Sunday’s Best: Cross-state collision … of goals instead of bodies


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Ryan Reaves and Jori Lehtera collide, and Reaves gets the worst of it. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Most rivalry games feature that little bit extra. Most times when the Penguins and Flyers are concerned ... extra means physicality and a bit of the ugly.

Last night, extra meant the Penguins finding whatever willpower they needed to overcome an injury to Matt Murray, a 3-1 deficit, a 4-3 deficit and then to win the game in overtime, 5-4, against the interstate rival Flyers.

Nothing about the game really felt special until Bryan Rust tied it at three and celebrated like he'd pitched a perfect game.

It wasn't for a lack of trying, however. Ryan Reaves tried to move the energy needle early on by attempting to win an open ice explosion of bodies with Jori Lehtera. And, as seen above, Reaves didn't win that battle.

Let's start there and look through some more of my favorites from the rivalry matchup.

[caption id="attachment_491591" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Sidney Crosby makes a pass and a 'game face.' - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491593" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jake Guentzel picks his spot for another goal ... even though it looks nothing like a shot on target in this photo. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491594" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A puck deflects off Matt Murray and over the net, even if it looks like he's being beaten glove side. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491595" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Ryan Reaves reacts to a goal as the Flyers celebrate. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491597" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jakub Voracek collides with Matt Murray, sending him out of the game. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491600" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Chris Stewart attends to Matt Murray after the goalie was injured. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491601" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Sean Couturier celebrates his goal as the Penguins react in the background. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491602" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Patric Hornqvist is apparently 'DDT'd' by Andrew MacDonald, drawing a penalty. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491603" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Patric Hornqvist scores on another mid-air redirection. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491604" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Bryan Rust shoots the puck into the pads of Brian Elliott ... and it ends up in the back of the net. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491605" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Bryan Rust screams after realizing he scored. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491606" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] I honestly have no idea what is happening here with Sidney Crosby, but he is frozen like that in this image. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491607" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jake Guentzel scores the game-tying-goal and then celebrates with his team and an excited fan. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491608" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Brian Elliott reacts to giving up the lead with just over a minute left. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_491609" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Tristan Jarry celebrates the overtime win 200 feet from the rest of the team. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

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