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NHL on NBC: Penguins, Flyers renew acquaintances

Jan 19, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

There will be no love lost on Saturday when the Flyers and Penguins meet at the Wells Fargo Center (3 p.m. ET, NBC.)

The two teams will renew what’s become the NHL’s fiercest rivalry, setting the tone for a condensed regular season in which they’ll meet four times over the next 65 days.

Highlighting the rivalry will be the head-to-head grudge match between Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Philadephia’s newly-anointed captain, Claude Giroux.

Giroux’s breakout 2011-12 campaign put him in both the star category and conversation with Crosby for the best player in the game.

Giroux heightened the debate in the playoffs, scoring 14 points in the series win over Pittsburgh, punctuating the victory with this sequence in Game 6:

And…

Afterward, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called Giroux “the best player in the world” while Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik admitted he was “the best player on the ice.”

The wild and emotional series hasn’t been forgotten by either party.

During the summer, Giroux told a reporter his surgically repaired wrists were a result of Crosby hacking and slashing him during the playoffs.

Crosby responded by saying he didn’t recall injuring Giroux but that if he did, he wasn’t sorry about it.

As for the impact the loss had on No. 87 — well, it’s still fresh in his mind.

“I remember at different points, just kind of being in shock,” Crosby told the Post-Gazette recently. “A lot of different flashes go through my mind when I think about the series.

“Basically, what it came down to was, we didn’t deserve to win. We didn’t play well enough, all the way through.”

Tale of the Tape

Pittsburgh Penguins (2011-12) Philadelphia Flyers (2011-12)
Record: 51-25-6, 108 PTS (2nd in Atlantic; 4th in Eastern Conference) Record: 47-26-9, 103 PTS (3rd in Atlantic; 5th in Eastern Conference)
Leading Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (50G-59A-109 PTS) Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (28G-65A-93 PTS)
Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (42-17-4, 2.36 GAA) Goalie: Ilya Bryzgalov: (33-16-7, 2.48 GAA)

Projected Lines

Philadelphia:

Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Brayden Schenn
Max Talbot- Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds-Scott Laughton-Matt Read
Ruslan Fedotenko-Eric Wellwood-Zac Rinaldo

Braydon Coburn-Nicklas Grossman
Kimmo Timonen-Luke Schenn
Andrej Meszaros-Kurtis Foster

Pittsburgh:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal
Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen-Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin
Simon Despres-Deryk Engelland

Reminder: If you’re unable to watch on TV, download NBC Sports Live Extra here or here.

  1. Stiller43 - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Sorry Philly fans, the best two players in the world wear 87 and 71.

    • phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      Hahaha, this is funny.

      • letsgopens8771 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        Malkin is truly the best player in the world. Sid has to fight to earn that title back. Sid is a beast but Malkin is in a league of his own. MVP again this year GENO!!!

      • melonheadsdaddy - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Still funny. Your “MVP” certainly didn’t help or do much (if anything) when it really mattered did he?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        “Crosby gets knocked to the ice” ,,,I can’t get enough of that !

      • sportsfreak13 - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Melonhead you do remember giroux had to shake the devils hands wearing a suit right. When it really mattered in that series what did he do?

      • melonheadsdaddy - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        He couldn’t “shake” anything because Crosby broke his wrists. Yet he burned those penguins regardless….funny.

    • justapensfan - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      NBC should be ashamed of their crew of Milbury, Jonea and the other nitwit. I always thought they were to be unbiased . I was waiting for the three of them to start the Flyers fans moronic chant ” Crosby Sucks”. What a collective group of mental midgets!

  2. trbowman - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Wish I was seeing Kings/Hawks instead.

    Don’t know why anyone would be excited for Pens/Flyers. That was a horrific series. Total gongshow with some of the worst defense and goaltending you’ll see. Ugly hockey.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      You’re the only one in North America that wishes that. With the exception of people in Chicago and LA, of course.

  3. trbowman - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Don’t get why the NHL didn’t make this game at 12 PM so as to have a full day of hockey and Kings/Hawks in between.

    • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      lets cancel the season now. Just show Honey Boo Boo reruns and Buck it . Rednecks Gone wild. like most of the NHL players

  4. orangeandblack67 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Seems like your either a lost fan or a bandwagon jumper. It’s the best rivalry in the NHL.

    • trbowman - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      Wrong on both accounts.

  5. Stiller43 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Agreed with then noon start thing, but flyers-pens is, if not THE best rivalry, one of the best in the NHL.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Been watching highlights of Pens-Flyers games from last season all night. Such an unbelievable rivalry. 3PM can’t get here fast enough.

  7. phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I know Im not the only one who lied to their boss to get out of work at 3!

  8. buffalo65 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Over/under on the first cheap shot concussion? I say 5 minutes.

  9. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    This is what hockey is all about. Hockey isn’t like the other team sports where they just play and Pittsburg, Philadelphia is the ultimate game. Defense be damed.

  10. ml3939 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    @trbowman, are you serious? It is the best rivalry in hockey and if the traffic at this site is indicative of anything, fans seem to care about it the most as well. Look at the comments section for penguins-flyers stories, they are by far the most populated. The stories here seem to cater to these teams as well. If you want to know what Claude Giroux eats for lunch or Kris Letang feeds his fish, the story is at this site. It should be called Pennsylvania Hockey Talk.

  11. ironcity6pak - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    12pm games suck, who wants to be up and get dry for a noon game. 3pm everyone will be watching. England will knock mr frenchy into the stands. Let the hatred begin

    • tcclark - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      the fact that you have to rely on a third pairing defenseman to hit someone is just sad…

  12. renberg19 - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Fact: Flyers will beat Pens
    Fact: Sidney will cry

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Fact: you are lying.

  13. steelcity412 - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Fact : pens will win
    Fact: flyers have been losers since ’75
    Fact: giroux will have a down year

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Fact: you are lying.

  14. broadstbully33 - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Keep your head up Cindy

  15. ironcitydonnieiris - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    No better way to start the season off! 2 teams that hate each other and 2 team fan bases that support their team. Great trash talking for months to come. And when life gets boring, we always have “Pennsylvania Hockey Talk” to keep us engaged until the next game. Welcome back NHL, just don’t fail your fans the second half of the season like you did the first half.

    “It’s a great day for hockey!”- Badger Bob.

  16. wisdomnfl - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Keep your head up Claudia

  17. ballsohardu - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Stamkos is the best. Please.. Then maybe Malkin and giroux.

  18. murraychadwick - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Looks like Detroit is getting the Chi vs LA coverage which pisses me off. Much rather be watching Pitt vs Philly. Can somebody please make an executive decision to air Pitt and Philly in the Detroit market. Thanks for your help. Figure it out NBC, what a joke.

  19. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Fact: Is Crosby a sissy?

  20. bobhpine - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Claudette is a ginger who got a boo boo on his wrists and he is sad about it. Flyers: losers for 38 years and counting

  21. goalieguy37 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    any way to stream this on my computer and not just a phone or tablet? I would rather watch pens and flyers…on a screen bigger than what I can hold in my hands….

  22. herc883 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    What is the average age of people posting on here? 13? Reading these comments is like listening to my teenage nephews argue about nothing and just call each other names because they don’t have the wit to come up with something original.

  23. flavordave - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    HAPPY HOCKEY DAY TO ALL!

  24. stp147 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    NBC do you understand the difference between National coverage and Split-National coverage? It is unacceptable that a game not available on TV on my area isn’t even available with a premium subscription. Your offer of streaming it on your website is unacceptable. I pay for GameCenter Live, NBC, NBCSN, and NHLN-US (and there is a free preview of Center Ice right now). Short of slingboxing from Pittsburgh want am I supposed to do to see the game on my TV.

    #EpicFAIL

    • acinsd - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Can’t agree enough! I called to ask NHL.com what was up. Dude was completely confused and has led me to believe even the Kings will be blacked out on NBC. Then he had to ask me which city the Penguins were again. At that point my head exploded.

      If a bar has Center Ice will they be able to pick up the Pens/Flyers?

      • stp147 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        I don’t think so, it’s the messed up blackout rules. NBC is calling this a National broadcast when it’s not. The blackout rules NEED to be relaxed, the NHL and NBC are behind the times and it’s not a fan friendly experience.

        NBC you need fans to make money, make it a good experience especially for those who support the sport with their wallet.

  25. antkowiak666 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    thanks NBC for not allowing me to see the Flyer,Pen game…instead i get to see the King,Hawk game*yawn*Flyer game will be f@#$ing brutal!!

    • rbaim36 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      well at least you didnt have to listen to teh worst play by play announcer in the history of sports. Peirre is the most one sided, manhood eating announcer ever. At some point NBC will realize that there are two teams playing the game. and for being a National Broadcasting Company, one would think they would call a game down the middle. What being Obama’s state run Media service is not enough for your team? Now you have to pick favorites in the Hockey world as well? WOW

  26. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I sit in the east and I can’t watch Pittsburg and Philadelphia? What gives? I won’t watch the garbage that NBC has on now. I’ll go listen to it on the radio.

  27. bloominoctober - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Anyone else having problems connecting to Gamecenter Live? My iPhone and iPad both give me a “Network Connection not available” message. Gamecenter Live through NHL.com on my PC gives me a “Gateway Timeout” error. I WANT MY HOCKEY G-D-IT!!! I’ve been without it too long as it is!

  28. wisdomnfl - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Gonna be a long season for Philly. No offense whatsoever.

  29. rbaim36 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    I am a Hockey fan, Love the game, no matter who is playing but think it should be pointed out that the announce team that called the Pens/Flyers game had to be the worst team in the history of sports. Peirre, why dont you just join the Pittsburgh broadcast team and get it over with. You have to be the most one sided play by play announcer ever. Can someone please remind this guy that it takes two teams to play the game of Hockey. I dont care if he is from Pittsburgh, was a part of the Pens in the past. You are supposed to be a professional, why cant you at least act like one once in a while. I know the Flyers are playing on NBC again today, and i would almost bet that the word Pitsburgh Penguins comes up more than the Sabre’s do. You announce team was the worst i have ever heard. Come on, if your going to broadcast the game at least call it down the middle and pretend to care about the game and not the ONE team……….

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