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In pictures: Philadelphia, Montreal and a game-changing brawl

On May 14, 1987, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens emptied their dressing rooms for a pre-game battle royale. It was one of the ugliest moments in hockey history, a bench-clearing dust-up that forced the NHL to clean up the sport

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Philadelphia Flyers Dave Brown, sans jersey, goes after Montreal Canadiens Chris Nilan, right, during a pregame brawl precipitated when a Canadiens player shot the puck into the Flyers net during the pregame warmup.


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Philadelphia Flyer Dave Brown takes aim at Montreal Canadien Chris Nilan (bottom) during a brawl that took place prior to the start of the sixth playoff game at the Montreal Forum, May 14, 1987.

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Montreal Canadiens Chris Chelios is roughed up by Philadelpihia Flyers Mike Stothers during a playoff brawl on May 14, 1987.

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Members of the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens brawl following the pre-game skate in Montreal prior to game six of NHL playoff series. The brawl started with a fight between Canadiens' Claude Lemieux and Flyers Ed Hospodar in Montreal, Thursday, May 14, 1987.

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