- Associated Press - Saturday, April 12, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins won’t meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

If their paths cross down the line, the theater should be delicious. As usual.

Mark Streit’s backhanded shot from the right circle caromed between Marc-Andre Fleury’s pads 2:10 into overtime as the Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 on Saturday to assure themselves of a first-round matchup with the Metropolitan Division-rival New York Rangers.

Streit’s 10th goal of the season was the game-winner.

“It was another big game, it’s always a big rivalry,” Streit said of the Penguins. “It got heated at the end, a lot of emotions. We wanted that third spot and we got it.”

Jakub Voracek scored twice for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux added his team-high 28th goal of the season. Ray Emery made 12 saves after replacing injured starter Steve Mason to begin the third period.

Mason was held out as a precaution after getting bowled over late in the second period when Pittsburgh’s Jayson Megna failed to put on the brakes while streaking to the net.

Flyers coach Craig Berube expects Mason to be fine, though the play turned an atypically sleepy meeting between the two clubs into something decidedly more lively.

There were three goals in the final 5 minutes of regulation, a brief dust-up at the end of regulation that led to a rare 3-on-3 to start overtime, and plenty of pushing and shoving.

At one point Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell hit Kris Letang from behind just days after Letang returned from a stroke that kept the 2013 Norris Trophy finalist out for more than two months.

While Letang called the incident “part of the game,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was a little more pointed.

“It’s a guy picking on a guy who had a stroke,” Bylsma said.

If that’s the case, Berube is wondering why Letang is in the lineup at all.

“Then (Letang) shouldn’t be out there playing, bottom line,” Berube said. “It’s a stupid comment.”

Letang gained a measure of revenge when he scored with 36 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime, his first goal since Jan. 23. He nearly won it in overtime but Emery made a sharp stick save.

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