It led to a brawl which all ten players on the ice started fighting and even the two head coaches, the Penguins Dan Blysma and the Flyers Peter Laviolette got into a screaming match at one another.
The Flyers host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Rangers have owned the Flyers this season and the Flyers certainly want to change that. Do the Flyers want to send the Rangers a message? This could certainly be a very interesting game on Tuesday night. Things are certainly starting to get interesting. They have gotten that way between the Flyers and the Penguins and that will continue as the Battle of Pennsylvania will wage on during the first round of the playoffs. If Sunday is any indication of things to come well it is going to be very interesting.