If this weekend is a playoff preview of sorts, the Flyers are in good shape.

Instead of stewing in back-to-back losses, the Flyers were amped from the start to play their cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins and the energy carried to the finish. They were dominant in a 4-0 win, with a rematch coming Sunday on the west side of Pennsylvania.

Craig Berube has been preaching better starts recently and that's exactly what he got out of his team Saturday.

Zac Rinaldo came out aggressive and drew a penalty, sending the Flyers to a power play 2:34 into the game. The referees' whistles were put to good work throughout the afternoon.

In the waning seconds of the man advantage, the Flyers' signature play worked to perfection. Scott Hartnell slowly backed away from Marc-Andre Fleury's net, took a pass from Claude Giroux and sniped a one-timer high glove side on Fleury for Hartnell's 16th goal of the season. It broke an 0-for-8 power play drought in the last two games.

A few minutes later there was another power play, this time for Pittsburgh with Andrew MacDonald in the sin bin for cross-checking. The Flyers were aggressive in their penalty killing.

Matt Read dumped the puck into the Pittsburgh end. Sean Couturier, who was matched up against Sidney Crosby for most of the afternoon, went and got it and fed Read with a nice pass after he wrapped around the net. Read sniped one of his own high blocker side for his 17th goal of the season.

It was the Flyers' seventh shorthanded goal of the season and the fifth that Pittsburgh's top-ranked power play had given up.