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02-25-2005, 02:21 PM
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I think an interesting debate would be "Which would have been the bigger upset: 1974 or 1987?" if the Flyers (and that is a big IF) beat Edmonton in Game 7.

In 1974, not many gave the Flyers a chance. They were a 7-year old franchise (at the time I think the Flyers had just one win in their history in Boston Garden) going against an Original Six team with Espo, Orr, etc.

Of course, the 3-1 comeback in 1987 against the Messier, Gretzky teams (and all their successes) would have been beyond amazing but the Bruins won Cups in 1970 and 1972 and the Flyers had little success prior to that Cup win. In 1987, the team had a similar nucleus from the 1985 Cup finalists.

I know many people don't remember, or weren't even born in 1974, but I think it would be an interesting comparison.

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