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Flyers turn worst start into playoff berth; Cup drought marches on after 2-1 loss in Game 7

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 5:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Flyers turn worst start into playoff berth; Cup drought marches on after 2-1 loss in Game 7

PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers turned the worst start in team history into a playoff berth. They forced Game 7 after a 3-2 series deficit.

The Flyers simply ran out of comebacks.

Just as it has in every season since winning it all in 1975, Philadelphia heads home without a Stanley Cup.

The New York Rangers eliminated the Flyers with a 2-1 win in Game 7 in the first round on Wednesday, extending their championship drought to 38 seasons, the sixth-longest streak in the NHL.

There was one sliver of consolation Thursday when team captain Claude Giroux was selected as a Hart Trophy finalist, the league's MVP award.

Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race (86 points), helping the Flyers rally from a 3-9-0 start. He's the fifth Flyer to be a finalist, joining Bobby Clarke, Eric Lindros (who both won), and goalies Pelle Lindbergh and Bernie Parent.

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