Thanks in part to the New York Rangers, who won today, the Penguins have home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The best-of-seven series will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mellon Arena, which also will be the site of Game 2 on Friday, also at 7 p.m.
Games 3 and 4 will be next Sunday at 3 p.m. and April 21 at 7 p.m., both at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. If necessary, Game 5 will be April 23 at 7 p.m. at Mellon Arena, Game 6 April 25 at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia and Game 7 April 27 at Mellon Arena, time to be determined.
Games 3 and 6 will be televised nationally by NBC. The others will be shown locally by FSN Pittsburgh.
The visiting Rangers came from behind to beat Philadelphia, 4-3. The Flyers and Penguins each finished the season with 99 points, but the Penguins have 45 wins, one more than Philadelphia, and so earned the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers finished fifth.
The Penguins climbed an astounding six spots in the conference standings by going 18-3-4 over the final 25 games of the season. They were 10th and out of the playoff picture when interim coach Dan Bylsma took over Feb. 15.
The Penguins ended their regular season Saturday night with a 3-1 win at Montreal.
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