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by Paul on 04/10/12 at 09:38 PM ET
from Chris Stevenson of Sun Media,
They are billing it as the “Commonwealth Cold War” here in the state of Pennsylvania.
It will be, we hope, anything but cold.
“We don’t like each other,” said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby about the Philadelphia Flyers, “so that’s the way it is. You can dissect all you want, but, really, when it comes down to it, we just don’t like each other.”
Crosby and the Penguins looked loose during their hour-long practice Tuesday in preparation for the opening game of their series with the Flyers here Wednesday. Coach Dan Bylsma spent a lot of time working on special teams, which are sure to have an influence on a series in which discipline is going to be the watchword.
But for all the genuine dislike between the cross-state rivals, the subplots like Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr coming back after spurning Pittsburgh—where he won two Stanley Cups—last summer as a free agent and the wonderfully unpredictable nature of the Flyers’ goaltending—that never gets old, does it?—Crosby remains the most compelling personality in this highly anticipated series.
At the heart of the hate is Crosby.
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