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Rather than run from the challenge of trying to become the first franchise in 35 years to win three consecutive Cups, Sullivan embraced it.

Friday evening National Hockey League playoff action and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Philadelphia Flyers pay a visit to PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA to grapple with the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of their best-of-seven series. The Kid has his eye on the Cup three-peat. He wasn't so much predicting another mid-June celebration as he was stating the obvious.

A huge brawl broke out toward the end the third period.

The two x-factors in the series could be Rick Nash for the Bruins and Patrick Marleau for the Leafs. They continued to dominate their division and their conference. Mostly, they've survived. And the Flyers have noticed. Claude Giroux led the team this year with 34 goals, while 2nd was Sean Couturier with 31 and 3rd was Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds, who both had 24.

"We had holes to fill this year and we filled them with guys that aren't as high-profile, but are just steady, and provided the things we needed for our team", Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said.

The Flyers, however, present a unique challenge. The Pens must be licking their chops, hoping for another opportunity to play the Caps, who they've beaten in the second round of the playoffs each of the past two years.

Neuvirth hasn't really been a part of the Flyers since February 20.

Toronto was the second highest scoring team in the National Hockey League this year, led by a core of young and skillful players in Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews and William Nylander.

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While the majority of the faces that will take the ice at PPG Paints Arena are different, the history of antagonism between the two clubs remains.

All that before Crosby got involved.

When Predators players think about those Ducks series and other tense ones over the past several years, they know there haven't been a lot of fights - and they're not alone. We start off in regular-season point order, but our rankings will be adjusted after each day. "It will definitely be an intense series, we know that". Malkin drew a hooking penalty to negate a Pittsburgh power play, and when he emerged from the penalty box, he whizzed past three Flyers in one sequence, darting by Jakub Voracek, slipping past Giroux and then fending off Shayne Gostisbehere before flicking a backhand past Elliott to put the Penguins up 3-0 before the series was 15 minutes old.

"In reality, when you have to earn your way and your margin of error is pretty short all the way along, it tests you", Philadelphia coach Dave Haksol said. "It tests you and pushes you to get better". Malkin led the Penguins with 42 goals and 98 points. Their number this season was just a touch better than the 26.0 the 1995-96 club posted, a group that included Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.

The Flyers didn't have a chance. They wanted to make sure that those were the matchups in the playoffs.

For quite a while this season, it looked like it might be those two teams in the Stanley Cup finals sometime when the weather gets warmer. Look closer, however, and things are tighter than they seem.

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a statement in Game 1 in the 2018 Battle of Pennsylvania. There are no extra-period gimmicks in the playoffs. Murray stopped both shots and the good defensive play soon translated into a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead when Guentzel connected on the power play. What's new? The Penguins kept their center depth at the top of the league by adding Derick Brassard before the trade deadline.

The more they can keep the game at five-on-five - and the more they can control the puck, using a cycle game to slow down the Penguins - the better the Flyers' chances of getting out of this series alive.

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