In the most recent meeting between the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, Tanner Glass was part of a Gordie Howe hat trick. Just not quite the way he would have wanted.

Glass, a Penguins fourth-line left winger, fought Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, but it was Simmonds who added a goal and an assist for the specialized hat trick.

Glass, who signed with the Penguins as a free agent in July, might have gotten caught up in the emotion of a heated rivalry he is learning about on the fly. Going into the game tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the teams have split two meetings, with the Penguins opening the season with a relatively mild, 3-1 win and the Flyers answering Feb. 20 with a relatively wild, 6-5 win.

"It's been an interesting couple of games, the second one a little more than the first," Glass said. "I don't think I did much differently than I normally do. Honestly, I'm just going to treat them like the Florida Panthers or the Tampa Bay Lightning from here on out."

Glass isn't an enforcer but isn't shy about fighting, either. He fought four times in 23 games this season. Grit, physical play and defensive responsibility -- including as a penalty-killer -- are attributes that drew the Penguins to him. He has obliged with a team-leading 61 hits.