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Pens' chase for the Cup starts with a bang

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a mad dash at the end of the season to grab the No. 4 seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

After Wednesday's thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their best-of-seven showdown, the Penguins are showing no signs of slowing down.

Sidney Crosby and Evegni Malkin each scored a goal and assisted on one, and Marc-Andre Fluery was solid in goal in the team's 4-1 win that wasn't even that close.

Pittsburgh improved to 19-3-4 under interim coach Dan Bylsma.

The Pens dominated for most of the game and the Flyers tried to get dirty at the end to send a message. They finished the game with three players in the penalty box.

"We know that's their style. That's how they play," Fleury said after the game. "But it's nice to see how the guys handled it with no problem and just moved on."

The Pens' message was better. They'll move on to Game 2 Friday night.

Expect the Flyers to come out with something to prove. Just expect the Penguins to be able to answer it.


  1. The team Pittsburgh has to really worry about in the East is the Rangers. They have the best goaltender in the world and a dangerous power play. I would be surprised if Philly puts up much of a fight in this series.


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