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Penguins vs Flyers - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Crosby says Penguins don't regret Game 3 fireworks

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby isn't going down without a fight.

Even with the Pittsburgh Penguins down 3-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Crosby isn't apologizing or offering excuses for their performance during an 8-4 loss in Game 3 on Sunday that was filled with skirmishes, penalties and poor defensive play by the Penguins.

And while even coach Dan Bylsma said, "There's a little bit of shock, disbelief, disappointment" that the Penguins could face elimination in Game 4 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), a feisty Crosby isn't about to concede that the series is over.

Penguins won't pin series problems on Fleury

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma pulled Marc-Andre Fleury aside before what could be the Penguins' last practice in Pittsburgh this season and tried to boost his goaltender's fragile confidence and calm his jangly nerves.

This isn't on just you, Bylsma told the goaltender who helped carry the Penguins to the Stanley Cup only three years ago. This 3-0 series deficit against the Philadelphia Flyers isn't just the result of your play. All of us are responsible, and it will take all of us to dig ourselves out of this monumental hole.

Fleury appreciated the pep talk, but he also couldn't help but think that if he had been only a little better, the Penguins wouldn't need to win four consecutive games just to keep their season going.

Pens' Bylsma: 'Shock, disbelief, disappointment'

Alan Robinson - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins, considered one of the Stanley Cup favorites only a week ago, are on the verge of being swept in a playoff series for the first time in 33 years.

Given the opponent, the circumstances and the scores -- they've yielded eight goals in each of their last two losses -- the Penguins are having trouble finding the right words to explain what's happening to them against the cross-state Philadelphia Flyers.

But the message delivered Monday by Penguins coach Dan Bylsma summed up the feelings of a team that has not only lost three consecutive playoff games to a big rival, but also appears to have lost its way defensively while doing so.

Pens' Adams suspended one game, Bylsma fined

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams has been suspended for one game and Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has been fined $10,000 for Adams' actions in the final five minutes of Sunday's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff game against the Flyers in Philadelphia, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Adams instigated a fight at 15:18 of the third period. He was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

Both Adams' suspension and Bylsma's fine are automatic for violation of NHL Rule 46.12 – Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime), and as outlined by NHL Rule 46.22.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Flyers believe discipline is big reason for series lead

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"I think we've obviously discussed a game plan of how to get them frustrated, get them off their game. Obviously just getting after it, playing hard and playing smart between the whistles. I think we've won that battle of the discipline and it shows in the 3-0 series lead." -- Scott Hartnell

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Even the Broad Street Bullies couldn't complain about the style of hockey the current Philadelphia Flyers are playing right now -- not when the results are so satisfying.

The Flyers are leading the Penguins 3-0 in the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series for many reasons, most notably because of the 20 goals they've scored, but also because they've become a team that is all about discipline, playing whistle-to-whistle, and not aggressively seeking vengeance for any one hit, play or goal.

"After whistles you're used to seeing the Flyers start trouble," Danny Briere said Monday, "and for the most part we're staying away from it unless we have to protect our goalie, or protect each other from guys trying to take advantage of us."

Five reasons the Flyers lead the Penguins 3-0

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Even the Philadelphia Flyers are surprised they lead the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 in the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

"If you would have told us that before the series, we would have probably laughed at you," Claude Giroux said after Philadelphia won Game 3 on Sunday 8-4, "but guys are working hard, playing as a team, and we've got four lines rolling."

All true, but there's many more reasons why the Flyers have so thoroughly frustrated the Penguins and given themselves a chance to close the series in Game 4 Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

Here are five of them:

1. Reacting instead of initiating

For years, the Flyers have been an organization known for embracing the role of antagonist. During the regular season they led the NHL in total penalties (472) and penalty minutes (1,318). They also had the third-most major penalties (58) and tied for the third-most fighting majors (57).

Penguins face hearings for Game 3 actions

Pittsburgh forward James Neal will have hearings on Tiuesday with the Department of Player Safety for two separate incidents in Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Also, Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham has been offered an in-person hearing Tuesday morning for his match penalty for cross-checking Brayden Schenn at 14:15 of the first period. Asham received a match penalty on the hit.

Crosby remains defiant after Game 3

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Sidney Crosby was both defiant and brutally honest. It was all a result of his frustrations.

Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 5 | +/-: -1
While admitting he has no explanation for how Pittsburgh has given up 16 goals in the past two games and 20 in the three against Philadelphia in the much-anticipated Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between the in-state rivals, Crosby refused to give the Flyers credit for getting under the Penguins' skin even though it certainly appears to be the case -- and one of the reasons why Crosby's team is in a 0-3 hole heading into Game 4 Wednesday.

"You know, there is more than one team getting in those things so you can make a story all you want about us getting frustrated," Crosby said after his team absorbed an 8-4 loss Sunday at Wells Fargo Center. "We are playing playoff hockey and they are doing the same things we are. It's intense and you can say that we got frustrated, but we didn't.

Emotions boil over in Game 3 for Pens, Flyers

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby summed up the feelings between his team and the Philadelphia Flyers pretty succinctly after Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
"I don't like any guy on their team there," he said.
The feeling appears to be mutual, as Sunday's game featured three fights, three game misconducts, four 10-minute misconduct and a match penalty among the 38 penalties totaling 158 minutes. When it was finished, the Flyers had a 8-4 victory and a three-games-to-none stranglehold in the series, which continues Wednesday night.
The physical play started early. Just 2:39 into the game, Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland and Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo were sent off for pushing and shoving in the Penguins' end.
That was only the tip of the fuse that led to a very large powder keg.

Crosby, Giroux fight in contentious first period

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- An already testy rivalry boiled over in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

At the 12:02 mark of the period, two fights broke out between some of the biggest stars from each team.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who took two whacks at the glove of Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was covering the puck in his crease, to start the fireworks. Flyers center Claude Giroux took exception to it that and he and Crosby began pushing and shoving behind the net.

When that appeared to be broken up, Crosby then pushed away the glove of forward Jakub Voracek as the Flyer forward tried to pick it up. Giroux caught up with Crosby and the pair dropped the gloves and squared off in a short fight. Further up the ice, Timonen and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang squared off in a short fight.

The end result was Timonen and Letang each being assessed major penalties for fighting as well as game misconducts. Crosby and Giroux each were penalized for fighting. Flyers forward Jakub Voracek and Penguins forward Steve Sullivan each were also sent off for roughing as part of the scrum.

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