The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins ended their national game with a bang today. The Flyers win put them in 5th place in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins entered the game in 4th. If the season ended today the two would meet in the first round of the playoffs, making it the must-watch series before the games start.

After the Flyers scored an empty-net goal to take a 3-goal lead with a little over a minute left, Joe Vitale leveled Daniel Briere with a big open-ice hit.

All players gathered on the ice and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette started yelling over the benches at Pens head coach Dan Bylsma. Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube held back Laviolette while Penguins assistant Tony Granato acted as a buffer between Laviolette and Bylsma.

Deryk Engelland dropped the gloves with Wayne Simmonds, it was the only pair of fighting majors handed out, although not for lack of attempt. Arron Asham tried getting at a few Flyers, including Brayden Schenn at the beginning of the scrum and Zac Rinaldo minutes later.

The Penguins were upset that Schenn crosschecked Sidney Crosby earlier in the period, although there was no penalty called when the clock was reset due to a goal that wasn't called on the ice but was confirmed by replay.

The Flyers were upset the Pens' fourth line was out that late in an already-decided game. There was only one fight in the previous four games between the Pennsylvania rivals.

Before we get to any potential playoff series, the two teams will play again on Saturday, the last day of the regular season.

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Chris Neil vs Micheal Haley Apr 1, 2012
Wayne Simmonds vs Deryk Engelland Apr 1, 2012
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Ron Hainsey vs Ryan Malone Mar 31, 2012
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Jared Boll vs Scott Nichol Mar 31, 2012
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