April 10 Camden Courier-Post:
“It came with more heartache and angst than any of them imagined, but the Flyers won their 16th division title Saturday night with a wild 7-4 win over the feisty New York Islanders to secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
As a reward, the Flyers will face the seventh-seeded Buffalo Sabres when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
“We always seem to make things interesting, don’t we?” Flyers chairman Ed Snider said, wearing an Atlantic Division champion baseball cap. “I think this team is more ready (for the playoffs) than last year’s team. They’re a good team, good players, and I’m confident we’ll do well in the playoffs.”
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said the weight of finishing the season with five losses in their last six games has now been lifted.
“I truly believe that when we wake up (today), there will be a little zip in our step because we’re back into the playoffs,” Laviolette said. “I can’t stress it enough. You play the 82 games for the sole purpose of competing for the Cup, and we’re in. It’s a good thing.”
It will be the sixth time in 15 years the Flyers and Sabres will meet in the playoffs. Buffalo has won three of those meetings. The Flyers beat them in five games in 1997, lost in five games in 1998, won in five games in 2000, lost in six games in 2001, and lost in five games in 2006.
Lifetime the Flyers are 5-3 against the Sabres in their playoff history, beating them to win the Cup in 1975.”
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