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A Fistful of Dollars
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March 30, 1974 --
The Flyers' winless skid in this series at 27 games (0-23-4) ended with a 5-3 victory. The win clinched the West Division title; balloons and confetti fell from atop the Spectrum in celebration. The Flyers were now 33-3-1 all-time with the playing of Kate Smith's "God Bless America." As a tribute to the importance of this game and how it represented immediate promise, Flyers' boss Ed Snider decided to honor the fans by naming them the "three stars of the game." Philly entered this game 3-30-4 in this series and the last win came March 13, 1969. Bernie Parent set an NHL record with his 45th victory, surpassing Terry Sawchuk's 44. Ross Lonsberry (2-1-3) led the offense. Gilles Gilbert (30 saves, 35 shots) was replaced by Ross Brooks when the score was 5-2. Bill Flett had two points in the first 1:12 of the second period, goals that gave Philly a 4-2 lead. Philly held a 40-25 shots advantage. Dave Schultz fought Terry O'Reilly twice --
May 7, 1974 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals
, Bobby Orr's controversial goal with 22 seconds left in regulation, on a 30-footer that trickled between Bernie Parent's pads on a possible deflection in front, gave Boston a 3-2 win. Wayne Cashman hauled and held defenseman Moose Dupont in the corner, passed the puck over to Ken Hodge who fed Orr at the point. After the game, Bernie Parent commented about the non-call "The guy (referee Dave Newell) has bad judgment or he has no guts or something. Cashman was holding Dupont's leg for a good five or six seconds. Everybody saw it." Dupont was immediately ejected by Newell for arguing the call saying "I complained to him in English and French just to make sure" while Cashman claimed that Dupont's skate blade caught onto his stocking and that is why the two were tangled. The play began in the Boston zone when Bill Flett nearly beat Gilles Gilbert with 55 seconds to play, but the puck, in the crease, was swept aside and the Bruins rushed down to the Flyers' zone. Earlier in the game, Cashman beat Ed Van Impe in the game's only fight and it led to the ejection of key d-man Jimmy Watson as third man in. The game was relatively mellow compared to pre-series hype. Prior to the game, Bruins' head coach Bep Guidolin said of Dave Schultz "Schultz, Schwartz, whatever his name is - aw, he doesn't bother us." The game was loosely officiated by Newell. The Flyers won the faceoffs, something that was a major key throughout this series, 46-35. Orr (six) and Bobby Clarke (seven) led their teams in the shots department. Phil Esposito played 30:43. Philly played without: Barry Ashbee (eye), Bob Kelly (knee) and Bill Clement (knee). On the winning goal, Orr received a prolonged ovation from the Garden crowd; however, Ken Hodge, not always a fan-favorite in Boston, received a mix of boos and cheers when his name was announced for assisting on the goal. Afterwards, Bruins' head coach Bep Guidolin said "Hodge has his hate-club in Boston" while Hodge said "I thought I was playing on the road."
May 9, 1974: In Game 2,
Bobby Clarke scored the GWG at 12:01 of OT and the Flyers recorded a stunning 3-2 win in Boston.
; The goal was set up when Dave Schultz stole the puck from Terry O'Reilly and passed to Bill Flett who found Clarke. Moose Dupont tied the game with 0:52 left in regulation on a terrific pass from Rick MacLeish. Bernie Parent was fabulous with 37 saves and among them was one on a Johnny Bucyk breakaway. Schultz and Flett assisted on both of Clarke's (2-1-3) goals. Clarke won 22 of 33 faceoffs head-on with Phil Esposito. This was a chippy game especially when compared to Game One. Schultz and O'Reilly had a first period fight. Wayne Cashman of Boston was tossed from the game as a third man in during an Orest Kindrachuk-Gilles Gilbert minor scrap at the 20:00 minute mark of the second period (
). ; Upon the conclusion of the game, two paper bags with bottles inside were tossed onto the ice from the crowd nearly hitting players. During the game, a Bruins' fan jumped onto the Boston players' bench taunting Fred Shero but a police officer intervened. The day prior to the game, Shero flew back to Philadelphia and viewed video of Russia-Canada games and incorporated some of the Soviets' system in this game especially when on the PK. Prior to this game, the Flyers were 4-31-4 against the Bruins and last won in Boston the very first game in this series, 1967.
May 12, 1974: In Game 3,
the Flyers trailed 1:03 into the game but rallied for a 4-1 home win. Tom Bladon and Terry Crisp scored in the first period then Orest Kindrachuk and Ross Lonsberry added third period goals. Bernie Parent made 24 saves, one more than Gilles Gilbert. Gary Dornhoefer suffered a separated left shoulder which prevented him from playing the rest of this series. After the game, the Bruins faced internal criticism as head coach Bep Guidolin said "We have six guys playing today. I don't know what I have to do to convince them that Philly is a good team." Bobby Orr said "We have only four guys playing." Gregg Sheppard said "Eight guys are playing for us." Andre Savard, Terry O'Reilly, Don Marcotte and Sheppard, among others, were generally acknowledged as the top performers.
May 14, 1974: In Game 4,
Bill Barber's wrist-shot with 5:35 left snapped a 2-2 tie and Andre Dupont's insurance tally gave the Flyers a 4-2 home win. Bobby Orr said of Barber's goal "That may be the best wrist shot I have ever seen, maybe the best ever." The play was formed when Ross Lonsberry made a terrific defensive play on Orr and Barber picked up the loose puck. The goal, which snapped Barber's nine-game scoring drought, happened when Fred Shero switched lines to put Barber, normally a LW, on the right side with Lonsberry (LW) and Rick MacLeish (C). The Flyers led 2-0 by the 5:30 mark on quick strikes by Rick MacLeish (PPG) and Dave Schultz. Boston rallied to tie it 2-2 on goals by Phil Esposito (PPG) and Andre Savard. There were three fights in the first 7:56 (including Orest Kindrachuk and Savard --
)and 60 PIMs in the opening period. The second period saw a key moment as Bobby Schmautz of Boston missed what appeared to be an easy goal with the net open and Bernie Parent out of position. Afterwards, he said "I choked or whatever you call it." In the third, the Flyers scored twice. Parent made 28 saves while Gilles Gilbert made 27 stops. The day before the game, Bep Guidolin held an optional practice but only a few Bruins' players showed, among them Andre Savard, Darryl Edestrand and Al Sims. Most of the stars stayed away which led to more frustration for Guidolin. He did praise Orr, Gilbert, Dallas Smith, Wayne Cashman, Gregg Sheppard and O'Reilly for their play.
May 16, 1974: In Game 5
, Bobby Orr (2-1-3) scored twice in the second period and recorded points on the first three goals leading the Bruins to a 5-1 home win in a game highlighted by seven separate fights. Referee Dave Newell called an NHL record 43 penalties (38 was the previous high, in 1969 and 1970, both games involved Boston). An NHL record was set for most penalties against one team, Philly had 22 and Boston 21. The Flyers received 70 PIMs to Boston's 68. At the 0:24 mark, Dave Schultz and Carol Vadnais fought (
). ; Later in the first, Terry O'Reilly picked up an extra two minutes for kneeing during a fight with Moose Dupont and during the kill, Gregg Sheppard (1-2-3) gave Boston a 1-0 lead. A third fight in the peiod involved Jimmy Watson and Andre Savard. In the second period, Bill Clement tied the game 1-1 but Orr scored consecutive goals to give Boston a 3-1 lead, then Schultz and Wayne Cashman fought --
. Ken Hodge scored on the PP 39 seconds into the third period to make it 4-1. The festivities continued when Cashman was called for spearing among a series of minors. At 13:58 and Boston up 4-1, Schultz and Cashman fought yet again resulting in the ejections of Schultz (third major of the game) and Boston's Bobby Schmautz (third man in). With 1:13 to play, Tom Bladon bloodied Boston's Richie Leduc (
) and Bruce Cowick fought Vadnais -- (
). Twelve seconds later, Don Marcotte finished the scoring. For the second time in three games in Boston Bruins' fans littered the ice by tossing glass bottles leading a perturbed head coach Bep Guidolin to say "They talk about the fans in Philly. What about some of the ones here." Guidolin also stated "To hell with him (Schultz). I want to talk about my hockey team. We're going to win this thing."
May 19, 1974: In Game 6,
Bernie Parent made 30 saves, Rick MacLeish scored at the 14:48 mark of the first period and the Flyers shocked the NHL world by becoming the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup with a 1-0 win in the Spectrum. Goalies Gilles Gilbert (25 saves) and Bernie Parent (30 saves) were magnificent. Parent's kick save, one for the ages, off a Ken Hodge bullet with under three minutes to play in the third period was a crushing blow to Boston as the shot was near perfect yet still not good enough to beat Parent. The goalie also made a brilliant save on Carol Vadnais as well and afterwards Bruins' exec Harry Sinden said "It was the most sensational stop I ever saw." With 2:22 to play, a frustrated Bobby Orr was penalized, a questionable call, for holding Bobby Clarke on a potential scoring play. The game began with a live appearance (her second of four) of star Kate Smith singing "God Bless America." Bruins' coach Bep Guidolin said "It's bush league. Why didn't they get a
singer like Billy Eckstine or Frank Sinatra. Kate Smith is yesterday." Orr joined Phil Esposito as they shook hands with Smith after her performance. Sinden said "The Flyers played superbly" while Orr stated "They wanted it more." After the game, Clarke refused champagne and said "I am from Flin Flon, Manitoba. Beer is good enough for anyone from Flin Flon, Manitoba." Joe Watson offered Orr, a close friend, champagne after the game but despite playing 35:19 Orr refused saying he didn't earn it. Esposito said "They played as well today as any team I've ever played against." In the days following, Guidolin and Esposito got into a verbal battle through media when Guidolin accused Esposito of not trying hard enough and being distracted by a lucrative offer from the WHA's Vancouver Blazers. Esposito responded "I've been in ten Stanley Cup playoffs...this is the worst a team has been prepared. I don't know if Bep had another job offer but there were times the players had to organize practices. Bep has never been known for his smarts or diplomacy."
October 17, 1974 --
Ross Brooks celebrated his birthday by making 32 saves and Phil Esposito (2-0-2) scored the first two goals of Boston's 4-1 win in Philly. It was Boston's first win under coach Don Cherry after a 0-2-1 start.
January 26, 1975 --
Phil Esposito scored twice while Reggie Leach and Don Saleski scored for Philly in a 2-2 tie at Boston broadcast on NBC.
February 2, 1975 --
Bobby Orr (1-4-5), Gilles Gilbert (24 saves) and Gregg Sheppard (2-1-3) led Boston to a 5-1 home win. Dave Schultz and Terry O'Reilly fought. The game marked the return of Bruins' forward Dave Forbes who was suspended 10 games for a vicious stick incident with Henry Boucha (eye injury, broken cheekbone) of the Minnesota North Stars who ultimately filed suit (eventually dropped after a hung jury decision) against the player and Bruins.
February 16, 1975 --
Bernie Parent made 25 saves and Reggie Leach's PPG gave Philly the eventual 4-3 win in Philly. Five Flyers had two-point efforts. The third period was scoreless. In the first period, Terry O'Reilly and Dave Schultz had each handed minors and a misconduct for an incident began when O'Reilly was whistled for charging then accelerated when Schultz, with O'Reilly in the box, elevated his stick towards O'Reilly who, in return, raised his skate blade towards Schultz. The scene led to a war of words between Bruins' exec Harry Sinden and NHL official Frank Udvari. Sinden challenged the on-ice call then Udvari told him "I'll explain the rule to you later." Sinden said "Get a referee with guts. What a dumb staff you've got." Udvari then said "Go to hell, I don't have to take that from you." Schultz ended up with a concussion and missed the next two games. The game was aired on NBC.
November 1, 1975 --
Wayne Stephenson stopped 31 shots and eight different Flyers scored in an 8-1 victory at Philly. Ross Lonsberry, Bill Barber and Reggie Leach each had three points. Orest Kindrachuk set the tone of the game as he scored 28 seconds into the contest.The Flyers held a 43-32 shot advantage. Gilles Gilbert surrendered eight goals.
December 28, 1975 --
Gregg Sheppard snapped a tie with 1:08 to play and Gilles Gilbert made 30 saves in Boston's 4-2 win at Philly. The Bruins outshot Philly 22-6 in the third period but didn't beat Wayne Stephenson (39 saves) until the GWG. Bobby Schmautz tied the game 2-2 in the second period and added an ENG.
January 25, 1976 --
Boston led 3-0 after one period en route to a 5-3 home win. Jean Ratelle scored a key SHG with four seconds left in the second period to give Boston a 4-2 lead. Don Marcotte (1-3-4), Ratelle (1-2-3) and Ken Hodge (1-2-3) led the offense. Philly held a 22-15 shots advantage including 16-7 over the last two periods. Wayne Stephenson gave up five goals on 15 shots. Dave Schultz, who later was suspended four games for head-butting, fought Terry O'Reilly (
) and other fights included Jack McIlhargey-O'Reilly (
), Bob Kelly-Dallas Smith and Mel Bridgman-Dave Forbes.
March 27, 1976 --
Reggie Leach netted his 58th goal with under seven minutes left and the Flyers scored three PPGs in a 4-4 tie at Boston. Orest Kindrachuk, Bill Barber and Tom Bladon each had a goal and an assist. Philly had a record of 19-1-8 in the last 28 games. Wayne Cashman scored twice for Boston. The day prior to the game, Bobby Clarke and Barry Ashbee rushed rookie Paul Holmgren to a Boston hospital. Holmgren, who made his NHL debut March 25, developed a wound near his eye from a skate blade a few days earlier during an AHL game. While in the hospital, Holmgren nearly died from a reaction to an anesthetic.
April 27, 1976: In Game 1 of the Semis at Philly,
Dallas Smith and Gregg Sheppard scored 1:48 apart in the early third period to give Boston a 4-2 win which snapped the Flyers' NHL-record 24-game home ice win streak. Gilles Gilbert picked up the win. Bernie Parent started and saw his only action of the series. Out of action for most of the 1975-76 season due to injury (he played 11 regular season games and 8 PO games), Parent felt his game was rusty and didn't want to jeopardize the team's chances so a switch was made to Wayne Stephenson for Game 2. Philly entered the game 21-1 in the last 22 home PO games.
April 29, 1976: In Game 2,
Reggie Leach scored 13:38 into OT and lifted Philly to a 2-1 home win. Leach collected the rebound off a Jimmy Watson slapper for the GWG (both Watsons assisted). Wayne Stephenson, who made his 1976 PO debut, stopped 32 shots and was selected as the game's top star. Boston tied the score with 6:43 remaining on a Johnny Bucyk PPG, his 40th career PO goal. Don Saleski gave the Flyers a 1-0 first period lead, a 65-footer which fooled Gerry Cheevers (36 saves) who was not named as a starter until just prior to game-time. Early in the OT, Bobby Schmautz nearly ended the game but he flubbed a breakaway chance as he lost his edge. Philly outshot Boston 12-6 in the OT and 38-33 in the game. The Flyers improved to 46-3-1 in the 50th playing of "God Bless America" by Kate Smith.
May 2, 1976: In Game 3 at Boston,
the Flyers scored three times in the third period, including Mel Bridgman's (1-2-3) GWG, and Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves in a 5-2 win at Boston. In the first period, Ross Lonsberry gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The Flyers then failed on a 2-man advantage that lasted 1:37. Moments after the kill, Boston's Gary Doak was whistled for holding Dave Schultz who retaliated with a slash and picked up another minor for not proceeding to the box leading to a PPG by Jean Ratelle. Bill Barber made it 2-2 on a beautiful individual play with 49 seconds remaining leading Don Cherry to say "It is a cardinal sin of hockey (to give up a goal in the final minute of a period). I'll remember that goal for many years." Reggie Leach and Tom Bladon finished the scoring. Larry Goodenough and Bobby Clarke each had two assists.
May 4, 1976: In Game 4 at Boston,
Wayne Stephenson made 27 saves and Orest Kindrachuk and Joe Watson netted third period goals in a 4-2 win. Terry O'Reilly scored two first period goals for Boston. In the second period, Reggie Leach became the first player in NHL history to score goals in eight straight PO games in one season when he tied the game 2-2. The next 22:36 was scoreless. Boston lost three players to injuries: Jean Ratelle, Wayne Cashman and Bobby Schmautz.
May 6, 1976: In Game 5 at Philly,
Reggie Leach (5-0-5) joined Maurice Richard and Darryl Sittler as the only players to score five goals in a PO game and the Flyers advanced to the 1976 Stanley Cup Finals with a 6-3 home win. Leach also became the first NHL player to score goals in nine straight PO games (the streak ended at ten). Leach recorded a natural hat trick in the second period to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead and his fifth goal gave Philly a 5-2 advantage in the third period. Leach, who had five goals on seven shots, scored on three back-handers and two wrist shots. Leach's highlights:
Bobby Clarke had three assists. Gilles Gilbert, who started Games 1, 3 and 5, gave up six goals on 21 shots. Jean Ratelle returned to Boston's lineup but Bobby Schmautz and Wayne Cashman were out. The Flyers advanced to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals as 2,000 orange and white balloons fell from the ceiling of the Spectrum.
Reggie Leach (9-0-9) and Bobby Clarke (0-6-6) led the offense. Leach had 20 points (15-5-20) through the first 12 games of the 1976 POs and became just the second NHL player to score 15 in one PO season. Said Boston's GM Harry Sinden of Bobby Clarke "Now that Orr isn't playing, Bobby Clarke is the greatest player in hockey. They will follow him anywhere, do anything he wants."
December 9, 1976:
Philly won a regular season game in Boston for the first time since 1967, 3-1 in a game dominated by Bobby Clarke. The Flyers went 22 regular season games (0-18-4) without a win, an existing team record for road futility against a team. Mel Bridgman was penalized in the last minute of regulation but Clarke scored a SH-ENG to clinch the victory (Gilles Gilbert was removed for an extra attacker) when Bobby Schmautz of Boston tossed his stick at Clarke who was breaking in alone to an empty net. Afterwards, Clarke recalled a story from his youth that he heard a Montreal player did that to Bobby Hull and that Hull was awarded the goal despite the puck never crossing the line. Jimmy Watson said "We expect (Clarke) to make great plays all the time." Don Cherry criticized ref Bruce Hood after the game in part for an unsportsmanlike bench penalty with about four minutes to play leading to the Garden ice to be littered by the Bruins' fans. Cherry said "I give Clarke points the moment they drop the first faceoff." Boston outshot Philly 18-16, the lowest combined shot total in Flyers' history.
December 11, 1976:
Philly outshot Boston 16-2 in the third period and finally beat Gerry Cheevers when Gary Dornhoefer tied the game at 16:59 and Bill Barber (2-0-2), on a 2-on-0 break, netted the GWG at 18:19 in a 4-3 home win which ended a 14-game (0-13-1) regular season skid against Cheevers. After the game, Bernie Parent said "He (Cheevers) played a great game. It was a shame he had to lose." Ross Lonsberry said "It was almost sad to see him lose. It was a great performance." The Flyers outshot Boston 38-19. The Bruins, who dressed five d-men, used three for much of the third period (inexperienced Ray Maluta saw little action) as Mike Milbury was in the penalty box for about 10 minutes serving a seven-minute penalty for slashing Orest Kindrachuk and then fighting Bob Kelly (who was tossed as third man). Rules at the time prohibited the offending player (Milbury) from exiting the penalty box until the next stoppage in play so he was in the box three minutes after his penalty expired. In between the two games, Boston GM Harry Sinden was asked about the Flyers and said "Philadelphia is the most exciting team in the League. They have about a half-dozen players you'd pay to watch, Clarke, Parent, Leach, MacLeish, Kelly, Kelly is their (Terry) O'Reilly."
March 12, 1977 --
Wayne Cashman scored early in the third period and Gerry Cheevers made 18 saves in Boston's 3-1 win in Philly.
March 24, 1977 --
The Flyers took a 5-0 lead en route to a 6-2 win in Boston as Don Saleski scored twice in a 3-0 first period. Bernie Parent made 21 saves. Reggie Leach scored twice. Ross Lonsberry, who scored to make it 4-0 in the second period, got in an altercation with the Bruins' Mike Milbury in the first period which resulted in a one-game suspension to the Bruins' defenseman for his third game-misconduct penalty of the season. Milbury, who was tossed from the game for excessive swinging and "inflicting punishment (according to the supervisor of referees)" at Lonsberry, who had fallen to the ice, also broke the existing team record for PIMs in a season. Lonsberry-Milbury (
). Gerry Cheevers lost a regular season game to the Flyers for the final time (eventually finished 21-5-4 in the regular season).
April 24, 1977: In Game 1 of the Semis at Philly,
Rick Middleton's OT tally, on a flubbed clearing attempt by Bernie Parent, gave Boston a 4-3 win. The Flyers trailed 3-0 after the second period and pulled starting goalie Wayne Stephenson for Parent (recent injury, his lone action of the series). In the third, Philadelphia rallied with a pair of goals by Bobby Clarke, including the GTG with 0:29 to play in regulation, and three assists from Rick MacLeish. During the game, Parent suffered a foot injury.
April 26, 1977: In Game 2,
Terry O'Reilly's tap-in beat Wayne Stephenson at 10:07 of the 2nd OT gave Boston a 5-4 win. Jean Ratelle tied the score at 4-4 in the second period, the fourth goal in a span of 1:38. Nine players scored. Philly outshot Boston 33-18 in regulation and held the Bruins to just one third period shot. Bob Dailey, the game's #2 star, fought Wayne Cashman (
April 28, 1977: In Game 3 in Boston,
Mike Milbury scored off a 2-on-1 pass from Terry O'Reilly with 7:51 to play leading Boston to a 2-1 victory. Bob Dailey scored in the first period. The Bruins evened it 12+ minutes in to the second period. Boston had 16 shots in the second period, the Flyers had 15 in the game. Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves.
May 1, 1977: In Game 4,
Gerry Cheevers made 21 saves and Jean scored the GWG in the second period of Boston's 3-0 win. Don Marcotte scored twice in the third period (14:05 and an ENG). After the game, Bruins' organist John Kiley taunted the Flyers with a rendition of "God Bless America."
October 6, 1977 --
In an exhibition game won by the Flyers 6-2 in Philly, author George Plimpton participated in a special five-minute session in order to pen a first-hand account of pro hockey for a book titled
Reggie Leach scored a hat trick in Philly's 6-2 home win which featured 17 game-misconducts, 311 PIMs, 55 penalties and four suspensions (Paul Holmgren 3 games, Wayne Cashman 3 games, Jim Watson 2 games and Mel Bridgman 1 game). Cashman and Watson each got match and fighting penalties due to a spearing/stick battle which led to an ejection of Holmgren as third man. As on-ice play continued, Holmgren felt Cashman tried to gouge him during the fight and confronted the Bruin in a corridor near the dressing rooms. Cashman picked up a stick and swung it at Holmgren which led to both teams leaving the ice surface and out of view of the bewildered crowd. Workers eventually installed an iron gate that separated the visiting locker room from the home locker room; it is often referred to as the Holmgren-Cashman Gate. Plimpton was unaware of the fun since he was delivering a speech in the Spectrum's Ovations Club. In the second period, another battle erupted after Terry O'Reilly cross-checked Orest Kindrachuk. During the scheduled 5-minute scrimmage involving Plimpton, Kindrachuk scored with the Flyers' first shot then later Milbury purposely tossed his stick at Leach during a breakaway so the writer/goalie could face a penalty shot. Leach, in a half-hearted attempt, was stopped. In the real game, two first period tripping penalties to Gerry Cheevers led to PPGs by Holmgren and Bob Dailey.
December 15, 1977 --
Philly ended Boston's 17-game unbeaten streak with a 6-4 home win. The Flyers 5-0 lead dwindled to 5-4 as Bobby Schmautz scored twice then Stan Jonathan scored with 10:37 to play; however, Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) sealed the win with 6:08 to play. Wayne Stepehnson made 28 saves. Fred Shero said "Maybe this will teach us something I learned 30 years ago: if you win big against a team like this in a big game like this, it could hurt you, make you overconfident."
December 23, 1977 --
In a game between the teams with the top two records (Flyers 48 points, Bruins 47 points), Bobby Schmautz had a hat trick in Boston's 6-1 home win. Boston outshot Philly 28-15. The game had a few fights leading a furious Harry Sinden to blast the NHL. One fight paired John Wensink, who was handed 19 PIMs and Andre Dupont, who was given five PIMs. Sinden said "There's a damn conspiracy here, a vendetta and Brian O'Neill and Scotty Morrison (NHL execs) are behind the whole thing. They are not running John Wensink out of this bleeping League." When asked about Sinden's "conspiracy" comments, Wensink said "I don't know about that" but didn't think his punishment was fair. The fight began when Dupont and Boston's Wayne Cashman were clutching along the boards and then Wensink jumped in. During another scrap, Dupont fought Stan Jonathan and afterwards said ""I'll give the little bugger credit. He got me with a good uppercut. He's a good fighter --
February 28, 1978 --
Rick MacLeish's (1-1-2) backhander with 0:24 left lifted the Flyers to a 4-4 tie in Boston. Each team scored three third period goals and the teams combined for five goals in the opening 5:58. Ross Lonsberry also had two points. Terry O'Reilly led Boston (2-1-3) with three points and four minors. Dave Hoyda and John Wensink (
) hooked up in a good fight. Goalies: Rick St. Croix vs. Ron Grahame. Asked if he was disappointed, Boston coach Don Cherry said "I don't care if its home or away. The Flyers aren't a humpty dumpty team." The game was re-scheduled from the cancelled (snowstorm) February 11, 1978 date.
March 11, 1978 --
Bernie Parent (28 saves), Bobby Clarke (0-3-3) and the Flyers' special teams (four goals) led the way in a 6-2 home win. The Flyers had two SHGs, two PPGs and two at even-strength. Rick MacLeish scored a SHG when Boston had four forwards on the ice during a 4-on-3. With about five minutes to play, Boston goalie Jim Pettie (three minors) crosschecked Paul Holmgren and the result was a fight between Dave Hoyda-Mike Milbury and Rick Lapointe-John Wensink.
May 2, 1978: In Game 1 of the Semis at Boston,
Rick Middleton's 10-footer from the slot eluded Bernie Parent for the GWG 1:43 into OT and sparked Boston to a 3-2 win. Gerry Cheevers (21 saves) and Jean Ratelle (1-2-3) helped Boston. Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) tied the game in the third period. Terry O'Reilly fought Mel Bridgman (
) and Rick Lapointe in the contest.
May 4, 1978: In Game 2,
Rick Middleton's controversial goal with 5:36 to play -- replays showed it hit the crossbar and never entered the net -- snapped a 5-5 deadlock in Boston's 7-5 win. Boston led 3-0 in the first and 5-1 in the second but the Flyers tied the score at 5-5 in the early third. Rick Middleton (2-1-3), Greg Sheppard (1-2-3),Brad Park (0-3-3) and Bobby Schmautz (2-0-2) led Boston. Bruins' head coach Don Cherry called it "the most beautiful game I have ever seen."
May 7, 1978: In Game 3,
Bernie Parent made 24 saves and Andre Dupont, Orest Kindrachuk (1-1-2) and Bill Barber for a 3-1 win in Philly. Mel Bridgman had two assists. Ron Grahame played goal for Boston replacing Gerry Cheevers who had sore knees. The Flyers improved to 50-6-2 when playing Kate Smith's "God Bless America."
May 9, 1978: In Game 4,
Gerry Cheevers (28 saves) and Bobby Schmautz (two goals) led Boston to a 4-2 win in Philly. Boston led 3-0 but Orest Kindrachuk's PPG made it 3-2 in the third; however, Schmautz's ENG finished the scoring. Philly outshot Boston 30-16. Mel Bridgman-Terry O'Reilly and Rick Lapointe-John Wensink fought 26 seconds into the second period:
; When asked about the Flyers' loud crowd, Don Cherry said "The noise was incredible. You couldn't hear yourself think."
May 11, 1978: In Game 5,
Boston scored the game's last four goals and advanced to the Cup Finals with a 6-3 home win. It was the third straight year the teams met for a Finals' berth. Peter McNab (1-4-5) led the offense and Gerry Cheevers (21 saves) improved to 8-0 against Philly in the last two playoffs. Orest Kindrachuk scored twice in 11 seconds (record is five seconds by Norm Ullman) to give Philly a 3-2 lead and scored for the fifth time on his last six shots. The game was tied 3-3 after two periods. Mel Bridgman fought Stan Jonathan and Bob Kelly battled Wayne Cashman:
. Bobby Clarke suffered a leg injury earlier in the series and again this game and played sparingly.
Orest Kindrachuk (5-1-6) led Philly and Brad Park (2-6-8), Bobby Schmautz (5-2-7), Jean Ratelle (3-4-7), Gregg Sheppard (1-5-6) and Peter McNab (1-5-6) led Boston.
November 4, 1978 --
The Flyers scored four goals in a span of 4:21 during a first period onslaught, led 5-0 after one, and cruised to a 7-3 win in Boston. Wayne Stephenson (24 saves), Mel Bridgman (2-0-2), Reggie Leach (2-0-2) and Bobby Clarke (0-3-3) led the way. Bridgman's 75-footer beat Gilles Gilbert and the floodgates opened. Gilbert was replaced after the first period (5 saves, 10 shots) for Jim Pettie (17/19). The game included four first period fights. Paul Holmgren fought Terry O'Reilly twice --
; Holmgren was eventually suspended three games for intent-to-injure. John Wensick (11-stitch cut) and Behn Wilson clashed at 18:28:
; At 18:54, Mel Bridgman defeated Mike Milbury (
). A potential frightening scene was averted when Milbury's stick damaged the eye of star Rick MacLeish who was transported to a local hospital; fortunately, the injury was limited to the eyelid. Philly was just 3-5-3 at the time and near the bottom of the NHL standings, however, they went 8-2-1 in the next eleven games.
December 2, 1978 --
Rick Middleton and Jean Ratelle each had three points in Boston's 5-3 home win. Wayne Cashman scored the GWG in the second period; Ratelle added an ENG.
December 9, 1978 --
Rick MacLeish (3-1-4) and Bob Dailey (1-4-5) combined for nine points as the Flyers flattened Boston 9-2 in Philly. Dailey had four points in the first period as the Flyers outshot Boston 12-2 and led 4-0. Bill Barber (1-3-4), Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) and Blake Dunlop (1-2-3) also contributed. Gilles Gilbert gave up six goals and Gerry Cheevers surrendered three. After the game, Bruins' head coach Don Cherry denied strong pre-game rumors that he aspired to become the Flyers' head coach following the expiration of his pact. Asked about this blowout, he said "The Flyers played a beautiful game and we were garbage."
February 15, 1979 --
Tom Gorence (2-0-2) scored the tying and go-ahead goals and linemates Mel Bridgman (1-2-3, #1 star) and Bob Kelly (0-3-3) added three points apiece in Philly's 5-3 home win. Boston led 2-0 early in the game but Gorence scored with 43 seconds remaining in the middle period to knot the game 3-3 and then put the Flyers up 4-3 in the third period. Wayne Stephenson made 23 saves. Boston scored three PPGs and Wayne Cashman (1-2-3) and Rick Middleton (1-2-3) had three points each. The Flyers played their fourth game under new head coach Pat Quinn.
March 1, 1979 --
Behn Wilson, Blake Dunlop (1-1-2) and Al Hill (2-1-3) scored three goals in a team-record 35 seconds in a 4-4 tie at Boston. The teams combined for six second period goals in a span of 9:19. Boston led 1-0 at the 0:29 mark and 2-0 at 1:41 when Wayne Stephenson (knee injury) was replaced by recently promoted Rick St. Croix. AHL call-up Ken Linseman had three assists in his 10th NHL game (first appearance since November 2, one assist entering the game). Peter McNab scored twice for Boston. After the game, the Flyers owned the sixth best record in the NHL but were in last place in the four-team Patrick Division.
December 4, 1979 --
Reggie Leach (1-1-2) scored a key SHG and Paul Holmgren followed with another goal to rally the Flyers in a 2-2 home tie. The Flyers outshot Boston 38-14. Bruins' goalie Gerry Cheevers made 36 saves. Boston took a 2-0 lead on goals by d-men Ray Bourque and Rick Smith. The Flyers extended their eventual NHL-record unbeaten streak to 22 games and head coach Pat Quinn said "The streak has become notorious."
December 22, 1979 --
The Flyers broke the NHL record for most consecutive games without a loss, 29, with a 5-2 win at Boston. Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Ken Linseman gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead and then after the Bruins narrowed the lead to 3-2, Jimmy Watson and Bob Kelly scored with Mike Busniuk assisting on both. Phil Myre made 18 saves. An appreciative crowd applauded the Flyers' incredible achievement.
February 3, 1980 --
The Flyers, with goalie Phil Myre pulled for an extra skater, scored twice with under 1:13 to play, in a 3-3 home tie. Reggie Leach's goal with 0:49 left made it 3-2, Rick MacLeish's goal with 0:16 to play tied it. The Flyers trailed 2-0 after two periods but responded with a 15-4 third period shot attack against Gerry Cheevers. Leach (2-1-3) and MacLeish (1-1-2) combined for five third period points. Philly improved to 9-3-4 in the last 16 regular season games vs. Boston. It was the last game prior to the All-Star Break and the Flyers held a 35-3-13 season record. The Bruins were without Mike Milbury (six games), Peter McNab (six games) and Terry O'Reilly (eight games) suspended for their roles in the infamous brawl at MSG in December, 1979.
March 23, 1980 --
The day after Harry Sinden fired first-year coach Fred Creighton (40-20-13 record), Boston had five special teams' goals in a 7-2 home win. The game had five fights: Jack McIlhargey whipped Dwight Foster, Mel Bridgman-Terry O'Reilly, Behn Wilson-Stan Jonathan (
) and Paul Holmgren-Al Secord. Gerry Cheevers, who finished with a 29-6-5 career record against the Flyers (including POs), faced Philly for the final time and was 17-1-5 in his last 23 regular season decisions in this series.
September 23, 1980 --
The Flyers led 3-0 by the 3:34 mark en route to an 11-4 preseason win in Portland, Maine. 1980 U.S. Olympian Jim Craig gave up nine goals on 25 shots.
November 2, 1980 --
The Flyers won for the 500th time in the regular season, 4-2 in Philly. The win was 100 more than the closest 1967 expansion team. Pete Peeters (22 saves) and Rick MacLeish (two goals with assists by Gary Morrison) led the way.
November 16, 1980 --
Brad Park scored on a 55-footer and Rogie Vachon got his 50th career shutout by making 19 saves in Boston's 1-0 home win. The Flyers were 11-0-2 in the prior 13 games. Phil Myre made 29 saves in the loss. Early in the second period, the Flyers' Gary Morrison (lefty) and Boston's Larry Melnyk (righty) traded punches in an animated fight.
January 17, 1981 --
Dick Redmond had the GWG with 5:39 remaining and Boston won 6-4 at home. Boston led 2-0 at the 1:26 mark but their eventual 3-0 lead was evened at 3-3, the last two goals by Greg Adams. Pete Peeters made 30 saves; Brad McCrimmon scored. Behn Wilson beat Keith Crowder in a fight. Tim Kerr fought Mike Milbury --
March 19, 1981 --
Bobby Clarke (
) became the 15th NHL player to record 1,000 regular season points but in typical Clarke style he did it in dramatic style. After being bloodied by a Reggie Leach slapshot, Clarke re-emerged from the locker room and scored to give the Flyers a 5-0 lead (won 5-3). Tim Kerr registered his first career hat trick and had four points. Behn Wilson-Terry O'Reilly fought twice --
November 25, 1981 --
Pete Peeters sparkled with 31 saves in Philly's 3-1 road win on Thanksgiving night. Tim Kerr, Brian Propp and Bobby Clarke (ENG) scored for the Flyers. Boston's lone goal was by Brad McCrimmon.
January 17, 1982 --
Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) moved into 13th place (passed Henri Richard) on the NHL's scoring list during the Flyers' 7-3 home win. The line of Ron Flockhart (2-1-3), Ray Allison (1-2-3) and Brian Propp (0-3-3) earned all three stars. Greg Adams also had three assists. The Flyers first two goals came within 19 seconds and the last two goals within 28 seconds. Paul Holmgren suffered a knee injury and missed the next 10 games. Rogie Vachon gave up seven goals on 31 shots.
February 21, 1982 --
Marco Baron had his first NHL shutout and Normand Leveille scored in Boston's 1-0 win in Philly. Ron Flockhart, whose team record (since broken by Rick Tocchet) eight-game scoring streak was snapped in this loss, suffered a knee injury on a questionable knee-on-knee hit by Barry Pederson with 28 seconds left and he missed the next five games.
June 9, 1982 --
On the day of the 1982 NHL Draft, Brad McCrimmon was traded to Philadelphia for Pete Peeters. The Flyers had an excess in goaltending and a desire to shore up the defense while the Bruins had assets on the blueline and a need for a netminder. Flyers' GM Bob McCammon said "Everyone knows we are weak on defense. McCrimmon was an outstanding junior and he can play better. Our strength is at center and in goal and we had to trade for defense."
November 24, 1982 --
The Bruins led 2-0, trailed 4-2 then rallied for a 4-4 tie in Boston. Keith Crowder tied the game with 1:40 to play. Mark Howe was chosen first star with three points and played against his brother Marty for the first time; their parents, Gordie and Colleen, were in attendance. Pete Peeters played his first game against the Flyers.
December 5, 1982 --
Barry Pederson (3-1-4) netted a hat trick in Boston's 6-4 road win. Darryl Sittler scored twice. Bobby Clarke and Brad Park fought in the last minute of play.
March 12, 1983 --
Mike Krushelnyski scored twice and Pete Peeters made 35 saves in Boston's 5-2 home win. Dave Brown, in his first NHL fight, pounded Gord Kluzak --
October 20, 1983 --
Ron Sutter's SHG with 6:08 left lifted the Flyers to a 3-3 OT tie in Philly. Brian Propp scored earlier to close the Flyers deficit to 3-2. The Flyers outshot Boston 13-2 in the first period and 40-28 in the contest. Doug Keans made 37 saves for the Bruins.
February 4, 1984 --
Boston out-scored Philly 5-1 in the third period en route to an 8-5 home win. Nevin Markwart scored the go-ahead goal and Mike Krushelnyski (2-1-3) took part in the final three goals (his goals: 55-foot slapper and a 140-foot ENG). Barry Pederson (2-2-4) had four points. Bill Barber (1-3-4) and Ilkka Sinisalo (2-1-3) led Philly.
March 15, 1984 --
Philly scored four straight first period goals en route to a 5-3 win at home. Dave Poulin (2-1-3) and Bob Froese (26 saves) starred. Barry Pederson (2-1-3) scored twice and gave Boston a 2-0 lead at 2:41. Dave Brown fought Gord Kluzak moments after Thomas Eriksson put the Flyers on the board --
. ; Glen Cochrane beat Randy Hillier --
. Daryl Stanley-John Blum --
. By 13:28, the Flyers led 4-2. Later in the first, Cochrane battled Terry O'Reilly and Jim Nill was tossed as third man --
. ; Brown, who had 25 PIMs, and Brian Curran fought twice --
. ; The game had 156 PIMs and seven fights. Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon said "Harry Sinden is a crybaby" in reply to Sinden saying "75 percent of the (fighting) problems in this league involve the Flyers." Bobby Clarke picked up his 1200th career regular season point in his return after a six-game break for rest, in Florida, per McCammon.
November 17, 1984 --
Pelle Lindbergh made 29 saves and the Flyers scored three goals estimated from 50+ feet off Pete Peeters in a 5-3 win in the Garden. Derrick Smith had the GWG from 55-feet in the third period after Boston scored twice to even the game 3-3. Mark Howe scored on a 70-footer to give Philly a 3-1 lead. Murray Craven scored a 50-footer that gave the Flyers a 5-3 lead.
November 21, 1984 --
Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves and Ilkka Sinisalo, Tim Kerr and Ron Sutter scored second period goals in a 4-3 home win. Sutter's goal gave Philly a 4-2 lead with 16 seconds to play in the period. Murray Craven and Brad McCrimmon each assisted twice on the second period goals.
February 28, 1985 --
Doug Keans (27 saves), Butch Goring (2-2-4) and Keith Crowder (2-0-2) led Boston to a 6-1 home win.
November 9, 1985 --
The Flyers won for the 10th straight game (12-2-0 record) as Tim Kerr had a natural hat trick and Rich Sutter scored twice in a 5-3 home win. Bob Froese, who was possibly showcased for a trade, picked up the win to run his career record to 64-19-9. The score was tied 2-2 after one then Kerr scored the next three goals. Boston was held to one shot in the first 15 minutes of the third period. Pelle Lindbergh did not play and hours later was killed in his auto accident.
November 23, 1985 --
Kraig Nienhuis' PPG with 0:29 left gave Boston a 5-4 home victory. Randy Burridge tied the score with less than four minutes to play. Vet goalie Pat Riggin made his Bruins' home debut. There were three fights: Dave Brown vs. Jay Miller, Rock Tocchet vs. Gord Kluzak (
) and Lindsay Carson, who broke a bone in his left hand during the fight and missed the next 17 games, vs. Dave Pasin --
December 10, 1985 --
The Flyers scored five special teams' goals (4 PPGs and 1 SHG) and Darren Jensen made 27 saves in a 7-4 home win. Mark Howe (2-1-3), Brian Propp (2-1-3) and Pelle Eklund (1-2-3) each had three points. Midway in the second period, Boston's Brian Curran was ejected as third man during a clash between Dave Richter (minor only) and Jay Miller. Rick Tocchet then followed Curran into the fracas and fought Miller (
). Louie Sleigher and Rich Sutter also scrapped. With Boston on the PP, the Flyers' Brian Propp and Boston's Dave Pasin each scored to make it 3-2 Philly. Mike O'Connell had 10 shots for Boston.
October 2, 1986 --
Mark Howe had four assists in the Flyers' 7-1 preseason game in Philly. During the game, John Stevens, who also scored, was issued 17 PIMs for a fight with Greg Johnston (issued 5 PIMs).
November 1, 1986 --
Tim Kerr scored a PPG with 53 seconds to play and Dave Poulin scored an ENG 21 seconds later in Philly's 4-2 home win. Kerr's winning goal came with Reed Larson in the box for holding. After the game, Boston's coach Butch Goring was irate at the officiating and said "(referee Ron) Hoggarth was a no-show. He would have been better off in the stands. A referee shouldn't decide a game -- no way in the world."
December 6, 1986 --
Bill Ranford, who was promoted from the AHL earlier in the week, stopped 42 shots in a Bruins' 5-0 win in the Garden. There were two Dave Brown-Jay Miller fights (
) and (
) and a Rick Tocchet-Cam Neely battle (
January 10, 1987 --
Murray Craven's backhander (2-1-3) with 6:55 to play gave Philly a 5-4 road win. Tim Kerr added (2-1-3) three points. Boston led 2-0 5:50 into the first period but a goalie change from Ron Hextall (5 saves, 7 shots) to Chico Resch (29/31) lifted the Flyers who took a 3-2 lead after the first period. Boston tied it 4-4 in the third period and when an obvious offside went uncalled, Philly was issued a bench minor for complaining; however, Reed Larson of Boston nullified the PP with a minor. Ron Sutter, who scored Philly's first goal, re-aggravated a back injury and missed the rest of the regular season and part of the POs.
December 8, 1987 --
Ron Hextall became the first NHL goalie to shoot the puck in the other net in the Flyers' 5-2 win (
) and (
). Philly out-scored (4-0) and outshot (16-2) Boston in the third period; Peter Zezel scored consecutive PPGs then Brian Propp (who scored twice) added an insurance tally setting up Hextall's historic goal. At 2:49 into the game, Brad Marsh was sandwiched by Ray Bourque from the front and Cam Neely from the side into the support and fell to the ice causing him to lose consciousness. Marsh, who didn't wear a helmet, had blood pour from a gaping wound. There were four fights, all in the first period: Craig Berube-Jay Miller, Dave Brown-Jay Miller (
), Craig Berube-Lyndon Byers (
) and Dave Brown-Willi Plett.
January 23, 1988 --
In a raucous game, Philly led 4-0 after one and 6-0 after two en route to a 6-4 road win. Scott Mellanby (2-2-4) gave Philly a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in a 53-second span; he had three points in the first period. The Flyers had 3 PPGs and a SHG in the win. In the third period, Boston outshot Philly 18-4 and cut the gap to 6-4 at the 11:16 mark. Ron Hextall made 37 saves, had an assist, 14 PIMs and improved to 17-2-2 in his last 21 decisions. Philly had 56 PIMs to Boston's 54 (33-29 in the third). Rick Tocchet fought Jay Miller --
and a Ron Sutter-Ray Bourque-Cam Neely exchange --
March 22, 1988 --
Andy Moog made 20 saves in Boston's 3-0 win in Philly against a depleted Flyers' squad minus eight regular players due to injuries. The game was scoreless past the midway point and Boston scored twice in the third period.
September 23, 1988 --
In a wild preseason game, the Bruins won 8-6 in Philly in a game that featured six fights. Steve Kasper ended the game with a natural hat trick and Cam Neely and Bobby Joyce each scored consecutive goals for the Bruins. Rick Tocchet gave Philly a 6-5 lead but then Kasper scored at 16:59, 17:33 and added an ENG. Boston dominated the third period, 5-1 in goals and 18-5 in shots (36-18 in the game). Tim Kerr had a hat trick for Philadelphia. The Flyers went 4-for-8 on the PP while the Bruins went 3-for-12.
November 24, 1988 --
Bob Sweeney scored eight seconds into OT, his second goal of the game, in Boston's 2-1 home win. Mark Laforest and Andy Moog each made 22 saves. There were four fights including Dave Brown vs. Jay Miller --
and Terry Carkner vs. Lyndon Byers --
November 29, 1988 --
In a battle of slumping teams, the Flyers recorded a 5-1 home win. Philly entered the game 1-9-1 in the last 11 while Boston was 2-5-2 in the last nine. Philly led 3-0 after one period including two goals by Rick Tocchet (2-1-3, SHG, PPG). Mike Bullard made his Flyers' debut and scored to make it 4-1. Ron Hextall, who had an assist, made 19 stops and was beaten only by Andy Brickley. Jay Wells fought Lyndon Byers --
March 19, 1989 --
Greg Johnston (2-0-2) and Ken Linseman (1-2-3) led Boston to a 6-3 win in Boston. Marc d'Amour played his only game as a Flyer after he replaced Ken Wregget who surrendered five goals (ENG was the sixth).
December 3, 1989 --
Bobby Gould scored his first goal of the season (his last in the NHL) with 7:17 to play and Andy Mogg made 24 saves in Boston's 2-1 win at Philly. Ken Wregget made 32 saves. Dave Poulin, who returned from a 14-game absence due to a broken thumb, gave Philly a 1-0 lead.
January 16, 1990 --
Dave Poulin was traded to Boston for Ken Linseman. The stunned Poulin initially did not report to Boston but days later accepted a contract extension while Linseman was elated to be leaving coach Mike Milbury because "he didn't appreciate my abilities" after being reduced to a third line center. Poulin said "First, I wanted a commitment from the Bruins. I didn't want to be bouncing from one team to another, year-to-year, at this point in my career. And second, I have business interests in the Philadelphia area that I've worked hard to develop over the years -- so I'd have options. And finally, I have two young 3-year-old girls who, since the day they were born, have become very attached to the medical community around Philadelphia. They were born very early, prematurely, and my wife is now pregnant with our third, and the medical community is important to all of us."
January 27, 1990 --
Dave Christian (1-1-2) scored with 4:16 to play and Andy Moog made 22 saves in Boston's 2-1 home win. Pete Peeters (28 saves) shutout Boston through 50 minutes. Mark Howe, who gave Philly a 1-0 lead in the second period, reinjured his back (herniated discs) and missed the remainder of the season.
March 2, 1990 --
Brian Propp was dealt to Boston for a second round draft pick (Terran Sandwith). Assembled media at a Bruins' scrimmage sensed an impending acquisition when player Greg Hawgood showed on the ice wearing PROPP on the back of his jersey. Propp was with the Flyers in Calgary at the time of the trade.
March 6, 1990 --
Dave Poulin and Brian Propp returned to the Spectrum. The Bruins won 2-1 as Bobby Gould scored with 41 seconds to play. Kevin Maguire, acquired the previous day, made his Flyers' debut and gave Philly a 1-0 lead. It would be Maguire's only point in his 5-game Flyers' career.
September 15-16, 1990 --
Boston won both preseason games, 5-2 in Worcester, MA and 5-4 in Albany, NY.
October 4, 1990 --
In the season opener, Boston won 4-1 despite being outshot 27-16. Dave Poulin, in his 500th NHL game, gave Boston a 1-0 lead. Flyers' top pick Mike Ricci suffered a broken finger in his NHL debut and missed the rest of the month. Prior to the game, the Bruins raised a "Wales Conference Champions 1989-90" banner.
January 12, 1991 --
Ron Hextall made 25 saves, including key late stops against Ray Bourque and Cam Neely, in a 3-1 win at Boston. Terry Carkner scored the last two goals of the game, a PPG late in the second period and an insurance tally with 1:19 left.
March 17, 1991 --
Reggie Lemelin made 23 saves, Petri Skriko had the GWG in the first period and Ken Hodge, Jr. netted a third period SHG to lead Boston 3-1 in Philly.
September 14-15, 1991 --
Boston won a preseason game 4-3 at Worcester, MA followed by the Flyers' 3-1 win in Richfield, OH.
December 7, 1991 --
Rod Brind'Amour scored consecutive third period goals to lift Philly to a 5-3 win in Boston. Brind'Amour tied the game 1:04 after Boston took a lead, then with 3:30 to play he gave Philly a 4-3 edge. Sixteen seconds later, Brad Jones gave Philly a 5-3 advantage. Ken Wregget made 23 saves. The Flyers were 0-7-1 in their prior eight games. Bill Dineen earned his first win as Flyers' head coach.
January 2, 1992 --
Garry Galley, Wes Walz and Boston's 3rd round choice (Milos Holan) in the 1993 Entry Draft were sent to Philly for Gord Murphy, Brian Dobbin, Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Sergei Zholtok) in the 1992 Entry Draft and 4th round choice (Charles Paquette) in the 1993 Entry Draft.
February 6, 1992 --
Ken Wregget (26 saves), Mark Pederson (1-2-3) and Steve Duchesne (1-2-3) led Philly to a 5-1 win. Philly went 3-for-6 on the PP. The Flyers led 2-1 with less than nine minutes remaining. Wes Walz, acquired the last month from the Bruins and promoted from the AHL just hours before this game, scored his first goal with the Flyers. Tony Horacek fought Lyndon Byers (
September 30, 1992
-- Boston won a preseason game at Jacksonville, 6-5.
October 1, 1992
-- Boston won a preseason game at Atlanta's Omni, 5-2. Rookie Eric Lindros scored twice. Pelle Eklund, scheduled for top line duties with Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi, suffered a broken right foot and was out until November 28, 1992.
November 21, 1992 --
Steve Heinze scored twice and Dave Poulin scored once and played solid defense in Boston's 4-3 home win. The Bruins' Ted Donato was ejected for a checking-from-behind major against Ryan McGill. The Flyers' five-game winning streak was snapped.
December 6, 1992 --
Adam Oates (2-2-4), Dmitri Kvartalnov (1-3-4) and Andy Moog (24 saves) led Boston to a 7-1 win in Philly. Stephane Beauregard gave up all seven goals including four in the third period.
January 16, 1993 --
Tommy Soderstrom made 33 saves and Rod Brind'Amour, Andrei Lomakin and Pelle Eklund scored in a 1:08 span late in the second period in a 5-4 win at Boston. Ric Nattress made it 5-3 early in the third period. The Bruins jumped to a 2-0 lead on a PPG and a SHG and led 3-1 after the opening period with a 20-13 shots edge. Boston was led by Steve Leach (2-0-2), who had eight shots in the first period and 11 in the game, and Adam Oates (1-2-3).
January 21, 1993 --
Dave Reid's GWG gave Boston a 5-4 win in Philly. Reid and Vladimir Ruzicka (in 14 seconds) both scored twice. Boston scored four first period goals in a span of 6:42. Philly scored twice in the second and third periods. Garry Galley had two goals. Andy Moog made 35 saves and finished with a 9-3 record in his Bruins' career against Philly.
September 28, 1993 --
In a preseason match played at Charlotte, North Carolina's Independence Arena, Boston won 4-1. Mark Recchi fought Don Sweeney --
November 20, 1993 --
The teams skated to their first tie in Boston since 1979, 5-5. Ted Donato had the lone third period goal. The Bruins rallied from a 4-1 deficit. Tommy Soderstrom made 38 saves. Boston held a 43-23 shots advantage. Rod Brind'Amour scored 44 seconds into the game then defeated Steve Leach in a fight later in the first period. Mark Recchi (1-2-3) led Philly while Adam Oates (2-1-3) and Cam Neely (1-2-3) led Boston. Game time was changed from 7:05 to 5:05 PM because of a Giants-Eagles' NFL game in Philadelphia the following day.
December 31, 1993 --
In a neutral site game played in the Target Center in Minneapolis, Philly rallied from a 3-0 deficit with about 25 minutes left to win 4-3. Mark Recchi evened the score with about six minutes left then Eric Lindros netted the GWG at 17:43. The line of Recchi, Lindros and Mikael Renberg each had a goal and two assists. Philly scored three times on nine shots in the third period against ex-Minnesota North Star Jon Casey. At one point, Boston led 3-0 with a 21-7 shots advantage. Ryan McGill and Cam Neely fought --
January 13, 1994 --
Dominic Roussel made 33 saves and Mark Recchi scored twice (2-1-3) in Philly's 6-2 home win. The Flyers led 4-2 in the second period and Boston replaced netminder John Blue for Jon Casey. Mikael Renberg (1-2-3) scored on the first shot Casey faced. Cam Neely scored both Boston goals.
February 5, 1994 --
Boston outshot Philly 45-18 in a 4-0 home win. Ray Bourque scored twice and Jon Casey had the shutout.
April 10, 1994 --
Adam Oates set up the GTG and GWG in the second period in Boston's 4-3 win at Philly. The goals sent Tommy Soderstrom (18 saves, 22 shots) to the bench in favor of Dominic Roussel (5 saves, 5 shots).
September 14, 1994 --
In a preseason game in Providence, RI, the Flyers won 3-2 and held off a Bruins 5-on-3 advantage for the final 2:25 of the game. The game was filled with fisticuffs including Dan Kordic-Marc Potvin, Vladislav Boulin-Daniel Lacroix (
) and three seconds later Dave Brown-Mariusz Czerkawski (
) during which Boston's head coach Brian Sutter nearly left the bench. Boulin, a fifth round draft pick in 1992, who once played for Moscow Dynamo, also scored a key goal.
September 28, 1994 --
In the final preseason match for both teams, the Bruins dominated with a 9-0 win in Philadelphia. It was the Flyers' sixth game in seven nights. Blaine Lacher made 22 saves for Boston. Ron Hextall surrendered nine goals in his second appearance since returning to the Flyers. Among the game's fights were Dan Kordic-Bill Armstrong and Rod Brind'Amour-Brent Hughes (
January 22, 1995 --
Blaine Lacher made 18 saves in his NHL debut and Cam Neely (3-0-3) scored three PPGs in Boston's 4-1 home win. Adam Oates (0-3-3) and Ray Bourque (0-3-3) assisted on each Neely goal. Dave Brown gave Philly a 1-0 lead. The Bruins were scoreless halfway into the game. Neely's GWG came 8:36 into the final period. The Bruins raised a banner for the eventual closing of Boston Garden.
January 28, 1995 --
Brent Fedyk and Mark Recchi (1-1-2) scored on goals assisted by Rod Brind'Amour (0-2-2) in the final 2:38 of the first period and Dominic Roussel made 23 saves in a 2-1 home win. Boston held a 24-14 shots advantage including 13-3 in the third period. Cam Neely scored with 0:46 left to snap Roussel's shutout bid. Neely earlier had an 8-stitch cut to his lip and teammate Adam Oates had 12 stitches on errant high sticks.
March 9, 1995 --
Ron Hextall made 32 saves and Philly scored two PPGs in the first 6:15 en route to a 3-2 home win. John LeClair increased his point totals to 23 (12-11-23) in his first 13 games with the Flyers and the Legion of Doom Line had 60 points (28-32-60), including four in this game, during the 13 games. The Bruins outshot the Flyers 34-21, including 9-4 in the first period but the Flyers scored three times on four shots off Blaine Lacher.
March 28, 1995 --
Adam Oates and Bryan Smolinski each scored twice in Boston's 5-1 home win. Boston outshot Philly 38-19 including 16-3 in the third period.
December 3, 1995 --
Ron Hextall made 33 saves and the Flyers' Legion of Doom line dominated in a 6-1 home win. Mikael Renberg (2-1-3), John LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (0-2-2) combined for 8 points, 15 shots, and a +11. Lindros' crushing check on Mark Cornforth, (
) who played just six games in his NHL career.
February 10, 1996 --
Eric Lindros (1-3-4), Pat Falloon (2-0-2) and Garth Snow (27 saves) led Philly to a 6-2 win in Boston's new FleetCenter. The Flyers scored three goals in a span of 3:19 late in the second period and out-scored Boston 5-1 over the last two periods.
March 9, 1996 --
Bill Ranford made 31 saves and the Bruins completed a rally when Don Sweeney scored with 2:38 to play in a 3-2 win at Boston. Philly led 2-0 until Dean Chynoweth scored with one minute left in the second period and nine seconds after coming out of the penalty box. Garth Snow made 34 saves.
April 7, 1996 --
Adam Oates snapped a 2-2 tie in the opening minute of the third period and Bill Ranford made 19 saves in Boston's 4-2 win. It was the last time the teams met in the Spectrum.
November 26, 1996 --
Bill Ranford stopped 34 shots and Adam Oates and Kyle McLaren scored in Boston's 2-0 home win. Eric Lindros made his season debut after missing the first 23 games with a pulled right groin suffered in the preseason.
December 15, 1996 --
Ron Hextall made 28 saves and became the first Flyers' goalie to record a regular season shutout in this series in Philly's 6-0 home win. Shjon Podein and Trent Klatt scored first period goals and Rod Brind'Amour (1-2-3) had three points. Philly outshot the Bruins 44-28. Bill Ranford made 38 saves. Earlier in the day, the Flyers acquired Paul Coffey from the Hartford Whalers. There were four fights in first period: Daniel Lacroix-Troy Mallette (
), Scott Daniels vs Dean Chynoweth (
), Daniels-Mallette (
) and Dan Kordic-Jeff Odgers (
January 7, 1997 --
The Flyers led 4-0 after one period en route to a 7-3 home win to run their unbeaten streak to 17 games (14-0-3). John LeClair (0-3-3) and Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had three points and Dale Hawerchuk (2-0-2) scored twice. Ron Hextall, accidentally clipped in the face by teammate Chris Therien, was removed leaving a trail of blood on the ice but later returned. When Boston goalie Robbie Tallas played what would have been icing, his attempted clear landed on the stick of Mikael Renberg who netted a gift goal 20 seconds into the third period to give Philly a 5-2 lead. Eric Lindros-Kyle McLaren --
March 1, 1997 --
Trent Klatt (3-0-3) scored his first NHL hat trick but Bob Beers and Ray Bourque of the Bruins' scored on long bombs in the final 1:18 of regulation in a game that ended 5-5 at Boston. Bourque tied the goal with 21 seconds remaining. Philly led 3-0 in the first period then took a 5-3 lead in the third period after consecutive goals. Shjon Podein (1-1-2) had two points. Eric Lindros (two assists) fought Dean Chynoweth with 5:02 left in regulation --
. After the game, Adam Oates, who assisted on the final two goals, was traded by Boston in a blockbuster trade with Washington.
December 3, 1997 --
Byron Dafoe made 20 saves, Steve Heinze scored snapped a scoreless tie near the game's midway point and P.J. Axelsson (1-1-2) factored in both third period goals as Boston won 3-0 in Philly. Boston held a 16-6 shots advantage in the third period after being outshot 14-7 through 40 minutes.
December 18, 1997 --
Joel Otto scored his first goal of the year, the only goal in the final period, and the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philly. Eric Lindros, who scored the first goal, signed a two-year contract the prior day that was reported at $7.5 and $8.5 million; Lindros was also penalized three times among the four minors called against the Flyers. Dave Ellett of Boston accidentally hit teammate Jason Allison across the eyelid leading to a 10-stitch cut; Allison was assisted off the ice and did not return due to a swelling.
March 27, 1998 --
Byron Dafoe made 37 saves and P.J. Axelsson had three points in Boston's 4-2 home win. The score was 2-2 at the 5:40 mark and five goals were scored in the first half of the first period.
April 19, 1998 --
Boston won the season finale 2-1 at home. Eric Lindros was tossed (instigator) in the first period for fighting Tim Taylor less than six minutes into the contest. Dave Ellett (Boston) and Joel Otto (Philly) were also tossed in the first period. Boston outshot Philly 15-3 in the opening period and held a 1-0 lead. Sergei Samsonov gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the third period. Neither team wore white sweaters.
December 23, 1998 --
Eric Desjardins' goal, on a perfect feed from John LeClair, 6:51 into the third period gave Philly a 2-1 win at Boston. JVB made 28 saves. Mikael Renberg suffered a separated left shoulder and missed close to a month.
February 6, 1999 --
Ron Hextall made 27 saves and Eric Lindros's third period PPG gave the Flyers a 2-2 tie in Philly. The Flyers' PP was 1-for-8. Sergei Samsonov, who was penalized prior to the tying goal, scored twice for Boston. Rob Tallas made 25 saves. It was the last game of a 16-1-7 streak and the start of a 2-12-6 skid for the Flyers.
April 3, 1999 --
Shawn Bates scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 24 stops in Boston's 3-0 home win.
April 18, 1999 --
Philly held Boston to 11 shots in a 3-1 season-finale home win. The Flyers scored two PPGs in the first period. Rod Brind'Amour played in his team-record 484th straight game. The game was a battle for fifth seed in the East, with the winner getting fourth-seeded Toronto and the loser facing third-seeded Carolina (who had 11 less points than the Leafs).
October 9, 1999 --
P.J. Axelsson scored in the opening minute and Mark Recchi countered in the second period in a 1-1 tie at Boston. JVB (21 saves) and John Grahame (28 saves) were the goaltenders.
March 4, 2000 --
Brian Boucher (21 saves) recorded the first Flyers' regular season shut out in Boston, a 3-0 win. Simon Gagne, Eric Lindros and Keith Jones scored. Lindros, who missed the prior five games due to a back injury, received what was later diagnosed as his fourth concussion (Grade I by two doctors, Grade II by a third doctor) after being elbowed by Hal Gill. Keith Primeau returned to the Flyers' lineup after missing the previous nine games due to a cracked rib; he reinjured the area and missed the following three contests. The overwhelming atmosphere to the game was rampant speculation of Raymond Bourque's last game in a Bruins' uniform and possible acquisiton by the Flyers; he was dealt to Colorado two days later.
March 19, 2000 --
Brian Boucher made 29 saves and six Flyers scored in Philly's 6-2 home victory. Keith Jones and Simon Gagne scored 31 seconds apart midway in the game to give Philly a 3-2 lead. John LeClair (1-2-3) had three points. John Grahame (17 saves, 22 shots) was pulled for Rob Tallas (6 saves, 7 shots).
April 8, 2000 --
Brian Boucher made 24 saves and Philly scored three third period goals in a 3-0 home win. Mark Eaton snapped the scoreless tie with his first NHL goal on a 3-on-1 break. Boston, trailing 1-0, had a goal reversed after a video review. John LeClair's ENG gave him 40 goals for the fifth straight season.
October 7, 2000 --
Joe Thornton (4), Jason Allison (4) and Sergei Samsonov (3) combined for 11 points in Boston's 5-1 win at Philly. John LeClair suffered a back injury which required surgery (October 21, 2000) to repair a herniated disc; he missed the next 21 games, returned for six games and then was diagnosed with a low-grade staph infection in his back which kept him sidelined (December 10-March 22) until the final eight regular season games. Byron Dafoe made 27 saves for boston then was removed with a hamstring injury. Luke Richardson-Ken Belanger --
December 19, 2000 --
The Bruins' Mike Knuble (1-1-2) tied the game with a third period goal in a 4-4 draw at Boston. Brian Boucher made 27 saves and Simon Gagne (1-1-2) had two points. The Bruins led 2-0 at the 2:42 mark but Rick Tocchet gave Philly a 4-3 lead in the third period.
February 6, 2001 --
P.J. Axelsson scored midway in the third period to lead Boston to a 4-3 home win. The Bruins led 2-0 at the 4:13 mark but the Flyers rallied to even the score 3-3 after two periods. Three fights: Chris McAllister-Andrei Nazarov at the 0:07 mark, Chris Therien vs. Mike Knuble and Rick Tocchet-Hal Gill.
March 5, 2001 --
Trailing 4-3, the Flyers got goals from Eric Desjardins (SHG with 5:57 remaining) and Mark Recchi (PPG with 3:17 left) in a 6-4 win at home over Mike Keenan's Bruins. Recchi (2-2-4), Dan McGillis (1-2-3), Keith Primeau (1-2-3) and Desjardins (1-1-2) were responsible for all nine third period points. Chris McAllister knocked down Andrei Nazarov in a fight --
November 29, 2001 --
Jozef Stumpel scored 3:22 into OT to give Boston a 3-2 win at Philly. Byron Dafoe made 28 saves. Each squad had five shots in the OT. Don Sweeney was ejected for kneeing Simon Gagne with 24.8 left in the opening period. During the penalty, Bill Guerin scored a SHG to make it 2-0. Roman Cechmanek made 32 saves. Chris McAllister fought Andrei Nazarov (
December 15, 2001 --
Brian Boucher made 32 saves and Philly scored five straight goals in a 5-2 road win. John LeClair (1-1-2) and Mark Recchi (1-1-2) led the offense and Jeremy Roenick made it 4-1 with 14 seconds left in the second period. Chris McAllister fought Andrei Nazarov twice (
) and (
) and Keith Primeau fought Nick Boynton (
March 4, 2002 --
Brian Boucher made 21 saves and Jiri Dopita scored twice to lead Philly to a 4-1 road win. Boston led 1-0 midway through the game but Dopita and Simon Gagne scored in a span of 1:43 to give Philly a 2-1 lead.
April 2, 2002 --
Byron Dafoe made 26 saves and Boston scored the last four goals in a 4-2 win at Philly. The Flyers led 2-0 before eight minutes expired. Brian Rolston (1-1-2) scored a key SHG in the third period. Brian Boucher made 32 saves. Adam Oates made it 1-0, his first goal in a Flyers' sweater. Luke Richardson fought Dennis Bonvie (
) and Paul Ranheim fought Sean Brown in the opening period.
November 16, 2002 --
John LeClair's goal with 2:27 left in regulation gave the Flyers a 2-2 home tie. Dennis Seidenberg assists on both goals and had 10 shots on goal. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 48-34. Roman Cechmanek made 32 saves including one that nearly trickled past him in OT but he reached back to preserve the tie. Jeremy Roenick played in his 1,000th career game. John Grahame made 46 saves for the Bruins and Boston scored two PPGs within 2:53 of the middle period.
January 25, 2003 --
Jeff Hackett recorded his first win for the Bruins by making 24 saves and Brian Rolston scored the game's only goal 0:31 into OT in Boston's 1-0 home win. Robert Esche made 26 saves. Eric Desjardins and Joe Thornton fought in the second period --
March 1, 2003 --
Jeremy Roenick (2-1-3) scored 1:00 into OT to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory in Boston. Roenick's second tally came on a 2-on-1 break and his slapper beat Jeff Hackett. The Flyers outshot Boston 20-9 in the third period and OT. Jim Vandermeer vs. P.J. Stock--
March 27, 2003 --
Tony Amonte (2-0-2) scored a SHG with 6:49 to play to lift the Flyers to a 2-2 tie in Philly. The Flyers dominated the OT 8-0 in shots. Boston held a 28-26 shots edge in the game. Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves. Steve Shields stopped 24 shots for Boston. Defensemen Bryan Berard and Nick Boynton scored 1:15 apart in the second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
November 22, 2003 --
Mark Recchi's second period PPG lifted Philly to a 3-2 home win. The Flyers led 2-0 after one period on goals by Justin Williams and Simon Gagne. Brian Rolston scored twice in 32 seconds in the second period. Jeff Hackett made 11 saves on 13 shots. Philly outshot Boston 26-13 and held the Bruins to two shots in the last period. The Flyers improved to 8-0-1 in the last nine games.
December 6, 2003 --
Jeff Hackett of the Flyers made 38 saves in a 1-1 tie in Boston. The Bruins outshot Philly 39-23. Sergei Samsonov scored a first period PPG. Mark Recchi tied the game in the second period. Eric Desjardins played 28+ minutes. A major snowstorm blanketed the Boston area limiting the crowd to about 12,000. The Flyers improved to 12-1-3 in the last 16 games. Donald Brashear fought Sandy McCarthy --
February 19, 2004 --
Patrice Bergeron (1-1-2) and Felix Potvin (24 saves) led Boston to a 4-3 win in Philly. Boston outshot the Flyers 41-27, including 20-4 in the second period in which only one goal was scored. John LeClair scored twice and Sean Burke made 37 saves. Branko Radivojevic and Andy Hilbert fought.
February 28, 2004 --
Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves and Glen Murray's OT goal gave Boston a 3-2 home win. Dan McGillis had two assists for Boston. Robert Esche made 29 saves. Todd Fedoruk fought Doug Doull (
November 8, 2005 --
Joni Pitkanen scored the GTG with 0:24 left in regulation and tallied the GWG 1:55 into OT to give Philly a 4-3 home win. Pitkanen had three points in the game's final 5:30. Joe Thornton gave Boston a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes to play. The Flyers held a 4-0 shots advantage in OT. Robert Esche made 27 saves. Hannu Toivonen made 32 stops for Boston.
November 25, 2005 --
Peter Forsberg (2-1-3) scored twice in a span of 2:02 to put Philly on top 4-3 in the team's 5-3 road win; however, he sat out the third period with a groin strain and missed the next six games. Simon Gagne (1-2-3) also had three points. Philly made it 2-0 on an odd PPG credited to Eric Desjardins when Hal Gill fired the puck off the boards in an attempt to clear it, but it rose, hit goalie Andrew Raycroft and fell into the goal. Boston then scored three times in a span of 4:09 to go up 3-2. Boston held a 13-6 shots advantage in the third period but couldn't beat Antero Niittymaki (25 saves). Michel Handzus' ENG ended a string of nine straight games in this series that ended by one goal or less.
January 2, 2006 --
Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves and Jeff Carter scored in the middle period of a 1-0 win at Boston. Boston outshot Philly 10-3 in the third period.
January 19, 2006 --
Tim Thomas made 35 saves and Travis Green scored twice in Boston's 5-2 win at Philly. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 37-18.
January 6, 2007 --
Marc Savard (2-2-4) and Tim Thomas (29 saves) led Boston to a 4-3 home win. It was the Bruins' first home regulation win over the Flyers since February 2001. Boston went 2-for-5 on the PP while Philly was 0-for-6. Sami Kapanen scored two unassisted goals for Philly.
February 19, 2007 --
Tim Thomas (30 saves), Petr Tenkrat (2-0-2) and Marc Savard (1-2-3) led Boston to a 6-3 win at Philly. The Flyers held a 33-18 shots advantage. Mike Richards and Paul Mara fought --
March 1, 2007 --
Scottie Upshall's electrifying GWG with 9.9 seconds left in OT gave Philly a 4-3 road win despite 51 saves by Tim Thomas. Goal: (
). Martin Biron made 34 saves in his Flyers' debut including stopping a third period breakaway by Petr Tenkrat. Philly set a team record for most shots in a regular season road game with 55. It was the most shots taken against Boston since March 1965 (Detroit). Jeff Carter had 12 shots. Mark Mowers, who had just two points in his last 22 games, scored twice to give Boston a 2-0 lead about eight minutes into the game until Joni Pitkanen put Philly on the board (
March 10, 2007 --
Martin Biron made 26 saves and Philly scored three third period goals in a 4-1 home win. Simon Gagne scored 1:59 into the game. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods. Mike Richards scored 1:16 into the third for the GWG. Dennis Wideman lost the puck and his stick in his own zone, while on the PP, and R.J. Umberger fed Scottie Upshall (1-1-2) to give the Flyers a 3-1 edge. Dimitry Afanasenkov (1-1-2) scored an ENG with 1:45 remaining and had two points in the third. Joey McDonald made 25 saves in the loss. Highlights --
October 27, 2007 --
Martin Biron made 38 saves, including a penalty shot by Phil Kessel, the first attempt in this series, and the Flyers won 2-1 in Boston. Biron made 32 saves in the second and third periods combined. Marco Sturm's second period PPG put Boston up 1-0 but over the next 5+ minutes Mike Richards' ninth career SHG goal tied the game and a PPG from Joffrey Lupul put Philly on top. Randy Jones, who would be suspended two games for a check from behind to Patrice Bergeron, was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct; Bergeron was removed on a stretcher (
) and suffered a season-ending injury with a broken nose and concussion. Highlights (
). Riley Cote-Shawn Thornton fought --
November 26, 2007 --
Marc Savard (1-2-3) and Glen Murray (2-0-2) led Boston to a 6-3 win in Philly. Glen Metropolit gave Boston a 4-0 lead. Tuukka Rask got the win.
January 12, 2008 --
Aaron Ward scored 0:43 into OT to lift Boston 4-3 in Philly. Boston led 3-1 midway through the third but the Flyers tied with two quick strikes. Ward's slapper came on a misplay by goalie Antero Niittymaki as he strolled far from the crease to poke away a loose puck. Highlights --
March 15, 2008 --
Aaron Ward scored 2:17 into OT to lift Boston 3-2 at home. Boston's Andrew Ference scored his first goal of the season to tie the game with 0:27 left in regulation. Derian Hatcher suffered a fractured leg while blocking a shot and did not return until the playoffs. Highlights --
October 13, 2008 --
The Flyers acquired Andrew Alberts for Ned Lukacevic and a conditional 2009 fourth-round pick (Lane MacDermid).
February 4, 2009 --
David Krejci (1-1-2) and Dennis Wideman (1-1-2) scored twice within 35 seconds early in the third period and Tim Thomas made 25 saves in Boston's 3-1 win at Philly. Martin Biron made 30 saves.
February 7, 2009 --
Randy Jones' deflected shot with two minutes left in OT gave Philly a 4-3 road win. Antero Niittymaki was a perfect 22-for-22 after he replaced Martin Biron following a first period in which Boston led 3-1 highlighted by two goals in eight seconds during the final 1:01 of the first period. Glen Metropolit and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers in the second period. Philly killed a late Ossi Vaananen minor which stretched into OT. Jones' goal was assisted by Jeff Carter (0-2-2) and Hartnell (1-1-2). Boston was whistled for six of the seven minors called through two periods and the Flyers were called for the only two in the third period. Highlights --
March 3, 2009 --
Philly scored three third period goals in a 4-2 win at Boston. Simon Gagne (2-1-3), Mike Knuble (1-2-3) and Mike Richards (0-2-2) had eight of the nine individual points in the period; Scottie Upshall also scored (
). The game was tied 1-1 after two periods. Antero Niittymaki made 22 saves, including a brilliant glove save in the first period (
), to improve to 15-5-5.
March 29, 2009 --
Tim Thomas made 45 saves and Milan Lucic scored twice in the opening period of Boston's 4-3 win at Philly. David Krejci (0-3-3) had three assists in the first period. The Flyers had 16 shots and one goal in each period. Dan Carcillo fought Steve Montador and Scott Hartnell battled Andrew Ference.
October 22, 2009 --
Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the three-round shootout in Philly's 4-3 home win. After Giroux scored in the final round, Michael Ryder's attempt to tie was stopped by Ray Emery who made 23 saves. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen had two assists on goals by Darroll Powe and Arron Asham that gave Philly a 3-2 lead. OKT later fought Trent Whitfield (
) . Tuukka Rask made 36 saves. Highlights --
December 14, 2009 --
Brian Boucher made 26 saves and Kimmo Timonen snapped a 1-1 tie with 9:32 to play then added an EN-SHG in Philly's 3-1 road win. Vladimir Sobotka gave Boston a 1-0 lead with 1:28 remaining in the second period. Timonen had three points including an assist on JVR's tying goal. Timonen's ENG came 22 seconds into a Scott Hartnell minor. Tim Thomas made 35 saves. Highlights --
January 1, 2010 --
Marco Sturm's goal 1:57 into OT gave Boston a 2-1 win at the Winter Classic played in Fenway Park. Mark Recchi's PPG tied the game with 2:18 left in regulation. Kimmo Timonen was in the box for a minor when the tying goal was scored and the Flyers killed a call against Danny Briere which carried into OT. Tim Thomas and Michael Leighton each made 24 saves. Danny Syvret scored for Philly. Highlights --
March 11, 2010 --
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and Patrice Bergeron (1-2-3) had three points in Boston's 5-1 win at Philly. The Bruins scored three times in the second period. Michael Leighton (21 saves, 25 shots) was replaced by Brian Boucher (10/11). Daniel Carcillo and Ian Laperriere fought Mark Stuart in separate fights.
May 1, 2010 -- In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Boston,
Marc Savard returned to the lineup after an absence of nearly two months and scored on a delayed penalty 13:52 into OT to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory. Boston outshot Philly 46-36 including 15-4 in OT. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves and Dennis Wideman had three assists. Johnny Boychuk played a game-high 33:29. Marco Sturm suffered a severe leg injury on his first shift and missed the rest of the series. Boston led 2-0 in the first period and eventually 4-2 in the third period but Mike Richards (1-2-3) and Danny Briere scored 4:01 apart to tie the game 4-4. Brian Boucher made 41 saves. Highlights --
May 3, 2010 -- In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Boston,
Milan Lucic scored the GWG with 2:57 remaining in Boston's 3-2 win. Miroslav Satan (1-1-2) had two points and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves. Johnny Boychuk gave Boston a 1-0 lead 5:12 into the game but Mike Richards tied it with 2:54 left in the opening period. Satan gave Boston a 2-1 lead midway through regulation but Danny Briere (1-1-2) tied it 2-2 with 25 seconds to play in the second period. Brian Boucher made 24 saves. Boston won 38 of the 64 faceoffs with Patrice Bergeron going 9-for-9 in the first period. Dan Carcillo claimed Marc Savard bit him during the game to which Savard responded "He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that's biting when a guy tries and pull your front teeth out." Highlights --
May 5, 2010 -- In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Philly,
Tuukka Rask made 34 saves and the Bruins took a commanding 3-0 lead in the Series with a 4-1 victory. After Arron Asham gave Philly a 1-0 lead 2:32 into the game, the Bruins led 2-1 by the 5:45 mark on goals by Blake Wheeler (1-1-2) and Miroslav Satan. However, six seconds prior to Boston's lead goal, David Krejci suffered a dislocated wrist from an open-ice check delivered by Mike Richards and Krejci would miss the remainder of the series. Mark Recchi made it 3-1 in the third period. During the game, a sentimental and chilling display of appreciation when Flyers' fans expressed unanimous gratitude and affection for the injured Ian Laperriere who later said “Zack (Hill, PR staffer) goes to me: ‘You’ll have an ovation, they love you’ and I was like: ‘Come on, I’ve been here (just) seven months’. ” Laperriere also called it "the best individual moment of my career." Highlights --
May 7, 2010 -- In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Philly,
Simon Gagne's series-altering goal with 5:10 left in OT gave Philly a 5-4 victory. Gagne returned to the lineup after suffering a broken toe in Game 4 of the prior series against New Jersey. Matt Carle (0-4-4, +5), who received a perfect feed from Mike Richards, found Gagne open at the side of the net. Chris Pronger (1-1-2), the game's number one star, played 37:33, had two points and was a +3. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux each scored and had an assist. Ville Leino gave Philly a 4-3 lead with 5:40 left in regulation but Mark Recchi (2-0-2) tied it with 31.5 seconds remaining. Brian Boucher made 33 saves. Boston outshot Philly 37-34 including 9-7 in OT. Darroll Powe was issued a minor in OT which the Flyers killed. Johnny Boychuk had eight blocked shots. Game highlights --
May 10, 2010 -- In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Boston,
the Flyers improbable journey continued with a 4-0 victory and the second combined shutout in NHL PO history (also Montreal's Charlie Hodge and Jacques Plante in 1955). Starting netminder Brian Boucher (nine saves) sprained his MCL (left knee) and was replaced by Michael Leighton (14 saves) with 15:25 left in the second period. Boucher, who suffered the injury during a pile-up in the crease, did not play the remainder of the POs. Leighton, who last played March 16 due to a high ankle injury, made his NHL PO debut. Ville Leino scored the GWG at the 6:41 mark. Scott Hartnell made it 2-0. Simon Gagne (2-0-2) finished the scoring with two goals. Philly was 1-for-9 on PPs and Boston was 0-for-2. The Flyers became the 11th team (162 tries) in NHL history to force a Game 6 after trailing a series 3 games to 0. Chris Pronger, who was the number one star for the second straight game and who led all skaters with 27:44 of ice-time, said of the series "It obviously feels a little different now." Game highlights --
May 12, 2010 -- In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Philly,
the Flyers became the sixth team in NHL history to even a series after trailing 3 games to 0 with a 2-1 win. Mike Richards (1-1-2) scored 6:58 into the game, Danny Briere added a PPG with 3:40 left in the second period and Michael Leighton made 30 saves. Kimmo Timonen played a game-high 28:21. Tukka Rask made 25 saves including a glove-save on Ville Leino's penalty shot attempt, the eighth in team PO history, with 7:21 to play in the final period. Milan Lucic scored Boston's only goal with a minute left which snapped Leighton's shutout streak at 134:12. At one point, injured Brian Boucher acknowledged a deafening ovation from the home crowd (
). The last team to win three straight games in a series following three consecutive defeats was the New York Islanders in 1975 (vs. Philadelphia). Game highlights --
May 14, 2010 -- In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semis at Boston,
the Flyers completed one of the most astonishing comebacks in the history of organized sports by rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the series and in this game to earn a stunning 4-3 win. Simon Gagne's GWG with 7:08 remaining came during a bench minor penalty (too many men on the ice) to Boston issued when Marc Savard skated towards the bench and teammate Vladimir Sobotka skated onto the ice. Boston coach Claude Julien said " A player (Savard) waved for a change then changed his mind... they're (refs) calling them (such penalties) through the whole playoffs." Milan Lucic, the game's #2 star, stated "I saw two centermen out there and I said 'What is going on?'" The Bruins led 3-0 at the 14:10 mark aided by two PPGs and a pair of goals by Lucic. Soon thereafter, Flyers' head coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout. Boston held a 14-8 shots advantage after the opening period but the momentum began to change when Flyers' rookie JVR scored with 2:48 left in the first. That goal was the first of nine consecutive shots which carried into the second period. Scott Hartnell (1-1-2) and Danny Briere (1-1-2) added second period goals and the scored was even 8:39 into the middle period. The Flyers outshot Boston 19-11 over the last two periods and 27-25 overall. Michael Leighton made 22 saves and Chris Pronger played a game-high 31:42. The Flyers joined the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only NHL teams to comeback from a 3-0 deficit in a series. Laviolette said "It's a game made for men and our guys proved to be men." Game highlights --
Leading Scorers -- For Philadelphia: Daniel Briere (5-5-10), Mike Richards (3-6-9), Ville Leino (2-5-7) and Simon Gagne (4-1-5). For Boston: Dennis Wideman (0-8-8), Milan Lucic (5-2-7) and Patrice Bergeron (2-4-6). Goalies -- Flyers: Brian Boucher (2-3, save pct. .891), Michael Leighton (2-0, save pct. .943), Johan Backlund (0-0, .000); Bruins: Tuukka Rash (3-4, save pct. .898).
December 1, 2010 --
Tim Thomas stopped 41 shots in Boston's 3-0 win at Philly. The save total tied Carey Price (November 16, 2010) as the most by an opposing goalie ina shutout against the Flyers since Clint Malarchuk had 42 in 1989. Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the opening period.
December 11, 2010 --
Brian Boucher made 35 saves and Mike Richards' goal with three seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Flyers to a 2-1 OT win at Boston. Three nights earlier, Richards' possible overtime goal vs. San Jose was disallowed by replay because the puck crossed the goal line a split-second after time expired. The Flyers had 17 of the 19 PIMs whistled including a 5-minute boarding major, in which the Bruins failed to score, and game misconduct to Jody Shelley. Boston held a 36-33 shots advantage but the Flyers dominated the OT 7-2. Tim Thomas made 31 stops and Nathan Horton evened the game with 10:17 left in the third period. Highlights --
January 13, 2011 --
at Boston 7:00 PM (ET)
March 27, 2011 --
at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)
FLYERS' UPCOMING SCHEDULE: (all times Eastern)
Jan 14, 2011
TCN-PH (HD), SPSO (HD)
Jan 16, 2011
CSN-PH (HD), MSG (HD)
Jan 18, 2011
CSN-DC (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Jan 20, 2011
RDS, SNET-OTT (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Jan 22, 2011
MSG PLUS (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Jan 23, 2011
RIS, NHLN-CA, NBC (HD)
Jan 25, 2011
VERSUS (HD), RDS (HD)
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