CAN ED SNIDER’S MEMORY MOTIVATE FLYERS PAST CAPS?

By Mary Cunningham

Here’s a quick and dirty snapshot of the Flyers-Caps series, which begins tomorrow night in Washington:

No. 1 Washington Capitals (56-18-8) vs. No. 4 Flyers (41-27-14)

The last time Washington won the Presidents’ Trophy was 2009-10, when the Capitals set a single-season franchise record for points, with 121. That season they flamed out in the first round against Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens, opening the door for the Flyers to reach the Stanley Cup finals.

The Flyers and the Capitals have not met in postseason since 2008, when the Flyers won in seven games. This season, Washington has a 2-0-2 record against Philly.

The Flyers surprised many by reaching postseason in Dave Hakstol’s first season behind the bench. The emergence of the rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere aided their offense, and the Flyers went 36-19-11 after he was called up Nov. 14. The Flyers have added motivation after the death of their longtime owner Ed Snider on Monday.

 

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