Chippy Game on Saturday Sets Stage for Monday’s Pens-Cats Rematch

Bad blood boiling between Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins

It’s not all that rare to have consecutive games against the same opponent in the NHL, but the so-called home-and-home series sure aren’t the norm.

What rarely happens, however, is the first game being so good, fans are already anticipating the sequel before the first one is even done.

Yet that’s what was going on Saturday night as the Panthers battled the Penguins.

The host Penguins won a penalty-filled game 3-1 that was a one-goal game before Sidney Crosby scored seven minutes into the third.

Afterward, a number of players didn’t have much good to say about the home team, with more than one insinuating Monday night couldn’t come soon enough.

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