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Five memorable moments in Flyers-Rangers rivalry

1. Midway through a scoreless first period, Dave Schultz pummeled Dale Rolfe in a fight that "took something out of New York," Flyers coach Fred Shero said after the Flyers won that Game 7, 4-3, and advanced to the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals. They became the first expansion team to ever beat an Original Six squad in the playoffs. The Flyers then beat Boston to capture the first of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

2. Fred Shero, who coached the Flyers to Cups in 1974 and 1975, directed the Rangers past his ex-team in the 1979 quarterfinals. The Rangers made it to the Finals that season.

3. In 1992, the Flyers and Rangers both thought they had agreed to deals with Quebec to acquire the rights to heralded Eric Lindros at the draft. An arbitrator ruled in the Flyers' favor. The Nordiques received Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, two first-round picks and $15 million. The Rangers reportedly were going to trade Tony Amonte, Sergei Nemchinov, Alexei Kovalev, James Patrick, John Vanbiesbrouck, plus two first-round draft picks and cash.

4. In August of 2001, nine years after the arbitrator's ruling, the Rangers finally landed Lindros, who was in a feud with Flyers general manager Bob Clarke. They acquired Lindros for Pavel Brendl, Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, and a third-round draft pick in 2003.

5. In a stunning development, Brian Boucher outdueled Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout on the last day of the 2009-10 regular season, enabling the Flyers to defeat the Rangers, 2-1, in a winner-take-all game for a playoff berth. The Flyers then made a Cinderella run to the Finals before losing to Chicago in six games.

— Sam Carchidi