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Round Tres: The Flyers meet the Penguins

Sean Leahy
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We could have done a garden variety preview for this series. But this is special. This is the Battle of Pennsylvania.

Just know that you can find some great Flyers analysis on eager to go psycho, The 700 Level, Flyers Goal Scored By and The Orange Crush.

And you can find some very interesting Penguins analysis on The Pensblog, Empty Netters, The Sweater Ted and some little slice of fried gold called Going Five Hole, where the winner of the Mike Lange Tournament of Quotes was crowned this week.

Now, here's the Tale of the Tape between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers as they prepare for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

Founded

1758

1682

City Nickname

Steel City

City of Brotherly Love

Professional Sports Teams

3

4

Best "Sister" City

Bilbao, Spain

Florence, Italy

Fictional Hero

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Rocky Balboa

Mascot

Iceburgh

Slapshot (RIP)

Last Stanley Cup title

1992

1975

Player Fans Love to Hate

Sidney Crosby

Daniel Briere

Postseason Theme

Sacrifice

Vengeance Now

Pleasant Postseason Surprise

Marc-Andre Fleury

RJ Umberger

Opposing Team Whipping Boy

Sidney Crosby

Derian Hatcher

Tough Guy

Georges Laraque

Riley Cote

Team Pest

Jarkko Ruutu

Scott Hartnell

Defining 2008 Playoff Moment So Far

Evgeni Malkin's PP goal in Game 4 against the Rangers to go ahead after blowing a 3-1 lead.

Daniel Briere's PP goal in Game 3 against Montreal with 3:38 remaining to give the Flyers a 3-1 series lead.

Biggest Strength

Power-play has scored in all 9 postseason games.

Riding hot goaltender.

Biggest Flaw

If the offense is not in sync, the defense can be exploited.

Most penalized team in postseason.

Why they will win

Too many offensive weapons for Philly to keep up with.

Can play a physical enough game to take the Pens off of their game.

Biggest Question

How will they react when finally faced with adversity, like being down in the series?

Can Martin Biron continue to play like he has?

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