Fedotenko: it was tougher to play against the Flyers

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov published  Friday, Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Ruslan Fedotenko admits that despite losing the first two games of the second-round series against the Washington Capitals, playing Philadelphia was much harder.

“The Capitals have a lot of skilled players,” said Fedotenko, who is a former Flyer. “They try to beat you one on one. They convert on almost all their chances, especially on power play.  But I think that it was tougher to play against the Flyers, even if you cannot say so by [looking at the] score.”

Despite losing the series in six games, the Flyers pushed the Penguins to the brink. They let a late lead slip away in game two and watched a three-goal lead disappear in game six.  The Flyers also failed to convert on eight power play chances in game four, in which they lost 3-1.

However, when asked the same question, forward Evgeni Malkin stated that Washington’s speed makes them tougher to face.

“Every round is getting more difficult,”  said Malkin. “It is a long season and the fatigue is accumulated. And all games are every other day. And Washington is playing quicker than Philadelphia.”

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