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National Hockey League

Pens open season with revenge win over Flyers

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The NHL lockout certainly didn't quell the disdain the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have for one another.

The Atlantic Division denizens picked up right from last year's memorable first-round postseason series, with the Penguins getting a little bit of revenge.

Behind a strong performance by Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh opened the truncated campaign Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center with a 3-1 victory.

Fleury made 26 saves to earn his 227th career win, breaking a tie with Tom Barrasso for the most in franchise history.

James Neal, Tyler Kennedy and Chris Kunitz each had a goal for the Penguins, who were bumped off by their in-state rivals in six games last spring in a wild, high-scoring series. The two squads combined to score 56 goals, with the Penguins allowing 30.

The Flyers didn't fare as well in the next round as they were eliminated in five games by the eventual Eastern Conference-champion New Jersey Devils.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots for Philadelphia, while Claude Giroux lit the lamp in his debut as the Flyers' new captain.

01/19 18:26:46 ET

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