Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/19/12
The Philadelphia Flyers never seem to take the easy road, and their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins is proving to be no exception. The Flyers could have made it easier on themselves by sweeping their reeling intrastate rivals and moving on to the second round of the NHL playoffs. But instead the home team gave up 10 goals, including four while a man down, and took 16 penalties totaling 64 minutes, on their way to a 10-3 loss Wednesday night. Things started off well for the Flyers in Game 4. For the first time all series, Philadelphia scored the game's opening goal. Only 17 seconds into the opening period, Penguins forward Steve Sullivan took a high-sticking minor. The Flyers took advantage on the power play with Claude Giroux scoring 1:14 into the contest, continuing a trend. In the first three games, the Flyers had gone a convincing 6-for-10 with the man advantage. Things looked like they would continue in the Flyers' favor when the league's ...
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