NHL Playoffs 2012: 3 Keys to Flyers Stopping Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 3 Keys to Flyers Stopping Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
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The Philadelphia Flyers appear to be the scissors to the Pittsburgh Penguins paper.

Through three games so far in this series, the Flyers have just shredded the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nothing the Penguins have done seems to work; the Flyers outclass them in every category.

Most specifically, the Flyers have forced Sidney Crosby into a myriad of antics worthy of a toddler. Sorry, Sid but the league can't give you the cup, you have to go and outplay teams.

Evgeni Malkin probably has an all points bulletin out on him by the Pittsburgh Police Department at this point. Is he even playing? Upon reviewing his game log yes, he is, but he's being schooled by a 19-year-old.

These two stars are some of the best players in the world—maybe the No. 1 and 2 best. However, their cross-state-rivals have done what few teams were able to do in the past—shut them down.

Looking at the stat line, Crosby has two goals and three assists, while Malkin has four assists to his  credit. But this is a wide open series.

As good as the Flyers defense is, the Penguins have still managed to spread it out and get some quality chances.

Yesterday, Ilya Bryzgalov felt generous and donated some goals to the Penguins. His previous performances in this series have been much better despite the score sheets.

Yet the dynamic duo of Malkin and Crosby has been outperformed by the rival Flyers.

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