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#1 -- Rangers at Flyers -- October 11, 2008 -- 7:00 PM (ET)
Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Wachovia Center
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS
BROADCAST INFO FOR THIS GAME:
CSN-PH (HD) and MSG (HD)
WIP 610 AM (Philadelphia) and WABC 770 AM (New York)
Post 'em if you got 'em
GAME PREVIEW and LINK TO TEAMS' WEBSITES:
NHL Game Preview:
LINKS TO RECENT ARTICLES:
Panaccio: Flyers Season Preview --
Flyers preview: Are they up for the Cup? --
Philadelphia Flyers aiming to end 33-year Stanley Cup drought --
Another injury hits defense --
Fans have real reasons to believe --
Injuries slow progress for new and improved Flyers defense --
Panaccio: Flyers' Jones Out With Hip Injury --
Renney juggles forward lines prior to home opener --
LINK TO SEASON OPENERS:
Record in Season Openers: 18-15-7
Record in Home Openers: 23-11-6
Record in Road Openers: 17-14-9
FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
12 Simon Gagne -- 18 Mike Richards -- 48 Danny Briere
9 Scottie Upshall -- 17 Jeff Carter -- 22 Mike Knuble
19 Scott Hartnell -- 13 Glen Metropolit -- 15 Joffrey Lupul
32 Riley Cote -- 27 Steve Downie -- 45 Arron Asham
42 Jared Ross (healthy scratch if Downie plays)
44 Kimmo Timonen -- 23 Ossi Vaananen
5 Braydon Coburn -- 26 Steve Eminger
47 Luca Sbisa -- 3 Lasse Kukkonen
6 Randy Jones will not play.
30 Antero Nittymaki
43 Martin Biron (probable starter)
2 Derian Hatcher (right knee damage) is on the Long-term Injury List.
6 Randy Jones (MRI revealed that he had torn the labrum (cartilage) in his right hip) and is expected to have surgery. He could miss approximately six-to-eight weeks.
27 Steve Downie (mild strain of his MCL, left knee) could play tonight.
77 Ryan Parent (shoulder surgery) could miss 12-14 weeks (from early October) and is on the Injured List.[/url]
RANGERS POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Markus Naslund -- Scott Gomez -- Chris Drury
Aaron Voros -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Nikolai Zherdev
Nigel Dawes -- Lauri Korpikoski -- Ryan Callahan
Fredrik Sjostrom -- Blair Betts -- Colton Orr
Petr Prucha -- Dan Fritsche -- Patrick Rissmiller (all three did not play vs. Chicago)
Wade Redden - Michal Rozsival
Marc Staal - Paul Mara
Dimitri Kalinin - Dan Girardi
Stephen Valiquette (unofficial possible starter)
FLYERS-RANGERS' SERIES HISTORY:
Current and Miscellaneous:
The Flyers are 105-95-37 (ties)-6 (OTL) in the regular season. At home, the Flyers are 58-46-14-3 and on the road they are 47-49-23-3.
The Flyers are 10-3-2 in the last 15 games at New York.
The Flyers are 1-5-2 in their last eight in Philadelphia and are 2-8-3 in their last 13 at home.
The road team, whether the Flyers or Rangers, has won 18 of the last 25 played in the regular season.
In post-season play, the Flyers have won six of 10 series, are 27-20 in 47 games, and have won 10 of the last 11 contests.
October 11, 2008 -- New York Rangers @ Flyers 7:00
February 15, 2009 -- Flyers @ New York Rangers 3:00
March 14, 2009 -- New York Rangers @ Flyers 1:00
March 15, 2009 -- Flyers @ New York Rangers 3:00
April 9, 2009 -- Flyers @ New York Rangers 7:00
April 12, 2009 -- New York Rangers @ Flyers 5:00
1967 -- November 16 -- In the first ever regular season meeting, the Flyers prevailed 3-2 in Philadelphia. It was Philly's first regular season home win over one of the Original Six franchises and also the first time the Rangers lost to an expansion team. Ed Van Impe's PPG was the first goal scored in this series.
1967 -- December 25 -- The teams met on Christmas and the Rangers prevailed 3-1 in Philadelphia.
1968 -- February 18 -- The teams opened the new Madison Square Garden and the Rangers won 3-1 in front of 17,250. Wayne Hicks of Philadelphia scored the first regular season goal in the Rangers' new home. Bob Nevin scored the first goal by a NY player in the new building. NY outshot Philly 45-18, Doug Favell faced Eddie Giacomin.
1968 -- December 15 -- Dick Sarrazin scored twice in a 3-1 win at NY that ended the Flyers' 0-9-2 skid.
1968 -- December 25 -- The teams met on Christmas for the second straight year, this time a 2-2 tie thanks to Doug Favell's 36 saves.
1969 -- February 9 -- In a game delayed by more than two hours due to issues related to a heavy snowstorm, Philly squandered a 3-0 lead with under 10 minutes to play and skated to a 3-3 tie in NY. A crowd of only 5,723 attended. Eddie Giacomin, Jean Ratelle and Larry Jeffrey of the Rangers left their area homes around 3:00 p.m. but never made it to MSG -- the game ended at 11:30 p.m.. Meanwhile, Arnie Brown and eight Rangers drove to the game and pushed their car to the arena. The Flyers, who arrived at 6:30 p.m. via train, lacked equipment which didn't arrive until 7:30 p.m. The 7:05 start time was changed to 9:15 p.m. The Rangers held a 42-16 shot advantage including 18-5 in the third period.
1969 -- June 6 -- Reg Fleming was traded to Philadelphia for Leon Rochefort and Don Blackburn.
1969 -- October 30 -- Bobby Clarke scored his first NHL goal, which tied the score, at 16:36 of the third period in a 3-3 at Philadelphia. It was Clarke's seventh game and the Flyers had one win, one loss and five ties.
1969 -- December 17 -- Dave Balon scored two third period goals to rally NY in a 2-2 tie at home. NY held a 48-20 shot advantage and Bernie Parent made 46 saves including 33-for-34 in the first two periods.
1970 -- February 18 -- The game was tied 3-3 after one and finished that way. NY had 20 shots in the first and outshot Philly 41-27 in the game.
1970 -- March 19 -- The teams played to their seventh consecutive tie and finished the 1969-70 season with a record of 0-0-6. At this point, the Flyers had a record of 2-6-8 in 16 regular season meetings in this series.
1970 -- November 25 -- Bob Kelly scored in the third period in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. The Flyers upped their record to 3-6-8 in this series.
1971 -- January 20 -- The Rangers rallied from a 3-0 hole to tie the Flyers 3-3. Rod Gilbert scored twice in the third, including one with 19 seconds to play. Jean Ratelle had three points. NY held a 17-3 shots advantage in the third period and 37-21 in the game.
1971 -- March 18 -- Backup goalie Bruce Gamble, who was pressed into service when Doug Favell suffered a pregame injury, made 30 saves and was chosen as the game's top star in Philly's 2-1 home win. Prior to the game, Favell tripped over his stick while loosening up during warmups, fell, and hit his head into the boards and ice causing what was later termed as cerebral amnesia. When players rushed to attend, Favell asked for Bernie Parent, a player traded by the Flyers weeks earlier. Cliff Schmautz's fluky goal, off Dale Rolfe's skate, was scored 14 seconds into the game and that goal held up until NY evened the game 2:54 into the third period; however, Bobby Clarke scored 28 seconds later for a 2-1 lead. The Flyers' line of Serge Bernier-Gary Dornhoefer-Richie Lesuk held the Rangers' powerful top line centered by Jean Ratelle to just one shot all game.
1972 -- February 23 -- The Rangers extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2) with a 4-3 home win. The slumping Walt Tkaczuk snapped a 17-game scoreless drought and the Rangers led 4-1 after 40 minutes with goals by Jean Ratelle (46th) and Vic Hadfield (40th). NY chased goalie Doug Favell from the goal, he replaced by Bobby Taylor (14-for-14) for the third period when the Flyers scored twice.
1972 -- March 18 -- The Flyers lost 5-3 to the Rangers and finished the 1971-72 season with a 0-6-0 record in this series.
1973 -- March 7 -- Cowboy Bill Flett's breakaway goal in the third period goal tied the score at 2-2 and resulted in the Flyers ending the Rangers' 10-game win streak over Philadelphia. NY's Jean Ratelle had nine shots but his attempt at tying the NHL record for goals in consecutive games (nine) fell short. Flyers' goalie Doug Favell said afterwards "Tell Ratelle I am sorry." The Rangers' Ted Irvine complained about the Flyers rough play by saying "They go around like King Kong on an ego trip, trying to see who can get more penalties." Flett said "If we don't play physically, they'll get by us. We're big but not fast, so we hit. Then someone on the other team thinks he's toughr than us and things happen."
1974 -- January 3 -- Dave Schultz led the Flyers to a 4-2 win in the Spectrum and became the first Flyers' player to register a hat trick in this series. The victory snapped the Rangers' 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) against Philadelphia who entered this game with a 5-19-11 all-time mark against NY. With regular goalies Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure both sidelined, the Flyers defeated callup Peter McDuffe. The organization played a recording of Kate Smith's "God Bless America" prior to the game and the excited crowd witnessed Schultz's first goal at 1:43. Schultz broke a 2-2 tie in the latter half of the middle period and added an insurance tally in the third period.
1974 -- February 14 -- NY led 3-0 in the first, scoring three times in a span of 3:22, but the Flyers rallied from a 4-1 hole to tie the game 4-4 in the Spectrum. Bill Barber was one of three third period scorers and his tying goal came with under seven minutes left.
1974 -- April 20 -- In Game 1 of the Semifinals
, Bernie Parent had 19 stops, Rick MacLeish scored twice and Gary Dornhoefer had three assists in a 4-0 win. This was NY's first time being shutout since March 24, 1973 against Boston. The Rangers were held shotless for the first 13+ minutes of the game. MacLeish began the scoring in the final minute of the first period. MacLeish, Dornhoefer, Bill Barber and Ross Lonsberry collected 10 points in the game.
1974 -- April 23 -- In Game 2 in Philly,
Ross Lonsberry (2-2-4) scored twice in the third period, including on a shorthanded breakaway, and the Flyers rolled to a 5-2 win. The tone of the game set 19 seconds into the opening period when Bob Kelly belted Jerry Butler in a fight sending the Ranger to the locker room and he never returned to the game. Still in the first, Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead then with about two minutes left, Jimmy Watson bloodied Pete Stemkowski's face in a fight. There were 40 PIMs called in the first period (22 to NY). In the second period, Ed Van Impe scored a disputed goal awarded by the neutral goal judge from St. Louis. Rangers' goalie Eddie Giacomin became furious and attacked, with his stick, the glass protecting the judge. Coach Emile Francis temporarily removed Giacomin for Gilles Villemure, for 22 seconds. In the third, Brad Park's goal made it 3-2 but Philly hung on for the victory. Lonsberry's two third period goals were unassisted and he had points on all three goals.
1974 -- April 25 -- In Game 3 at NY,
the Rangers scored twice in the second and two more in the third for a 5-3 victory. Dave Schultz and Brad Park fought 2:37 into the game but Schultz received 19 PIMs to just five for Park. Philly led 2-0 12:20 into the game and 3-1 more than halfway through the second. Steve Vickers and Vic Hadfield scored in the second period for NY. In the third, goals by Park and Rod Gilbert gave NY the win. Ron Harris of NY ended Bob Kelly's playoffs with a check that resulted in a torn left cartilage. NY held a 39-15 shots advantage, including 31-10 over the last two periods and 16-4 in the third. The game was marred by multiple misconduct penalities in the final six minutes. Afterwards, President Clarence Campbell said he was "Angry, very angry. It injured the league's image in my opinion."
1974 -- April 28 -- In Game 4
at NY, in an afternoon game on national TV, Rod Gilbert scored in OT to tie the series. Just prior to the goal, a Dale Rolfe slapshot nailed Flyers' defenseman Barry Ashbee in the right eye eventually ending his career. Reports circulated that a woman fainted in the crowd at the sight of the bloodied Ashbee, who was carted off the ice by four members of the NYPD and two teammates. Bernie Parent made 35 saves but the first goal that beat him was a controversial tally by Bobby Rousseau with 1:47 left in period two. TV replays were inconclusive as to whether the puck beat Parent; meanwhile, there appeared to be eight Rangers on the ice at the time of the goal.
1974 -- April 30 -- In Game 5,
Tom Bladon, subbing for the injured Barry Ashbee (injured in the prior game), evened the score in the second period, Rick MacLeish scored twice and Bernie Parent made 27 saves in the 4-1 victory. The Flyers weathered a storm in the first period as they faced two 5-on-3 disadvantages. Flyers' fans came prepared with many signs in tribute to the injured Ashbee.
1974 -- May 2 -- In Game 6,
the Rangers scored three third period goals, including the GWG by Ron Harris (two goals in the regular season) in a 4-1 win. Each team scored in the first period with Don Saleski scoring on a breakaway to give Philly a 1-0 lead. At one point, Eddie Giacomin picked up four PIMs when he whacked at Gary Dornhoefer in front of the net and then fought with Ross Lonsberry. Seeing this, Flyers' goalie Bernie Parent was handed a minor for leaving his crease -- a rule that was put in pace in a Parent-Giacomin altercation in a Toronto-NYR 1971 PO battle. After the game, Emile Francis said "If Parent can't finish the next game, they'll have to put Kate Smith in the net." The Flyers broke the NHL record for most PIMs in a PO series, during this game, with 231 (Boston had 206 vs. NYR in 1970).
1974 -- May 5 -- In Game 7 at Philly,
on the Sunday afternoon following Cannonade's win in the Kentucky Derby, Gary Dornhoefer scored twice and Rick MacLeish had three points, and the Flyers made NHL history by becoming the first expansion team to defeat an Original Six team in a PO series with a 4-3 victory that sent the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup Finals. The home team won all seven games. An extremely vocal crowd roared throughout the contest. One fan came dressed as a ghost with a sign that read "I'm gonna BOO the Rangers right out of the Spectrum." The game featured a decisive victory by Dave Schultz against Dale Rolfe at the 11:55 mark of the first period but the Rangers scored less than two minutes later to take a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, MacLeish (7-3-10 in the seven-game series) evened the score. Orest Kindrachuk and Gary Dornhoefer added second period goals. The Flyers dominated the first two periods (3-1 in goals, 37-19 in shots) but Steve Vickers' goal 8:49 into the third period cut the gap to 3-2. Dornhoefer scored 12 seconds later to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead and Pete Stemkowski closed out the scoring at 14:34. When the Rangers tried to pull Eddie Giacomin for the extra attacker, they were called for too many men on the ice. The Flyers' line of Don Saleski, Orest Kindrachuk and Schultz was perhaps the team's best line of the afternoon. The Flyers had a 46-34 shots advantage but NY held a 16-9 advantage in the third. Prior to the game, Kate Smith, who was ill with bronchitis and unable to travel, sent a recorded message to the team that was shown prior to the game. She ended the good luck message by saying "Let's go to Boston (where the Bruins awaited the winner of this game). With the recording of "God Bless America," the Flyers improved to 35-3-1. The Rangers went 4-for-53 on the PP and missed on their last 23 attempts, this from a team which was the league's best at 29.6%. The series featured NHL records of 405 PIMs and 145 penalties; another record of 252 PIMs was set by Philly. After the game, Steve Vickers of the Rangers said "We choked. We lost the big one. I wish I could play against the Rangers. We knew what we had to do and we didn't do it." Here is the final few moments from NBC's broadcast:
1974 -- October 31 -- Bill Clement and Ross Lonsberry each scored twice and the Flyers routed the Rangers 5-1 in Philly. Eddie Giacomin was removed after the second period when the Flyers scored four times.
1974 -- November 13 -- Bobby Clarke blocked a Gilles Marotte blue-line shot and then skated in alone on Eddie Giacomin and beat him with 15 seconds left in the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 win at MSG. The Flyers entered the game with a 1-15-6 (including POs) lifetime mark at NY and 0-9-6 in the previous 15 regular season road encounters. In the pregame skate, Dave Schultz was hit off the head by a golf ball tossed by a Rangers' fan and a feud escalted until the NYPD intervened and calmed the hostilities. Jimmy Watson was tossed as a third man in a Bernie Parent-Jerry Butler altercation, started when Parent high-sticked Butler.
1975 -- Februaru 5 -- The Flyers won 4-3 in NY as Bill Clement had two points and Bernie Parent made 26 saves.
1975 -- February 6 -- NY won 3-1 in Philly as Brad Park scored 19 seconds into the third period for the GWG. In the first period, there were three separate fights and 94 PIMs with three players (Dave Schultz, Reggie Leach and Steve Vickers) tossed. The first period took over an hour to play and at 6:11 there was a Don Saleski-Park battle that resulted in four Rangers getting penalized for 10 minutes (plus Vickers' game miscounduct) and just a pair of double minors handed out to Saleski of Philly. Fight --
1975 -- February 23 -- Bill Fairbairn snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and Eddie Giacomin made 35 saves in NY's 2-1 home win.
1975 -- April 3 -- Bobby Clarke set a team-record for most consecutive games (18) with at least one point (since tied by Eric Lindros) in a 1-1 tie in Philly. The Flyers entered the game with an 8-game win streak and eventually finished the season (two wins followed this game) with a 12-0-2 run. There were four separate fights in the first period and one in the second -- among them Dave Schultz-Rick Middleton and Derek Sanderson-Bobby Clarke. Prior to the game, the Flyers retired the jersey 4 in honor of Barry Ashbee. Jean Ratelle gave NY a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into the game but Bobby Clarke tied the score in the first period. There was a total of 117 PIMs called, all in the first two periods. Ron Harris of NY was ejected when he openly challenged the entire Flyers' bench to a fight. Don Saleski and Eddie Giacomin feuded throughout the game.
1975 -- October 26 -- Bill Barber (hat trick) and Bobby Clarke (three assists) each recorded four points in the Flyers' 7-2 victory against Eddie Giacomin in MSG. Reggie Leach added three points. The crowd at MSG booed the Rangers throughout the contest as the team lost their prior two games by a score of 16-2. Afterwards, Head Coach Ron Stewart said "All it takes is a little guts but we haven't found anyone yet who has any."
1975 -- November 22 -- The Flyers scored three third period goals and prevailed 4-2 in Philly. Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves.
1976 -- February 13 -- Philadelphia won 5-3 at NYR. For what is the first documented occurence in NHL history, two assistant coaches were on the bench for the same game as the Flyers' Fred Shero decided to watch the game from a skybox while his assistants Barry Ashbee (defense) and Mike Nykoluk (line changes) ran the show at ice level. Philly (51) and NYR (44) combined for the most shots (95) in a Flyers' regular season game. Bill Barber and Reggie Leach had game highs of 10 shots each and both players scored twice for Philadelphia. Ron Greschner (9) and Greg Polis (8) led the Rangers.
1976 -- March 25 -- Gary Inness, who played in only eight games and started just four for the Flyers, stopped 36 NYR shots in his Flyers' debut, a 4-1 win which set the mark for most home wins (34) by any NHL team in the League's history. Paul Holmgren made his NHL debut but didn't play the rest of the season after suffering a puncture wound near his eye from a skate blade in an AHL game. When swelling developed, he was rushed to a hospital the next day in Boston, while the team was there to play the Bruins, and nearly died from a reaction to an anesthetic.
1976 -- April 4 -- In the season finale played in MSG, Bobby Clarke's consecutive games streak with at least one point was halted at 16 in a 2-0 defeat. The Flyers outshot NY 38-23 but John Davidson recorded the shutout. NY, which did not advance to the post-season, gave up 10 goals the day before in a 10-2 loss to the Islanders. The Flyers ended the regular season with a 21-3-8 record in their last 32 contests.
1976 -- November 24 -- Gary Dornhoefer scored twice in a 2-2 tie at Philly. The Rangers held a 2-0 lead. John Davidson made 37 saves for NY.
1976 -- December 22 -- Bernie Parent made 43 saves in a 3-3 tie at the Rangers. NY outshot the Flyers 46-25 and rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
1977 -- January 5 -- Midway in the third period, the Rangers led 4-3 about to go on the PP when Flyers' coach Fred Shero asked an official to check goalie Gilles Gratton stick. It was found to be illegal and the PP was nullified. Twenty seconds after the penalties expired, the Flyers tied the game at 4-4. Afterwards, frustrated Rangers' head coach John Ferguson said "If it takes 100 years, I will find a flaw in them." A few days earlier, Ferguson witnessed the Flyers use of the strategy against the Kings and vowed it wouldn't happen to his team, so he instructed his trainers to check the sticks of all skaters; he omitted goalies.
1977 -- February 17 -- The Flyers routed the Rangers 7-1 in Philadelphia. The Flyers had a 44-shot attack and drove starter Doug Soetart (three goals on 11 shots in one period) from the goal in favor of John Davidson (four goals, 33 shots, two periods) who made his first appearance post-knee surgery. Rick MacLeish (2-1-3) and Tom Bladon had 3-point games.
1977 -- March 16 -- Rick MacLeish had three points (2-1-3) in a 4-4 tie at NY. An otherwise quiet first period (Philly was outshot 6-2) featured a Paul Holmgren-Nick Fotiu bout and when Fotiu attempted to continue the fight by the dressing rooms, Holmgren declined. The second period featured 30 shots (17-13 for the Flyers). Phil Esposito tied the game 4-4 just 39 seconds after MacLeish put Philly up 4-3.
1977 -- December 7 -- The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in NY. The Rangers had just one shot in the first period but 17 in the second period.
1977 -- December 8 -- Philadelphia unleashed a 6-goal third period attack in a 7-4 victory over the Rangers in the Spectrum. It was the first time the Flyers scored six or more goals in the third period of a game. Don Saleski, Ross Lonsberry and Reggie Leach each scored twice. The trio accounted for the first six goals scored by the Flyers. The game was tied 3-3 midway in the third period until the Flyers recorded four goals in 4:58. Carol Vadnais had a double major for fights with Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman.
1977 -- December 28 -- Bobby Clarke scored with 2:43 leading Philly to a 4-3 in MSG. Afterwards, Rangers' netminder Wayne Thomas said "They got three goals from behind the net. Handling people coming out from behind the net is not my forte. My job is to stop the pucks not break people's ankles." Dallas Smith, 36 years old and in his second game with NY, was booed by the home crowd for failing to clear the crease leading to Clarke's goal. Clarke also scored the first goal of the game as the team's alternated the sseven goals.
1977 -- April 2 -- Rick MacLeish scored his 48th and 49th goals in a 4-1 win. This was the second to last game of the season, he did not score in the finale.
1978 -- January 14 -- The Flyers took 45 shots on Doug Soetart, held a 30-9 advantage after two periods, and trounced the Rangers 4-1. Paul Holmgren had three points. NY was shotless on two PPs and failed to score on a 5-on-3 for 1:18. Bernie Parent was less than five minutes away from a shutout when Dallas Smith scored the only NHL goal of his non-Boston Bruins' career; Smith played 15 seasons with the Bruins then un-retired to join the Rangers.
1978 -- April 6 -- Bernie Parent recorded the Flyers' first ever regular season shutout of the Rangers, 3-0, in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl with about five minutes left in period two started when Mark Heaslip bloodied Tom Bladon with a stick across the head. There were 88 PIMs and five game misconducts Despite the loss, being outshot 50-16 and finishing in last place of the Patrick, the Rangers clinched a PO spot this date when Detroit eliminated Pittsburgh. John Davidson made 47 saves in a loss. Turmoil!!:
1978 -- April 28 -- Paul Holmgren's goal with 3:22 remaining was the decisive tally in an entertaining see-saw 6-5 win. In the first period, the Flyers scored three times in 2:23 to take a 3-1 lead. The Rangers scored twice in the second period and the scene was set for a frenzied final period. Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) and Reggie Leach (2-1-3) each scored in the third period but the Rangers followed those with goals both times until Holmgren nailed the door shut.
1978 -- June 2 -- Fred Shero left the Flyers to become the Rangers' head coach. The Flyers received a 1978 first round pick as compensation and eventually drafted Ken Linseman.
1978 -- September 26 -- The Flyers and Rangers in a preseason brawl, Flyers won game 4-3.
1978 -- October 12 -- Fred Shero coached his first regular season game for the Rangers in the season opener at NY. All six goals in this 3-3 deadlock came via special teams. The Rangers scored three PPGs in under seven minutes to take a 3-0 first period lead but the Flyers recovered and scored three times in the second (two PPGs and one SHG). Bobby Clarke had two points, four minors and a major for fighting Dave Maloney. The Flyers now had a record of 11-1-8 in the last 20 regular season games against the Rangers.
1978 -- December 7 -- Fred Shero returned to Philadelphia and the Rangers raalied fron an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Flyers 5-2. The Flyers owned a 13-game regular season unbeaten streak (6-0-7) in this series. Ron Greschner scored the GWG in the third period.
1978 -- December 10 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves and Bill Barber (3 points) and Blake Dunlop each scored twice in a 4-0 shutout win at MSG. In the second period, Paul Holmgren was ejected as he swatted Carol Vadnais over the helmet with a stick in retaliation for Vadnais (5-minute major) spearing Holmgren in the throat and causing a gash. With Vadnais down on the ice, Rangers' coach Fred Shero bolted from the bench and was assessed a minor penalty. It was just the third game Vadnais wore a helmet.
1978 -- December 28 -- Paul Holmgren's GWG with 3:22 left lifted Philly to a 6-5 win. The Flyers scored three first period goals within a span of 2:23 and led 3-1. NY tied the score 3-3 in the second, a period in which a crazed Dave Maloney picked up multiple penalties after ref Wally Harris whistled him for slashing; he picked up an unsportsmanlike and a 10-minute misconduct for slamming his stick against the glass while berating the ref. On the PP, Philly held an 11-4 shots advantage but couldn't beat Doug Soetart. Despite a 20-8 shots advantage for the Flyers after two, the score was 3-3. Bobby Clarke and Phil Esposito exchanged early third period goals. The game got nastier when Anders Hedberg, upset at being checked by Bernie Parent along the boards, attempted to slash the goalie's head, missed, and picked up four minutes for his continued hostility while two Flyers evened the call coming to Parent's aid. Reggie Leach scored about three minutes later to give Philly a 5-4 lead. Steve Vickers evened the score 5-5. NY outshot Philly 17-12 in the third (Philly held a 32-25 edge in the game). Leach (2-1-3) and Clarke (2-0-2) scored twice in the game and Jimmy Watson picked up assists on the last two goals.
1979 -- January 21 -- The Flyers rallied impressively from a 5-2 third period deficit to tie the Rangers 5-5 in NY in what was Rangers' head coach Fred Shero's 600th (334-166-100 record) NHL game. Ulf Nilsson had a natural hat trick for the Rangers, on three shots, to put NY up 5-2. In the third period, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 3:25 including a much contested PPG by Behn Wilson and a SHG by Don Saleski which evened the score. Bernie Parent made 31 saves despite surrendering five goals.
1979 -- February 17 -- Bernie Parent suffered a career-ending injury when the blade of Jimmy Watson's stick inadvertently went into the right eye slit of Parent's mask. NY prevailed 4-2 as they scored four times in the last period -- three off backup Wayne Stephenson and one into an empty net.
1979 -- March 27 -- The Flyers overcame a 4-0 deficit and finished in a 4-4 tie at MSG by scoring three third period goals. Down 3-0, the Flyers removed Wayne Stephenson for the inexperienced Robbie Moore about three minutes into the second period. Bill Barber scored a late second period PPG, Jimmy Watson started the third with a SHG and Reggie Leach converted a PPG with about five to play to narrow the gap to 4-3. With under three to play, Mel Bridgman tied the game. Philly outshout NY 15-4 in the third period.
1979 -- April 1 -- The Flyers dominated in a 7-3 home victory as Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman each had two goals and an assist. John Davidson faced 34 shots in 40 minutes before being removed.
1979 -- April 16 -- In Game 1 of their PO series,
the Flyers recovered from a 2-0 deficit and won 3-2 when Ken Linseman's unassisted 20-footer beat John Davidson 44 seconds into OT. Bill Barber tied the game with 4:58 to play. Robbie Moore made 22 saves. An odd call in the first period sent Bobby Clarke to the box for slashing; however, Clarke dropped his stick five seconds earlier and did not have one in his possession when he was whistled. It was the fifth minor of the first period called against the Flyers; there were three against the Rangers. NY led 2-0 after 20 minutes and held an 11-2 shots advantage early in the game. Each team was whistled for one minor the remainder of the game.
1979 -- April 18 -- In Game 2,
the Flyers suffered their most decisive home PO loss ever, a 7-1 defeat. Ron Greschner scored a SHG with 1:38 left in the first period to snap a 1-1 tie and the Rangers cruised as they tallied three goals on 21 shots in the second period. The Rangers scored 3 PPGs. Robbie Moore (three goals against) was replaced by Wayne Stephenson (four goals against) in net for the Flyers.
1979 -- April 20 -- In Game 3,
Don Maloney scored consecutive goals within 26 seconds in the first 2:41 of the second period, Anders Hedberg added a shorty at 5:39 and the Rangers rolled to a 5-1 win by scoring the game's last five goals. The Flyers led 1-0 prior to Maloney's tallies. John Davidson made 32 saves. Wayne Stephenson gave up all five goals. It was NY's first win in MSG against the Flyers since 1976 (10 games).
1979 -- April 22 -- In Game 4,
NY scored two goals in each period and John Davidson made 28 stops in a 6-0 thrashing. Robbie Moore started for the third time in the series. Don Murdoch and Eddie Johnstone scored twice and Phil Esposito (1-2-3) had three points.
1979 -- April 24 -- In Game 5,
the Rangers eliminated the Flyers 8-3. The Rangers led 2-0 lead into the third, then expanded the lead to 4-0 with two early tallies. Flyers' coach Pat Quinn pulled goalie Wayne Stephenson midway into the third, the Rangers scored an ENG, but then the Flyers tallied three times in five minutes to cut the score to 5-3. NY called a timeout to halt the bleeding and regained momentum with a goal just thereafter. The two-team total of nine goals in a period set a PO record for any NHL PO game. Fred Shero was in his first season as NY's head coach.
1979 -- October 25 -- The Flyers rallied from a 2-0 to win 5-2 at home. Reggie Leach (2-2-4) and Brian Propp (1-2-3) led the offense. The game was tied 2-2 after two but the trio of Leach, Propp and Mike Busniuk had eight of Philly's nine third period points. Propp and Leach scored 12 seconds apart to give Philly a 4-2 lead.
1979 -- December 16 -- The Flyers' unbeaten streak reached 27 games (one within the NHL record) with a 1-1 tie at NY that featured brilliant goaltending on both sides. Steve Baker made 20 saves in the first period and 37 stops in the game while Philly's Phil Myre made 34 saves. Each team scored in the opening period including a 4-on-3 shorty by Bill Barber. At 8:32, there were three separate fights including a Behn Wilson-Barry Beck battle moments after Norm Barnes-Eddie Johnstone fought. After the game, NY's assistant GM Mickey Keating challenged referee Bryan Lewis in the corridor saying that kids will be killed with high sticking if Lewis had his way. Dave Maloney said "Lewis was as bad last night as he was tonight." Rangers' coach Fred Shero, however, defended the ref by saying "I know some people are upset but you can't call everything." But he also added that he thought the refs were anti-Swedish and said "Why a Swede has to be murdered before you give a guy two minutes, I just don't know." Anders Hedberg of NY, pointing to his chest, praised the Flyers by saying "There must be something in here when you don't lose for nine weeks."
1980 -- January 4 -- The Flyers won at NY 5-3 and thus surpassed the 33-game win streak of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers with their 34th (24-0-10) consecutive game without a defeat. Just 11 days after the Bruins and Mike Milbury entered the Garden crowd, a near repeat performance transpired. Ed Hospodar of NY broke Ken Linseman's nose when he fell on the Flyer but claimed later it was an accident though that was disputed. Moments after that play, Hospodar knocked down winger Tom Gorence causing a neck injury. At this point, without any penalties called, Pat Quinn sent out Mel Bridgman and four d-men. Bridgman then speared Hospodar, though no penalty was called, and the two fought a lengthy fight won by Hospodar. Hospodar also took a shot a linseman Kevin Collins and later earned a three-game suspension plus a $500 fine for that action. When Hospodar was escorted off the ice, he took a swing at a Flyers' equipment manager who was taunting him. Andre Dupont then scaled the Flyers' bench and attempted to go into the crowd at obnoxious fans but was restrained. Three Flyers not dressed from the game were targeted by unruly fans in another section and had to be escorted from that area. The game was nearly suspended earlier, when Rangers' execs thought candy tossed on the ice was a BB shot. A golf ball was thrown at referee Dave Newell.
1980 -- April 6 -- NY exploded for a 5-0 first period lead -- including the first goal nine seconds into the period -- en route to an 8-3 drubbing in the Spectrum in the season finale, in what was a mostly meaningless game for the Flyers; however, Pat Quinn held a closed door meeting to discuss the team's 3-5-5 finish in the last 13 games. Ron Greschner (2-2-4) tied a Rangers' record for points in a game by a D-man and Ron Duguay (2-0-2) scored twice for NY. Among the Flyers not dressed were Bobby Clarke (irritated eyes due to a contact lens solution) and Moose Dupont (flu). Each Flyers' player got $8,000 in bonuses ($5,000 for finishing with the NHL's best record and $3,000 for winning a division).
1980 -- April 16 -- In Game 1 of the Quarterfinals in Philly,
Behn Wilson scored 5:44 into the third period and the Flyers pulled out a 2-1 win. Philly's Rick MacLeish scored on the Flyers' first shot of the series but John Davidson stopped the next 18 and after 20 minutes the score was 1-0 Flyers despite a 19-7 shots advantage. The middle period featured 25 total shots but zero goals and after 40 minutes the score remained 1-0 Philly, who doubled NY's shot total 34-17. John Davidson made 40 saves in the contest for NY. Ray Markham made it 1-1 for NY.
1980 -- April 17 -- In Game 2,
after a scoreless first period Paul Holmgren and Bill Barber scored 14 seconds apart midway in the second period and in a 4-1 win. The Rangers went 0-for-6 on the PP. The Flyers stellar defensive play limited NY and also forced them into many turnovers. Pete Peeters made 31 saves. John Davidson stopped 38 of 41 shots (ENG).
1980 -- April 19 -- In Game 3 in NY,
Pete Peeters made 29 stops, the Flyers PK was 7-for-7 and third period tallies by Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish sealed the deal as the Flyers won 3-0. Bob Dailey scored a SHG in the first period, the only goal in the first 44 minutes of the game. In the first three games, NY was 0-for-15 on the PP.
1980 -- April 20 -- In Game 4
, Ron Duguay was elevated to a line with LW Don Maloney and C Phil Esposito and responded with a goal in each period in leading NY to a 4-2 win. John Davidson made 31 saves.
1980 -- April 22 -- In Game 5,
the Flyers won 3-1 as Pete Peeters made 25 saves and goals by Al Hill, Behn Wilson and Paul Holmgren ended the Rangers season. Wilson's goal 5:09 into the second period was the killer as he blasted a 50-footer which beat a stunned John Davidson. Ron Duguay added a meaningless third period goal. The Rangers' line of Steve Vickers, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson was held scoreless throughout the series mainly due to the defensive play of Holmgren, Kenny Linseman and Brian Propp. Afterwards, Steve Vickers openly rooted for the Islanders to win the Cup "because of the dirty things the Bruins (in their PO series) did to them."
1980 -- October 1 -- During a preseason game, Ken Linseman missed a check to Ed Hospodar which resulted in Linseman suffering a a broken left tibia; he did not return until December 10, 1980.
1980 -- October 30 -- The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Philly. Reggie Leach scored consecutive third period PPGs to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead but Anders Hedberg evened the game with 6:04 to play. Bobby Clarke was whistled for a five-minute high sticking major as his stick clipped Mike Allison resulting in Allison being removed from the ice on a stretcher. Rangers' head coach Fred Shero was asked if there was bad blood between the teams and he said "I have never heard of such a thing. They like to play and they are paid to play." Paul Holmgren was also taken to a hospital when a skate blade caught him near his eye. At 6:26 of the third, there were 102 PIMs called in a major brawl that included a lenghty fight between Rick MacLeish and Dave Silk:
1980 -- November 19 -- Philly routed the Rangers 5-1 in NY as Bill Barber (1-2-3) had three points and Rick St. Croix made 30 saves.
1981 -- March 30 -- Rick St. Croix and Steve Baker dueled to a scoreless tie at MSG. The same night, Indiana beat North Carolina for the NCAA College Basketball Championship in the Spectrum.
1981 -- April 5 -- Steve Baker made 34 saves and shutout the Flyers again, 2-0 in Philadelphia, in the regular season finale. Baker's chest protector was stolen from the Rangers' practice facility so the goalie wore John Davidson's for this game and afterwards he announced that he'd wear it for the Rangers' post-season (he played 14 games in the 1981 POs which lasted into the Semifinals). Nick Fotiu returned to the Rangers following an eight-game suspension for chasing a fan in Detroit who tossed beer at the Rangers' bench.
1981 -- November 18 -- The Rangers won 5-2 at home, which snapped the Flyers 14-game regular season unbeaten streak (4-0-10) in MSG.
1981 -- December 16 -- Philly snapped a 3-3 tie with four third period goals in a 7-3 win at MSG; NY led 3-2 in the second period. Bill Barber scored with one second left on a 4-on-3 6:19 into the third then immediately a brawl resulted in the ejections of NY's Ed Hospodar (minor, major, misconduct, game) and Philly's Barber (major, misconduct, game). From that clash, 1:31 later, the Flyers' Bob Hoffmeyer scored a PPG. Brian Propp and Ron Flockhart added later goals. The Flyers first goal was by Mark Botell, a 65-footer. Three players had 3-point games for Philadelphia: Ray Allison, Propp and Hoffmeyer
1982 -- March 4 -- The teams played to a 4-4 tie in Philly when Andre Dore scored for NY late in the third period. Darryl Sittler had two goals.
1982 -- March 10 -- The Rangers led 5-2 with under nine minutes to play but the Flyers rallied to a 5-5 tie. Ron Flockhart scored on the PP, called when Andre Dore of NY was penalized for an illegal stick, with 1:17 to play to cap the comeback. A week before, when the teams met, Mike Rogers of NY was penalized for an illegal stick. Head Coach Herb Brooks said afterwards "I didn't come to New York to check sticks. It is the players and trainers' responsibilities." The Flyers outshout NY 18-8 in the third period.
1982 -- March 17 -- Reijo Ruotsalainen scored a natural hat trick and had nine shots on goal to lead NY, 6-2-4 in the last 12 regular season games in this series. to a 5-2 win at home.
1982 -- April 7 -- In Game 1 of their best-of-five Division Semifinals,
the Flyers were led by Pete Peeters' 35 saves and Darryl Sittler's two goals in a 4-1 win at the NYR. The Rangers scored on their first rush of the game but couldn't solve Peeters the rest of the game. NY outshot Philly 15-4 in the third period but the Flyers netted two goals including Sittler's second of the game that gave Philly a 3-1 lead. Eddie Mio was the Rangers' goalie.
1982 -- April 8 -- In Game 2,
Mikko Leinonen recorded six assists (NHL PO record, previous record was five held by six players) in NY's 7-3 victory. His six points tied an existing PO record. Seven Rangers scored. Philly led 48 seconds into the game but couldn't stop NY's PPG which went 4-for-5. Eddie Mio made 23 saves for the win.
1982 -- April 10 -- In Game 3,
the Rangers recovered from a 3-0 first period hole to win 4-3 in Philadelphia when Cam Connor scored with 1:09 left in regulation. At the 1:44 mark, 40-goal man Ron Duguay and Bob Hoffmeyer fought and were ejected (
). The Flyers eventually led 3-0 with six shots on goal. NY mounted a rally in the second period goals with three goals and evened the scored with 54 seconds to play in the middle period. The Flyers were issued 37 PIMs in the second period and NY had four PPs but did not score. With about a minute to play in regulation, Connor pulled Paul Holmgren down to the ice but referee Bruce Hood allowed play to continue and Connor put in a rebound as he was unchecked. Connor was on the ice because Duguay and the injured Mikko Leinonen (the player who had six points in Game 2) were not available. The Flyers disputed the goal but were overruled. Eddie Mio made 28 saves for the win.
1982 -- April 11 -- In Game 4,
the Rangers won the series 3-1 in games with a 7-5 win. Philly dominated the play in the first period, playing about 15 minutes in the Rangers' defensive zone but trailed 1-0 and NY took a 5-2 lead into the third when Pete Peeters was replaced by Rick St. Croix. The Flyers attempted rally fell just short as Bobby Clarke (1-2-3), Darryl Sittler (1-1-2), Bill Barber (1-0-0) and Paul Holmgren (0-2-2) combined to narrow the gap to 6-5with 3:41 to play. However, Ron Duguay's 70-foot ENG with seven seconds to play finished the scoring. The Flyers outshot NY 43-25, went 3-for-5 on the PP and killed 6 of 7 penalties.
1982 -- October 13 -- The teams met in NY for the first time since the playoffs and the Rangers collected three third period goals in a 5-2 home win. John Davidson made 36 saves. Ron Flockhart scored both Flyers' goals. The Flyers outshot NY 20-18 in the middle period.
1982 -- November 11 -- Philadelphia scored five second period goals, including two by Lindsay Carson, en route to a 7-3 victory. Tom Gorence added two goals (2-1-3) in the game.
1983 -- January 16 -- Bob Froese made 16 stops and Bill Barber (1-2-3) and Brian Propp (2 goals) led the offense in a 4-0 shutout in NY. Philly led 3-0 after one period. The Rangers were shutout for the second consecutive game after scoring in the previous 120. Philly outshot NY 31-16 in the game.
1983 -- February 19 -- Eight Flyers' scored and Brian Propp had four points in an 8-5 win. Up 5-4 in the third, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 3:36 to ice the game. Behn Wilson was eventually suspended six games for hitting goalie Glen Hanlon with a high stick. Bob Froese upped his lifetime NHL record to 11-0-1 with three of the wins against the Rangers.
1983 -- March 14 -- NY led 5-0 after one period and cruised to an 8-2 victory. Afterwards, Flyers' coach Bob McCammon called the Rangers "smurfs" which was then used by NY as motivation for the upcoming playoffs. The Flyers were without five regulars including Tim Kerr and Paul Holmgren.
1983 -- April 5 -- In Game 1 of their best-of-five Division Semifinals,
the Rangers recorded a 5-3 win in Philadelphia as Anders Hedberg registered three points in the first period. Eddie Mio made 39 saves for the Rangers and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 30 for the Flyers.
1983 -- April 7 -- In Game 2,
Eddie Mio made 32 saves and the Rangers won 4-3 in Philadelphia. Philly led 1-0 after one but the Rangers got goals from George McPhee (his second NHL game) and Tom Laidlaw (his first goal in his 82nd game of the season) for a 2-1 lead. In the middle period, Ron Flockhart escaped serious injury when Dave Maloney's stick caught him in the eye/cheekbone. With the score tied 2-2, Mark Pavelich (1-2-3) scored the go-ahead goal and assisted moments later on the fourth goal. Philly outshot NY 15-5 in the third but both teams tallied two goals.
1983 -- April 9 -- In Game 3,
Rob McClanahan had five points (2-3-5) and Dave Maloney had four assists in the Rangers' 9-3 series clinching victory. In the first minute of play, a major scrum turned strange when reserve goalie Glen Hanlon, on the bench, grabbed Darryl Sittler, on the ice, resulting in the oddity of 12 PIMs to someone who didn't get on the ice. The Rangers scored two PPGs in the first 5:24. NY led 3-1 after one and 5-1 after two. NY scored four goals in the final 12 minutes. Anders Hedberg added two goals (3 points). The Flyers, the second-best team in the NHL, had a 26-point regular season advantage over NY. Afterwards the Rangers' Ron Duguay said "If they don't learn from this, they never will."
1983 -- October 16 -- NY prevailed 5-4 with special teams' playing a large part. NY went 3-for-4 on the PP and a perfect 8-for-8 on the PK. Pierre Larouche scored twice.
1984 -- February 19 - Tim Kerr had the GWG 1:33 into OT in a 3-2 win at MSG. The victory ended an eight-game Flyers' losing streak against the Rangers (r/s and PO combined). Late in the second period, Ron Greschner and Brad McCrimmon got in a testy fight resulting in stitches for Greschner on his right hand and above his eye; he did not return to the game.
1984 -- March 17 --Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) scored consecutive third period goals then Darryl Stanley nailed the GWG with about six minutes to play in a 6-4 win. NY led 4-1 with about 25 minutes to play and 4-2 with under 14 remaining but the Flyers scored four third period goals. The Flyers had 46 shots.
1984 -- March 24 -- Dave Poulin (1-3-4), Tim Kerr (1-3-4) and Brian Propp (2-1-3) led the Flyers in a 6-5 win.
1984 -- October 7 -- In a preseason game, a massive bench-clearing brawl erupted and resulted in seven Rangers and Flyers being ejected from the game won 8-3 by the Flyers. NY goalie Glen Hanlon decided to enter the fight causing Pelle Lindbergh to skate the length of the ice where he proceeded to pummel Hanlon.
1985 -- February 10 -- The Rangers ended their 7-game, 11-day road trip 0-6-1 with a 3-2 loss in Philly. Pelle Lindbergh made 32 saves.
1985 -- March 13 -- Philly dominated the first period 3-1 in goals and 18-4 in shots -- as they sent NY to a 5-2 loss at MSG. Slumping at home in recent games, the Rangers were serenaded with a chant of "Let's go home, let's go home" from their fans. George McPhee and Steve Richmond of the Rangers returned to the team for the first time since a stick fight in practice left both with visible wounds including multiple stitches to Richmond's scalp.
1985 -- March 21 -- Dave Poulin scored twice and 16 Flyers recorded points in an 8-4 home win.
1985 -- March 30 -- The sizzling Flyers skated to a 3-0 win in Philadelphia, the team's thirteenth win in the last 14 outings. Bob Froese recorded his seventh shutout in 89 career NHL games. Ilkka Sinisalo gave the Flyers the only goal they would need. Kelly Miller made his NHL debut for NY.
1985 -- April 2 -- The Flyers won 2-1 at NY and swept the Rangers (31-13 in goals) in the seven-game season series; NY led for a total of 54 seconds in those games. Philly was on a torrid 14-1-0 run. NY clinched a playoff spot despite this loss, a team record 43rd defeat. Len Hachborn and Todd Bergen scored for the Flyers.
1985 -- April 10 -- In Game 1 of their Division Semifinals,
the Flyers' Mark Howe scored one of the most important goals in franchise history 8:01 into OT to help exorcise recent post-season demons and lift the Flyers to a 5-4 victory. The heavily-favored Flyers (one PO win in the previous three years, twice eliminated by NYR) led 3-0 in the first period but the Rangers tied the score at 4-4 with 26 seconds to play. On the GWg, Ron Sutter overpowered Reijo Ruotsalainen behind the net, stole the puck and fed Howe at the point. The thrilling goal sent the Spectrum faithful into delirium. After the Rangers tied the score, Flyers' head coach Mike Keenan lashed into his squad behind closed doors but within earshot of outsiders. When asked about his tirade after the game, Keenan calmly told the assembled media "If they need a little helpful reminder from time to time, it's my responsibility to inform them of my opinion of how they played." It was the Flyers' first home PO win since 1981 but was their 15th straight home win that season.
1985 -- April 11 -- In Game 2,
Pelle Lindbergh made 38 saves and Todd Bergen scored twice in a 3-1 win. Bergen tied the score in the second period and notched the go-ahead tally in the third period. There was a bench-cleaing brawl at the end of the second period and 88 PIMs in the game.
New York Daily News
writer Frank Brown penned "The Flyers spent the night sending strong, eager, healthy bodies over the boards for every shift. The Rangers replied largely with cripples, midgets and pacifists."
Flyers' defensemen Doug Crossman, Brad Marsh and Mark Howe celebrate with goalie Pelle Lindbergh
1985 -- April 13 -- In Game 3,
Philly scored five times third period goals and earned a 6-5 victory and a sweep. Tim Kerr set the record for the fastest hat trick in Flyers' PO history which was achieved in a 3:24 span. Kerr set NHL records for fastest four PO goals (in 8:16) and most PPGs (3) in one PO period. Glen Hanlon was the victim as Kerr also recorded a natural hat trick. After the second period, the Flyers led 6-3 and Kerr (4-0-4) and Peter Zezel (1-3-4) each had four points; D-man Doug Crossman had three assists. NY switched goalies to JVB from Hanlon and the team responded with a pair of goals but couldn't get the equalizer as the Flyers limited the Rangers to just four shots when the margin was one goal. It was Anders Hedberg last NHL game.
1985 -- October 1 -- The Rangers won this preseason game 4-1 at NY which was highlighted by 506 PIMs (the regular season record at the time was 406), 22 ejected players and a brawl that took a half-hour. Afterwards, Barry Beck of the Rangers publicly challenged NHL President John Ziegler to clean up the game to which Ziegler replied "It was an aberration...there are more brawls in baseball than hockey." Beck submitted that hockey was the only sport that allowed fighting and "I can't remember anyone bleeding in a baseball game." There were multiple fights on the undercard including goalies Bob Froese and Terry Kleisinger. Twenty-five seconds later, with 5:13 left in period two, the major brawl erupted when NY's Don Maloney started the bench-clearing brawl as first man off the bench and received a three-game suspension.
1985 -- The compensation for Ted Sator turned out to be a loan of Andre Dore to Hershey by the Rangers.
1985 -- November 6 -- Peter Zezel and Brian Propp each scored twice and the Flyers scored the last four goals in a 5-2 win at MSG. Bob Froese, 5-0-0, made 35 saves in the victory. Philly beat NY for the 13th straight time.
1985 -- December 7 -- Bob Froese made 23 saves and Murray Craven and Brian Propp each scored twice in a 4-0 win in Philly. It was the Flyers 14th straight (including playoffs) win against NY and they out-scored the Rangers 66-34 during that streak. Glen Hanlon played in his first NHL game of the season after being promoted from New Haven (AHL) and faced 39 shots.
1985 -- December 8 -- Philly's 11-game regular season (14 including the 3-game 1985 PO sweep) win streak in this series ended when the Rangers won 3-1 in NY backed by JVB's 28 saves. Philly's Bob Froese was replaced after the first period, with the Flyers trailing 2-1, and was replaced by Darren Jensen who played the remainder of the contest and made 17 saves on 18 shots. During the streak, the Flyers out-scored the Rangers 66-34.
1986 -- March 29 -- Philly won 8-2 as Dave Poulin (1-2-3), Brian Propp (1-2-3) and Tim Kerr (2 goals) led the way in the Spectrum. Kerr scored consecutive goals to give the Flyers a 5-2 lead. Brian MacLellan of NY was a minus 5.
1986 -- April 2 -- Tim Kerr scored goals number 55 and 56 and the goalie tandem of Bob Froese (41 saves) and Chico Resch (4 saves in 2:33, brief replacement for Froese after the Rangers made it 1-0) made 45 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win at the NYR. The last-season game was vital for both teams as the Flyers pulled into the division lead over Washington by two points while the Rangers failed to secure a PO berth. The Flyers also won for the 18th time in the last 19 games in this series.
1986 -- April 9 -- In Game 1 of their Divison Semifinals,
NY shocked the Flyers 6-2 in Philadelphia. Mike Ridley (2-1-3) scored two PPGs and NY also had two SHGs. Rick Tocchet fought Wilf Paiement (
) and Dave Richter fought Larry Melnyk (
) and were ejected with the score 4-2 in NY's favor. Bob Froese surrendered six goals on just 22 shots. JVB made 31 saves for NY. The Flyers were 18-1 in the previous 19 games (regular season and POs combined) against the Rangers.
1986 -- April 10 -- In Game 2,
Rich Sutter and Brad McCrimmon scored a PO team-record 16 seconds apart in a 2-1 victory that featured a 44-12 shots advantage for the Flyers including an incredible 21-3 in the opening period and 32-9 after two. JVB made 42 stops for the Rangers. NY's only goal came with a 2-man advantage.
1986 -- April 12 -- In Game 3 at NY,
Mike Ridley tied the game at 2-2 8:13 into the third period and Jim Wiemer scored the first of three goals within 38 seconds in the Rangers' 5-2 triumph. Bob Froese was replaced after NY went up 4-2 and 24 seconds later it was 5-2 when the Rangers scored against Chico Resch. JVB made 30 saves. There were a few fights in the game including a pair involving Rich Sutter and Larry Melnyk. When Rick Tochet and George McPhee fought, Rangers' backup goalie Glen Hanlon stood on the bench and raised his arms at the Flyers' bench. Mike Keenan then stood on the Flyers' bench and yelled back.
1986 -- April 14 -- In Game 4 at NY,
the Flyers crushed the Rangers 7-1 in the franchise's largest road playoff victory ever. Bob Froese made 31 saves while Peter Zezel (3-1-4) and Tim Kerr (2-1-3) led the offense. Philadelphia had five second period goals, including four in the first 6:24. NY led 1-0 4:15 into the game.
1986 -- April 15 -- In Game 5,
the Rangers defeated the Flyers 5-2 in Philadelphia in a game much closer than the score indicated. The Rangers nailed two ENGs in the final 40 seconds to increase the margin of victory. JVB made 34 saves in the victory. Willie Huber (1-2-3) led the offense and scored the GWG followed by an assist in a span of 1:11 in the second period. Pierre Larouche had the lone first period goal and assisted on the second period go-ahead goal.
1986 -- September 21 -- In a preseason slugfest, the Flyers prevailed 4-1 at home. Prior to the seven minute mark, six players were already tossed as the NHL experimented with a new instigating fighting penalty. There were 188 PIMs issued in the first period and 272 in the game. Phil Esposito debuted as NY's GM.
1986 -- December 18 -- Kjell Samuelsson was acquired from NY for Bob Froese.
1987 -- January 31 -- Bob Froese made 28 saves in the Rangers' 3-1 win.
1987 -- March 17 -- Tim Kerr netted his 50th and 51st goals of the season in the first period en route to a Flyers' 4-1 win.
1987 -- April 8 -- In Game 1 of their Division Semifinals,
the Rangers defeated the Flyers 3-0 in Philadelphia as Pierre Larouche had three points (2-1-3) and JVB made 26 saves. Larouche and Ron Duguay scored within 27 seconds in the second period to give NY a 2-0 lead. It was NY's first shutout since the 1986 playoffs against Montreal. The Flyers hit four posts including two on the same shot by Jean Jacques Daigneault.
1987 -- April 9 -- In Game 2,
birthday boy Rick Tocchet (2-0-2) scored a momentum-shifting goal with four seconds to play in the second period to give Philly a 3-2 lead en route to an 8-3 blowout. Tocchet added a SHG in the third to make it 6-2. Lindsay Carson had three assists to pace Philly and was named the game's top star. Derrick Smith and Brad Marsh each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers had five third period goals to which Don Maloney of the Rangers said when the series concluded "I think the third period of that game gave us a certain respect for the Flyers." JVB was replaced by Bob Froese after surrendering five goals. Willie Huber was a minus 5. Dave Brown crushed George McPhee in a fight at the 2:05 mark and NY's Jay Caufield was ejected as third man in the altercation.
Before the game, it was announced that Bobby Clarke and Eddie Giacomin had been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1987 -- April 11 -- In Game 3,
Ron Hextall stopped all 34 Rangers' shots and the Flyers scored three goals in a span of 6:06 in the second period for a 3-0 win at MSG. The crowd at MSG was loud and vocal and the charged Rangers had the first eight shots of the game. Rangers' fans started a chant of "We hate Zezel" when they read comments that forward Peter Zezel said he hated the Rangers. However, the chants were silenced when Zezel had the first goal of the evening, a SHG about five minutes into the second period. Thirteen seconds later, the Flyers established a team record for quickest two PO goals when Mark Howe made it 2-0. Rick Tocchet made it 3-0 later in the middle period. The Flyers had 20 shots on goal in the second period, each team had 34 in the game.
1987 -- April 12 -- In Game 4,
the Rangers changed goalies to Bob Froese led 3-0 after one and skated to a 6-3 win. NY had three PPGs, including two in the last 1:29 of the second period. At 8:09 of the second period, Lindsay Carson skated towards goalie Bob Froese, who then followed Carson out to about the blue line. Carson turned, saw Froese, and although Froese had not brought his fists up, Carson swatted him and Froese went down with apparent embellishment. Carson picked up a double minor for slashing and NY's Tony McKegney was ejected for interceding. ''He must have lost his edge and accidentally skated into me,'' Froese sarcastically said. ''Then I was skating to the bench and he turned and accidentally punched me.'' Said Carson, ''I just turned and he went into me and he did a good acting job to make it look like a punch.'' Later in the second, Dave Brown was tossed as third man in an altercation between Craig Berube and George McPhee. As the period proceeded, Ron Hextall and Jeff Jackson were given slashing majors and Hextall then banged his stick on the ice trying to bait Froese but the trash-talking continued between Hextall and Rangers' head coach Phil Esposito who kept chanting "Ronald McDonald" from the bench.
1987 -- April 14 -- In Game 5,
Rick Tocchet scored twice and the Flyers peppered Rangers' goalie Bob Froese with 40 shots in a 3-1 home win. Froese was magnificent in defeat as the Flyers drilled the Rangers 32-10 in shots over the last two periods (40-22 total). The game wasn't secured until Tocchet's ENG in the waning moments, a goal awarded to Tocchet when Jeff Jackson threw his stick along the ice when the Flyers had a 2-on-0 break. Brian Propp had 10 shots on goal. Afterwards, coach Phil Esposito of NY was asked to comment on Mike Keenan's offering that the Flyers' speed was the difference in the game. Esposito said " He is the genius. He is the career coach. Who cares what he has to say?!" Esposito then said of his team's play "We were brain dead."
1987 -- April 16 -- In Game 6,
Ron Hextall was brilliant with 34 stops and eliminated the Rangers 5-0 at MSG. Prior to the Anthem, Rangers' fans chanted "Hex-tall, Hex-tall." Derrick Smith and Doug Crossman gave Philly a 2-0 lead after one period. Brad Marsh made it 3-0 in the second period and then starting goalie JVB, a surprise starter to many, was replaced by Bob Froese. Lindsay Carson finished the scoring in the third period and at that point Rangers' fans pelted the ice with debris. Murray Craven suffered a broken left foot and missed the next 14 PO games.
1987 -- October 24 -- NY won 5-3 as Walt Poddubny snapped a 3-3 tie and then scoring a penalty shot goal by Jan Erixson off Mark Laforest that made it 5-3. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 45-39.
1987 -- October 26 -- During the teams 2-2 OT tie at MSG, Dave Brown's infamous cross-check to Tomas Sandstrom led to an eventual suspension of 15 games (November 2). Both goalies were outstanding as Ron Hextall and JVB each faced 40+ shots (42-41 advantage NYR). After the game, Rangers' head coach Michel Bergeron said "Tonight, I saw an attempt to kill." Mark Howe of the Flyers received a questionable five-minute slashing major to Sandstrom a few minutes prior to Brown's action in the third period. After the game, Howe said "If he didn't instigate, we wouldn't be doing these things back to him. Our team doesn't do that against anyone else on their team but him." The Rangers scored on Howe's penalty but not while Brown was in the box. James Patrick of the Rangers said of Sandstrom "He is no angel" while Bergeron also added "Of course Tomas uses his stick, but only to protect himself." Murray Craven scored the tying goal in the third period.
1987 -- December 10 -- Kjell Samuellson's 65-footer beat Bob Froese and gave Philly a 2-1 first period lead, which they never relinquished in a 5-3 home win.
1987 -- December 22 -- The Flyers rallied to beat NY 6-4 in the 4,000th game in Rangers' history. Rick Tocchet (2-1-3) and Mark Howe (1-2-3) led Philly. John Ogrodnick scored twice in the opening minutes to give NY a 2-0 lead but the Flyers led 3-2 after one. Tomas Sandstrom scored with 28 seconds in the second period to bring NY to within 5-4. Ron Hextall was dazzling, especially in the third period, when the Rangers outshot NY 14-4. Hextall improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 outings with a 2.50 GAA.
1988 -- October 29 -- James Patrick cross-checked Ron Sutter resulting in a broken jaw for the Flyers' player who missed about six weeks. The Rangers recorded a 6-5 victory when Jan Erixson scored at the 15:17 mark of the third period to snap a 5-5 draw.
1988 -- November 15 -- The Rangers rallied from a 3-3 hole and the game finished in a 3-3 tie in a game that featured a few injuries. Dave Poulin, just 43 seconds into the game, suffered a separated left shoulder after a hit by Lucien Deblois. Derrick Smith elbowed Tomas Sandstrom after the Rangers' forward high-sticked mark Howe in the mouth; Sandstrom left the game but reappeared later. With 23 seconds left in OT, Bob Froese suffered a hip pointer and he was replaced by JVB.
1989 -- February 22 -- Tim Kerr had a hat trick and five points in a 6-4 win off Bob Froese.
1990 -- January 14 -- The Rangers won 4-3 in OT on Brian Leetch's goal, rallying from a 3-1 third period hole.
1990 -- March 8 -- The Rangers won 7-5 in Philly. Ron Hextall left the game in the first period with a strained groin and this would be the eighth and final appearance for Hextall all season. His play was limited due to a contract holdout, a suspension, and four different injuries (twice in NHL games, one while on AHL injury rehab and one at practice).
1990 -- March 25 -- The Flyers' Keith Acton scored on a penalty shot off the Rangers' JVB but NY won 7-3.
1990 -- October 25 -- NY won for the fifth straight time in this series, 5-3 at home.
1991 -- February 21 -- Murray Baron scored twice in a 4-4 OT tie in Philly. During a Craig Berube-Lindy Ruff altercation, Berube accidentally hit Kevin Collins with a punch cutting the linesman's face.
1991 -- March 4 -- NY won 6-2 at home. Craig Berube-Tie Domi fought --
1991 -- March 23 -- Pelle Eklund (3-2-5) had a hat trick off Mike Richter in the Flyers' 7-4 victory.
1992 -- February 22 -- Tony Amonte scored in the third period and OT to give NY a 2-1 win. Philly dropped to 2-11-2 in the last 15 played in this series.
1992 -- March 7 -- Ron Hextall made 37 saves and Brian Benning and Mark Recchi each had three points in a 5-4 home win. The Flyers had three PPGs, the Rangers' last goal was by Tim Kerr.
1992 -- November 19 -- Philly won 7-3 as two late goals from Doug Evans secured the win. The Flyers once led 4-0 and then 4-1 when Kevin Dineen was given a 5-minute high stick major and tossed from the game late in the second period. The Rangers scored twice on that penalty to get within 4-3. Evans then scored the first of his two goals. Philly had 45 shots. The Flyers were 3-15-2 in their previous 20 against the Rangers but went 5-0-1 in the next six.
1993 -- January 9 -- Ric Nattress had two goals and the Flyers won for the 1,000th time in regular season play, 4-3. Philly led 3-0 after one period and after the Rangers rallied to within 3-2, Nattress provided insurance.
1993 -- March 24 -- The Flyers won 5-4 at NY as Eric Lindros had a hat trick and also scored his 35th goal (eventually had 41) to set the Flyers' mark for most goals by a rookie. Ed Olcyzk had a hat trick for NY. Philly's Tommy Soderstrom made 41 saves.
1993 -- April 12 -- Greg Hawgood scored the lone goal and Dominic Roussel (24 saves) had the 1-0 shutout. Mark Recchi broke the Flyers' team record for points in a season with his 120th (123 total).
1994 -- March 29 -- Alex Kovalev scored his second goal of the game with 36.7 seconds left in the third period and NY won 4-3 in Philly. The teams alternated the seven goals. The Flyers dominated the shots 30-19 including 15-6 in the third. Rod Brind'Amour also scored twice.
1995 -- March 15 -- John LeClair's 30-footer was the GWG with 3:38 to play in the Flyers' 4-3 win at NY. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period but the Rangers' rallied to tie the score 3-3 after two periods. Afterwards, Rangers' coach Colin Campbell was not pleased with the play of his goalie Mike Richter.
1995 -- April 2 -- An important victory for the Flyers, the team defeated the Rangers 4-2. It snaped a 6-game skid (1-4-1) and began a 9-game winning streak. Eric Lindros (2-1-3) scored twice including the lone third period goal.
1995 -- April 30 -- Brian Leetch scored the only goals of the game and Glenn Healy made 24 saves in NY's 2-0 win. Eric Lindros suffered an eye injury off a deflected shot which caused him to miss the last game of the regular season and the first three games of the upcoming PO series against Buffalo. He was the NHL's leading scorer at the time but lost the scoring title to Jaromir Jagr (both had the same point total but Jagr had more goals).
1995 -- May 21 -- In Game 1 of their Conference Quarterfinals,
Eric Desjardins' second goal of the game, 7:03 into OT, gave the Flyers a 5-4 OT victory. Desjardins (2-1-3) and John LeClair (3-0-3) scored all five Flyers' goals and combined with the Rangers' Pat Verbeek (2-0-2) tallied the last seven goals of the game. The Rangers squandered leads of 2-0 after one and 3-1 late in the second when LeClair's second goal cut the Flyers' deficit to 3-2. LeClair completed his hat trick off a terrific behind-the-net feed from Eric Lindros at the 12:50 mark and then Desjardins' scored his first goal with 4:49 remaining in regulation. Moments before LeClair's third goal, referee Don Koharski waved off another LeClair tally claiming the whistle was blown prior to the puck entering the net. Verbeek evened the score with 19 seconds left in the third period. The Rangers went 3-for-5 on the PP. Mark Messier had three assists in the defeat. After the game, Rangers' head coach Colin Campbell was fined $200 and assessed a gross misconduct penalty for swinging a stick at the glass in the direction of a Flyers' fan.
1995 -- May 22-- In Game 2,
Kevin Haller's wrister 25 seconds into OT lifted Philadelphia to a 4-3 win. For the second straight game the NYR held a 2-0 first period lead, both goals by Brian Leetch on the PP, but the Flyers tied the game at 2-2 in the second period and took a 3-2 lead 25 seconds into the third period. Leetch completed a hat trick with a goal at 11:19 into the third period. On the winning goal, Eric Lindros (1-2-3) won a battle for the puck, passed it to Mikael Renberg (1-2-3) who found Haller for the winning tally. Twice in regulation, the Flyers had goals reversed due to whistles being blown prior to the puck entering the net; that made three goals nullified in two games.
1995 -- May 24 -- In Game 3,
Ron Hextall made 32 saves and Kevin Dineen scored twice in the Flyers' 5-2 win at the NYR. Rod Brind'Amour (1-1-2) scored on the PP midway through the second period to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead and with that Mike Richter, who was shaky all series, was replaced by Glenn Healy.
1995 -- May 26 -- In Game 4,
Karl Dykhuis, who played for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate (Indianapolis Ice) earlier in the season, scored twice in the first period and the Flyers eliminated the NYR with a 4-1 victory. Ron Hextall made 31 saves. The Rangers became just the second defending Stanley Cup Champion to be swept in a best-of-seven series the following year; Detroit did it to Toronto in 1952. Rob DiMaio had two assists. Usual reserve goalie Glenn Healy played for the Rangers in place of Mike Richter who had lost the confidence of head coach Colin Campbell.
1996 -- January 13 -- Mark Messier factored in each goal and Glenn Healy made 23 saves in the Rangers' 4-0 win in Philly. NY went 3-for-8 on the PP. It was the Rangers' third straight win in this series, all in Philly, and NY had eight goals to the Flyers one in those three games.
1996 -- January 24 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored with 1:09 to play in a 4-4 tie at MSG. John LeClair had nine shots.
1996 -- April 4 -- The Flyers recorded a 4-1 home win as Eric Lindros scored twice and Ron Hextall made 27 saves. The game featured four fights including Joel Otto--Mark Messier. The teams combined for 13-for-13 on the PK.
1996 -- April 5 -- The Rangers rallied for a 3-1 home win with two third period goals. Brian Leetch tallied with 20 seconds to play in the second period for the Rangers' first goal of the game. Pat Verbeek scored the GWG on a 5-on-3 as part of three straight minors called against the Flyers in under two minutes. Ron Hextall played a great game as he made 33 saves and NY outshot Philly 36-18.
1996 -- November 13 -- Pat Falloon snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and the Flyers recorded a 2-1 win in MSG. Ron Hextall made 26 saves while Mike Richter stopped 35 shots.
1996 -- December 4 -- Eric Lindros scored with 6:35 left and the teams skated to a 1-1 tie in NY. Mike Richter made 39 saves. Philly outshot NY 40-25.
1997 -- February 1 -- Mike Richter made 39 stops in NY's 4-2 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 41-17.
1997 -- February 23 -- Janne Niinimaa got the GWG in the second period in Philly's 2-1 home. Garth Snow extended his unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5). The Flyers outshot NY 37-15. Mike Richter made 35 saves in the loss.
1997 -- April 7 -- NY rallied for a 3-2 home win by scoring three times in a span of 5:27 in the second period. Philly led 2-0 after the first period.
1997 -- April 10 -- NY recorded a 6-3 win in Philadelphia led by Pat Flatley's two goals.
1997 -- May 16 -- In Game 1 of the Conference Finals,
the Flyers beat the Rangers 3-1. Eric Lindros and John LeClair each assisted on all three goals by different scorers. Garth Snow stopped 24 shots and missed the shutout when Luc Robitaille scored with 10 seconds to play.
1997 -- May 18 -- In Game 2,
Wayne Gretzky led the Rangers with a hat trick in a 5-4 victory. A very shaky Garth Snow gave up five goals on 10 shots and was pulled 33:45 into the game for Ron Hextall who saw action the remainder of this series. Hextall's appearance was his second of the 1997 POs. Gretzky (3-0-3) and Mark Messier (1-2-3) led the Rangers' offense. Gretzky scored two PPGs in under two minutes to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead after one period. The Flyers rallied to knot the score with two goals in a span of 49 seconds in the second period but Gretzky and Messier recorded goals to put the Rangers up 5-3. Shjon Podein finished the scoring with a second period goal.
1997 -- May 20 -- In Game 3,
Eric Lindros' (3-0-3) recorded his first PO hat trick and led the Flyers to a 6-3 win at NY. Trent Klatt's goal with 5:01 to play was the GWG and it came 38 seconds after Wayne Gretzky even the score 3-3. The Flyers led 2-0 in the first period and after a scoreless second period Russ Courtnall (2-1-3) scored twice to tie the score at 2-2. Lindros and Wayne Gretzky (1-1-2) then swapped goals. After Klatt's eventual game-winner, Rod Brind'Amour scored an insurance goal and Lindros recorded an ENG. The Flyers scored four third period goals on eight shots.
1997 -- May 23 -- In Game 4,
Eric Lindros' PPG with 6.8 seconds remaining gave Philly a 3-2 triumph in New York. It was the latest GWG in Flyers' PO history. Jeff Beukeboom was sent to the box with a double minor for high-sticking John LeClair who suffered four cuts to the face. When LeClair attempted to return to the ice, referee Kerry Fraser ruled him ineligible because blood was still visible; LeClair then returned to bench, got additional medical attention, recovered and helped set up the winning goal. Mikael Renberg scored in the first period and the 1-0 lead was maintained even when the Rangers had a 5-on-3 advantage midway in the second period with Eric Lindros off for slashing and Eric Desjardins off for slashing Wayne Gretzky's wrist (later in the game, Gretzky speared Desjardins which went uncalled). With the game still 1-0, Esa Tikkanen netted his first goal of the series (eighth of the POs), a SHG in the early moments of the third period when he split the Flyers' defense and beat Ron Hextall. John Druce then scored a brilliant SHG with 3:13 to play with Joel Otto in the box. Brian Leetch scored with 2:08 remaining in regulation, two seconds after Otto's penalty expired. The shots were 42-33 in the Flyers' favor, including 21-10 in the third period. After the game, Rangers' head coach Colin Campbell said "We are not out yet. A three-to-one lead is not insurmountable. I think they (the Flyers) are starting to bend." Highlights:
1997 -- May 25 -- In Game 5,
Rod Brind'Amour (2-0-2) scored the last two goals, both assisted by Chris Therien (0-2-2), in a 4-2 series clinching win. The Flyers trailed 2-1 on two NY PPGs, including a 5-on-3, but rallied and led 3-2 after one period when Brind'Amour scored with 54 seconds remaining in the opening period. His second goal made it 4-2. Brind'Amour and Therien were joined by Eric Lindros (1-1-2) and John LeClair (1-1-2) as multi-point performers for the Flyers. After the game, Wayne Gretzky said "We got beat fair and square. Yeah, they were bigger. Yeah, they were stronger. Yeah, we're disappointed. It hurts." Eric Lindros registered nine points and five goals in the series.
1997 -- December 5 -- NY rallied from a 4-1 deficit, getting two goals from Brian Leetch, and the teams skated to a 4-4 tie at MSG in the first meeting since the 1997 playoffs. Mike Richter started but was replaced by Jason Muzzatti after the Flyers made the score 3-1. Almost immediately, the Flyers made it 4-1 but Muzzatti finished the game making 15 saves on 16 shots.
1998 -- January 22 -- Garth Snow made 30 saves in Philly's 4-3 road win despite the 1,000th career point by New York's Pat LaFontaine (third US born player to reach the mark in the NHL). John LeClair scored a PPG 3:33 in to the game and the Flyers led the rest of the contest.
1998 -- February 28 -- Eric Lindros recorded his 500th career point, the fifth fastest in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stasty and Mike Bossy) to reach the mark, in Philadelphia's 3-1 victory at New York. The game was the Rangers' first under new head coach John Muckler, who replaced Colin Campbell. Pat LaFonaine's PPG was the only score in the first two periods as all three Flyers' goals came in the final period. Trent Klatt evened the game early in the third and then a minute later Lindros scored the eventual GWG that led to his remarkable accomplishment. After the game, Muckler and Richter said ref Terry Gregson should have blown the play dead because the puck was covered but Lindros disagreed saying the puck was clearly visible.
1998 -- March 22 -- Shjon Podein netted a PPG with 21 seconds remaining in OT in a 5-4 home win. The winning goal was scored with three seconds remaining on a Geoff Smith penalty when Jeff Finley stumbled in his own zone, lost the puck, Podein snatched it and beat goalie Mike Richter. The Rangers led 2-0 in the first period but the Flyers took a 3-2 lead. With 3:09 to play, Trent Klatt gave Philly a 4-3 lead but Wayne Gretzky (2-1-3), whotied the game 3-3, also evened the game at 4-4 with 1:42 to play. NY's Kevin Stevens factored in two important plays: Sean Burke stopped him on a penalty shot and later in the game a NY goal was overturned by replay because Stevens was in the crease. The game was the Rangers' second straight one-goal loss to the teams that made the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals (Detroit won the prior game, 4-3).
1998 -- October 9 -- Alexandre Daigle scored the only goal of the game and JVB made 20 saves in a season opening shutout at MSG. The game was played with high energy. At one point, Ulf Sammuelsson punched Petr Svoboda of the Flyers in the face, drawing blood, but was issued only a minor penalty despite protest from the Flyers. After the game, Svoboda said "One of these days, it's going to be him. It's a long year." In the final moments, Esa Tikkanen had an open net and a loose puck near his skate but couldn't score because he has a broken stick. When time expired, he smashed the stick over the net.
1998 -- October 24 -- The Flyers trailed 2-0 in the third period but rallied for a 2-2 OT tie in Philadelphia. The Flyers outshot NY 37-13 including an impressive 14-1 in the third period. Eight of NY's shots came in the second period and they were outshot 25-5 in the other three periods.
1999 -- February 28 -- Petr Nedved completed his hat trick with a late third period PPG which snapped a 5-5 tie. NY led 5-2 before the Flyers evened the score in the third period. NY went 4-for-7 on the PP. Nedved (3-1-4) and Adam Graves (2-1-3) led NY while Eric Lindros (1-2-3) led Philly.
1999 -- March 27 -- Valeri Zelepukin scored two second period goals to lead Philadelphia to a 3-1 home win.
1999 -- October 20 -- Mark Recchi had four points (1-3-4) and JVB made 34 saves in a 5-0 shutout. Eric Lindros delivered a crushing check on Petr Nedved which, according to Nedved's estimate, left the Ranger some 20 yeard from where his helmet landed. Todd Harvey then went after Lindros with failed results, and a brawl erupted. Earlier in the game, Tim Taylor attempted to check Lindros but the Flyer leveled him to the delight of the home crowd. The Flyers entered the game 1-5-1 with a win against Buffalo in the prior game.
1999 -- October 22 -- JVB recorded a 20-save shutout and Daymond Langkow (1-1-2) had two points in Philly's 2-0 win at MSG, shutting out the Rangers for the second time in three nights. The Rangers ended the game without a goal in the last 174:31. NY failed to register a shot in the final 11:23 of the second period.
2000 -- February 20 -- The Flyers won 3-2 on the road as JVB made 30 saves and Mikael Renberg and John LeClair scored third period goals.
2000 -- April 9 -- The Flyers skated to a 4-1 win in NY as they outshot the Rangers 40-16. The Rangers got 36 saves from Milan Hnilicka.
2000 -- October 24 -- Missing stars Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Eric Lindros and on a 0-5-2 skid, the Flyers won 5-4 at MSG. Philly scored 12 seconds into the game and led 3-0 at the 17:25 mark while out-shooting NY 11-1. The Flyers outshot NY 13-2 in the first period. NY outshot Philly 13-2 in the third period. Simon Gagne assisted on three goals and five different Flyers' scored.
2000 -- October 26 -- Brian Boucher, who had a 4.52 GAA in his first six games of the season, made 32 saves in a 3-0 shutout at Philadelphia. The Flyers were 1-5-2 to open this season prior to the consecutive victories against the Rangers. Michal Sykora scored his first goal in nearly two years and his first as a Flyer to give Philly a 1-0 lead after two periods.
2001 -- January 13 -- Theo Fleury scored 2:46 into OT, after tying the game with 2:52 left in regulation, to lead NY to a 4-3 win in MSG. Fleury also assisted on the first two goals (2-2-4) for a four-point effort. Mike Richter made 31 saves.
2001 -- February 25 -- The Rangers outshot the Flyers 18-4 in the third period but the only goal was by Mark Recchi with 5:19 to play in a 2-1 Flyers' win. Roman Cechmanek made 31 stops. Recchi and Mark Greig factored in both goals.
2001 -- March 17 -- Roman Cechmanek made 30 saves and Dan McGillis' PPG with 22 seconds left in the second period propelled the Flyers to a 2-1 home win.
2001 -- August 20 -- Eric Lindros was traded to NY for Kim Johnsson, Jan Havac, Pavel Brendl and NY Rangers' 3rd round choice (Stefan Ruzicka) in the2003 Entry Draft.
2001 -- November 14 -- Eric Lindros opened the scoring 16:52 into the first period and The Fleury snapped a 2-2 third period tie in NY's 4-2 home win. Mike Richter made 40 saves in Lindros' first game against the Flyers.
2002 -- January 12 -- Kim Johnsson scored the GWG in the third period and the Flyers won 4-2 at home. Eric Lindros returned to Philadelphia as a visiting player for the first time. The game featured multiple fights including Donald Brashear-Sandy McCarthy (
) and Luke Richardson-Matthew Barnaby (
2002 -- March 2 -- The NYR beat the Flyers 6-5 despite a hat trick from Simon Gagne. The Rangers were paced by Eric Lindros (3-0-3), who completed the hat trick at the 2:12 mark of the second period, Mike York (0-3-3) and Brian Leetch (0-3-3).
2002 -- October 1 -- In a preseason game won 5-3 by the Flyers, the teams battled to many fights including one when Donald Brashear broke Sandy McCarthy's helmet into several pieces (
). Later, Dale Purinton attacked Brashear from behind and received multiple penalties for his action including an ejection. There were 38 penalties for 138 minutes, including nine major penalties and seven misconducts. Chris Therien and Matthew Barnaby were also tossed for fighting. Krystof Oliwa fought both Brashear and Todd Fedoruk.
2002 -- December 5 -- Michal Handzus became the second player (both times against the NYR) in NHL regular season history to score a GWG on a penalty shot in OT and the Flyers beat the Rangers 3-2 with 37 seconds to play.
2002 -- January 12 -- Brayn Berard was ejected with 40.7 seconds remaining when he leveled Jeremy Roenick after J.R. punched Radek Dvorak. Berard said that he thought the play was "gutless" and "that is J.R.'s hockey." Roenick said ''That was a stand-up play by Bryan Berard to defend his player like that. But he's got to tell his own player to stand behind his words. I've been in this league a long time and I've accomplished a lot of things and I'm going to demand some respect. If he wants to yap at me, especially with 40 seconds left, he's got to expect repercussions.'' The Flyers won 4-2 in Philly. Oddly, the three combatants at the game's end all scored in the game. Berard gave NY a 1-0 lead then Roenick tied it. Dvorak tied the game 2-2 in the middle period. The Flyers scored twice in the third period on two goals assisted by Keith Primeau. The game was aired on the ABC network. Luke Richardson spanked Matthew Barnaby (
) in a fight. Todd Fedoruk with the take-down of Steve McKenna (
) . Donald Brashear crushed Sandy McCarthy (
2003 -- February 8 -- Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves and Sami Kapanen's third period PPG lifted Philly to a 2-1 home win. The Flyers won for the fifth straight time in this series. All three goals were on the PP.
2003 -- March 7 -- Simon Gagne returned to the lineup after missing 13 games but suffered a relapse of a groin injury and missed the next 13 games.
2003 -- November 8 -- Marcus Ragnarsson had the GWG 1:01 into OT in a 2-1 win at the NYR. Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick has two points each.
2004 -- January 22 -- The Flyers won 4-2 in MSG as they displayed a strong physical game throughout the contest. Simon Gagne had the eventual GWG 44 seconds after Brian Leetch evened the game 2-2 late in the middle period. Five Flyers had 2-point games. NY's Eric Lindros was absent due to the flu.
2004 -- February 12 -- Jeremy Roenick suffered a broken jaw after being hit by a Boris Mironov slapshot and was knocked unconscious with blood oozing from his mouth. Roenick, who lay motionless for several minutes, got up and as he left the ice clutching a towel to his face, waved to the fans, who gave him an ovation as he left; he missed the next 19 games. Then, 32 seconds later Keith Primeau was helped off the ice after he collided with Bobby Holik, in a play that head coach Ken Hitchcock thought was intentional on Holik's part; Primeau missed the next 21 games with a concussion. The Flyers won 2-1 with a second period goal from Simon Gagne and a third period tally from Sami Kapanen. Brian Leetch scored in the first period. Sean Burke made his return to the Flyers a successful one with 26 saves. He was acquired after Jeff Hackett (vertigo, retired) and Robert Esche (injured) were unable to play.
2004 -- February 14 -- The Flyers won 6-2 at home. Patrick Sharp scored twice and Kim Johnsson had three assists.
2004 -- March 8 -- Vladimir Malakhov was traded to Philadelphia for Rick Kozak and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Ondrej Pavelec) in 2005 Entry Draft.
2004 -- March 20 -- Robert Esche made 24 stops in a 3-0 shutout. It was the Flyers 10th win in the last 12 games in this series.
2005 -- October 5 -- In the first regular season game post-lockout and the first in his NHL career, Cannon scored off Kevin Weekes.
Also, Michael Nylander was stopped on a penalty shot by Robert Esche.
2006 -- January 5 -- Simon Gagne scored seven seconds into OT, the second fastest OT goal in NHL regular season history, leading the Flyers to a 4-3 victory at the Rangers.
Mats Sundin scored six seconds into Toronto's December 30, 1995 win at St. Louis. Kevin Weekes played for the Rangers and gave up a goal on the first shot he faced; later, after surrendering a goal to Brian Savage, Rangers fans chanted "We Want (Henrik) Lundqvist."
2006 -- January 30 -- Joni Pitkanen's second goal of the game capped a fantastic comeback in a 3-2 OT win at NYR. VERSUS experienced Cannonism! Mike Richards earned top star honors as he tied the contest with under two minutes to play and assisted on Pitkanen's heroics 1:28 into the extra period.
2006 -- March 22 -- The Flyers won 6-3 at MSG in a battle for first place. Ryan Hollweg's check-from-behind on R.J. Umberger with 3:17 left in the opening period gave the Flyers a 5-minute opportunity on the PP and led to Hollweg's ejection. Mike Knuble and Michal Handzus scored 2:29 apart to turn a deficit into a lead on the advantage with Zeus' momentum-changing goal came with one second left in the first period. Jaromir Jagr scored a hat trick in the loss. Jagr and Knuble each tallied twice when the score was 2-2. Jeff Carter gave Philly a 5-3 lead in the third period.
2006 -- October 7 -- The teams set an NHL record with 25 straight shootout misses until the Rangers finally secured a 5-4 win. Marcel Hossa beat Antero Niittymaki in the 13th round.
2007 -- February 17 -- Antero Niittymaki made 40 saves in Philly's 5-3 win at New York. Henrik Lundqvist was chased after the second period. The Flyers killed eight of nine Rangers' power plays. Mike Knuble and Brendan Shanahan collided (
) in the third period and Knuble suffered a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone while Shanahan was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. There was a total of 68 PIMs in the game and among the fights was Mike Richards-Sean Avery --
After the game, Avery got into a shouting match with Flyers' assistant coach Craig Berube.
2008 -- January 10 -- Down 2-0, the Flyers scored six straight, including a natural hat trick by Scott Hartnell, to win 6-2 at the NYR.
2008 -- February 9 -- Stephen Valiquette recorded his second straight shutout in this series, stopping 31 shots, in NY's 2-0 road win. They were the first two shutouts of his career. The Rangers won in Philly for the 11th time in the last 12 games. A feisty game, multiple fighting majors in the second period and Steve Downie's skate accidentally bloodied linesman Pat Dapuzzo. While Dapuzzo was helped off the ice, Downie danced with Fedor Tyutin, Riley Cote and Colton Orr exchanged pleasantries and Jim Dowd and Ryan Hollweg also discussed life. After the period ended, Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky battled.
2008 -- March 21 -- The Flyers defeated the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout despite blowing third period leads of 2-0 and 3-2. The Flyers were 2-for-2 on shootout chances while the Rangers went 0-for-2.
2008 -- March 25 -- Mike Richards scored at 2:16 of OT to give Philadelphia a 2-1 victory at MSG. Danny Briere scored his 30th goal of the season and Martin Biron made 31 saves. On the winning goal, Jason Smith found Richards with a perfect pass from the Flyers’ defensive zone after a turnover from Sean Avery. Richards raced in on net with NY d-man Marek Malik covering him, but managed to lift a backhand past Henrik Lundqvist for the winning goal.
2009 -- October 11 -- In the Flyers' season opener, the Rangers recorded a 4-3 win in Philadelphia. The Rangers improved to 4-0-0. NY led 4-0 after one period but Philadelphia rallied to cut the deficit to one with an early third period goal. NY killed off 90 seconds of a Flyers’ 5-on-3 power play late in the third period to seal the victory.
FLYERS-RANGERS' SEASON SCHEDULE:
11-Oct-08 New York Rangers 4 @ Flyers 3 L
15-Feb-09 Flyers @ New York Rangers 3:00
14-Mar-09 New York Rangers @ Flyers 1:00
15-Mar-09 Flyers @ New York Rangers 3:00
9-Apr-09 Flyers @ New York Rangers 7:00
12-Apr-09 New York Rangers @ Flyers 5:00
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