PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers sent a message with their resilience. The Penguins sent one with their fists.

Message received on both sides.

And to think the playoffs don't start for another 10 days.

Jakub Voracek scored twice in the third period to break open a tight game and lift the Flyers to a 6-4 victory yesterday to climb within a point of Pittsburgh for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Whoever wins the fourth spot gets home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Flyers are 5-0 at Consol Energy Center since it opened in October 2010 and after getting pushed around yet again by their archrivals, the Penguins appear to have had enough.

Just as notable as Philadelphia's spirited rally from yet another two-goal deficit was the extended brawl with just over a minute to play that left the coaches of both teams screaming at each other across the glass.

Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called out Pittsburgh counterpart Dan Bylsma for sending out his checking line shortly after Voracek's empty-net goal pushed the lead to 6-3.

Penguins forward Joe Vitale leveled Daniel Briere shortly after the ensuing faceoff, starting a chain of events that included Laviolette smashing a stick over the glass and all 10 players on the ice going at it.

"Those guys hadn't been out there in 12 minutes," Laviolette said. "It's a gutless move by their coach. It's gutless."

Bylsma didn't quite see it that way, claiming Vitale's shot on Briere was clean, unlike the crosscheck Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby received from Brayden Schenn shortly after Steve Sullivan's second goal of the game pulled the Penguins within 5-3 late in the third period.

"It's clearly a cheap shot," Bylsma said. "It's clearly a guy targeting a player that was well after the whistle."

Crosby, who has missed all but 19 games this season because of concussion-like symptoms, agreed. "It's pretty cheap," Crosby said. "He skates 10 feet in between the whistle. I don't know. If that's a sign of what's to come, it's going to be a pretty tough playoff series."

Pittsburgh appeared on the verge of chasing down the Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference a week ago. Instead, the Penguins have dropped three of four and lead the Flyers by the slimmest of margins with three games left.

Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot and Marc-Andre Bourdon also scored for Philadelphia, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 43 shots as the Flyers erased a 2-0 deficit against Pittsburgh for the second time in two weeks.

Giroux just smiled when asked if the Flyers were in the Penguins' heads. "I hope we are because we're going to play them in the playoffs," he said. "I think it's important for us to be sure that they know it's going to be a tough one and it should be pretty fun."

And pretty physical, too.

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