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Repressed Hockey Memories: The Dance

April 10th 1988…The Flyers’ near-Stanley Cup win the season previous, had me following the 87-88 team like an obsessed stalker. I think I watched every televised game that year and lived and died with that team. When the playoffs came around I strapped myself in, ready for a wild ride. The Dale Hunter-led Capitals were the perfect first round opponent. I hated Hunter’s face and looked forward to ruining his season. I was also 17 years old, and painfully awkward among my peers. Hockey was actually a great escape from having to interact with the most vicious of all creatures …

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Then and Now: Marcus Ragnarsson

In the Flyers’ 2004 postseason run the club posted a record of 11-7, as they exited in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Of their 11 wins, seven game-winning goals came from the forwards (three from Keith Primeau alone) and four came from the defensive corps. After Danny Markov wrapped up the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils with a fluke tally late in Game 5, Marcus Ragnarsson potted the decisive goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs just five days later. That goal …

Will we see Ryan Suter in orange & black next season? (image via Bleacher Report)

Point/Counterpoint: Matt Carle or Ryan Suter?

Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair. This week, Steve J. and Hal G. square off over whether or not the Flyers should stick with Matt Carle or pursue Ryan Suter. First up Steve: The Flyers defense was undoubtedly a weak point in the playoffs.  Sure, Ilya Bryzgalov was god awful in the first round but the Flyers defense didn’t help him out very much.  They were torn apart by New Jersey’s cycling in the second round and even …

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Around the Net 5.22.2012

  Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL.  If you are wondering why Zach Parise is on this column,wonder no longer. Would the Flyers be better served by signing Parise and keeping Matt Carle:[Philly.com] Claude Giroux played really well and both of his wrists were messed up and other Flyers injuries. Don’t ever complain about not feeling well ever again:[Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] [Hockeybuzz.com] The Devils and Rangers are still playing? I was hoping our long, national nightmare was over:[CSN Philly] [NHL.com] Leave it to …

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Game 3: Ordinary Miracles

Flyers Faithful presents the third in a seven-part series examining and celebrating the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals between the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers, arguably the best NHL championship pairing of the last 30 years. “One sportswriter called it the greatest comeback from the dead he had ever witnessed” – Earl Mann, narrator “Blood, Sweat and Cheers.” Though it is far from Politically Correct in this era, when Gene Hart said the Oilers “had a pistol to the Flyers’ heads” at the 1:49 mark of the second period on this Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia (3:56), he …