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Regular Season Record: 53-23-4, 110 points; first in the Patrick Division, first in the Prince of Wales Conference
Playoff Outcome: lost division semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 3-2
Just three years after a disappointing opening-round playoff loss to the rival Rangers, the Flyers and their fans had to endure another one.
Fresh off a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1985, Philadelphia was once again one of the best teams in the league the following year.
The Flyers amassed a conference-best 53 wins during the 1985-86 regular season, and Philly's 110 points trailed only the 119 produced by the Edmonton Oilers in the entire NHL. The Orange and Black paced the Prince of Wales Conference in both goals scored (335) and goals allowed (241).
Meanwhile, New York crept into the playoffs with a regular-season mark two games below .500 (36-38-8) and a goal differential of just plus-four. In fact, the Flyers held a 32-point edge over the Blue Shirts in the standings heading into their opening-round matchup.
And yet the Rangers had Philadelphia's number once again.
New York bounced the Flyers in the division semifinals for the second time in four years and third time in five postseason get-togethers.
An offense that averaged nearly 4.2 goals per game during the regular year produced just two goals in four of the five meetings. Meanwhile Philadelphia's defense surrendered 18 goals in the five-game set, including five or more goals in three of the contests.