Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/19/13
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The Pittsburgh Penguins needed about seven minutes to make the Wells Fargo Center as quiet as the other 29 NHL arenas the past three months with goals by Tyler Kennedy and James Neal. Despite the lockout that threatened the season, Philadelphia Flyers fans, eventually, made their presence known. This place was sold out for a 3-1 Penguins victory, one of 13 games that kicked off the NHL's abbreviated 48-game regular-season schedule on Saturday. "They have a lot of loyal fans and a lot of people who love their team here," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "It was great to see that we're still getting the turnout that we're getting." That's in Philly, where fans would walk through the turnstiles whenever the owners and players agreed to halt the third work stoppage in the NHL over the last 20 years. And full arenas like this one will be the norm -- at least in most NHL markets -- this weekend. That's not to say this latest stoppage won't have an impact. It already has. The NHL h...
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