Vampires (er, Flyers) eye Penguins

    BOSTON _ The Flyers are like vampires: They only like to play at night.

    They dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Boston on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.

    The numbers are numbing: The Flyers are 3-8-2 in afternoon games, and 5-10-2 in games that start before 7 p.m. In the first period of the 13 matinees, they have been outscored, 20-6.

    “Maybe we don’t like daylight,” winger Jaromir Jagr said with a grin.

     In games that start after 7 p.m., the Flyers are 36-12-6.

     Seven of their remaining 11 games are at night.  The bad news: They play Pittsburgh, winners of 11 in a row, at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

     The Flyers are 2-1 against Pittsburgh this season, but the Penguins played all three games without Sidney Crosby.

     Crosby has since returned from a concussion.

      “You watch the highlights and you see they’re getting points every night,” winger Scott Hartnell said. “We’re going to need to be focused….When we skate and work together, we’re a really tough team to beat. We’re on pucks. We’re going to have to do that (Sunday) for 60 minutes if we want to win.”

    Fourth-place Pittsburgh has a three-point lead over the Flyers in the East, but the Penguins look like they are going to steamroll to the top of the conference standings.

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