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Flyers put slump behind them as playoffs start

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

The Flyers (47-23-12; 106 points) have the confidence of a team that steamrolled its way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings for two months. Philly opens this week against the Buffalo Sabres.

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