Penguins top Flyers, 7-6; playoff fate back in their hands

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The Pittsburgh Penguins did not just win a wild hockey game Sunday. In addition to defeating Philadelphia, 7-6, at PPG Paints Arena, they regained control of their playoff fate.

The victory, which allowed the Penguins to complete their homestand 2-1-1, means they have the possibility — mathematically, at least — to overtake the four teams separating them from third place in the Metropolitan Division. And the guaranteed spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs that comes with it.

Of course, whether they have the capability to take full advantage of the possibility remains to be seen.

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