Penguins vs. Flyers Video: Watch Rivals Square off in Massive Line Brawl

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2012

You can't ask for much more in a hockey game than the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers gave fans in the first period of Game 3.

Six goals. Up and down, free-flowing action. Enough fights for pay-per-view, including a bout between superstars. Sidney Crosby yapping at an alarming rate.

Okay, so everything but that last part.

Surprisingly, the main brawl in the first period was instigated by Crosby, who earned the ire of the Flyers when he slashed at Ilya Bryzgalov's glove several times after the whistle then knocked Jakub Voracek's glove away from him after the initial scrum.

That was enough for Claude Giroux, who got in Crosby's face before the two went at it in one of the few superstar fights you'll ever see, especially in the playoffs.

If Crosby was trying to provide his team a spark—trailing 3-1 in the game and 2-0 in the series, they certainly needed one—I'm not sure it worked, as the Flyers went into the locker room leading, 4-2. And when your best player is picking fights and landing in the penalty box, well, your team might be on tilt.

The Penguins have a big fight ahead of them in this game and series, and losing their cool isn't going to help them do so.

One thing is for certain, however—this series was already good, but it got epic after the first period on Sunday. Look away at your own risk.

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