October 15, 1970 -- In the first series meeting, the Flyers out-scored Vancouver 4-0 in the second period en route to a 5-4 home win. The Flyers' PP was 3-for-6 including 2-for-2 in the last three minutes of the second period. Ex-Flyer Rosaire Paiement scored the first goal in this series (1-1-2) and helped Vancouver stake a 2-0 lead. Serge Bernier (2-0-2) scored consecutive goals which gave Philly a 3-2 lead. Bobby Clarke (0-3-3) had three points. Doug Favell made 26 saves.
November 29, 1970 -- Andre Lacroix broke out of a 15-game scoreless drought with a hat trick and four points to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 home win. The Flyers had three PPGs and Lacroix had three points on the PP including two goals. Bernie Parent made 19 saves for the win.
December 1, 1970 -- George Gardner made 40 saves in Vancouver's 5-4 win in Pacific Coliseum. The Canucks scored two late goals as Ray Cullen netted the GWG after Wayne Maki (2-1-3) tied the game with 5:17 to play. Jim Johnson (2-1-3) scored consecutive goals in a span of 1:58 to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
December 15, 1970 -- Orland Kurtenbach snapped a 2-2 third period tie to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 home win. Charlie Hodge made 35 saves.
February 19, 1971 -- Simon Nolet's goal late in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie in the Flyers' 3-2 win at Vancouver. Doug Favell made 30 saves. Each team scored twice in the first period including two PPGs by Vancouver (2-for-6 in the game). The Flyers were 1-for-2 on PPs.
February 27, 1971 -- The Flyers out-scored Vancouver 5-0 in the second period en route to an 8-1 home win. Bob Kelly snapped a scoreless tie in the middle period. Andre Lacroix, Simon Nolet and Jim Johnson each had a goal and an assist. Eight different Flyers scored. Doug Favell made 23 saves.
October 12, 1971 -- Andre Boudrias scored twice in Vancouver's three-goal second period rally and the Canucks prevailed 3-2 at home. The Canucks held a 16-3 shots advantage in the second period. The Flyers led 2-0 4:29 into the game on goals by Gary Dornhoefer (1-1-2) and Jim Johnson (1-1-2). Doug Favell made 31 saves.
October 28, 1971 -- Simon Nolet's second goal of the game snapped a 2-2 tie and the Flyers edged the Canucks 3-2 in Philadelphia. Larry Mickey scored the only goal of his 14-game Flyers' career to give Philly a 1-0 lead. Vancouver evened the game 2-2 with two early third period goals.
November 11, 1971 -- Simon Nolet's third period goal snapped a 3-3 tie and the Flyers prevailed 4-3 in Philadelphia. Nolet (1-2-3) also assisted on goals by Barry Ashbee and Brent Hughes.
February 8, 1972 -- Bobby Clarke had three points (2-1-3) in the Flyers' 3-1 win in Vancouver. Bruce Gamble made 30 saves for the Flyers in his final NHL appearance as it was determined afterwards that he suffered a heart attack during the game. Gamble fell to the ice at one point but he thought it was because he was hit with a skate or stick. He was taken to Merritt Hospital in Oakland the following day where he tested positive for high-blood pressure and a heart attack was confirmed. In September, Gamble officially announced his retirement as a player and accepted a position with the organization as a scout in the Toronto area. Gamble died at the age of 43 on December 30, 1982, the day after playing in an old-timers game.
March 8, 1972 -- Barry Ashbee (1-3-4) scored midway in the third period to break a 5-5 tie in Philly's 6-5 win at Vancouver. The Flyers trailed 3-1 after one period but took a 5-3 lead in the second period. The Canucks evened the score before the second period ended. Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) had three points and Doug Favell made 32 saves. Eleven different players scored.
March 26, 1972 --Simon Nolet and Bob Kelly scored 47 seconds apart in the first period leading the Flyers to a 4-1 home win. Doug Favell made 20 saves. The Flyers held a 46-21 shot advantage. Dunc Wilson was replaced by Ed Dyck (25 saves, 26 shots) when the score was 3-0.
October 12, 1972 -- The Flyers scored five straight goals en route to a 7-3 win in the home opener. The Flyers recorded two goals in 19 seconds which gave them a 3-2 first period lead. Dave Schultz and Don Saleski scored their first NHL goals and Simon Nolet scored twice. Bobby Clarke had three points (1-2-3). Clarke was named a rotating captain prior to the season sharing duties with Gary Dornhoefer, Joe Watson and Ed Van Impe, who was the sole captain prior to this season. In a pregame ceremony, Clarke was presented the Bill Masterton Trophy as "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey" due to his affliction with diabetes.
December 29, 1972 -- In a game highlighted by a brawl that spilled into the stands, the Flyers and Canucks battled to a 4-4 draw in Vancouver. The Canucks became the first team to scored four PPGs against the Flyers and rallied from a 4-2 third period deficit. Bill Barber (Philly) and Jocelyn Guevremont (Vancouver) each scored twice. The game featured a massive donnybrook 7:31 into the third period and totalled 26 minors, eight majors and two misconducts. While Bob Kelly and Jim Hargreaves fought, Don Saleski and Barry Wilcox tangled along the glass which escalated when a Canucks' fan, a dentist by profession, reached over and yanked Saleski's hair nearly lifting him off the ice. Seeing this, several Flyers' players got involved and Barry Ashbee whacked the patron. The Flyers were issued citations requiring their appearance to Vancouver police on February 9, 1973, the team's next visit to Vancouver. Earlier in the game, Moose Dupont fought Dennis Kearns.
February 1, 1973 -- Bill Flett (2-1-3) led the Flyers to a 5-4 home win. The Flyers chased starter Dunc Wilson (2 saves, 4 shots) at 11:02 who was replaced by Ed Dyck (29 saves, 32 shots). The Flyers led 4-3 after two periods. After the game, Bobby Schmautz of Vancouver was asked about his in-game fight with Dave Schultz and said "My wife hits harder than Dave Schultz."
February 9, 1973 -- A day prior to Philadelphia's 10-5 victory in Vancouver, seven Flyers (Ross Lonsberry, Barry Ashbee, Ed Van Impe, Joe Watson, Don Saleski, Bill Flett and Bobby Taylor) appeared in provincial court for using obscene language and fighting fans with sticks in the December 29, 1972 affair and a June court date was set. Two minutes into this game, Vancouver's Bobby Schmautz received 11 stitches to his face courtesy of a fight with Moose Dupont. Philly scored two SHGs 4:03 into the game, increased the margin to 4-0 at the 8:00 mark when they chased Dunc Wilson (four goals on eight shots) and led 6-2 after one period scoring four special teams' goals. Rick MacLeish (2-3-5) and Gary Dornhoefer (1-3-4) led the offense and Bill Barber (2-1-3), Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) and Tom Bladon (0-3-3) chipped in with three points apiece while Ross Lonsberry scored twice. The Flyers had four PPGs in a game for the second time in team history. After the game, Dupont uttered a now-famous quote: "Great trip for us. We don't go to jail. We beat up der chicken forwards. We score ten goal. We win. An' now de Mooze drink beer."
March 22, 1973 -- Ross Lonsberry (3-2-5) collected his first Flyers' hat trick and Doug Favell made 31 saves in the Flyers' 9-0 home win. Gary Dornhoefer (1-3-4) and Rick MacLeish (2-1-3) combined for seven points. The Flyers led 5-0 after one period and scored three times in the third period. Dunc Wilson gave up all nine goals.
June 8, 1973 -- The Flyers Seven, as they were dubbed, faced charges in a Vancouver court room relating to the December 29, 1972 fracas. Barry Ashbee, Ed Van Impe, Joe Watson, Don Saleski and Bill Flett were sentened to either $500 fines or 30 days in jail. Ross Lonsberry pleaded guilty to a disturbing the peace charge which was later dropped by the Judge and goalie Bobby Taylor was later sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500 for assaulting a police officer. Taylor denied hitting the cop and was bailed out of jail after serving 15 minutes.
October 19, 1973 -- Gary "Suitcase" Smith made 31 saves and Jocelyn Guevremont snapped a tie in Vancouver's 2-1 home win. Bernie Parent made 34 saves in the defeat. The Flyers entered the game with a 13-3-1 mark in the series and a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1). It was the Flyers' first loss after a 4-0-0 start that season in which they out-scored their opponents 18-3.
November 17, 1973 -- The teams played to a 2-2 tie at Vancouver. Rick MacLeish and Bobby Clarke scored first period PPGs, Bernie Parent made 23 saves and Bill Barber had a game-high 8 shots and two assists. The Canucks' Richard Lemieux scored a third period PPG and Gary Smith made 24 saves.
December 20, 1973 -- Bill Clement (2-1-3) celebrated his birthday in style as he led the Flyers to a 9-3 home win. Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) and Ross Lonsberry (2-0-2) also scored twice. Eleven Flyers had multi-point games. At the 13:01 mark of the middle period, a major melee erupted resulting in the expulsion of both reserve netminders (Bobby Taylor and Gary Smith) along with the Flyers' Dave Schultz and the Canucks' Gregg Boddy (25 PIMs). The brawl totalled 90 PIMs, including 46 to Vancouver. Boddy defeated Bill Flett and then Schultz was ejected coming to his teammate's rescue. Also, Bob Kelly fought future Flyer Dennis Ververgaert. Another future Flyer Bob Dailey scored consecutive second period goals to narrow Vancouver's gap to 5-3 but Lonsberry had the momentum killer sixteen seconds later at 19:56 of the middle period.
January 22, 1974 -- Rick MacLeish (1-1-2) had two points and Bobby Taylor made 20 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win at Vancouver. MacLeish's (1-1-2) PPG snapped a scoreless tie with 1:22 left in the second period. Bill Barber and Don Saleski scored in the third period. The Canucks scored twice in the final two minutes of the game. Ed Dyck had 33 saves for Vancouver. It was just the second game all season (game #43) that Bernie Parent did not start or play.
March 21, 1974 -- Rick MacLeish scored a SHG midway through the third period and later added an ENG tally in a 3-1 home win. MacLeish's first goal came 19 seconds after Andre Boudrias evened the game. Bernie Parent made 21 saves. Canucks' goalie Gary Smith was named the game's top star with 40 saves.
October 26, 1974 -- Jimmy Watson scored with 1:05 to play in a 3-2 win in Vancouver. Bill Clement scored twice within 53 seconds to even the score at 2-2 as the Canucks led 2-0 midway through the game. The Flyers improved to 13-1-2 in the last 16 games against the Canucks. The day before, the Flyers and California Golden Seals set an NHL record (since broken) with 232 PIMs in which eight players were ejected. The prior record was 204 in 1953 between Toronto and Montreal.
November 21, 1974 -- Chris Oddleifson scored with 2:03 remaining and Gary Smith made 37 saves to pace Vancouver to the franchise's first victory in Philadelphia, 4-3. The Flyers out the Canucks 40-16 in the game but trailed 3-2 after two periods despite a 25-8 shots advantage. Vancouver's lone shot in the second period was a goal by Mike Robitaille which gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead with 2:09 to play. Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) factored in all three goals. There were three fights in the game including a first period battle in which Dave Schultz knocked out two of Bob Dailey's (then of Vancouver) teeth. The Flyers were 11-0-0 at home in this series and Vancouver would not beat Philly again until October 1978.
January 1, 1975 -- Bill Barber snapped a scoreless tie with 3:44 to play and Bernie Parent made 24 saves in the Flyers' 2-0 win in Vancouver. Ross Lonsberry added an ENG. Dave Schultz and Harold Snepsts fought.
February 27, 1975 -- Reggie Leach had three points in Philly's 3-1 home win. The Flyers were held scoreless for the first 34+ minutes of the game until Leach scored. Bernie Parent made 17 saves for the victory but suffered a thigh injury and missed the next five games (returned March 13, 1975). The Flyers played Kate Smith's "God Bless America" for the 45th time and improved to 41-3-1.
March 25, 1975 -- Ross Lonsberry scored twice and Bernie Parent made 30 saves in the Flyers' 5-3 win at Vancouver. The Flyers scored three times in the second period. Reggie Leach scored the GWG 16 seconds after Lonsberry's second goal. Vancouver outshot Philly 33-27. Future Flyers Dennis Ververgaert and Bob Dailey scored and helped Vancouver gain a 2-1 lead in the first period. The Flyers had 12 of the game's 14 PIMs and were whistled for three minors in a span of 27 seconds in the opening period.
November 30, 1975 -- Don Saleski broke a 3-3 tie with 5:18 to play and Orest Kindrachuk (1-2-3) added an ENG in the Flyers' 5-3 home win. The Flyers dominated the second period 3-0 in goals and 15-3 in shots. Vancouver led 2-0 close to the game's midway point after two first period goals.
December 12, 1975 -- The game was rescheduled to February 18, 1976 after a snowstorm hit the Vancouver area.
February 5, 1976 -- Despite a 6-1 home win, the Flyers were dealt a severe blow when Rick MacLeish was lost for the rest of the season and playoffs due to a ligament tear in his left knee after a collision with the Canucks' Harold Snepsts. MacLeish, who was the NHL's leader in points during both the 1974 and 1975 post-seasons, had a game-high 12 shots on goal and was the game's #3 star despite not registering a point. The game's top two stars were Bobby Clarke (1-2-3), who missed the prior two games with a heel injury and who had his 200th NHL goal, and Ross Lonsberry (2-0-2) who scored twice; Wayne Stephenson made 29 saves. The Flyers outshot Vancouver 55-30 including 40-16 through two periods. Ken Lockett made 49 saves for the Canucks who lost for the 14th time in 15 games in the Spectrum.
February 17, 1976 -- Wayne Stephenson made 31 saves and Ken Lockett stopped 30 shots in a 2-2 tie at Vancouver. Reggie Leach's 40th goal gave Philly a 2-1 lead but Dennis Ververgaert (1-1-2) tied the game in the third period. The Flyers had 10 of the 14 PIMs called and killed a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:41.
February 18, 1976 -- Bill Barber's controversial goal with 49 seconds remaining snapped a 4-4 tie and the Flyers won this rescheduled game 6-4 at Vancouver. Ken Lockett, the Canucks' goalie, went behind the net to play the puck and then hit the ice in a three-player pile-up involving Bobby Clarke and Vancouver d-man Bob Dailey. Flyers' head coach Fred Shero said "You mean something was wrong on that goal? How the hell does Clarke get out of Lockett's way when he has someone 6-4 280 (Dailey) on top of him." Lockett said "Somehow he (Clarke) fell on top of me and he (Dailey) was trying to pry him off my back." An angry Canucks' head coach Phil Maloney said "Everything is convenient for Bobby. Do you want to do this now Bobby? Is everything all right Bobby? He has carte blanche out there. Philadelphia isn't that great. If they had to play the game the way it should be played, there's no way they'd be in first place. The real secret of their success is that they don't get half the penalties that should be called against them." After the goal, Harold Snepsts and Dailey were issued misconducts and Dailey was eventually suspended two games for pushing referee Bruce Hood. Vancouver was led by Bobby Lalonde (2-0-2), who tied the score at 4-4 with 1:47 to play, and Dennis Kearns (1-2-3). Barber (2-1-3), Don Saleski (1-2-3), Reggie Leach (2-0-2) and Wayne Stephenson (27 saves) led the Flyers. The teams met on consecutive nights due to the cancellation of the December 12, 1975 game because an unexpected snowstorm in and around Vancouver.
March 18, 1976 -- The Flyers tied the 1940-41 Boston Bruins for the longest unbeaten streak in NHL history (since broken) at 23 games (17-0-6) with a 3-2 victory in Philly. The Flyers scored three second period goals in a span of 1:23 and recovered from a 2-0 first period hole. Jack McIlhargey started the comeback with his first career NHL goal, then Reggie Leach tied it with his 54th goal and Dave Schultz recorded the GWG 14 seconds later. Bill Barber (0-2-2) assisted on the first two goals and recorded his 100th point of the season. Vancouver had a 20-8 shot edge in the first period but Wayne Stephenson held the Flyers in the game and made 39 stops in the contest. The Flyers' PK was 8-for-8. This was the fourth meeting between the teams in about six weeks. The Flyers lost in Detroit, their next game.
November 11, 1976 -- Reggie Leach (1-2-3) had three points, Bernie Parent made 22 saves and the Flyers took command with a pair of goals in 69 seconds en route to a 6-4 home victory. The game was tied 3-3 after the first period. Bill Barber and Bob Kelly then connected to make it 5-3. Bobby Clarke made it 6-3 11 seconds after Mel Bridgman and Harold Snepsts fought in the third period.
December 27, 1976 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves and the LCB Line combined for eight points in a 5-1 road victory. Reggie Leach scored twice, Bill Barber had three assists and Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) had three points. Jack McIlhargey had 27 PIMs including an attempt-to-injure late in the game and during the 5-minute major Vancouver scored its lone goal. The Flyers were 13-0-5 in the last 18 games played.
January 20, 1977 -- The Flyers traded Larry Goodenough and Jack McIlhargey to Vancouver for Bob Dailey. The trade was made during a Flyers-Montreal game and announced afterwards.
March 3, 1977 -- Reggie Leach (1-1-2) and Rick MacLeish (1-1-2) had first period goals in the Flyers' 5-2 home win. Recently acquired Bob Dailey had a game-high 8 shots and was named the game's third star in the Flyers' 5-2 home win. The Flyers outshot Vancouver 36-19. Bernie Parent made 17 saves.
March 22, 1977 -- Bobby Clarke (1-3-4) factored in each goal and set up Reggie Leach's tying goal with 18 seconds left in a 4-4 tie at Vancouver. Bob Dailey had two assists in his first game at Vancouver since being traded by the Canucks. Bernie Parent made 27 saves. Cesare Maniage made 30 stops.
March 26, 1977 -- The Flyers out-scored Vancouver 5-0 in the opening period and ended the Canucks' 10-game unbeaten streak with a 9-3 home win. Reggie Leach (2-0-2) and Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) each scored twice and Ross Lonsberry (0-3-3) added three assists. Leach scored 13 seconds into the game then Clarke and Leach added quick PPGs to make it 3-0. Leach had 11 shots on goal and was named the game's top star. Ten Flyers had points in the first period and 14 of the 17 skaters made the score sheet. After Vancouver came within 6-3 in the opening minute of the third period, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 1:53. The Flyers outshot the Canucks 21-6 in the first period and 16-3 in the third period (37-9 total, 47-22 in the game) and held a 9-1 goals advantage in those periods. There was a total of eight infractions called and the Flyers' PP started 2-for-2; the next six advantages went to the Canucks. Cesare Maniago (16 saves, 21 shots) was replaced after the first period by Curt Ridley (22 saves, 26 shots).
November 6, 1977 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 home win. Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) and Reggie Leach (0-2-2) had two points and Bob Kelly scored a key third period goal. Cesare Maniago had 43 saves.
November 29, 1977 -- Bernie Parent made 25 saves, including 13 in the first period when the Flyers had just three shots, and Philly recorded a 3-0 win in Vancouver. Bill Barber snapped a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the second period.
January 26, 1978 -- Bob Kelly scored twice and Bernie Parent made 24 saves in the Flyers' 6-2 victory at Vancouver. The Flyers led 5-0 midway through the game. Jack McIlhargey assisted on both Canucks' goals. Reggie Leach was bench by coach Fred Shero and later said "I wanted a day off from practice, not a game off." The next game, Leach scored twice.
February 9, 1978 -- Gary Dornhoefer (2-0-2) scored twice and the Flyers' PP was a perfect 2-for-2 in a 5-2 home win. Orest Kindrachuk (0-3-3) and Rick MacLeish (1-1-2) also had 2+ points. The Flyers held a 41-17 shots advantage including 30-10 through two periods. Vancouver's PP was 2-for-4 but gave up a SHG. Bobby Clarke was lost for the next nine games after suffering a broken thumb on a Pit Martin slash. Paul Holmgren suffered a back injury and missed the next two games.
March 31, 1978 -- Wayne Stephenson made 25 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win at Vancouver. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period on goals by Mel Bridgman (1-1-2), Paul Holmgren and Orest Kindrachuk (1-1-2). Hilliard Graves scored in the second and third periods. The Flyers went 18 (16-0-2) straight games against the Canucks without a loss.
October 29, 1978 -- Glen Hanlon made 33 saves in the Canucks' 5-2 win in Philadelphia, earning the franchise's second road victory in this series in 22 (2-20-0) tries. The victory by Vancouver also snapped an 18-game (0-16-2) winless skid to the Flyers; they last beat Philly November 21, 1974. The Flyers entered the contest 29-2-4 in their last 35 games against Vancouver. Philly was assessed a minor penalty six seconds into the game for submitting an incorrect lineup. Ron Sedlbauer scored the go-ahead goal in the first period to make it 2-1.
November 12, 1978 -- Paul Evans had a goal and an assist in the Flyers 4-0 win in Vancouver. Bernie Parent needed to make just 14 saves to record the shutout. After the game, Canucks' coach Harry Neale said of the Flyers' tight-checking performance "We couldn't make 10-foot passes. We played a team that outmanned us physically."
December 29, 1978 -- Dennis Ververgaert was traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver for Drew Callander and Kevin McCarthy.
February 20, 1979 -- The teams played to a 3-3 tie in Vancouver. The Flyers did much of their offensive output in the middle period, outshooting the Canucks 18-5 and scoring three times including two by Rick MacLeish. Vancouver's Jere Gillis scored a PPG to tie the game, eight seconds into a Frank Bathe penalty. Gary Bromley made 30 saves for Vancouver.
March 29, 1979 -- Robbie Moore recorded his second shutout in his third career NHL start while Reggie Leach (2-1-3) and Bobby Clarke (0-3-3) led the offense in a 5-0 home win. Philly had a 42-22 shot advantage.
April 10, 1979 -- In Game One of the Preliminary Round in Philadelphia, Gary Bromley earned first star honors by making 28 saves as the Canucks shocked the Flyers with a 3-2 win. All three Canucks' goals scorers tallied their first career NHL PO goals. Thomas Gradin gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the second period goal. Stan Smyl made it 2-0 nine seconds into the third period. Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach sandwiched a goal by Don Lever. Wayne Stephenson made 23 saves in the loss.
April 12, 1979 -- In Game Two at Vancouver, Reggie Leach's goal with 54 seconds to play, off an important faceoff win by Bobby Clarke, snapped a 4-4 tie and the Flyers escaped with a 6-4 victory. Leach and Tom Gorence, who scored 1:47 into the game, both scored twice and Bill Barber (1-1-2) added an ENG. The Flyers had six consecutive minors in the first period and played nearly 10 minutes shorthanded which enabled Vancouver to take a 2-1 lead with two goals in a span of 2:01. Leach scored a PPG to make it 2-2. Due to the importance of the game with the Flyers facing elimination, Clarke played 14 minutes in the first period. The game was tied 2-2 after one period and 3-3 after two periods. Ken Linseman put the Flyers on top 4-3 with 6:24 left in regulation. Thomas Gradin, who tied the game at 4 with 3:20 remaining in the third period, scored twice for Vancouver but was in the box when Leach tied the game 2-2. Robbie Moore, who appeared in just five prior NHL games, started and made 17 saves. The Flyers held a 37-21 shots advantage. Andre Dupont-Ron Sedlbaur brief fight late in the second period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFzpXzJITe4
April 14, 1979 -- In Game Three at Philadelphia, seven different Flyers scored in the 7-2 series clincher as special teams played a huge part. While the Canucks were stopped in seven PP attempts, the Flyers went 3-for-5. Philly was whistled for four straight minors, including three in a span of 2:05, by referee Bob Myers, in the first period but killed off two 5-on-3's. Robbie Moore improved his record to 5-0-1 since his promotion from the AHL as he made 29 saves, including 14 in the first period. Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead seven seconds after ex-teammate Larry Goodenough was penalized for elbowing. The Flyers led 2-1 after one period then struck for consecutive PPGs by Reggie Leach and Tom Gorence in the second period. Bill Barber (1-2-3) and Paul Holmgren (1-2-3) led the offense. SERIES RECAP: Bill Barber (2-4-6), Bobby Clarke (2-4-6) and Reggie Leach (4-1-5) led the Flyers' offense. Thomas Gradin (4-1-5) led the Canucks' offense. Robbie Moore (46 saves, 51 shots .902 save percentage) was 2-0 and won Games 2 and 3 after replacing Wayne Stephenson as the Flyers' starting goalie. Gary Bromley (80 saves, 94 shots .851 save percentage) played all three games for the Canucks. The Flyers' PP was 4-for-11 while the Canucks' PP was 2-for-19. Philly had 32 points more than Vancouver (last among the 12 PO teams) in the regular season.
November 11, 1979 -- Rick MacLeish (3-0-3) recorded his 14th NHL hat trick by scoring in each period and led the Flyers to an eighth straight win, 5-4 in Philadelphia. Phil Myre made 24 saves. The Flyers never trailed. There were two fights in the game but a total of just 24 PIMs.
November 23, 1979 -- The Flyers defeated the Canucks 5-2 in Vancouver. In the second period, a brawl erupted highlighted by Paul Holmgren-Jere Gillis and Ken Linseman-Lars Lindgren; both goalies were involved, too, and less than a minute later, the Flyers scored to take a 3-1 lead. The Flyers led 3-2 after two periods but exploded for a 14-3 shots advantage in the third period. Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) and Brian Propp (1-1-2) had key goals. Glen Hanlon made 30 saves in the loss. Phil Myre had the win.
January 2, 1980 -- Jack McIlhargey was traded to the Flyers for cash.
February 7, 1980 -- The Flyers lost for the first time at home all season as Rick Vaive scored twice, including an ENG, and Gary Bromley made 26 saves in the Canucks' 4-1 win. Philly was 19-0-7 at the Spectrum entering this game and had a 35-3-13 record that season prior to this loss. The Flyers also were 33-3-5 in their last 41 regular season games against the Canucks.
February 22, 1980 -- On the same day as "The Miracle on Ice," Phil Myre was a perfect 25-for-25 over the last two periods in a brawl-filled 7-3 Flyers' win at Vancouver. Reggie Leach (2-1-3), Paul Holmgren (1-1-2), Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) and Bob Dailey (1-1-2) led the offense. The Saturday night game, which started at 11:00 P.M. (ET), saw Vancouver go up 2-0 at the 2:55 mark but 38 seconds after killing a Bobby Clarke minor, the Flyers and Paul Holmgren scored at 7:05. The teams exchanged goals and the Canucks led 3-2 after 20 minutes. Leach (2-1-3) scored his 40th goal and participated in all three Flyers' goals in the decisive second period and the Flyers led 5-3. Mel Bridgman and Dailey scored within 24 seconds and the Flyers led 7-3 early in the third period. A massive 45-minute bench-clearing brawl with 5:30 left in the third period then erupted. The result was a three-game suspension for Flyers' head coach Pat Quinn (replaced by Joe Watson) due to instigating an on-ice brawl, while defenseman Frank Bathe (first man off the bench) was suspended for two games and the team was fined $5,000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgiWvIh1d4U The fight began when referee Bryan Lewis failed to call Dailey's slash to Vancouver's Jere Gillis or the retaliation high-stick which led to a fight between the two. The totals for the game: 20 5-minute majors (including 12 in the brawl), 17 10-minute misconducts (including 16 in the brawl), 15 players tossed (including 14 in the brawl), 314 PIMs (including 238 in the brawl), team-highs of 32 PIMs for Philly's Mike Busniuk and Vancouver's Dave Logan, 26 PIMs for Bridgman, 21 PIMs for goalie Myre and 15 PIMs for both backup goalies -- Pete Peeters and Glen Hanlon. Gary Bromley of Vancouver surrendered seven goals on 28 shots.
October 16, 1980 -- Vancouver scored four consecutive third period goals and Richard Brodeur made 36 saves in a 5-2 win in the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish (2 goals) gave the Flyers a 2-1 third period edge but after Bobby Schmautz tied the score, Darcy Rota gave the Canucks a lead with about seven minutes to play. Curt Fraser scored twice for Vancouver.
November 29, 1980 -- The Flyers led 3-0 after one period but settled for a 3-3 tie in Vancouver. The Canucks scored three times in the middle period. Bill Barber scored twice for the Flyers. Behn Wilson fought Curt Fraser ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJj4z2Jse7U ) early in the game.
February 12, 1981 -- Pete Peeters, the game's top star, had 32 saves and Brian Propp scored twice in a 4-3 home win. The Flyers led 2-0 after two periods and eventually 4-1 in the third period when Rick MacLeish scored but the Canucks scored a PPG and a SHG to narrow the gap to 4-3.
February 23, 1981 -- The Canucks snapped a 17-game (0-12-5) home winless skid to the Flyers led by Tiger Williams (2-1-3) points and Richard Brodeur (29 saves). Vancouver's last home win in this series came in October 1973. Thomas Eriksson (0-3-3) had three points for the Flyers. Each team scored three PPGs. There was a total of 162 PIMs, including 33 to the Flyers' Glen Cochrane, six game misconducts and one gross misconduct. A major brawl that included 104 PIMs erupted with 2:26 remaining in the middle period. Referee Greg Madill decided to suspend play and sent both teams to their dressing rooms. Bench-clearing brawl:
October 31, 1981 -- Stan Smyl (3-2-5) had a hat trick and Thomas Gradin (0-4-4) added four assists in Vancouver's 8-4 win at Philly. Glen Hanlon made 30 saves. Vancouver entered the game out-scored 11-0 in first periods but led 4-0 at the 10:34 mark. Pete Peeters surrendered eight goals.Glen Cochrane and Ron Delorme fought.
January 30, 1982 -- Richard Brodeur made 29 saves, Stan Smyl (1-1-2) had two points and Ivan Boldirev added (0-3-3) three assists in the Canucks' 4-2 home victory.
February 28, 1982 -- Gary Lupul's goal with 3:25 top play gave the Canucks a 3-3 tie in Vancouver. Brian Propp (1-2-3) had three points and eight shots for the Flyers. Neil Belland assisted on each Vancouver goal and Richard Brodeur made 35 saves for the Canucks. The Flyers outshot Vancouver 19-6 in the second period and 38-33 in the game.
November 4, 1982 -- Richard Brodeur made 42 saves and Patrik Sundstrom scored twice in Vancouver's 4-3 win in Philadelphia. Van scored four straight goals after trailing 1-0 and led 4-2 after two periods despite being outshot 32-14.
November 28, 1982 -- Darryl Sittler (3-1-4) completed his first Flyers' hat trick when he scored in a goal mouth scramble with 30 seconds left in a 5-5 tie at Vancouver. All three goals came off Ken Ellacott who otherwise was perfect (27 shots/30 saves) after he replaced Richard Brodeur (12/14) to start the second period. The Flyers led 4-2 in the third period before the Canucks netted three straight. Philly outshot Vancouver 44-28. Paul Holmgren and Jim Nill had a brief scrap -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAPfyuucP3k
January 4, 1983 -- Brian Propp scored on a penalty shot and Pelle Lindbergh made 19 saves in Philly's 4-1 home win. Propp blasted a 25-footer past Ken Ellacott and had to be summoned from the bench after being unaware of the infraction and protocol. The lone Vancouver goal was by ex-Flyer Kevin McCarthy in the game's final minute. At the end of the second period, Paul Holmgren fought Ron Delorme. The Flyers won for the seventh straight time while a slumping Vancouver team fell to 0-5-2 in their last seven games. The Canucks team bus was issued a speeding ticket en route to the game.
November 26, 1983 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 33 saves in a 5-4 road win. Rick MacLeish and brian Propp scored twice within 33 seconds midway in the second period to give Philly a 3-2 lead. Stan Smyl (2-1-3) led the Canucks. At the end of the second period, Glen Cochrane and Ron Delorme had a feisty fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Oqv90lD8o
January 27, 1984 -- Richard Brodeur made 23 saves in Vancouver's 4-0 win at home. Tony Tanti scored the GWG 3:10 into the game. Flyers' center Len Hachborn suffered strained ligaments in his left knee and missed close to a month.
February 12, 1984 -- Tiger Williams (2-1-3) scored with 1:56 to play and Vancouver rallied for a 6-5 win in the Spectrum. The Flyers took a 5-3 third period lead on Tim Kerr's second goal but the Canucks tied the game when a Darcy Rota shot bounced off the back board and then hit Pelle Lindbergh before rebounding into the net . The winning goal was scored when Lindbergh failed to stop a loose puck after Williams lost control near the faceoff circle. After the game, Lindbergh was demoted due to recent shaky performances amplified in this game. Said Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon "When a goalie plays like that, everybody is afraid of making mistakes." The Flyers outshot the Canucks 44-29. Richard Brodeur made 19 first period saves as his team was outshot 20-4 but behind just 1-0.
October 18, 1984 -- Ilkka Sinisalo (3-2-5) and Brian Propp (3-1-4, 10 shots) recorded hat tricks as the Flyers crushed the Canucks 13-2 and outshot Vancouver 58-19 in Philadelphia. Also having 3+ point nights were Tim Kerr (2-2-4), Dave Poulin (1-3-4), Peter Zezel (1-2-3), who scored his first NHL goal (1:20 into this clip -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Aq0Kk9FXzs), and Thomas Eriksson (0-3-3). Eleven Flyers had multi-point games. Propp scored on his first two shots and the Flyers led 2-0 at the 7:13 mark. The margin increased to 4-1 after one period and 9-1 after two periods, the last three goals on PPs. The Flyers had four PPGs. The total goals (13-4 vs. Pittsburgh, March 1984) and margin of victory (11-0 Pittsburgh, October 1977) both tied existing teams marks. The Flyers out-scored Vancouver 5-0 in the second period and 4-1 in both the first and third periods. Richard Brodeur (19 saves, 26 shots) was replaced by John Garrett (26 saves, 32 shots). The Flyers held a 40-12 shots advantage over the last two periods. The game had 164 PIMs and six players were ejected including the Flyers' Len Hachborn and Doug Crossman. Ed Hospodar, in his Flyers' debut, received 17 stitches to the forehead after a fight with Craig Coxe. Brad Marsh and Garth Butcher fought in a battle that started with a Hachborn-Doug Lidster confrontation. The Flyers lost their prior game, to Montreal, which led to practices called by Tim Kerr as "tough, as tough as we've ever had here."
December 28, 1984 -- Lindsay Carson (3-0-3) recorded his lone NHL hat trick in Philly's 7-4 win in Vancouver. The Flyers had five different one-goal leads including 5-4 late in the third period. Len Hachborn and Murray Craven each had a goal and an assist. Philly outshot Vancouver 50-40. Pelle Lindbergh made 36 saves and Richard Brodeur stopped 43. In this season, the second meeting between the clubs, the Flyers had 108 shots on goal.
January 8, 1985 -- Todd Bergen (2-0-2) scored twice in his NHL debut, Dave Poulin (1-3-4) had four points and Pelle Lindbergh made 32 saves in the Flyers' 5-3 home win. Bergen's first goal gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 0:08 left in the second period; his second goal gave Philly a 4-3 advantage. Poulin sealed the win with an ENG. Philly swept the three game regular season series with a 25-9 goals advantage and 145-92 shots total. Dave Brown trounced Garth Butcher in a fight.
March 12, 1985 -- Glen Cochrane was traded tor Vancouver for the Canucks' 3rd round choice in the 1986 Entry Draft (the pick was traded back to Vancouver in June 1986). Cochrane, who missed most of the season due to a knee injury, was declared unfit to play by Canucks' doctors. Canucks' General Manager Harry Neale said "Bobby Clarke assures me that he wasn't trying to stiff me." The original trade was for a 1985 Draft pick but was later modified to a 1986 pick when Cochrane couldn't play the rest of the regular season.
October 27, 1985 -- Ilkka Sinisalo (2-1-3) and Murray Craven (2-0-2) each scored twice in the Flyers' 7-4 home win. Bob Froese made 20 saves. The Flyers outshot Van 44-24 including 18-4 in the first when the Flyers took command with a 3-0 lead. Richard Brodeur (23 saves, 28 shots) was replaced after the second period by Frank Caprice (14 saves, 16 shots). Sinisalo's first goal came on a PK and made it 4-1. The Flyers' first two goals came via PPs (only two chances in the game) while Vancouver was 3-for-6. The Flyers led 6-1 in the third period before the Canucks cut the gap to 6-4 aided by two PPGs during a Rich Sutter double-minor. After the game, Flyers' head coach Mike Keenan said "I was not happy about the third period. I don't like to give up powerplay goals. We had momentum until Rich Sutter was penalized."
December 27, 1985 -- Tim Kerr (3-0-3) scored three times, Bob Froese made 22 saves and the Flyers out-scored the Canucks 5-0 in the second period en route to a 6-1 win in Vancouver. Kerr scored two PPGs and Pelle Eklund assisted on both. Goals by Rick Tocchet and Dave Poulin ten seconds apart made it 4-0. The final goal of the period was by Murray Craven. Kerr's third goal made it 6-0. Dave Brown fought Craig Coxe late in the game. At 27-9-0 and with 54 points, the Flyers possessed the best record in the NHL.
February 28, 1986 -- Steve Tambellini (2-1-3) and Stan Smyl (1-2-3)recorded six points in a three-goal second period as Vancouver skated to a 3-1 home win. Richard Brodeur made 24 saves. Darren Jensen made 35 saves in the loss. There were four fights in the game including Rich Sutter-Cam Neely and Lindsay Carson-Doug Halward.
June 6, 1986 -- The Canucks dealt J.J. Daigneault, a 1986 2nd round choice (Kent Hawley) and a 1987 5th round choice (later traded back to Vancouver - Sean Fabian was chosen) for Rich Sutter, Dave Richter and Vancouver's 1986 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Don Gibson).
October 16, 1986 -- Bob Froese made 24 saves and Tim Kerr (2-1-3) and Brian Propp (2-1-3) each had three points in the Flyers' 6-2 home win. Kerr's second goal made it 4-1 and happened as a direct result of Derrick Smith's thunderous check that rattled Canucks' defenseman Rick Lanz. Twenty-two seconds later, Ron Sutter scored to give Philly a 5-1 lead. Rick Tocchet beat Michel Petit in a fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9efus8Dxc ).
December 9, 1986 -- Bob Froese, in his first start since October 23 and his last appearance with the Flyers, made 28 saves backing the Flyers to a 6-3 home win. Froese, who requested to be traded weeks earlier, was sent to the Rangers December 18. Earlier in the week, head coach Mike Keenan said "Bob Froese will play a game this week. We haven't been able to trade him and it doesn't look like we will in the foreseeable future. He is a member of the team, and like all the others, he is expected to play. Ron Hextall can't play all the games." Rick Tocchet (1-2-3) and Mark Howe (1-2-3) had three points each. Lindsay Carson had two assists among the first three goals which gave Philly a 3-0 lead by the 7:17 mark.
December 27, 1986 -- Petri Skriko (1-2-3) had three points and Richard Brodeur made 21 saves in Vancouver's 4-2 home win. Stan Smyl made it 4-2 32 seconds after the Flyers scored. The Canucks entered the game with the second lowest point total in the league (23 points) while the Flyers had an NHL best 52 points.
August 31, 1987 -- Daryl Stanley and Darren Jensen were traded to Vancouver for Wendell Young and the Canucks' 3rd round choice (Kimbi Daniels) in the 1990 Entry Draft.
November 5, 1987 -- Greg Adams (2-1-3) scored with 11 seconds remaining and Vancouver ended a seven-game (0-6-1) winless skid with a 4-3 win in Philly. Down 2-0 with just over 12 minutes to play, the Canucks scored the next three, including a go-ahead goal by Tony Tanti with five minutes to play, but Rick Tocchet scored a PPG with 1:02 left to even the score 3-3. Ilkka Sinisalo scored in the first period, a goal which snapped the Flyers' 0-for-46 skid on powerplays.
January 2, 1988 -- Ron Hextall made 39 saves in the Flyers' 4-1 win in Vancouver. Dave Poulin and Pelle Eklund scored 11 seconds apart to give Philly a 3-0 lead in the second period. Murray Craven gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Derrick Smith finished the scoring. Vancouver outshot Philly 40-30.
March 1, 1988 -- Rick Tocchet completed a hat trick with two third period goals and became the first Flyers' player to notch hat tricks in consecutive games (Feb 27 at L.A.) in Philly's 7-3 win at Vancouver. Ron Hextall made 28 saves, Peter Zezel had three assists and Derrick Smith scored the go-ahead goal. The Flyers led 5-2 after one period. Prior to the game, Willie Huber was traded by Vancouver to Philadelphia for Paul Lawless and a pick. Lawless was a -4 for the Canucks in this game while Huber was injured and did not dress.
November 3, 1988 -- Barry Pederson (2-0-2) scored twice, Petri Skriko (1-2-3) had three points and Kirk McLean made 25 saves in Vancouver's 5-2 win at Philly. The Canucks scored five times on 18 shots. Ron Hextall (9 saves, 13 shots) was replaced by Mark Laforest (4 saves, 5 shots) following the second period.
January 18, 1989 -- Dan Hodgson snapped a 3-3 near the midway point of the third period in Vancouver's 5-3 home win. Kirk McLean stopped 26 shots for the win. The Canucks led 3-0 past the game's midway point but Rick Tocchet, Craig Berube and Ron Sutter scored in a span of 1:46 late in the second period. Berube fought Ronnie Stern at the 3:06 mark and then was issued a 5-minute major with 3:06 remaining in the second period for crosschecking Rich Sutter who was removed via stretcher. Ron Hextall made 27 saves. Ilkka Sinisalo fractured his wrist in three places and missed the remainder of the regular season and the first 11 games of the 1989 POs (played in the final eight).
February 12, 1989 -- Kirk McLean stopped all 17 first period shots and 33 of 35 during the Canucks' 3-2 win in Philly. Brian Bradley scored consecutive goals after Rich Sutter evened the game for the Canucks. Ron Hextall made 30 saves.
December 31, 1989 -- The teams skated to a 2-2 draw in Vancouver. Derrick Smith (0-2-2) and Keith Acton (1-1-2) each had two points and Pete Peeters made 23 saves for the Flyers. Kirk McLean made 28 saves and Rich Sutter tied the game 2-2 in the second period.
January 18, 1990 -- Dan Quinn's overtime goal gave Vancouver a 3-2 win in Philly. Kirk McLean made 25 saves and Brian Benning (1-1-2) factored in both regulation goals. The Flyers outshot Vancouver 15-6 in the third period and OT but were out-scored 2-1. Ken Wregget made 26 saves and Murray Craven (1-1-2) had two points. Norm Lacombe fought ex-Flyer Rich Sutter at the 0:16 mark when 9 PIMs were called to each side. The Flyers had just one minor the rest of the game to the Canucks' five (10 PIMs).
February 28, 1990 --Tim Kerr scored with 31 seconds to play, the only goal in the third period, in a 7-7 tie at Vancouver. The Canucks led 2-0 4:42 into the game but the Flyers led 5-3 after one period scoring five goals in 12:16 while the eight goals were scored in a span of 15:12. The Canucks scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 7-5 lead. Pelle Eklund scored with 42 seconds remaining in the middle period to make it 7-6. Kerr (2-0-2), Eklund (2-2-4) and Ilkka Sinisalo (2-0-2) combined for six goals and Jiri Latal (0-3-3) had three assists and was a +4. Trevor Linden (2-1-3), Dan Quinn (1-2-3) and Jim Sandlak (2-0-2) led Vancouver's offense. Goalies Ron Hextall (34 saves) and Steve Weeks (26 saves) went the distance. Vancouver held a 17-15 shots advantage after one period and 31-21 through two periods.
November 11, 1990 -- Pete Peeters registered the 21st and last shutout of his NHL career by making 31 saves in a 2-0 win in Philly. Mike Ricci gave Philly a 1-0 lead in the opening period then Kjell Samuelsson's (1-1-2) goal in the game's final two minutes sealed the victory.
February 7, 1991 -- Troy Gamble made 36 saves, backing the struggling Canucks, one win in the prior 10 games, to a 2-1 win in Philly. Dan Quinn's goal in the third period gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead.
March 13, 1991 -- Murray Baron's PPG in OT gave Philly a 5-4 win in Vancouver. The Canucks led 4-1 early in the second period but Pelle Eklund and Norm Lacombe scored eleven seconds apart to make it 4-3. In the third, Scott Mellanby tied the score at 4-4. Murray Craven had three assists for Philly. The Flyers had all four shots in OT. Canucks' head coach Pat Quinn said "This kind of game tears your guts out."
December 27, 1991 -- Ron Hextall made 33 saves and was terrific in a 1-1 OT tie at Vancouver. The Canucks outshot Philly 34-15 including 32-14 in regulation. Dan Quinn gave Philly a 1-0 lead in the first period but Trevor Linden evened the game in the second period. The point lifted Vancouver into a tie (with Detroit) for most in the Conference.
March 8, 1992 -- Kirk McLean made 27 saves and Vancouver scored the last four goals in a 7-3 win at Philly. Jim Sandlak (2-3-5) and Sergio Momesso (2-2-4) had three points apiece in the third period. The Flyers trailed 3-1 after two periods but rallied to tie the game 3-3. Despite their last place position in the division, and 16th out of 21, the Flyers were 12-1-6 in their last 19 on home ice and had the fourth fewest home losses in the NHL as this game opened.
October 22, 1992 -- The teams skated to a 4-4 tie in Philly. Mark Recchi (2-1-3) scored twice in the third period but the Canucks rallied from a 4-2 deficit with goals from Pavel Bure and Tom Fergus. Dominic Roussel made 30 saves for the Flyers.
February 18, 1993 -- Kevin Dineen's second goal of the game with 1.6 seconds remaining lifted the Flyers to a stunning 3-2 victory in Vancouver. Dineen intercepted the intended pass of defenseman Adrian Plavsic at the blueline and then skated in alone to beat goalie Kay Whitmore. Both Dineen goals were breakaways. Tommy Soderstrom made 28 saves.
November 7, 1993 -- Kirk McLean made 38 saves and five Canucks' scored in a 5-2 victory in Philadelphia. The Canucks scored twice in the first and second periods and increased the lead to 5-0 in the third period before the Flyers scored twice. The Flyers out-shot the Canucks 19-5 in the final period.
December 2, 1993 -- Vyatcheslav Butsayev (3-0-3) recorded the lone hat trick in his Flyers' career, Dominic Roussel made 34 saves and Mark Recchi (2-0-2) scored twice in the opening period of a 6-3 win in Vancouver. Seventy-six seconds after his hat trick, Butsayev was tossed from the game for a cross-checking major. It was the Flyers final appearance at Pacific Coliseum.
February 15, 1995 -- Shawn Antoski was traded to Philly for Josef Beranek.
November 19, 1995 -- Chris Therien (1-1-2) scored on the first shot in OT to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 home win. Ron Hextall made 34 saves including 15 in the third period and 26 over the last two periods. Anatoli Semenov also had a goal and an assist. Eric Lindros said "We had great goaltending, but we were shaky everywhere else. Vancouver played a great game and worked hard so Hexy had to be a wall back there. I think we grabbed one here tonight. I think it was an early Christmas present."
December 31, 1995 -- Alexander Mogilny's goal with five seconds to play capped a 3-goal rally as the Canucks rallied for a 5-5 tie in the first meeting played at General Motors Place. Russ Courtnall's PPG midway in the third period made it 5-3 then Martin Gelinas scored a SHG with 1:57 to play. Chris Therien and Trent Klatt scored third-period goals to give the Flyers a 5-2 lead with 10:25 left. Philly went 3-for-7 on the PP. Mogilny (2-1-3), Jyrki Lumme (1-2-3) and Martin Gelinas (1-2-3) each led Vancouver with three points. In the closing moments of OT, Mogilny tapped his stick on the ice as he was left wide open but teammate Cliff Ronning never saw him and time expired. Later, Mogilny said "I had a chance to win the game." Mikael Renberg was scratched with strained abdominal muscles, suffered earlier on the road trip.
December 1, 1996 -- Scott Daniels' goal snapped a 3-3 tie and the Flyers won 4-3 at home. Afterwards, Daniels said "It (Kevin Haller's shot) just kind of hit my stick. There was no skill involved, thank God." The score was 1-1 after two periods and then the teams alternated five third period goals. Rod Brind'Amour and John LeClair each had two points but LeClair's goal was one of controversy as Vancouver netminder Cory Hirsch said "I do not see how they can see the puck. I am not here to judge the replay system, but it was a good five seconds before I slid into the net. I do not even know where the puck was. How can they tell where it is? Maybe they made a judgement call. I guess eventually it went in. I have always
been taught to use your own judgement. It doesn't seem that the referees have their own judgement any more. It's more like if it's tight, go to the replay system."
December 31, 1996 -- The sizzling Flyers, 12-0-2 in the last 14 games, scored four straight third period goals en route to a 5-3 win at Vancouver. Goals by Eric Lindros (1-0-1), John LeClair (1-1-2) and Mikael Renberg (1-0-1) gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Philly outshot the Canucks 12-4 in the third period and 30-20 in the game. The Canucks' Mark Wotton scored two of his three career NHL goals in this game. Paul Coffey was carried off on a stretcher after laying motionless on the ice for about five minutes from a collision with teammate Eric Lindros and he missed the next five games.
December 31, 1997 -- Ron Hextall made 27 saves and the Flyers handed the Canucks the franchise's worst home shutout loss ever, 8-0. Philly scored four goals in the first period and matched the total in the third period. Eric Lindros (0-4-4), who had three assists in the opening period, John LeClair (2-0-2) and Colin Forbes (2-0-2) led the offense. The win elevated the Flyers into first place in the Eastern Conference. Arturs Irbe stopped six of nine shots before being replaced by Corey Hirsch (30 saves, 35 shots) with 9:37 to play in the first period. Afterwards, a despondant Canucks' head coach Mike Keenan said "Well, these guys are just asking to be moved. Maybe they think it's too difficult for them to do what I ask. But that's not NHL hockey. I think some of our players quit, while some of them continued to play on" after a 2-9-3 record in December. There were five fights and Vancouver had 76 PIMs to the Flyers' 54. Brantt Myrhes-Donald Brashear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJwfvz-fhHo); Colin Forbes-Scott Walker ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mv1oNE92Zc); Luke Richardson-Chris McAllister ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl9vQH4NuoE); Dan Kordic-Gino Odjick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIkpkPZlsgw); Kordic-Brashear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWYip8_HsXA). Lindros was sucker-punched by Odjick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtM6fAddBn8).
February 5, 1998 -- Mike Sillinger was traded to Philadelphia for the Flyers' 5th round choice (later traded back to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Garrett Prosofsky) in the 1998 Entry Draft.
March 4, 1998 -- Sean Burke was sent to the Flyers for Garth Snow. Burke, an impending free agent, was acquired by the Canucks two months earlier from Carolina.
March 12, 1998 -- John LeClair's 40th goal, and his League-leading 16th in third periods, gave Philadelphia a 3-2 home win and Roger Neilson's first victory (second game) as the Flyers' head coach. Colin Forbes tied the game 58 seconds earlier. The Flyers held a 17-8 shots advantage in the third period. Ron Hextall made 22 saves in the win. Canucks' forward Brad May said "We choked. This is disappointing." Arturs Irbe made 33 saves in the loss.
March 24, 1998 -- Dave Babych was traded by Vancouver with Philadelphia's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Flyers selected Garrett Prosofsky) in the 1998 Entry Draft for the Flyers' 3rd round choice (Justin Morrison) in the 1998 Entry Draft.
October 19, 1998 -- Trent Klatt was sent to the Canucks for Vancouver's 6th round choice (later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Jeff Dwyer) in the 2000 Entry Draft. Klatt was placed on waivers earlier in the month due to a surplus of forwards "I didn't want to leave the Flyers. But seeing the way things were going, playing every other day, it's not a situation to be in, either. If I play more with them, it's worth it," said Klatt.
November 29, 1998 -- John LeClair scored four times and the Flyers out-scored Vancouver 5-0 in the third period en route to a 6-2 home win. The Legion of Doom Line of LeClair (4-0-4), Eric Lindros (0-4-4) and Keith Jones (1-2-3) combined for five goals, six assists and eleven points. The Flyers trailed 2-1 after two periods but LeClair tied a team record for most goals in a period with three. LeClair's goal in the opening minute of the third period tied the game 2-2 and then he gave Philly a 3-2 lead with 5:07 to play. Keith Jones made it 4-2 47 seconds later. LeClair scored his fourth goal with 64 seconds left, his second career four-goal game, to make it 5-2. Chris Gratton finished the scoring and ended a 21-game goal scoring drought. The Flyers scored five times on 12 shots (no ENGs) off former teammate Garth Snow in the third period. The last four goals came in a span of 4:33 in the game's final 5:07. Ron Hextall made 20 saves.
December 31, 1998 -- Rod Brind'Amour (2-1-3) and Valeri Zepepukin (2-0-2) both scored twice and John LeClair had three points (1-2-3) in the Flyers' 6-2 win in Vancouver. Philly exploded for four second period goals. JVB made 23 saves. Garth Snow (14 saves, 18 shots) was replaced by Corey Hirsch (5 saves, 7 shots).
October 26, 1999 -- Kevin Weekes made 33 saves in the Canucks' 5-2 win in Philly. Peter Schaefer (2 goals) and Markus Naslund had three points apiece. Both Eric Lindros and John LeClair were -4 in the +/- column. The Flyers were victorious in the last six meetings in this series and unbeaten in the last nine.
December 29, 1999 -- Adam Burt's OT goal snapped a 122-game goal drought and gave the Flyers a 3-2 win in Vancouver. Simon Gagne (1-2-3) participated in all three goals including a drop-pass to Burt for the GWG. Donald Brashear and Todd Bertuzzi gave Vancouver two leads. Philly outshot the Canucks 30-16. Garth Snow made 27 saves in the Canucks' loss.
October 5, 2000 -- Justin Williams (1-2-3), who made his NHL debut, and Eric Desjardins (2-0-2), who scored with 1.3 seconds to play in the second period which snapped a 3-3 tie, paced the Flyers to a season-opening 6-3 home win. Desjardins also scored with about three minutes to play in the third period to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead. Brian Boucher made 29 saves. The Flyers scored three PPGs in the game but gave up a pair of SHGs in the first period. Petr Hubacek scored for the Flyers (his NHL career would span six games and this was his lone point). The Flyers eventually began the season with a 1-5-2 record, this being the only time they won in the first eight games. Daniel and Henrik Sedin made their NHL debuts for Vancouver, the first twins to play in the NHL since Ron and Rich Sutter in 1983.
November 25, 2001 -- Dan Cloutier made 23 saves and Markus Naslund scored twice in the Canucks' 4-1 win in Philly. The Flyers went 0-for-7 on the PP. Keith Primeau beat ex-Flyer Murray Baron in a fight.
December 17, 2001 -- Donald Brashear was traded to Philadelphia with the Canucks' 6th round choice (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Jaroslav Balastik) in the 2002 Entry Draft for Jan Hlavac and Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Brett Skinner) in the 2002 Entry Draft.
December 31, 2001 -- Simon Gagne scored with 2.8 seconds left in the Flyers' 2-1 win in Vancouver. Jeremy Roenick fed Gagne from behind the net on a perfect feed. Said Gagne: "I just had to put the puck in the net. The puck came right to me and Dan Cloutier tried to grab it. I had no idea how much time was left at the point but pretty much the top of the net was wide open." Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves. Matt Cooke scored Vancouver's only goal with 3:58 to play. John LeClair snapped a scoreless tie with 2:18 to play in the second period. The Canucks had a goal disallowed in the second period when a whistle was blown though replays showed the puck was never covered by Cechmanek. It marked the fifth time in the last seven years that the Flyers played New Years' Eve in Vancouver and they had four wins and one tie.
March 4, 2003 -- Roman Cechmanek was superb with a 41-save shutout in the Flyers' 3-0 home win. Cechmanek was at his best by making 17 saves in the second period. All three goals came in the first period and Canucks' goalie Petr Skudra was replaced after giving up goals to Michal Handzus and Donald Brashear in the first 2:49. After the game, Cechmanek's comments included a reference to his 2002 post-season blowup "Last season I was upset because I wondered if they were serious. I know our players are good. Now we're talking about it. We're trying to be better as a team because the playoffs will be tough for us.'' Keith Primeau said of Cechmanek "He has more confidence right now. And that gives us confidence." Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said of Cechmanek "He's involved in leadership meetings now and he is taking that seriously. He is at ease. He is at ease being a leader. He's a very, very competitive man." Primeau knocked down Ed Jovanovski in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPJG3EPOh6A
November 13, 2003 -- Simon Gagne (1-1-2) scored in OT to give the Flyers' a 4-3 win in Wachovia Center. The GWG was set up on a feed from Marcus Ragnarsson who fed the wide-open Gagne. Todd Bertuzzi scored with eight seconds remaining in the third period to send the game into OT. After the game, Marc Crawford (head coach of Vancouver) was asked about his goalie Johan Hedberg and said "Terrible. He wasn't good and I probably shouldn't have started him." The teams alternated scoring the seven goals in the game. Ken Hitchcock coached his 600th NHL game. The Flyers and Canucks were the only two teams without a home loss at this stage.
December 15, 2005 -- Alex Auld made 39 saves, including 19 in the third period, and Anson Carter (2-1-3) had two third period goals in the Canucks' 5-4 win at Philly. Vancouver took a 5-3 lead with three consecutive third period goals including two by Carter with the Sedins assisting on both. Henrik Sedin (0-3-3) and Daniel Sedin (0-2-2) totalled five assists. The Flyers lost the services of three players: Mike Richards (head injury, missed two games), Jeff Carter (52 stitches in the left ear after being struck by a Dennis Seidenberg slap shot, missed one game) and Robert Esche (groin injury, missed over a month). Esche (16 saves, 20 shots) was replaced by Antero Niittymaki (5 saves, 6 shots). In addition, Simon Gagne, captain Keith Primeau, Eric Desjardins, Joni Pitkanen, Turner Stevenson and Donald Brashear were out of the lineup. Due to a multi-car accident on the Walt Whitman Bridge, the start time of the game was delayed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:38 p.m.
September 12, 2006 -- Canucks' Group 2 free agent Ryan Kesler signed a one-year, $1.9-million offer sheet with the Flyers. That same day, Keith Primeau was reported to have retired due to concussions. Vancouver matched the offer to Kessler. It was the first offer sheet in the NHL since Carolina and Sergei Fedorov (with Detroit) agreed to a six-year, $28-million offer sheet in 1998.
October 10, 2007 -- The Flyers' road unbeaten streak in this series was extended to 13 games (9-0-4) with a decisive 8-2 victory. Mike Richards (2-2-4, +4) was named the game's top star and scored while the Flyers were two men down. Joffrey Lupul (1-2-3) and Danny Briere (1-2-3), who became the first player in franchise history to record multi-point games in his first three contests, had three points each. Martin Biron made 25 saves. The Flyers led 2-0 on goals 13 seconds apart then increased the lead to 4-1. Roberto Luongo (9 saves, 13 shots) was replaced by Curtis Sanford at the start of the second but he surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced. Philly led 7-2 after two periods. The Flyers improved to 14-3-1 in the past 18 games against the Canucks. The NHL handed Jesse Boulerice a 25-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of Ryan Kesler during the third period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Y3x0mr_Ik Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SLGM2mJXeQ .
December 30, 2008 -- Scott Hartnell scored the go-ahead goal and was selected the game's top star, Martin Biron made 29 saves and Jeff Carter (1-1-2) had two points as the Flyers unbeaten streak in this series was extended to 14 games (10-0-4) with a 3-2 win. Simon Gagne was injured 15 seconds into the game, on a check by Kevin Bieksta, and missed the next two contests due to a shoulder injury. Curtis Sanford (9 shots, 7 saves) was removed due to a groin injury and was placed on the injured list following the game. He was replaced by Cory Schneider who gave up the eventual GWG, the only goal he allowed on 21 shots. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAK_gzxhiuE
December 3, 2009 -- Roberto Luongo made 38 saves in Vancouver's 3-0 road win, the first shutout by the Canucks at Philadelphia in this series and second overall. Willie Mitchell snapped a scoreless tie 13:38 into the second period with his 18th career goal in his 566th game. Alex Burrows made it 2-0 later in the second period. Henrik Sedin (0-2-2) assisted on the last two goals. Mike Richards-Kevin Bieksa fought in the second period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ4a9MeBlp0 ) and later Chris Pronger-Mitchell ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOhd6wHvoHI ) picked up fighting majors. Philly held a 38-29 shots advantage including 15-7 in the third period. The Flyers scoreless skid hit 160:04. The following day, Peter Laviolette replaced John Stevens as the Flyers' head coach and Kevin McCarthy replaced Jack McIlhargey as an assistant. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw1tf8EmTHU
December 28, 2010 -- Ryan Kesler (2-1-3) and Henrik Sedin (0-3-3) each had three points and Roberto Luongo made 35 saves in the Canucks' 6-2 home win. It was Vancouver's first win at home in this series since 1989 and snapped the Flyers' 14-game (10-0-4) unbeaten streak also in this series. The Flyers had last played eight days earlier and were outshot 22-8 in the first period. The Canucks scored twice early in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Vancouver held a 49-37 shots advantage. Brian Boucher (24 saves, 28 shots) was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky (19 saves, 21 shots). Entering the game, the teams had near identical records and were in second place in their Conferences.
October 12, 2011 -- The Flyers held on for a 5-4 home win despite being whistled for five consecutive minors in the final period. Andrej Meszaros' goal 4:40 into the third period came just 1:01 after Henrik Sedin's PPG tied the score. Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves and Claude Giroux had (1-2-3) three points. Vancouver held a 40-27 shots advantage including 31-13 over the last two periods. The Flyers scored two early PPGs and led 2-0 at the 12:12 mark; the Canucks were penalized with four consecutive minors to start the game, the last called at 10:53. Seven of the remaining eight minors were called against the Flyers. Philly led 3-1 after one period and 4-3 after two periods. The Flyers followed three Vancouver goals by scoring less than two minutes later. Chris Pronger (1-1-2) had two points. Both Sedins and Mikael Samuelsson each had a goal and an assist. Roberto Luongo gave up five goals on 27 shots. The Flyers blocked 27 shots to the Canucks' nine. The Flyers' PP went 2-for-5 while Vancouver was 2-for-7 including four straight failures in the third period. The game was the Flyers' home opener ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbRvyjCM0Q )and the team improved to 3-0-0 for the 11th time in franchise history. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8gJya00f6M.
THIS DATE IN FLYERS' HISTORY: April 27, 1989 -- Pittsburgh 2 at Flyers 6
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...Cy58mnf9ZXr77m Derrick Smith (2-0-2), who provided his usual tenacious forecheck and was named the game's top star, and Tim Kerr (10-4-14 through six games), who picked up his 14th point in this series, both scored twice and the Flyers evened the best-of-seven series at 3 games apiece with a 6-2 home win. Mario Lemieux was held to two shots, zero points and was a minus-3 as he was continually frustrated by the Flyers' checking line of Smith-Dave Poulin-Scott Mellanby. Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren said "You know what you get from Derrick Smith. He's a tremendous forechecker and a hard worker and it's nice to see his work get rewarded."