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PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02: Head coach Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers attends a press conference after the Flyers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the rare position of being relegated to just playing out the string as they visit the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Coach Peter Laviolette led Philadelphia (19-22-3) to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons - including a Stanley Cup finals trip in 2010 - but the franchise seems likely not to qualify for the first time since 2006-07. One more win by the New York Rangers or Winnipeg, tied for the eighth-most points in the Eastern Conference, or one loss by the Flyers would officially leave them out of the playoffs for just the second time in 20 years. "It's the first time in a long time for Philadelphia, for myself to be eliminated not by your own doing," forward Scott Hartnell told the team's official website. "It (stinks)." The Flyers scored just three goals during a four-game losing streak before totaling 11 in back-to-back wins this week over Montreal and the Rangers. However, they were stymied by Martin Brodeur on...
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