Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round: Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round: Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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GAME 1: Flyers 4, Penguins 3

HIT OR BE HIT

Expecting a physical series, we track the hits each game and for the series as the teams battle toward the second round:

35 PENGUINS

It was hardly bone-jarring, but Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz set the tone early. at 18:43, he struck Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman behind the Philadelphia net.

SERIES TOTAL 35

39 FLYERS

Right winger Craig Adams attempted to strike flyers center Brayden Schenn with 0:00.2 left in the second period. Schenn braced for the hit and stuck Adams on his backside.

SERIES TOTAL 39

AND ON THE WEB

#THEY WROTE WHAT?

"No offense to other teams, but the PIT-PHI series?should have been the Conference Finals, methinks. On paper at least."

? @dchesnokov?Dmitry Chesnokov Yahoo! Sports and TSN contributor

THREE STARS

3 -- Sidney Crosby, Penguins center

1 goal, 1 assist: Crosby didn't waste time getting on the score sheet in his first playoff game in two years. …

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