#13: Rangers @ Flyers - Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 - 7:00 PM (ET)
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#13: Rangers @ Flyers - Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 - 7:00 PM (ET)
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (7-4-1) vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS (6-4-1)
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PLACE OF BIRTH
Feb 16, 1980
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Oct 6, 1977
Gatineau, QC, CAN
Jan 28, 1985
King City, ON, CAN
Jan 1, 1985
London, ON, CAN
Jan 12, 1988
Hearst, ON, CAN
Apr 18, 1982
Regina, SK, CAN
Jan 19, 1974
Montreal, QC, CAN
Oct 6, 1983
Feb 28, 1987
Jun 22, 1985
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Mike Richards "C"
Feb 11, 1985
Kenora, ON, CAN
Feb 7, 1976
Thompson, MB, CAN
Mar 6, 1990
Windsor, ON, CAN
James van Riemsdyk
May 4, 1989
Middletown, NJ, USA
Nov 5, 1984
PLACE OF BIRTH
Jan 21, 1987
Sep 25, 1984
Anchorage, AK, USA
Feb 27, 1985
Shaunavon, SK, CAN
Oct 13, 1985
Povazska Bystrica, SVK
Oct 13, 1971
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Oct 10, 1974
Dryden, ON, CAN
Mar 18, 1975
Apr 7, 1980
Beaverlodge, AB, CAN
PLACE OF BIRTH
Sep 20, 1988
Jan 2, 1977
Woonsocket, RI, USA
May 19, 1981
Petrolia, ON, CAN
FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
21 - James van Riemsdyk
18 - Mike Richards
47 - Eric Wellwood
19 - Scott Hartnell
17 - Jeff Carter
22 - Ville Leino
36 - Darroll Powe
28 - Claude Giroux
93- Nik Zherdev
45 - Jody Shelley
11 - Blair Betts
13- Dan Carcillo
20 - Chris Pronger
25 - Matt Carle
44 - Kimmo Timonen
5 - Braydon Coburn
41 - Andrej Meszaros
6 - Sean O’Donnell
(starter has been confirmed)
35 - Sergei Bobrovsky
33 - Brian Boucher
will play if Meszaros is unable
suspended three games
will return November 7
injured reserve; out indefinitely
back surgery Monday, Oct. 11
injured reserve; out 6-8 weeks
expected to play
will not play; could return this weekend
right hip surgery, Oct. 20
out for 8-to-10 weeks
will play in place of Nodl
RANGERS POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Michael Del Zotto
(Starter for tonight has not been confirmed)
RANGERS' INJURIES, MISC.:
broken left index finger
out until December
separated left shoulder
likely to be scratched
right knee surgery
out until December
likely to be scratched
PLACE OF BIRTH
May 24, 1988
Apr 10, 1980
North York, ON, CAN
Jun 23, 1982
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Dec 18, 1984
Hingham, MA, USA
Ryan Callahan "A"
Mar 21, 1985
Rochester, NY, USA
Dec 17, 1983
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Chris Drury "C"
Aug 20, 1976
Trumbull, CT, USA
Apr 29, 1986
Anchorage, AK, USA
Jan 18, 1979
Jun 19, 1982
Feb 14, 1982
Feb 21, 1990
Vinny Prospal "A"
Feb 17, 1975
Ceske Budejovice, CZE
Mar 16, 1984
London, ON, CAN
Jun 18, 1990
Hastings, MN, USA
May 21, 1975
Kanata, ON, CAN
PLACE OF BIRTH
Michael Del Zotto
Jun 24, 1990
Stouffville, ON, CAN
Oct 31, 1983
Woodbridge, ON, CAN
Jul 20, 1984
North Bellmore, NY, USA
Apr 29, 1984
Welland, ON, CAN
Sep 3, 1978
Aug 7, 1987
St. Cloud, MN, USA
Jan 13, 1987
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
PLACE OF BIRTH
Aug 15, 1977
Lac St. Charles, QC, CAN
Mar 2, 1982
FLYERS-RANGERS' SERIES HISTORY:
The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL record is 110-102-37-6.
The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL home record is 61-49-14-3.
The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL away record is 49-53-23-3.
The Flyers are 12-7-2 in the last 21 at New York.
The Rangers are 14-4-1 in the last 19 at Philadelphia.
The road teams are 27-16 in the last 43 regular season games.
The Flyers are 27-20 (17-10 at home, 10-10 at NY) in 47 PO games.
The Flyers are 10-1 in the last 11 PO games.
The Flyers won six PO series: 1974, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1995 and 1997.
The Flyers lost four PO series: 1979, 1982, 1983 and 1986.
Nov. 16, 1967 --
In the first regular season meeting, the Flyers became the first expansion team to defeat the Rangers in a 3-2 win at Philly. Doug Favell starred with 32 saves. Ed Van Impe's PPG, on an 80-foot floater, was the first goal scored in this series. Reg Fleming was the first Ranger to score in this series. The Flyers improved to 3-1-1 in their first five games against the Original Six.
Dec. 25, 1967 --
Eddie Giacomin made 32 saves and Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, and Vic Hadfield scored in NY's 3-1 win at Philly. The Flyers' Garry Peters suffered a severe eye injury and missed the rest of the season.
Feb. 18, 1968 --
The teams opened the new Madison Square Garden and NY won 3-1 in front of 17,250. Philly's Wayne Hicks scored the first regular season goal in the new arena. Bob Nevin scored the first goal by a NY player in the new building. NY outshot Philly 45-18, Doug Favell faced Eddie Giacomin.
Mar. 2, 1968 --
Eddie Giacomin had 18 saves and Bob Nevin two goals in NY's 4-0 home win.
Oct. 16, 1968 --
NY won 3-1 at home despite a perfect 21-for-21 save outing by Doug Favell in the first period. The Flyers were outshot 21-7 in the first period but led 1-0. Favell made 40 stops overall.
Oct. 31, 1968 --
Despite Bernie Parent's 41 saves, the Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision in Philly. Don Marshall scored the GWG, lone goal of the third period. NY held a 43-24 shots advantage.
Dec. 15, 1968 --
Dick Sarrazin scored twice in a 3-1 win at NY that ended the Flyers' 0-9-2 skid. After the game, NY head coach Boom Boom Geoffrion blasted his squad and said, among other things, "There will be changes" and "This team better wake up."
Dec. 25, 1968 --
Doug Favell made 36 saves in a 2-2 tie in Philly, the second straight year the teams played on Christmas. NY's Harry Howell unintentionally batted the puck into his own goal, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead but Howell later set up the tying goal. The Flyers' first goal was disputed by Bernie Geoffrion but when the goal was allowed, the head coach of NY said "He (ref Art Skov) must think he is Santa Claus because that's what he's playing out there." Attendance: 9,545.
Jan. 9, 1969 --
NY dominated the last two periods, 3-0 in goals and 27-11 in shots, en route to a 3-1 win in Philly. NY scored twice in the second period then added an ENG. Bernie Parent made 32 saves. Harry Howell's consecutive games played streak ended at 296.
Feb. 9, 1969 --
In a game delayed by more than two hours due to a heavy snowstorm, Philly squandered a 3-0 lead with under 10 minutes to play and settled for a 3-3 tie. A crowd of only 5,723 attended. NY's Eddie Giacomin, Jean Ratelle and Larry Jeffrey left their homes around 3:00 p.m. but never made it to MSG. A group of eight Rangers drove to the game and pushed their vehicle to MSG. The Flyers, who arrived at 6:30 p.m. by train, lacked equipment which didn't arrive until 7:30 p.m. The 7:05 start time was changed to 9:15 p.m and the game ended at 11:30 p.m. NY held a 42-16 shot advantage including 18-5 in the third period.
Jun. 6, 1969 --
Reg Fleming was traded to Philadelphia for Leon Rochefort and Don Blackburn. Three days later, NY shipped Rochefort to the L.A. Kings as part of another trade.
Oct. 30, 1969 --
Bernie Parent made 32 saves and Bobby Clarke's first NHL goal evened up the game with 3:24 remaining in a 3-3 tie at Philadelphia. The shot beat Eddie Giacomin (31 saves) from 35-feet and came on a 2-on-1 break with Bill Sutherland who fed Clarke. It was Clarke's seventh game and the Flyers' record was 1-1-5. Clarke was named the game's #1 star.
Nov. 29, 1969 --
Bernie Parent made 30 saves and Joe Watson had two assists in a 2-2 tie at NY. The Rangers had a 10-game (8-0-2) unbeaten streak for the first time since the 1939-40 season.
Dec. 17, 1969 --
NY's Dave Balon scored two third period goals in a 2-2 tie at MSG. NY held a 48-20 shot advantage and Bernie Parent made 46 saves including 33-for-34 in the first two periods.
Jan. 15, 1970 --
The Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit and the game ended in a 4-4 tie at Philly. Arnie Brown (1-2-3) had three points. Bernie Parent made 25 saves. Hall-of-Fame goalie Terry Sawchuk (22 saves), in his final NHL season and exactly 20 years since his first NHL shutout, played one of 11 games in his Rangers' career; he passed away in May, less than five months later.
Feb. 18, 1970 --
Bernie Parent made 38 saves in the sixth consecutive tie in this series, 3-3 at NY. All six goals were scored in the opening period. NY outshot Philly 20-13 in the opening period and 41-27 in the game. Terry Sawchuk made 24 saves.
Mar. 19, 1970 --
Bernie Parent made 33 saves in the seventh consecutive tie in this series, 2-2 at Philly. The Flyers set an NHL record with 24 ties in one season including 0-0-6 against NY in the season series. Eddie Giacomin made 28 saves.
Nov. 25, 1970 --
Bernie Parent made 25 saves and Bob Kelly snapped a 1-1 third period tie in Philly's 3-1 home win. The Flyers upped their record to 3-6-8 in this series.
Jan. 20, 1971 --
Rod Gilbert scored twice in the third, including one with 19 seconds to play, to rally NY from a 3-0 hole to a 3-3 tie. NY held a 17-3 shots advantage in the third period. It was the eighth tie in the last nine games in this series.
Jan. 30, 1971 --
The Flyers' "Gold-Mine Line" of Bobby Clarke (2-2-4), Cliff Schmautz (1-2-3) and Bob Kelly (1-1-2) accounted for four goals and Doug Favell made 32 saves in a 5-2 home win. The Flyers led 5-0 in the third period. Gary Dornhoefer and Glen Sather fought.
Feb. 24, 1971 --
NY outshot Philly 31-17 and ended a 10-game (0-2-8) skid in this series and never trailed in a 4-2 home win. Rod Gilbert got a rare fighting major in a battle with Bill Lesuk.
Mar. 12, 1971 --
Bruce MacGregor and Walt Tkachuk both scored twice and Gilles Villemure made 25 saves in NY's 7-2 home win. Bruce gamble made 32 saves.
Mar. 18, 1971 --
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. Favell tripped over his stick while loosening up during warmups 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 0:14 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 line of Serge Bernier-Gary Dornhoefer-Richie Lesuk held NY's powerful top line to just one shot all game.
Nov. 28, 1971 --
Vic Hadfield (2-1-3) and Ed Giacomin (25 saves) led NY to a 4-2 win in Philly. Doug Favell made 35 stops.
Dec. 9, 1971 --
Vic Hadfield (two goals) and Gilles Villemure (21 saves) led NY to a 5-0 road win. Rick Foley of the Flyers, who fought Walt Tkaczuk and Brad Park, was ridiculed by NY head coach Emile Francis from the bench with a hand gesture to the temple, then Glen Sather reached out from his position on the bench and rapped Foley on the head with a stick. Tkaczuk (5 minutes), Sather (10), Park (5 + game) and Foley (5 + game) were all penalized. The game included 21 penalties and 85 PIMs. Pierre Plante and Dale Rolfe fought in the third period.
Dec. 15, 1971 --
NY outshot Philly 51-15 in a 6-2 home win. The Flyers led 2-1 in the second period but trailed 5-2 and were outshot 39-8 after 40 minutes. Doug Favell (31 saves, 26 shots) was replaced by Bruce Gamble (15 saves, 16 shots). Brad Park (2-1-3) and Bill Fairbairn (1-2-3) led the offense. Glen Sather and Rick Foley renewed their hostilities from six nights prior and then Jim Neilson of NY got involved and all three were tossed. Bobby Clarke-Rod Seiling picked up fighting majors. NY had 48 PIMs to Philly's 38 PIMs.
Dec. 29, 1971 --
NY held a 25-4 shots advantage (40-33 in the game) and a 5-1 lead after one period and that was the final score. Ed Giacomin (32 saves), Rod Gilbert (2-0-2), Jean Ratelle (0-3-3) and Rod Seiling (0-3-3) led NY. The Rangers scored five times in under 11 minutes after Bobby Clarke gave Philly a 1-0 lead.
Feb. 23, 1972 --
NY, 8-0-2 in the last 10 games, won 4-3 at home. Walt Tkaczuk snapped a 17-game scoreless drought. Doug Favell was replaced by Bobby Taylor (14-for-14).
Mar. 18, 1972 --
Bill Fairbairn (1-2-3) led NY to a 5-3 win in Philadelphia. NY outshot Philly 40-24. Goalie Don McLeod played in the third of his four-game Flyers' career. Bill Clement (1-2-3) had three points for the Flyers. NY scored three PPGs. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods.
Oct. 25, 1972 --
NY outshot Philly 49-19 and Rod Gilbert had three points in a 6-1 home win. Bobby Taylor made 43 saves in the loss.
Nov. 5, 1972 --
Ed Giacomin made 27 saves and Bobby Rousseau (1-1-2) had two points in NYs 3-2 win at Philly. NY trailed 2-0. Doug Favell made 37 saves.
Nov. 15, 1972 --
NY out-scored Philly 4-0 in the third period in a 7-3 home win. Bill Fairbairn (1-4-5), Steve Vickers (3-0-3) and Walt Tkachuk (0-3-3) led the way. NY held a 49-29 shot attack, including 22-8 after one period.
Jan. 14, 1973 --
Ed Giacomin made 26 saves and Jean Ratelle (1-3-4) and Vic Hadfield (2-1-3) led the offense in NYs 5-3 win at Philly.
Mar. 7, 1973 --
Bill Flett's breakaway goal in the third period goal tied the score at 2-2 and resulted in the Flyers ending NY's 10-game win streak in this series. 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." NY's 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 tougher than us and things happen." First period fights included Dave Schultz vs. Glen Sather and Bob Kelly vs. Gene Carr.
Sep. 22, 1973 --
NY won the preseason opener 10-3 in Philadelphia.
Nov. 29, 1973 --
Bill Barber scored with 3:06 left and the game finished 2-2 in Philly. It was the only goal in the third period in which the Flyers outshot NY 21-6. Eddie Giacomin made 37 saves.
Dec. 26, 1973 --
Eddie Giacomin made 27 saves and Rod Gilbert and Ted Irvine scored PPGs in NY's 2-1 home win. Bernie Parent made 30 saves. NY improved to 11-0-2 in the last 13 games in this series.
Jan. 3, 1974 --
Dave Schultz (3-0-3) became the first Flyer to score a hat trick in this series in Philly's 4-2 home win. Kate Smith's "God Bless America" was played prior to the game and the pumped crowd saw 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. Bernie Parent made 18 saves. The victory snapped NY's 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) in this series (the Flyers entered the game with a record of 5-19-11). With goalies Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure both sidelined, Philly defeated callup Peter McDuffe.
Feb. 14, 1974 --
The Flyers rallied from a 4-1 third period deficit to tie NY 4-4 in Philly. NY led 3-0 in the opening period and 4-1 after two periods but Rick MacLeish, Simon Nolet and Bill Barber scored in the third period. Nolet had points on the final two goals.
Feb. 24, 1974 --
NY scored three times in the second period en route to a 3-2 home win. The Flyers led 2-0 2:48 into the game. Bernie Parent made 41 saves. NY held a 44-24 shots advantage. Rod Gilbert scored the GWG.
Apr. 20, 1974 -- In Game 1 of the Semifinals
, Bernie Parent (19 stops), Rick MacLeish (2-1-3), Gary Dornhoefer (0-3-3), Bill Barber (1-1-2) and Ross Lonsberry (1-1-2) led Philly in a 4-0 dominating win. NY had zero shots in the first 13+ minutes of the game and just three in the opening period. MacLeish opened the scoring the final minute of the first period. The last shutout against NY was March 24, 1973 by Boston, 100 games ago. When asked about the Flyers' rough tactics, Dave Schultz said "When people have to remember is that when Boston won the Cup, they terrorized the league. When St. Louis was going good, they were kicking the hell out of everybody. When they call us animals, a disgrace to hockey, and things like that, they don't know what they are talking about."
Apr. 23, 1974 -- In Game 2 in Philly,
Bernie Parent made 28 saves and Ross Lonsberry (2-2-4) had three third period points to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win. Just 19 seconds into the opening period, Bob Kelly belted Jerry Butler in a fight; Butler was injured and never returned. Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. With about two minutes left in the first, Jimmy Watson bloodied Pete Stemkowski in a fight. There were 40 PIMs called in the first period. In the second period, Ed Van Impe scored a disputed goal, which infuriated Eddie Giacomin who slammed his stick against the glass near the neutral goal judge (from St. Louis); Emile Francis switched to Gilles Villemure for 22 seconds to settle Giacomin. In the third, Brad Park's PPG, 16 seconds after Ross Lonsberry's SHG breakaway made it 3-1, got NY to within one goal. Eight minutes later, Rick MacLeish made it 4-2. Through two games, the line of Ross Lonsberry-Rick MacLeish-Gary Dornhoefer had 14 of the Flyers' 21 points.
Apr. 25, 1974 -- In Game 3 at MSG,
NY scored twice in the second and two more in the third for a 5-3 victory. Dave Schultz (31 PIMs in the game) and Brad Park fought 2:37 into the game (
); Schultz received 19 PIMs for the action to five for Park. Philly led 2-0 at the 12:20 mark and 3-1 past the halfway point of the game. Steve Vickers and Vic Hadfield scored in the second period then Park and Rod Gilbert scored in the third for the 5-3 result. NY held a 39-15 shots advantage, including 31-10 over the last two periods and 16-4 in the third. Ron Harris's check ended Bob Kelly's playoffs due to a torn left cartilage. The game featured multiple misconduct penalties in the final six minutes. Park, who later briefly tangled with Rick MacLeish, said of the game "Something's wrong. This can't be hockey." Afterwards, President Clarence Campbell said he was "Angry, very angry. It injured the League's image in my opinion."
Apr. 28, 1974 -- In Game 4 at NY,
, Rod Gilbert's OT goal gave NY a 2-1 win. Bernie Parent made 35 saves but the first goal that beat him was a controversial PPG by Bobby Rousseau with 1:47 left in the second period. While TV replays were inconclusive as to whether the puck beat Parent, there appeared to be eight Rangers on the ice at the time of the goal. The Flyers were outshot 37-22. Gary Dornhoefer fought Brad Park (
). Bill Flett collided with Ed Giacomin (
). Just prior to the GWG, Dale Rolfe's slapshot nailed Flyers' d-man Barry Ashbee in the right eye and eventually ended 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 members members of the NYPD, emergency personnel and teammates.
Apr. 30, 1974 -- In Game 5,
Tom Bladon, subbing for the injured Barry Ashbee, tied the game at 1-1, Rick MacLeish scored twice including the go-ahead goal with 2:21 left in the second period and Bernie Parent made 27 saves in the 4-1 home win. The Flyers killed two 3-on-5 disadvantages in the first period but, in between, Pete Stemkowski gave NY a 1-0 lead. Stemkowski later fought Dave Schultz and Ted harris with Bert Wilson (
). The Flyers scored twice in both the second period and third periods. The Flyers improved to 34-3-1 when Kate Smith's "God Bless America" was played. Fans came prepared with many signs in tribute to the injured Ashbee.
May 2, 1974 -- In Game 6,
NY 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 place 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." MacLeish-Jerry Butler fought with three seconds left in the middle period. 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). When asked about Game 7, Ron Harris of NY said "All I know is this: We're gonna beat Philadelphia and then go to Boston and win the Cup. I can feel it. I can sense it. It's gonna happen."
May 5, 1974 -- In Game 7 at Philly,
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 win that sent them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gary Dornhoefer scored twice and Rick MacLeish had three points. Dave Schultz throttled Dale Rolfe at the 11:55 mark of the first period (
). At 13:43, NY went up 1-0 but 57 seconds later MacLeish evened the score with Walt Tkaczuk in the box. 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 Philly a 4-2 lead. Pete Stemkowski closed out the scoring at 14:34. When NY tried to pull Eddie Giacomin for the extra attacker, they were called for too many men on the ice. The Flyers' trio of Don Saleski-Orest Kindrachuk-Dave Schultz was perhaps the team's best line of the afternoon. Philly had a 46-34 shots advantage but NY held a 16-9 advantage in the third. NY was 0-for-6 on PPs. 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). With the recording of "God Bless America," the Flyers improved to 35-3-1.
The Flyers set the NHL record for most PIMs (252) in a series, most by both teams (405) and total (145) penalties. The team that led 1-0 lost the last five games. Leading scorers: Rick MacLeish (7-3-10), Ross Lonsberry (3-6-9) and Gary Dornhoefer (3-5-8) while four Rangers had five points each. NY went 4-for-53 on the PP and missed on their last 23 attempts; they led the NHL at 29.6% in the r/s. The Rangers' GAG Line (Goal-a-Game) had seven total points and Captain Vic Hadfield was traded before the month expired. NY was 4-for-51 on PPs (7.8%). After the game, Steve Vickers of NY 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."
Oct. 31, 1974 --
Bernie Parent made 22 saves and Bill Clement and Ross Lonsberry scored twice in Philly's 5-1 home win. Reggie Leach added the other goal. Clement gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead after one period. Eddie Giacomin was removed after the second period with NY trailing 5-0. Philly outshot NY 33-23.
Nov. 13, 1974 --
In one of the most exciting finishes in team history, Bobby Clarke blocked a Gilles Marotte blue-line shot, then scored a breakaway goal against Eddie Giacomin with 15 seconds left in the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 win at MSG. Said Clarke "I was just lucky, the pass hit the shaft of my stick." 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 forehead by a golf ball tossed by a Rangers' fan and a feud escalated until the NYPD intervened. Schultz said "I don't mind the fans yelling all they want but I hate it when somebody throws something at me." Jimmy Watson was tossed as a third man in a Bernie Parent-Jerry Butler altercation, started when Parent high-sticked Butler.
Feb. 5, 1975 --
Bernie Parent (26 saves) and Bill Clement (1-1-2) led Philly to a 4-3 win in NY. Ross Lonsberry and Rick MacLeish scored key PPGs in the second period.
Feb. 6, 1975 --
Eddie Giacomin made 30 saves and NY utilized a physical approach in a 3-1 win in Philly. NY rookie John Bednarski, inserted in the lineup, fought Dave Schultz 13 seconds into the game in what was a wrestling match. At one point, Steve Vickers of NY received a four-minute penalty plus a game misconduct but the official penalty timekeeper misjudged the time and let the substitute player out on the ice a minute early. Referee Wally Harris noticed the error at the next intermission and apologized to the Flyers but negated coach Fred Shero's request to have the minute served to start the next period. In the first period, there were three separate fights and 94 PIMs with three players (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-Brad Park battle that resulted in four NY players penalized for 10 minutes (plus Vickers' game miscounduct) with a pair of double minors handed out to Saleski of Philly. When Fred Shero was asked about the level of violence in hockey, he said "Too much violence? Forget it. The players aren't complaining and neither are the fans. Fighting isn't violence, fighting is hockey." Fight --
Feb. 23, 1975 --
Bill Fairbairn snapped a tie in the third period and Eddie Giacomin made 35 saves in NY's 2-1 home win.
Apr. 3, 1975 --
Bobby Clarke's goal set a team-record for most consecutive games (18) with at least one point in a 1-1 tie in Philly. Clarke had 8 goals and 33 assists in that 18-game streak. Bernie Parent made 29 saves and Eddie Giacomin stopped 26 shots. Jean Ratelle gave NY a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into the game. There were four fights in the first period and one in the second -- among them Dave Schultz-Rick Middleton, Jimmy Watson-Jerry Butler and Bobby Clarke-Derek Sanderson --
. 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. The Flyers entered the game with an 8-game win streak. Prior to the game, the Flyers retired the jersey 4 in honor of Barry Ashbee.
Oct. 26, 1975 --
Bill Barber (3-1-4), Bobby Clarke (1-3-4) and Reggie Leach (1-2-3) led Philly to a 7-2 win in NY. The crowd at MSG booed the home team often as NY dropped a third straight game, out-scored 23-4. NY's head coach Ron Stewart said "All it takes is a little guts but we haven't found anyone yet who has any."
Nov, 22, 1975 --
Ross Lonsberry, Reggie Leach and Orest Kindrachuk scored consecutive third period goals in Philly's 4-2 home win. Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves. The Flyers outshot NY 42-28. John Davidson made 38 saves in the loss.
Feb. 12, 1976 --
The LCB line combined for 9 points/22 shots -- Bobby Clarke (4/4), Bill Barber (3/9) and Reggie Leach (2/9) -- in Philly's 6-1 home win. Barber and Mel Bridgman each scored twice and Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves. The Flyers outshot NY 46-27. John Davidosn made 40 saves.
Feb. 13, 1976 --
Wayne Stephenson made 41 saves and Bill Barber (2-1-3) and Reggie Leach (2-0-2) each had game highs of 10 shots and combined for four goals in Philly's 5-3 win at NY. Philly (51) and NYR (44) combined for the most shots (95) in a Flyers' regular season game. The shot total after the first period was 23-15 in favor of Philly (1-1 score). John Davidson made 46 saves. Ron Greschner had a team-high nine shots. For what is the first documented occurrence 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.
Mar. 25, 1976 --
Gary Inness stopped 36 shots in his Flyers' debut and was named the game's top star in a 4-1 home win. The victory set an NHL record for most home wins in a season with 34. Tom Bladon, Andre Dupont, Bill Barber and Don Saleski scored. The Flyers trailed 1-0 at the 2:02 mark on Rod Gilbert's PPG. Paul Holmgren made his NHL debut but suffered a puncture wound near his eye from a skate blade in a previous (AHL) game and missed the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.
Apr. 4, 1976 --
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 loss. Philly outshot NY 38-23. John Davidson recorded the shutout. NY, which did not advance to the post-season, lost 10-2 the prior day to the NYI. Philly was 21-3-8 record in the last 32 regular season games.
Sep. 26-27, 1976 --
Dave Schultz played his final game as a member of the Flyers in a 3-3 preseason tie at MSG. Future ref Paul Stewart tried to fight the helmeted Schultz, who refused, but then went after the Flyers' Steve Short and was tossed for pulling his hair. Don Murdoch, the sixth pick of the 1976 Draft, scored twice in his first NHL (preseason) game. The prior game, Bill Barber had a hat trick in a 7-5 home win.
Nov. 24, 1976 --
Gary Dornhoefer's breakaway goal with under eight minutes remaining, gave the Flyers a 2-2 tie at Philly. NY held a 2-0 lead but Dornhoefer's first goal cur the gap in half. John Davidson made 37 saves for NY.
Dec. 22, 1976 --
Bernie Parent made 43 saves in a 3-3 tie at MSG. NY outshot Philly 46-25, including 34-17 over the last two periods, and rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two late second period PPGs. Phil Esposito (1-1-2) and Steve Vickers (0-3-3) led the offense. The Flyers unbeaten streak reached 16 games.
Jan. 5, 1977 --
With 6:47 to play, NY led 4-3 and about to go on the PP when Flyers' coach Fred Shero asked an official to check the stick of goalie Gilles Gratton. The stick was deemed illegal and the PP was nullified. Ross Lonsberry netted the tying goal with 4:27 remaining and the game, played at NY, ended 4-4. Afterwards, frustrated NY head coach John Ferguson said "If it takes 100 years, I will find a flaw in them." A few days earlier, Ferguson saw Philly 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 but omitted goalies. Don Saleski scored twice and Wayne Stephenson made 35 saves for Philly. Gratton made 33 saves.
Feb. 17, 1977 --
Bernie Parent picked up his 200th NHL win in Philly's 7-1 home victory. The Flyers had 44 shots and drove starter Doug Soetart (three goals on 11 shots in one period) from the net 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. Parent was rested and replaced midway through the final period by little-used Gary Inness.
Mar. 16, 1977 --
Rick MacLeish had three points (2-1-3) in a 4-4 tie at NY. Philly was outshot 6-2 in the first period. The second period featured 30 shots (17-13 for the Flyers). Phil Esposito tied the game 4-4 just 39 seconds after MacLeish gave Philly a 4-3 lead.
Apr. 2, 1977 --
Rick MacLeish scored his 48th and 49th goals in a 4-1 win. This was the second to last game of the season and he did not score in the finale. The Flyers and Rangers both scored during a 5-minute major to Don Saleski, making the score 1-1 in the opening period. Philly scored twice in the second period. NY's eccentric goalie Gilles Gratton received a loud ovation when he skated out past the blue line to reach a puck before the oncoming Flyers.
Dec. 7, 1977 --
Wayne Stephenson (28 saves) and John Davidson (27 saves) hooked up in an entertaining 3-3 tie at MSG. NY had just one shot in the first period but 17 in the second period. Rangers' legend Rod Gilbert retired from playing the prior day after being released days earlier.
Dec. 8, 1977 --
Philly scored six goals in the third period in a 7-4 win in the Spectrum. It was the first time the Flyers scored 6+ goals in the third period of a game. Don Saleski, Ross Lonsberry and Reggie Leach each scored twice and accounted for the first six goals scored by the Flyers. The game was tied 3-3 midway in the third period until Philly got four goals in 4:58. Carol Vadnais had a double major for fights with Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman.
Dec. 28, 1977 --
Bobby Clarke (two goals) scored with 2:43 left and Philly won 4-3 in MSG. Afterwards, NY's goalie 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.
Jan. 14, 1978 --
The Flyers took 45 shots on Doug Soetart, held a 30-9 advantage after two periods, and won 4-1 at home. Paul Holmgren had three points. NY was shot-less 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.
Mar. 15, 1978 --
Steve Vickers scored a rebound goal off a Don Murdoch shot with 4:32 remaining and the game ended 2-2. Flyers' coach Fred Shero said "It was a good game, playoff (type) hockey." John Davidson made 29 saves. Bernie Parent made 26 saves.
Apr. 6, 1978 --
Bernie Parent recorded the Flyers' first ever regular season shutout in this series, 3-0 at home. The game featured a bench-clearing brawl with about five minutes left in the second period 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 the Division's last place, NY clinched a PO spot when Detroit eliminated Pittsburgh. John Davidson made 47 saves in a loss. Fight --
Jun. 2, 1978 --
Fred Shero became New York's general manager and head coach and as compensation the Flyers received a 1978 first-round pick used to select Ken Linseman. Shero had one year left on his Flyers' contract and it marked the first time in NHL history a coach was involved in a trade. Shero, who replaced John Ferguson as GM and Jean-Guy Talbot as head coach, signed a five-year contract reported to be $200,000 per season. The original plan was that Shero would coach one season in NY then hand over that responsibility to assistant Mike Nykoluk while continuing as GM.
Sep. 21, 1978 --
The Flyers opened their pre-season with an 8-2 victory against former head coach Fred Shero who was booed by the Spectrum crowd. The Flyers led 4-0 in the first period.
Sep. 26, 1978 --
In NY, the teams engaged in a wild first period preseason brawl which totalled 219 PIMs and the ejections of seven Flyers and five Rangers. NHL Exec. Brian O'Neill called it "One of the most disgusting displays of violence I have ever seen..." and "The fans were cheated..." Philly won 4-3.
Oct. 12, 1978 --
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. NY 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.
Dec. 7, 1978 --
Fred Shero returned to Philadelphia and NY rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 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.
Dec. 10, 1978 --
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.
Dec. 28, 1978 --
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 then got fighting majors. 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. Mel Bridgman and Dave Maloney fought --
Jan. 21, 1979 --
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. Philly was 11-1-8 in the last 20 regular season games in this series.
Feb. 17, 1979 --
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.
Mar. 27, 1979 --
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.
Apr. 1, 1979 --
Seven Flyers had multiple-point efforts led by Paul Holmgren (2-1-3) and Mel Bridgman (2-1-3) in a 7-3 home win. The Flyers outshot NY 43-18. John Davidson faced 34 shots in 40 minutes before being removed. Rick Lapointe's SHG gave the Flyers a lead never relinquished 2:08 into the game. Behn Wilson-Nick Fotiu fought --
Apr. 16, 1979 -- 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 dominated the early part of the game, 2-0 in goals and 11-2 in shots.
Apr. 18, 1979 -- In Game 2,
the Flyers suffered their most decisive home PO loss ever, 7-1. Ron Greschner scored a SHG with 1:38 left in the first period to snap a 1-1 tie. The Rangers cruised as they tallied three goals on 21 shots in the second period. With the Flyers trailing 4-1, Robbie Moore (four goals against) was replaced by Wayne Stephenson (three goals against) in net for the Flyers. The Rangers scored 3 PPGs.
Apr. 20, 1979 -- 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 NY won 5-1 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 made his first start (second appearance) of the series and gave up five goals. It was NY's first win in MSG against the Flyers since 1976 (10 games).
Apr. 22, 1979 -- In Game 4,
NY scored two goals in each period and John Davidson made 28 stops in a 6-0 win. 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. NY had six consecutive PPs spanning three periods but only scored on the last of those attempts to take a 5-0 lead. When NY was penalized next, a SHG made it 6-0.
Apr. 24, 1979 -- In Game 5,
NY eliminated the Flyers 8-3. NY scored a PPG and a SHG in the opening period and led 2-0 through two periods. The lead was expanded to 4-0 in the third period. When the Flyers had a PP, head coach Pat Quinn pulled goalie Wayne Stephenson but NY scored an ENG at the 8:19 mark. With Stephenson still out, the Flyers snapped a goalless skid in this series at 168:59 then added two more goals to cut the Rangers' lead to two goals (5-3) with 4:33 to play. NY called a timeout to stem the momentum then scored twice in a span of 34 seconds before adding an ENG. The two-team total of nine goals in a period set an NHL PO record. NY scored six times on eight shots in the third period, including two ENGs.
NY's Phil Esposito (2-8-10) and Don Maloney (4-4-8). John Davidson gave up just eight goals on 154 shots. The Rangers became the first team to score five SHGs in a series (prior mark was four in 1958).
Oct. 25, 1979 --
Reggie Leach (2-2-4) and Brian Propp (1-2-3) scored 12 seconds apart in the third period of Philly's 5-2 home win. Leach, Propp and Mike Busniuk had eight of Philly's nine third period points. The Flyers trailed 2-0 6:48 into the game then scored the last five goals. Pete Peeters made 18 saves.
Dec. 16, 1979 --
Philly's unbeaten streak reached 27 games (one within the NHL record) with a 1-1 tie at NY that featured brilliant goaltending on both sides. NY's Steve Baker made 20 saves in the first period and 37 total; Philly's Phil Myre made 34 saves. Each team scored in the opening period: a 4-on-3 SHG by Bill Barber and a PPG by Steve Vickers. At 8:32, there were three separate fights including Behn Wilson-Barry Beck 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." NY's 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, pointing to his chest, praised the Flyers by saying "There must be something in here when you don't lose for nine weeks." A link to the fight --
Jan. 4, 1980 --
The Flyers won at NY 5-3 and thus surpassed the 33-game win streak of the NBA's L.A. Lakers with their 34th (24-0-10) straight game without a loss. Just 11 days after the Bruins and Mike Milbury entered the MSG 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. 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 speared Hospodar, though no penalty was called, then engaged in a lengthy fight. Hospodar, who won that fight, 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.
Apr. 6, 1980 --
NY scored nine seconds into the game and led 5-0 after one period in an eventual 8-3 win in Philly 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. Ron Greschner (2-2-4) tied a team-record for points in a game by a D-man. Ron Duguay (2-0-2) scored twice. 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).
Apr. 16, 1980 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philly,
Behn Wilson scored 5:44 into the third period and the Flyers pulled out a 2-1 win. Pete Peeters made 29 saves. Rick MacLeish scored on the Flyers' first shot but the score reamined 1-0 after one period despite a 19-7 shots advantage. After 40 minutes, the score remained 1-0 despite a 34-17 shots advantage. Ray Markham scored NY's lone goal 1:57 before Wilson's GWG. John Davidson made 40 saves. In the opening period, four players were involved in two fights resulting in 44 PIMs: Mike Busniuk vs. Ron Duguay (
) and Bob Kelly vs. Ed Hospodar (
Apr. 17, 1980 -- In Game 2,
Pete Peeters made 31 saves and Paul Holmgren and Bill Barber broke a scoreless tie by scoring 14 seconds apart midway in the second period to help the Flyers to a 4-1 home win. It was the second straight game the Flyers' forecheck confused the Rangers. Ken Linseman had two assists. In the last five minutes of regulation, Rick MacLeish made it 3-0 but 15 seconds later Ron Duguay got NY on the board. Reggie Leach finished the scoring while killing a penalty. John Davidson stopped 38 of 41 shots (ENG). NY went 0-for-6 on the PP, the Flyers went 0-for-1. Paul Holmgren belted Ed Hospodar in the final 10 minutes of the game with the Flyers up 2-0. --
Apr. 19, 1980 -- In Game 3 in NY,
Pete Peeters recorded a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 victory. Bob Dailey scored a 50-foot SHG in the first period then Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish added third period goals. NY went 0-for-7 on the PP increasing the Flyers' consecutive streak of kills to 28. Philly was 0-for-5 on the PP. Ken Linseman missed the following game, with torn rib cartilage, after a check by Barry Beck.
Apr. 20, 1980 -- 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. NY went 2-for-4 on the PP while the Flyers went 0-for-7. In the third period, Brian Propp and Anders Hedberg fought.
Apr. 22, 1980 -- In Game 5,
the Flyers clinched the series with a 3-1 home win. Pete Peeters made 25 saves and Al Hill, Behn Wilson and Paul Holmgren scored. Wilson's goal was a 50-footer which beat a stunned John Davidson. Ron Duguay added a meaningless third period goal. NY's 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. Mel Bridgman bottled up Phil Esposito who later said "They played like we did last year. Intesity. Everything. The difference was goaltending." Afterwards, Vickers said he wanted the Islanders to beat the Flyers in the Cup Finals "because of the dirty things the Bruins (a prior series) did to them." Fred Shero said of Peeters "I think he should be Rookie of the Year (he finished third, Ray Bourque won)." SERIES RECAP: Philly out-scored NY 14-7, led by Rick MacLeish (4-0-4), Paul Holmgren (2-2-4) and Behn Wilson (2-1-3). Ron Duguay scored five of NY's seven goals. Phil Esposito (1-3-4) played in his final post-season. The Flyers failed on all 20 PP opportunities while NY was just 2-for-21. Pete Peeters and John Davidson played the entire series. The Flyers held a 181-143 shots advantage.
Sept. 26, 1980 --
In a preseason game won 4-1 by the Rangers in NY, Chris Kotsopoulos was tossed for pulling Tim Kerr's hair during a fight.
Oct. 1, 1980 --
During a preseason game in Philly, Ken Linseman's attempted check to Ed Hospodar resulted in a broken left tibia to the Flyers' forward; he did not return until December 10, 1980. The game finished in a 5-5 tie when Bobby Clarke, who had a hat trick, scored twice in the final four minutes to rally the Flyers from a 5-2 hole. The game was played in front of a sparse crowd of 10,423 while the Philadelphia Phillies played across the street vs. the Chicago Cubs and Steve Carlton tossed 5-0 two-hit shutout. The Phillies stayed within 1/2 game of the Montreal Expos in the final week of play, the year the Phillies eventually won their first World Series title.
Oct. 30, 1980 --
The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Philly, in a game where four players left the contest not to return. Reggie Leach scored consecutive third period PPGs to give Philly a 3-2 lead but Anders Hedberg evened the game with 6:04 to play. Bobby Clarke, after being cut near the eye, retaliated and 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 with a jaw/neck injury (though he returned the next game). Ron Duguay's leg suffered a laceration via Tom Gorence's skate. Steve Vickers right foot was struck by a puck. Paul Holmgren was also taken to a hospital when a skate blade caught him near his eye. NY head coach Fred Shero was asked if there was bad blood between the teams and said "I have never heard of such a thing. They like to play and they are paid to play." Philly received 73 PIMs and NY for 72. 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:
Nov. 19, 1980 --
Bill Barber (1-2-3) had three points and Rick St. Croix made 30 saves in Philly's 5-1 road win. Mike Busniuk and Ed Hospodar fought (
). The Flyers' Frank Bathe picked up 23 PIMs in the second period. The Rangers, off to their worst start since the 1950s after posting just four wins in the first 20 games, fired head coach-GM Fred Shero two days later and replaced him with Craig Patrick (Herb Brooks was named but not immediately available due to a contract issue with a team in Switzerland); Shero was in the third year of a five-year contract after resigning from the Flyers with a year left on a pact.
Mar. 30, 1981 --
Rick St. Croix (36 saves) and Steve Baker (26 saves) dueled in a scoreless tie at MSG, the first in that building since March, 1970. Said Flyers' head coach Pat Quinn "It was a very enjoyable game and I was excited all night by it."
Apr. 5, 1981 --
Steve Baker made 34 saves and shutout the Flyers again, 2-0 in Philly, 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 after an eight-game suspension for chasing a fan in Detroit who tossed beer at the Rangers' bench.
Sep. 29, 1981 --
In a preseason game, NY won 6-1 at N.J.'s Brendan Byrne Arena in the first sporting event held in the new facility. Boston and Buffalo had a game scheduled but the Rangers invoked their territorial rights and that contest was moved. The first NHL goal scored at the complex was Doug Sulliman against Pelle Lindbergh.
Nov. 5, 1981 --
Steve Weeks made 31 saves and Ron Duguay (3-1-4) led the offense in NY's 6-2 win in Philly. Behn Wilson was eventually suspended four games for a slashing incident. Flyers' #1 draft pick Steve Smith had the only point of his 18-game NHL career.
Nov. 18, 1981 --
Dave Silk scored twice and led NY to a 5-2 home win. The Flyers suffered their first regular season loss at MSG since April 4, 1976, ending a streak that lasted 14 games (4-0-10)
Dec. 12, 1981 --
Steve Weeks made 35 saves in NY's 5-3 win in Philly. Dean Talafous scored twice in the third period, the second goal gave his team a 4-3 lead.
Dec. 16, 1981 --
Philly scored four times in the third period en route to a 7-3 road win. The Flyers scored the last five goals of the game. NY was awarded four PPs in the first period while the Flyers' first PP attempt came early in the third period resulting in a Bill Barber goal. Immediately following that goal, a brawl resulted in the ejections of Barber (major, game misconduct) and NY's Ed Hospodar (minor, major, misconduct, game) and with the Flyers' second PP try, Bob Hoffmeyer scored to make it 5-3 in favor of Philly. Brian Propp and Ron Flockhart added later goals. Hoffmeyer, Propp and Ray Allison each had a goal and two assists.
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