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Flyers put slump behind them as playoff run begins

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers adjusted their championship caps, pulled on the T-shirts and prepared to celebrate.

Winning their first Atlantic Division title in seven years was a fun way to end the season and forget about the sorry month that preceded the clincher.

The division title, of course, is not what the Flyers played for this season, not after losing a year ago in the Stanley Cup finals. For nearly six months, the Flyers used that defeat as motivation and played at an elite level that proved they could make another run toward the championship round.

But then came a little bump in the road, as Philadelphia slumped to the No. 2 seed. Through it all, though, the Flyers (47-23-12; 106 points) have had the confidence of a team that steamrolled their way atop the Eastern Conference standings for two months. They open this week against the Buffalo Sabres.

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