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The Noon Number: March of the... Flyers?

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A look back at the last time tonight’s combatants faced off for division dominance

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11,682 - Number of days since the Capitals and Flyers last met this late in the season with the teams occupying the top two spots in the same division, going back to a clash in Philadelphia on March 10, 1988.

With the Caps leading the Patrick Division by a single point, they paid a visit to the City of Brotherly Love to face the second-place Flyers — a game they ultimately lost 5-2, featuring goals by Mike Ridley and Larry Murphy, with Clint Malarchuk between the pipes for the Caps vs. Ron Hextall for Philly. It was a relatively tame outing, with plenty of infractions (as was typical for a Patrick Division game of that era) but no fighting majors — notable considering that their previous meeting a month earlier featured a whopping 125 PIMs (including six for Hextall alone).

The Caps actually went on to finish third in the division that year, tying the Flyers with 85 points but falling short of the division title by three points. The two teams would clash in the first round of the playoffs that year, the Caps taking the series in seven games... with a pretty famous ending: