Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/14
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PHILADELPHIA - Tyler Kennedy and James Neal scored in a span of 2:40 in the first period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a rematch of a 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots to win his 227th game, passing Tom Barrasso for first place on Pittsburgh's all-time list. The teams kicked off the lockout-shortened 48-game NHL schedule with a performance that was crisper than most expected considering they haven't played in several months. Reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin had an assist and Sidney Crosby was held without a point, but the Penguins won in the arena where their season ended last year. Flyers captain Claude Giroux had Philadelphia's only goal. He was named the 19th captain in team history earlier in the week. Kennedy gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead just 4:40 into the game. Paul Martin fired a slap shot from the left circle that deflected off Kennedy's stick and went past goalie ...
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