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Flyers Are Good At Taking The Fifth

Flyers: The comebacks stop here!

Flyers Are Good At Taking The Fifth

The Flyers entered Wednesday night with a 3-6 record in Game 4s of best-of-seven series in which they take a 3-0 lead. Let's now make that 3-7, but know that historically, they have nailed the coffin shut after that.

In the six Game 5s that followed those Game 4 losses, the Flyers are 5-1 and have won five in a row:

 Year  Round  Opponent  Result   Game-Winning Goal 
 1975  Semifinal  Islanders  L  1-5  —
 1980  Quarterfinal  Rangers  W 3-1  Behn Wilson
 1985  Division Final  at Islanders   W 1-0  Ilkka Sinisalo
 1997  Conference Quarterfinal   Penguins  W 6-3  John LeClair
 1997  Conference Semifinal  at Sabres  W 6-3  Dainius Zubrus
 2000  Conference Quarterfinal  Sabres  W 5-2  Daymond Langkow 
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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