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ALL-DECADE: The Top Photos

A look at the best photos taken during the decade

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

Take look below at the best photos taken during the decade.

1. THE FLYERS ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS: April 10, 2010
Brian Boucher celebrates shootout win on final day of 2009-10 season

If the Flyers had lost their shootout against the Rangers on the final day of the regular season, they'd have missed the playoffs. Instead, the victory began the road to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

2. PAIR OF PLAYOFF OT WINNERS
May 7, 2010: Simon Gagne -- Game Four vs. Boston
June 2, 2010: Claude Giroux -- Game Three vs. Chicago

After the Flyers dismantled the New Jersey Devils in five games in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, they lost three in a row against the Boston Bruins to fall into dire straights in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Gagne, who missed the clincher of the Devils series and the first three games of the Bruins series with a foot injury, returned to the lineup at far less than 100 percent health. He delivered an overtime goal in Game 4 to prolong the series

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Capping his emergence as one of the NHL's fastest-rising young stars, Claude Giroux kicked off a comeback to get the Flyers back into the Stanley Cup Final series vs. Chicago. He is seen here scoring one of the biggest goals of his career - an OT goal at 5:59 to narrow the series gap to 2 games to 1. 

3. SPECTRUM DEMOLITION: November 23, 2010
Ed Snider, Bob Clarke and Dr. J at Spectrum demolition:  

The closure and demolition of the venerable Spectrum was an emotional, bittersweet day. With the possible exception of Bernie Parent, no athlete was more representative of the glory years of the arena than the Flyers' Bob Clarke and the 76ers Julius Erving. Of course, Ed Snider was instrumental in the arena's entire history.

4. FAMOUS FIRST GOALS: 
January 1, 2010: Danny Syvret scored his first NHL goal at Fenway Park during the 2010 Winter Classic.
January 2, 2012: Brayden Schenn's first NHL goal at Citizen's Bank Park during the 2012 Winter Classic 

 

Competing in the third ever Winter Classic at iconic Fenway Park, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret scores first first NHL goal, in what turned out to be the lone Flyers goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins on New Year's Day

Although the Flyers ultimately lost the 2012 Winter Classic to the New York Rangers, 3-2, the event itself was a smashing success. Here, Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn celebrates scoring his first NHL goal as the crowd of 46,967 at Citizens Bank Park roars.

5. CREASE MOMENTS:
April 22, 2018 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins -- Game 6
December 20, 2018 vs. Nashville Predators

During their famous, six-game series in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a mad scramble for the puck ensues bringing together nearly every player on the ice in the crease.

That next season, in an effort to hold a one-goal lead for Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart, making his second start in the NHL, the Flyers fill the front of the net to block a shot from the point.

6. MR. PLAYOFFS: Nine Playoff Game Winners
Danny Briere faces the media after one of his game-winning playoff goals

Playoff heroics were a regular facet of Danny Briere's career with the Flyers, who ranks second all-time in franchise history in playoff game-winning goals. Shown here, after a Game Six victory over his former team, the Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals... Briere would also score the OT-winning goal in Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. New Jersey -- twice -- The first was disallowed, Briere then scored again -- legally this time -- to end the game.

7. A NEW CAPTAIN: Jan. 17, 2013
Giroux addresses the crowd as the 19th captain in Flyers history

Coming off a lockout that shortened the 2012-13 season, the Flyers hold an open practice for fans after training camp. Newly appointed captain, Claude Giroux addresses the crowd.

8. BATTLE LINES: November 1, 2013
Emery vs. Holtby

The infamous lopsided fight between Flyers goalie Ray Emery and Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby came near the end of a 7-0 Flyers loss to the Capitals. The loss dropped the Flyers to 3-9-0 on the season. However, the Flyers rallied together immediately after this game, rattling off a 7-1-2 record over the next 10 games and turning around the season to reach the playoffs and take the New York Rangers to seven games.

9. GETTING GRITTY: October 9, 2018 & February 23, 2019
The Flyers debut their first Mascot

In a short amount of time, Gritty achieves world-wide fame. He debuts on Oct. 9, 2018 swinging from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center and makes an even bigger entrance on Feb. 23, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field during the Stadium Series vs. Penguins.

10. A PICTURE SAYS IT ALL: February 23, 2019
Jake Voracek embraces Wayne Simmonds after Simmonds' final Flyers game in the Stadium Series

No words are needed to depict the emotions on display in this photo as longtime Flyers teammates and close friends Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds embraced in the locker room after what everyone understood was going to be Simmonds' final game as a Flyer.

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