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Philly Flyers, Feb 22, 2001

I was worried. The combination of the 6 inches of snow and the 7:00pm start (for ESPN2) made me miss the first period. It took me an hour and a half to get to the ...

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I was worried. The combination of the 6 inches of snow and the 7:00pm start (for ESPN2) made me miss the first period. It took me an hour and a half to get to the Coliseum from work. If it would have been a 7:30 start, I would have only been a couple minutes late.

I sat in my seat, and the Flyers score to make it 3-1. Ugh, I should have went straight home instead of battling the LIE. Then the Islanders seemed to have many chances, but NOTHING was going in! Blake had a breakaway, along with many open net chances for them. They would have a couple of passes, and then fan totally on the shot. Hello, the net is on ice level, not in the stands! To make it even better, some Flyer fans are sitting in the 2 seats next to me. (forgetting about the fact that one of the seats belongs to Tom, our other Islander expert, who was a wimp and turned around on his way to the coliseum.) They were your typical Flyer fans. Downed about 6 beers in 2 periods (that I was present for) and screaming his head off. Saying that the Flyers are going to win the cup and are the best team in the league. Puuuuuuuuuuuuhlease! The Flyer lady next to me wanted to have in-depth conversations, about nothing. I really did not want to talk to her.. she is the enemy. You would think she would have took the hint when I just gave her blank stares, and didn't answer her. But on and on she went. When we moved seats I think she got the hint.

The Islanders scored in the second period to make it 3-2, and then in the third to make it 3-3. It had to go into overtime, it was a ESPN game? Is it just me or do all ESPN and FOX games go into overtime. Do they have the puck controlled by a joystick in the back, making sure it does/does not go in, just so they can go into overtime?

OT came, and I was sure we would blow it. The statistic on the big board told us that the Islanders had never won and overtime game, and the Flyers had won almost all of theirs. We just started shaking our heads, screaming "why us" and the very vocal Flyer fan behind us cackled, "Well, miracles can happen," and got another beer.

Hamrlik scored the OT winner with 17 seconds left, and the Flyers fans quickly zipped up their jackets and ran out to the concourse. We saw them standing by the door, so we told them as we walked out, "Yeah, miracles can happen you (insert appropriate adjective here).

Question? When was the last time the Islanders won a game on National TV? In the 90s sometime? Let me know by sending me email, (

) I'm curious.

-- Linda