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Glenn Healy tended goal for the New York Rangers between 1993 and 1997, and saw his fair share of clashes between the Blueshirts and the Philadelphia Flyers. (Getty Images/File) Glenn Healy tended goal for the New York Rangers between 1993 and 1997, and saw his fair share of clashes between the Blueshirts and the Philadelphia Flyers. (Getty Images/File)

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In part two of our mini-series on the history of the mutual loathing between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers franchises, current Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former Rangers goaltender Glenn Healy gives us his best memories of the clashes he took part in, including playing in front of some very intense fans at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
Enjoy our coverage of the Winter Classic and for our complete package, including a conversation about the game, go to our Winter Classic website.

In part two of our mini-series on the history of the mutual loathing between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers franchises, current Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former Rangers goaltender Glenn Healy gives us his best memories of the clashes he took part in, including playing in front of some very intense fans at the Philadelphia Spectrum.


Playoff memories: "We played them back in 1995 but it was we played back-to-back when ABC first started doing NHL games...we lost in overtime in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon and then lost in overtime in Game 2 as well.

"In like two days, our whole season was lost. We had [Mark] Messier, [Brian] Leetch and [Mike] Richter... we had a great team, a really good squad."

On the proximity between arenas: "The great thing about the Rangers and Flyers is that its an hour and 50 minutes away so you can go to the games, fans are clamouring to get to both arena and both groups of fans....well, 'unruly and passionate about their team' might be an understatement."

On Flyers fans: "It was certainly clear that they didn't like you. Particularly in the Spectrum, there was one team they were cheering for in there -- and you weren't dressed in the right sweater.

"They'd clearly let you know that they didnt like you. I had one guy that used to sit behind me at the bench and he'd do research on you - find out what your wife's name was and just rip you to shreds, to the point where one game, I took Vaseline and wiped it all along the glass so he couldn't see the game.

"They're a passionate group, even in the new building where the bus waits for the team - theres a railing where all the fans stand and wait and they are just givin' it to ya. They'll give it to me today because I played for the Rangers, what? Fourteen years ago?"

Thoughts on 24/7: "I think that they love a good storyline and they for all the footage that they get they follow that storyline with pretty good pictures -- I love it. To get inside a dressing room, a team, a coach, how they travel... I lived it, I find it unique and interesting. The fans that have never been inside, just to see the inner-workings of the team happening, it's great.

"More teams should do it, it's fantastic."

Winter Classic warm-up at MSG

The Rangers hosted the Flyers on Friday in their final meeting before the Winter Classic, and both teams came in with plenty of confidence.

Philadelphia welcomed back Claude Giroux after his bout with a concussion, and he didn't disappoint, putting up a goal and three assists agains the Dallas Stars on Wednesday:



The Rangers meanwhile, were still riding high after their buzzer-beating win over the Coyotes, and followed that up by dispatching their 'other' nearby rivals in the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

As for the second game of the season series between the Blueshirts and the Flyers, it was the Rangers who once again came out on top, thanks in part to this amazing deflection from Derek Stepan:


The 4-2 win gave the Rangers (21-8-4)  the lead in the Atlantic Divison, edging ahead of the Flyers (21-9-4) on the basis of games played.

Upcoming games

Rangers: Monday vs. NYI, Wednesday @ WSH, Friday @ FLA
Flyers: Tuesday @ TBL, Thursday @PIT

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