Flyers-Penguins Rivalry Gets Ugly: Boarding Major Leads to Four Fights 66 Penalty Minutes (Videos)

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The Flyers-Penguins rivalry might be the best rivalry in the NHL. But if it’s not, it certainly is the most violent. Especially on Tuesday when, for the first time since 2007, the Keystone State showdown featured four fights.

It all started toward the end of the first period. Philly’s Zac Rinaldo sized up Kris Letang along the boards, sending him face-first into the glass.

The result was a boarding major and a game misconduct for Rinaldo, as well as heightened tensions that led to four fights in the second period.

If you’re not good at math, that’s one fight every five minutes. It’s amazing the Penguins actually found the time to score a goal in the frame.

The first fight was between Pittsburgh’s Zach Still and Philly’s Michael Raffl, and it came just two minutes into the second:

About six minutes later it was Rob Scuderi vs. the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakob Voracek, who instigated the fight and won it handily:

That was followed two minutes later by Steve Downie vs. Luke Schenn, and the Flyers came out on top of that one, too:

Finally, with just over three minutes remaining in the second period, the Flyers-Penguins rivalry produced its most unlikely fight: 5’10” 180lb American Bobby Farnham vs. 6′ 196lb Frenchman Pierre-Edourd Bellamare. And amazingly, the Frenchman from the streets of Paris with zero NHL fighting experience won:

So if you’re keeping score at home, the Flyers came out on top in the fighting department, winning three of the four battles.

They also came out on top in the scoring department, winning the game 3-2 in overtime.

In any case, go circle April 1 on your calendar right now. That’s the next time these two teams play each other.

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