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The Battle Of The State of Pennsylvania

The Flyers/Pens rivalry began back in 1967, when the Penguins franchise was born adding another Pennsylvania team to the mix. Since then both teams have been neck and neck, each winning back to back Stanley Cups on different occasions, but the Flyers have come out a little bit further on top (all-time) against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. In light of what could be another intense series between the two bitter, bitter rivals pending they win their respective matches here are a few things you may or may not know about the two Pennsylvania Power Houses.

Pittsburgh Penguins:

  • Head Coach Dan Bylsma is only in his 2nd year as an NHL coach. He looks to be only the 2nd coach in History to win back-to-back championships.
  • The name “Penguins” stemmed from the fact that the former Civic Arena turned Mellon Arena is nicknamed the “igloo”
  • Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is one of two net minders returning to the playoffs this season who already have a Stanley Cup ring, the other being New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur.
  • Veteran Bill Guerin has scored the 9th most playoff goals out of the 16 teams in the quest for this years Cup.
  • The Penguins have upset both Washington and New Jersey on three different occasions.
  • Prior to this season, Sidney Crosby had not scored more than 39 goals in his NHL career. He tallied 51 this year, a league high.
  • The Penguins have won their division 6 times, the Eastern Conference 4. In those 4 trips to the finals, they have won 3.
  • Evgeni Malkin and Mario Lemieux are the only Pens players to have won the Calder, and also the only ones to have won the Conn Smythe
  • Sidney Crosby is the only Penguin in franchise history to have won the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Philadelphia Flyers:

  • Though sidelined with a high ankle sprain, this is the first post season for goaltender Michael Leighton.
  • The Flyers were the first team outside of the Original Six to win a Stanley Cup.
  • They have won their division 15 times, the conference 6 but the Cup only twice.
  • Simone Gange is currently the longest tenured Flyers player.
  • Chris Pronger has the 4th most career playoff points out of the players involved in this years quest for the Cup.
  • The last time goaltender Brian Boucher played a playoff game was 10 years ago-as a Flyer.
  • The Flyers won 35 straight games in the 1979-1980 season which is an NHL record.
  • The Flyers once had a mascot nicknamed “Slapshot” but he only lasted a year.
  • 12 out of the 19 players who played in the Flyers final regular season game were first round draft picks.
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