April 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Joe Vitale (46) looses his helmet as he checks Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn (5) into the boards during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Bad Blood In Pennsylvania


In an already heated match-up on Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers took to the ice vs the Pittsburgh Penguins to try and shake up the playoff standings. The Flyers coming in from a great season for their franchise and the Penguins coming in after getting their star player and captain Sidney Crosby back. Each team in a great position in the playoffs, but they still want to win.

In the first period, Pittsburgh got the ball (or should I say puck) rolling with a goal by Steve Sullivan, his 16th of the season. His handy helpers were Crosby and Dupuis. This got Pittsburgh pumped up. So what did they do? They scored again.About four minutes later, James Neal scored the second goal of the game, as well as the second goal for Pittsburgh. Philly star Claude Giroux stepped up with five minutes left to play and sunk the puck in the back of the net, with the help of vet Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell.

The second period brought out the players and they fought for the goal. The lone goal of the second came from former Pen Maxime Talbot. The goal came at 1:25 mark. This left 18:35 of a scoreless streak. Now that the game is tied at two, the teams are anxious to draw first and take the lead.

It only took 2 and a half minutes for former King Wayne Simmonds to score the go-ahead goal for Philadelphia. 4 minutes  later, another goal, this time by Jakub Voracek. After another goal by Sullivan, another by Voracek and a couple others, the score ended in a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh. But what happened after the sixth goal for Philly?

All hell broke loose. Not even a minute after the goal, the Pens coach Dan Bylsma put out their heavy-hitter line. After a hit to Philly’s Danny Briere, a brawl erupted. The players got into the middle of the rink and started fighting, as well as angered Philly head coach Peter Laviolette. He went towards the end of his bench with a stick from one of his players and started yelling at Bylsma. The assistant coach for Pittsburgh stood on the bench in front of Bylsma and yelled back at Laviolette. Laviolette was fined $10K and the assistant coach was fined $2,500.

What does this mean for the playoffs? What is going to happen when these two teams meet in the first round? Is every game going to be like this because I will watch every single one if it is. Shoot me a tweet @NardoneDylan or comment on the post telling me what you thought of this match-up. Was this over dramatic? Was Laviolette right to do this? Should he have been fined? What do you think will happen in the playoffs?

Tags: Claude Giroux Dan Bylsma DAnny Briere Jakub Voracek James Neal Jaromir Jagr Maxime Talbot Pascal Dupuis Peter Laviollete Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins Scott Hartnell Sidney Crosby Steve Sullivan Wayne Simmonds