The Philadepia Flyers have the second-best record in the National Hockey League and serious hopes of regaining the Stanley Cup they captured in 1974 and 1975.
But the Flyers also have a serious problem - the Montreal Canadiens, who own the NHL's best record, the last two Stanley Cups and apparently the Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal stretched against Philadephia to 14 games Thursday night when Steve Shutt's second-period goal earned the Canadiens a 1-1 tie with the Flyers in Philadephia.
It's not the canadiens have an easy time with the Philadephia, nowever.
It's like a 15-round decision every time we play," Montreal goalie Ken Dryden said. "Games like this are great entertainment. It's toe to toe the whole 60 minutes. These games are always great because you know there's going to be the fans and the checking. The only thing in doubt is who's going to win.
Dryden withstood a strong bid in the period by the Flyers, turning away 11 shots on goal, including hard drives by Rick MacLeish and Bobby Clarke.
MacLeish scored his 18th goal of the season at 7:12 of the second period to send the Flyers ahead, 1-0, in a tight-checking game. But soon Philadephia's Paul Holmgren was called for inteference on Shutt, who scored his 24th goal at 11:36 while Montreal had a man advantage.