5 Reasons the Flyers-Penguins Rivalry Is the Best in the NHL

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5 Reasons the Flyers-Penguins Rivalry Is the Best in the NHL
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Vitale beating up another non-fighter.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us and hockey fans around the league are preparing for the most entertaining and enthralling portion of the yearly sports schedule.  

The NHL playoffs are always captivating, as teams go to war for nearly two months for the right to hold up the coolest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup.  

New rivalries are born and old ones are reignited each year in the tournament for Lord Stanley's Cup, but the absolute best rivalry in hockey will be on display starting Wednesday in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals when the fifth-seeded Philadelphia Flyers head west to open a seven-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins

Sure, there are plenty of great rivalries in the NHL, but the Keystone State Showdown is without a doubt currently the most intense rivalry between teams, front offices and fans in the four major sports, let alone the league itself, and these are the five reasons why.  

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