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Getting a Boost From the Crowd

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Saturday afternoon game against Colorado produced the Flyers' biggest crowd of the season at 19,953, and marked a team regular season record. It was also one of the loudest, as the home fans welcomed home a team that had just broken the NHL record for most wins and points on a single road trip.

The Martin Luther King Day holiday allowed for a bigger than usual crowd at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone, as well.

"They kept us going in the game on Saturday," said Hitchcock of the crowd. "We were kind of down after [Colorado] got it to 3-1, and then when we came back the building shook. It was electric."

"It's good to be back home," said Gagne. "We missed our families and we missed the fans. It was fun to see the crowd against Colorado."

Hitchcock sees a couple of reasons why the buzz around the Flyers is getting bigger and bigger each day.

"Two things. Our players play a great brand of hockey right now. It's exciting and we have premier players who are just excellent, and we're playing really well. Also, I think the fans are over the Eagles, and they are looking forward to some positive sports. Hopefully our players get to feel what it's like to be the focal point of the community. It will be a good feeling."
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