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March 29, 1988 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
The New York Islanders' abilities in the short run - when they are down, 3-1, in a playoff series, for example - are well-documented. But even their goalie wondered about them in the long run. Did Kelly Hrudey think they could win a Patrick Division title? "Realistically," he said yesterday, "you had to wait and see what kind of year Philly and Washington had. "But now that we're down to this, we have just as much right to be in first as anybody. " The Islanders might even earn the right to stay there, if they beat the third-place Flyers tonight at the Nassau Coliseum, then defeat Washington on Thursday night.
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January 5, 1988 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't think for a minute that the Flyers are going to take some time to relax now that they've rebounded from their woeful start to challenge for the Patrick Division title. The Flyers want to do their part to break the logjam at the top of the division starting tonight against the Washington Capitals at the Spectrum. Entering tonight's game, the Flyers are tied with the New York Islanders for first place in the division, at 43 points. A win for the Capitals tonight would give them 43 points, meaning that if the Islanders lose tonight to Minnesota, there'd be a three-way deadlock - with the New Jersey Devils only two points back.
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April 3, 1988 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you have already figured out how the universe was shaped, mastered Rubik's Cube and named five television commercials that don't have Bill Cosby in them, you probably have the mental capacity to figure out what's going on in the National Hockey League's Patrick Division. But unless you are a card-carrying member of Mensa, you probably have been swallowed up by all the confusion in trying to determine the first-round Stanley Cup playoff matchups in the division, the most scrambled one in all of professional sports.
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April 12, 1989 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Hockey League's ludicrous first-round playoff schedule - in which teams play four games in five nights - will not return next season. Starting with next spring's playoffs, the NHL will stagger the first-round games, with the Wales Conference and Campbell Conference alternating dates. Thus, teams will avoid the hardship of the current schedule, which has existed since the first round went to a best-of-seven format during the 1986-87 season. The major reason for the change is to ensure that games will be available for television every night.
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March 31, 1988 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
With only three games remaining in their regular season, and with a first- place finish virtually off limits, the Flyers will once again try to officially settle a more important issue tonight against the Quebec Nordiques. The Flyers, who still need two points to clinch a playoff spot in the frantic Patrick Division, can get it done at the Spectrum (7:35 p.m.) against a Quebec team that should be deflated after being eliminated from the playoff picture for the first time since 1979-80.
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February 13, 1990 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
The Flyers are going to be a bit busy this week, with four games in six days. If there is any consolation in this grueling stretch, it's that three of the games are at the Spectrum. That's a fact the Flyers need to take advantage of because, after Sunday, they don't play at home again until March 6. As badly as the last-place Flyers have been playing lately, only five points separate them from the second-place New Jersey Devils in the Patrick Division. While that might say more about the mediocrity of the division than anything else, the fact remains that Philadelphia's season is far from unsalvageable.
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April 6, 1988 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
There is something a little comforting about the idea of the Flyers playing the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. For one thing, the Caps are 1-5-3 in their last nine games and, even if the win and one of the ties came against the Flyers, it isn't like this Washington team is a juggernaut. For another, the Caps aren't exactly a bunch of Mr. Aprils. Last spring's first-round exit at the hands of the Islanders was legendary. Washington led three games to one, lost two in a row, then led Game 7, 2-1, with six minutes left.
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April 1, 1989 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the places the Flyers might find themselves on the crucial final weekend of the regular season, this is about the worst. The Flyers' slim hopes of finishing third in the Patrick Division will be put on the ice tonight (Channel 57, 8:05) at the Montreal Forum, where the Canadiens should not lack for motivation in the final game of their regular season. The Habs, the Adams Division champions, are neck-and-neck with the Calgary Flames in the race for the NHL's best record.
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March 17, 1991 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could things be falling apart at the seams for the New York Rangers? What once was a nine-point lead in the Patrick Division dwindled to three as the Rangers prepared for Friday night's game against the New Jersey Devils. What once was one of the healthiest lineups in the NHL has become one of the most banged-up. And what once seemed an unbeatable goaltending tandem has looked extremely beatable the last two weeks. Injuries and poor judgment have hit the Rangers the hardest.
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April 6, 1988 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
Eighty games and one final, five-minute stab in overtime could not determine either the Flyers or Washington Capitals to be the superior team. Beginning tonight at the Capital Centre, the teams that finished with 85 points each meet in a first-round Patrick Division playoff series, a series that might complicate the issue before it eventually provides an answer in six or seven games. Nevertheless, there is no need to unnecessarily clutter up the quintessential preseries question, which is: Are Dave Poulin's upper thighs wrapped tighter than the Capitals' heads?
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February 13, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NOT TO RAIN on any parades down Broad Street, but there is a black cloud covering our silver lining. Now, it's not time for panic mode. But the Flyers' slow start to the lockout-shortened NHL season does not have them in a comfortable position among the eight Eastern Conference teams that will qualify for the playoffs. And that doesn't bode well for the postseason fortunes for fans of Philadelphia sports. Since the Union arrived, the annual cycle of professional "major" sports here has begun with the start of the Major League Soccer season in March and ended with the completion of the NBA season in June of the following year.
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March 30, 1994 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
If not for the breakup of his marriage, Mike Keenan might have been behind the Flyers' bench last night rather than coaching the visiting New York Rangers to a 4-3 Spectrum victory. Keenan said there wasn't much difference between the coaching offers he got last spring from the Flyers and the Rangers, after he was forced out as the Chicago Blackhawks' general manager in November 1992. Keenan, who coached the Flyers from 1984 to '88, said it mostly came down to painful memories vs. the chance for a fresh start as he stumbled through the first months of separation from his wife, Rita.
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May 11, 1993 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Kjell Samuelsson said the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't know they were about to take a ride on the ailing back of Mario Lemieux until the game's best player skated out to take the opening faceoff. "I don't think he knows when it's going to be OK, either," the Pens defenseman said after Lemieux's two goals and one assist led the Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders last night. The Penguins, striving for a Stanley Cup "three-peat," can advance to the semifinals against Montreal with a victory tomorrow night at Long Island.
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April 27, 1993 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Game 5 of the "overtime series" seemed headed toward its most improbable conclusion yet, when a crucial penalty call went against the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals finally caught their breath. The slashing call on the Isles' Tom Fitzgerald with 1 minute, 56 seconds left gave the Caps a power play - a rarity in the final minutes of a playoff game - leading to a Dale Hunter empty-net goal with eight seconds left that sealed a 6-4 Washington victory and kept the Caps alive for Game 6 tomorrow at Long Island.
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April 18, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Forget about Mike Keenan and the Flyers. Yesterday in New York, Rangers general manager Neil Smith introduced Keenan, former coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Flyers, as their replacement for interim coach Ron Smith. "I think one of the reasons Neil is excited about having me here is I am stamped a winner, not a disciplinarian," Keenan said at a news conference at Madison Square Garden. "That's part of winning. " The Rangers went from having the best record in the NHL last season to last in the Patrick Division this season with a 34-39-11 mark.
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April 14, 1993 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Slumped against a wall inside a narrow Spectrum corridor, Neil Smith looked like a man waiting for the blindfold and cigarette. Like so many New York Rangers general managers before him, Smith was about to feel the full impact of what it means to be part of the most frustrated franchise in professional sports. It means you will be traumatized. The Rangers polished their sorry art form to a higher gloss Monday night. One year after finishing with the best record in the National Hockey League, the Rangers were beaten by the Flyers to officially complete one of the sporting world's swiftest free falls.
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April 13, 1993 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Twenty-four hours after their Stanley Cup playoff hopes officially died, the Flyers acted a bit spiteful by nudging the dreaded New York Rangers out of postseason contention last night. There will be no postseason for the Broadway Blueshirts, either, something the Spectrum crowd reveled in during the Flyers' final home game of the season, a tightly played 1-0 victory over the spiritless Rangers. It was Fan Appreciation Night, so after the game, selected spectators got the shirts off the Flyers' backs.
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October 27, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The free-falling Flyers, fighting desperately - and unsuccessfully - to stay afloat in the Patrick Division race, held a team meeting after last night's 8-4 loss to the New York Rangers. The topic of discussion was what has gone wrong in this 3-6-2 season. They could have talked all night. The Flyers, said winger Kevin Dineen, are now officially "desperate for wins. " Last night's performance was disheartening. After battling the streaking Rangers goal for goal for a period and a half at Madison Square Garden, the Flyers surrendered five straight goals and suffered their sixth loss in their last eight games.
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July 1, 1992 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer Daily News wire services contributed to this report
So just how are the people in New York taking the latest loss suffered by the Rangers? Well, if the barrage of phone calls to all-sports talk radio station WFAN early yesterday afternoon was a valid barometer, sentiment is mixed over arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi's binding decision that sent junior hockey phenom Eric Lindros to the Flyers, another Patrick Division team. "It's kind of 50-50," said Ed Coleman, who co-hosts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays with former Philadelphian Dave Sims.
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June 2, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Their defense sputtered, their goaltending shook a little, and they had to skate like crazy before a hostile crowd in the noisiest house this old blue- collar town has to offer. But all these impediments just made the night sweeter for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who, in case anyone doubted them last time, proved yet again that you can be pretty and tough at the same time. And proved yet again that their pleasing blend of speed, finesse and mentally rugged defense makes them the best team in the National Hockey League.
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