Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: More memorable meetings
The Penguins and Flyers will meet in the first all-Pennsylvania conference finals starting Friday in Pittsburgh. Here are other memorable games between the two cities across all sports:
Sept. 30, 1978: Phillies 10, Pirates 8
On the second-to-last day of the regular season, the Phillies clinched the NL East title with a 10-8 win over the Pirates. The Phillies took a 10-4 lead into the ninth after Richie Hebner's three-run double and Mike Schmidt's sacrifice fly in the eighth. The Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with one out. Then Ron Reed struck out Willie Stargell and got Phil Garner to ground out, helping Philly wrap up the division title.
April 25, 1989: Penguins 10, Flyers 7
In Game 5 of the Patrick Division finals, Mario Lemieux scored five goals and added three assists in the victory. He tied several NHL records, including the most goals and the most points in a postseason game, and most goals (four in the first) and assists (three in the second) in a postseason period. Despite all of that, the Flyers bounced back to win the series in seven games.
June 8, 1989: Phillies 15, Pirates 11
The Pirates jumped out to a 10-0 first-inning lead in Pittsburgh, causing Pirates announcer Jim Rooker to say, "If the Pirates lose this game, I'll walk home." Well & the Phillies scored a pair of runs in the first, third and fourth innings to cut the lead to 10-6. Philly scored four more in the sixth to make it a one-run game, trailing 11-10. The Phillies then scored five runs in the eighth to win it. As for Rooker, he did walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, taking 13 days and raising $81,000 for a local children's hospital.
March 2, 1993: Flyers 5, Penguins 4
After finishing radiation treatment for Hodgkin's disease, Mario Lemieux had a goal and two assists for the Penguins in his first game back in the lineup. Lemieux went on to record 56 points over the last 20 games of the season to lock up the scoring title with 160 points overall.
May 4, 2000: Flyers 2, Penguins 1 (five OTs)
Keith Primeau scored at 12:01 of the fifth overtime in Game 4 of the teams' conference semifinals series. At the time, it was the third-longest playoff game in NHL history, coming one game after the Flyers won Game 3 in OT (also in Pittsburgh). Primeau was often criticized for not being able to score in the playoffs (he had just seven goals in 78 career playoff contests entering Game 4), but his goal helped the Flyers go on to win the series in six games.
Nov. 7, 2004: Steelers 27, Eagles 3
One week after knocking off the undefeated Patriots, the Steelers beat the previously undefeated Eagles. Jerome Bettis led the way with 149 yards rushing, and Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of TD passes for the Steelers. Pittsburgh became the first team to stop unbeaten teams in consecutive weeks after each had won at least six games.