Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flyers, Panthers Face Possibility of Tiebreaker Game for Berth

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flyers, Panthers Face Possibility of Tiebreaker Game for Berth

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If Philadelphia and Florida are even in points, regulation and overtime wins, and goal differential at the end of the season, they will play a one-game tiebreaker to determine who goes to the playoffs.

The NHL announced the unlikely but possible tiebreaker Friday as Philadelphia had one game and Florida two remaining. For the tiebreaker to happen Tuesday, the Flyers would need to lose their regular-season finale Saturday against the New York Rangers by exactly two goals and the Panthers would need to beat the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins in a shootout Saturday and Sunday.

Philadelphia and Florida then would have 39 regulation/overtime wins and a plus-1 goal differential over the season, since a shootout victory counts as a goal. The teams split their season series , and the NHL has no further tiebreakers. …

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