Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with center Evgeni Malkin (71) center Sidney Crosby (87) and left wing Chris Kunitz (14) during the second period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers are on a collision course for the first round of the playoffs, but the former can try to earn the home-ice advantage. Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins certainly helped.
Sidney Crosby had two goals and one assist and Kris Letang had three assists as the Penguins opened up a three-point lead over the Flyers, who lost to the New York Rangers Tuesday, giving them the Atlantic Division title and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins, who already clinched the No. 2 seed and Northeast Division title, had nothing to play for, but did not earn points for the first time in seven games.
The Pens and Flyers will meet Saturday and it is possible that that game could decide who gets to start their playoff series at home. Considering last week's explosive game, this series will not be for the faint of heart.