Penguins bury opponents in avalanche of momentum
PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are now officially a force of nature.They are the proverbial snowball rolling down the hill, and the Philadelphia Flyers are the matchstick figures standing at the bottom. Remember Mr. Bill from "Saturday Night Live?" Oh, noooo. It's the Penguins. Splat. Even without their A-game -- heck, even their B-game -- the Penguins rolled over the Flyers by a 4-1 count Tuesday night to take the proverbial 3-0 stranglehold lead in this Eastern Conference final.
The last time Stanley Cup finalists swept their opponents to qualify for the finals was in 1992 when Pittsburgh swept Boston in the Eastern Conference and the Chicago Blackhawks swept the Edmonton Oilers. The Pens went on to win the Cup in a sweep.
Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.
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