December 12 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Before Saturday night’s game, a group of Flyers fans paraded a sign around TD Garden that read, “Eastern Conference Champs” – as if the Bruins’ epic collapse in last season’s conference semifinals weren’t still on Bostonians’ minds.
Last night’s 2-1 overtime victory was the Flyers‘ first game in Boston since they overcame a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 – and a 3-0 series hole – to stun the Bruins and the hockey world.
Returning to the scene of the crime, the Flyers sent another reminder of how last season’s series ended.
Mike Richards scored with three seconds left in overtime, lifting the Flyers to a riveting win and silencing a stunned sellout crowd.
Richards had two overtime goals erased recently – one against Calgary because Chris Pronger was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty, the other against San Jose because replays showed it was scored one-tenth of a second after the buzzer sounded. The Flyers lost both of those games in shoot-outs.
“I guess the third time is a charm,” Richards said. “I actually didn’t know how much time was left on the clock, so it’s a good thing I didn’t wait.””
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