Penguins vs. Flyers, game 65: lines, notes

PITTSBURGH — The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins faced Philadelphia, they successfully protected a third-period lead and Marcus Pettersson earned a fighting major.

Which of those is the more rare occurrence might not immediately be clear.

In fairness, the Penguins actually have won 20 games this season when leading at the second intermission and that five-minute major Pettersson was assessed after surviving a bout with Flyers enforcer Nicolas Deslauriers at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 25 was the sixth of only seven he has received in 356 NHL games, according to HockeyFights.com. (Deslauriers, by way of comparison, has 68 in 571.)

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