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Philadelphia Flyers' Max Talbot (27) acknowledges fans during a tribute to his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Flyers dominate power play again

PHILADELPHIA — The special teams battle, overwhelmingly in favor of the Flyers in this series, again saw Philadelphia dominate.

Making the league’s third-ranked penalty-killing unit look helpless again Sunday, the Flyers scored on three of their six power plays. They are now 5 for 9 on the power play in the series.

Also, the Flyers added yet another short-handed goal when center Max Talbot evened the game in the first period. They now have three short-handed goals in the series.

“Special teams were a problem,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “Again.”

• Defenseman Brooks Orpik wasn’t asked if there is internal bickering in the Penguins’ locker room following Game 3, but brought up the topic anyway when he was asked about the team’s effort being good enough. “I don’t know,” he said. “Yeah, we’re just getting beat. We’re not executing. I think the biggest thing, when things aren’t going well, you’ve just got to stick together and make sure we’re not pointing the finger at certain guys and areas. If you ask all 20 guys, all 20 guys are unhappy with the way we’ve played. But it’s been a little bit of everything.”

• CenterJoe Vitale and defenseman Ben Lovejoy were healthy scratches in Game 3. They were replaced by defensemanMatt Niskanen and center Richard Park. Niskanen has been dealing with an upper-body injury and was not 100 percent, but he made the decision to play yesterday morning. He skated on a pair with defenseman Deryk Engelland. Park played 8:10 and was credited with one shot on goal.

• Flyers fans were presented orange T-shirts before the contest that depicted left wing Scott Hartnell mocking Penguins’ fan Cy Clark, who dresses up as Hulk Hogan during Penguins’ home games. Hartnell is shown holding his hand to his right ear on an orange shirt, with the words “Whatcha gonna do?” in black letters.

— Josh Yohe

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