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Any playoff series between bitter rivals is fun.
It's no secret the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins don't like each other. But in 2012 when the in-state rivals clashed in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, they really didn't like one another.
Despite being underdogs in the series, the Flyers jumped out to a surprising 3-0 series lead after outscoring the high-scoring Penguins 20-12 through the series' first three games. Philly erased a 3-0 first-period deficit in Game 1 before prevailing 4-3 in overtime. The Flyers then notched eight goals in back-to-back outings to secure a stranglehold on the series.
It was in that second night of an offensive outburst when tempers really started to flare.
The two sides combined for 158 penalty minutes, including 72 in a fight-filled first period. Pittsburgh's Arron Asham was suspended four games for a cross-check on Brayden Schenn, while Craig Adams was suspended one game for instigating a fight. In addition, James Neal was suspended one game for charging Claude Giroux.
Despite the suspensions, the Penguins got on the board with a convincing 10-3 victory in Game 4. Pittsburgh's outing marked the first time in 22 years that a team had scored 10 goals in a playoff game. Meanwhile, the 45 goals scored through the first four games set an NHL record for most goals scored in the first four games of a seven-game series.
Pittsburgh cut the series deficit down to a single game with a 3-2 win in Game 5, but Philadelphia made sure that was as close as the Penguins got.
Giroux set the tone at home in Game 6 by leveling Sidney Crosby in the opening moments before igniting the Wells Fargo Center crowd with a goal just 32 seconds into the tilt. Scott Hartnell, Erik Gustafsson, Danny Briere and Brayden Schenn all scored thereafter en route to a convincing 5-1 series-ending victory.