For some reason that is completely beyond me, one of the rivalries that gets overlooked the most is the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is so much heat between the two teams that the players on both sides admit that there is no love lost between the two. It is safe to say that they hate each other; and I would be lying if that does not make for good hockey. The two teams met today in Pittsburgh with the Penguins losing to the Flyers yesterday and looking to get some revenge.
Early in the first period, the Flyers established dominance early by Wayne Simmonds scoring two goals and Brayden Schenn scoring one. Unfortunately, after that hot streak, the Penguins decided to really make it interesting and score three in a row. Usually, this is where everything comes crashing own for the Flyers, and they begin to sink into a spiral that they cannot pull out of. It almost happened; instead, the Flyers did something that I have not seen in quite a while. The Flyers decided to play as a team and stick together.
The Flyers were able to stay ahead of the Penguins thanks in large part due to the passing game. The puck was in continuous motion every time a Flyer got his stick on it. The Flyers did an excellent job of confusing the always-tough Penguin defense and really kept the goalie guessing as to whether they would put the puck in front of the net or shoot from the outside. The Flyers kept a calm demeanor about the game and never seemed to get flustered at the predicament. It was a great game for both teams, but the Flyers were able to keep the clearer head and move the puck.