5 Reasons Philadelphia Flyers' Physical Play Is Great for the NHL

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5 Reasons Philadelphia Flyers' Physical Play Is Great for the NHL
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Perhaps the most epic playoff series between two NHL rivals is unfortunately over. But the good news is, the Philadelphia Flyers looked like the Broad Street Bullies that they once were back in the 1970s.

Since then, the Flyers, as a franchise, have been trying to model after that style of play. It is the staple of the Flyers and the city they represent. Since the back-to-back victories in '74 and '75, the Flyers have been trying to replicate that success, largely through physicality.

Some years, it has worked brilliantly, and others (especially the Dan Carcillo years) were flops that accomplished nothing, except trips to the penalty box. 

The number of Stanley Cups the Flyers have is just two, but they should have more than that—three-to-five Stanley Cups more.

1997, 2000, 2004 and 2010 should have all been Stanley Cup seasons for the Flyers (the Edmonton Oilers dominated the 1980s, and despite Philadelphia reaching the Finals in '85 and '87, the Flyers were not expected to win). Even two out of those four would have been fine.

The goaltender situation in Philadelphia is a significant reason why the Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup despite having great teams through the years. 

If the Flyers want to have a chance at a Stanley Cup in 2012 and in future seasons, the whole package has to come together.

Can the Flyers win 12 more games? The NHL better hope so. 

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