Pens' collars getting tighter

Updated: April 16, 2012, 12:23 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Peel away the mayhem, discount the cheap shots, strip away the bizarre, and at the very heart of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series is a shocking disintegration of one of the league's most talented teams and some of the game's marquee players.

With the Philadelphia Flyers assuming juggernaut status after pouring eight more goals past the Pittsburgh Penguins in an 8-4 victory Sunday to establish a shocking 3-0 series lead, the Penguins stand in stark contrast.

With ...

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