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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flyers' Win Marks Spectrum History

COMBINED REPORTS


PHILADELPHIA -- The ghosts of Stanley Cups past whispered through the building as the Spectrum hosted the last regular-season NHL game in its 29-year history.


The Flyers said goodbye to regular-season hockey Thursday in the Spectrum by recording their first-ever season sweep of the storied Montreal Canadiens with a 3-2 win.


John LeClair's 51st goal of the season stood out as the game-winner as a sellout crowd of 17,380 exploded in celebration at the conclusion of the victory that clinched the Atlantic Division title.


"For sure it's good and you position yourself for home ice advantage in the playoffs,'' Flyer defenseman Eric Desjardins said of winning the division, "but it's nothing to celebrate.''


"It was something we were striving for,'' countered LeClair. "It's nice to reach a goal.''


The victory gave the Flyers a 4-0 sweep of the season series with Montreal and put them over the 100-point mark for the first time since 1986-87, when they went to the Stanley Cup Finals.


Philadelphia is 44-24-13 for 101 points, just one point behind the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams have one game left.


The Flyers ended their home season at 27-9-5, their most Spectrum wins since 1986-87, when they won 29.


The team will move across the street next season to a new arena.


Devils 3, Capitals 2. In Landover, Maryland, the New Jersey Devils remained in the playoff hunt by rallying from a two-goal deficit and getting 24 saves from Martin Brodeur in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.


The Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning both have 86 points in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Tampa Bay has two games left and New Jersey just one.


The Devils hope to avoid becoming the first defending Stanley Cup champions in 26 years to miss the playoffs the following season. New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire, ironically, played for that 1969-70 Montreal Canadiens team.


Bruins 3, Whalers 2. In Boston, Sandy Moger's off-balance goal with 8:28 left gave Boston a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers and clinched the Bruins' 29th consecutive playoff berth.


Boston has not missed the post-season since 1967, a professional sports record. Next best is the Chicago Blackhawks, who have clinched a playoff spot this year for their 27th straight season.


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(For other results, see Scorecard.)