By Mike Harrington
PHILADELPHIA -- When Ted Nolan was asked Wednesday in Buffalo about playing the Flyers, he smiled and reminsced about his players learning how to stick up for themselves in the rough-and-tumble affairs the teams put together during the 1990s. It seemed like every night they played there was some kind of circus brawl going on involving Flyers goalie Garth Snow -- the man who eventually fired Nolan as coach of the Islanders in 2008 after taking over as GM.
Snow got into it with Andrei Trefilov, Dominik Hasek and Steve Shields in three separate incidents in the span of 14 months. The latter came in Game One of the 1997 Eastern Conference semifinal series won by the Flyers in five games, the last games coached by Nolan in his first Buffalo stint.
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