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The month of March has been going pleasantly well for one NHL team, while its cross state rival has been seeing opposing results.
According to CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins face off against their division and state rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, tonight in Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won eleven matches in a row this month and are going for the longest winning streak this season, for which they are currently tied with the Chicago Blackhawks.
"We're just finding ways to win right now," said Brandon Sutter of the Penguins. "I think we want to keep playing the way we are. We don't really want to change much. Obviously we think we can still get better at certain things. I think if we keep that mindset, hopefully we can keep doing well."
While the Penguins sit atop the Atlantic division at 24-8 with 48 points, it is a whole different story for the Flyers. The Flyers have dropped to fifth place in the Atlantic division and are at 13-16-1 with 27 points.
With the Penguins regularly playing games this past week, the Flyers have not played a game in five days. It’s something coach Peter Laviolette and the players aren’t too happy about.
"Obviously, you would rather be playing games and trying to make a difference in the standings," Laviolette said, "but there's nothing we can do about that." Both teams faced off earlier this month on March 7 in Philadelphia. Down 4-1 after the first period, the Penguins soared back and tallied the game’s final four points. It was the first time the Flyers lost a game with a three-goal lead since January 1993.
"It's embarrassing to the fans and it's embarrassing to one another," Scott Hartnell of the Flyers said after the game. "We let another two points slip away."
The Penguins have been impressively outscoring opposing teams 44-25 during their win streak, reports Yahoo Sports. They have calmed down recently, only scoring three goals or less in their last six wins, whereas they scored at least five goals in the first five games of the win streak.