Flyers Celebrate at Borgata’s Old Homestead Steakhouse
The entire Philadelphia Flyers team celebrated its sensational season at the Borgata’s Old Homestead steakhouse last Friday night, June 11. The players and coaches enjoyed a meal prepared by Chef Romeo DiBona, then headed to mur.mur nightclub for a night on the town. The casino-hotel-spa congratulated the team in larger-than-life letters (see photo) when it got wind of the Eastern Conference champion’s plans.
“After an exciting week of following the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals, we converted a billboard located at the entrance to the property once we heard of their trip,” said Borgata public relations representative Brian Brennan.
The Flyers’ season truly was one for the record books. They lost a tough Cup series to the Western Conference-champion Chicago Blackhawks (who won the Cup for the first time since 1961), but their road to the Cup finals was studded with one near-miraculous feat after another.
The Flyers only qualified for the playoffs in the final game of the NHL season by beating the New York Rangers in an overtime shootout. They proceeded to manhandle the higher-seeded New Jersey Devils 4-1 in games to advance to the quarterfinals, then recovered from a three-games-to-none deficit against the Boston Bruins to win that series 4-3. In game seven against Boston, the Flyers were down by a 3-0 score and rallied to win 4-3.
Philly then crushed Montreal 4-1 in games for the right to face Chicago. All six championship games were close, including two decided in overtime, but Chicago pulled out a 4-2 series win to take its first Cup in 49 years, and deny Philly what would likely have been considered the greatest underdog victory in Stanley Cup history.