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1960s:
  • October 18, 1967 -- Rosie Paiement was traded by Boston to Philadelphia for the Flyers' 1970 1st round pick. That selection eventually became the fourth pick in the draft and Boston chose Rick MacLeish. The Bruins picked Reggie Leach with the third overall pick in the 1970 NHL Draft which was acquired from Los Angeles.
  • November 12, 1967 -- Ex-Bruins' Bernie Parent (37 saves) and Joe Watson (scored 1:12 into the game) played huge roles in Philly's 4-2 win at Boston, the first time the teams met. The Flyers led 3-0 after two periods despite being outshot 22-10. Boston held a 39-19 shots advantage in the game. Glen Sather and Phil Esposito scored in the last five minutes to cut the Bruins' deficit to one goal. There were seven former Bruins' players on the Flyers' roster.
  • January 4, 1968 -- Phil Esposito's (2-1-3) late goal gave Boston a 3-2 win in Philly. Bernie Parent made 38 saves in the loss.
  • January 20, 1968 -- Tommy Williams snapped a 2-2 tie midway in the third period in Boston's 4-2 home win. Bernie Parent made 31 saves in a loss.
  • March 7, 1968 -- Gerry Cheevers made 33 saves and Ken Hodge broke a scoreless tie late in the second period of the Bruins' 2-1 win in Toronto. The game was relocated due to the roof collapse at the Spectrum. Bernie Parent made 38 saves. The game featured a bloody stick-swinging incident, called one of the worst in years, when the Flyers' Larry Zeidel took a swipe at Eddie Shack who retaliated with several whacks to Zeidel's head. Both players suffered cuts to their heads, were ejected and later arrested. After a meeting with Clarence Campbell, Zeidel got a four-game suspension and Shack received three games. Campbell said "(Zeidel) was more at fault than Shack by reason of his initial crosscheck and the first blood-letting blow to Shack's head" and "it (Shack's retaliation) was a particularly vicious attack...while his opponent was in a defensive posture...unwarranted." The duo had a highly publicized battle in a 1958 exhibition game when Shack was a member of the NYR and Zeidel played for Hershey.

  • October 13, 1968 -- In the season opener, Phil Esposito scored in the third period in Boston's 3-2 home win. Bernie Parent made 39 saves for Philly. There were four fights in the game including two by Earl Heiskala (vs. Derek Sanderson and Ken Hodge). Future Hall of Famer Allan Stanley fought Boston's Gary Doak in the last minute of the first period. At the same time, Rosaire Paiement, who scored twice (his only goals in 27 games that season), fought Don Awrey 15 seconds after giving Philly a 1-0 lead.
  • November 6, 1968 -- Tommy Williams (1-1-2) snapped a scoreless tie in the second period and Phil Esposito (2-0-2) scored twice in a 7-1 home win. Boston held a 46-23 shots advantage.
  • November 14, 1968 -- Gary Dornhoefer had two goals and twice fought Bobby Orr in Philly's 4-2 home win. Bernie Parent was a key as Philly held a 2-1 lead though outshot 29-14 after two periods; in the third, Philly owned a 13-4 shots advantage. Dornhoefer said, "It is the first time I have done that (score two goals) since I played my first pro year for Minneapolis. It is always good to do it against the team (Bruins) that cut you." Dornhoefer didn't score again until March, missing part of the time due to an injury suffered November 23 vs. Oakland.

  • January 18, 1969 -- Ken Hodge's early third period goal snapped a 3-3 tie in Boston's 5-3 win at Philly. Ted Green (2-1-3) led the offense. Gerry Cheevers and Doug Favell each made 35 saves.
  • February 8, 1969 -- Boston scored four times in a span of 2:03 in the first period and won 6-5 at home. Phil Esposito was banished and eventually suspended two games for excessive contact with referee Bob Sloan. Esposito became irate after being called for slashing Larry Hale 3:04 into the third period and then, after verbally chastising the ref, was handed a 10-minute misconduct. According to Clarence Campbell, Esposito, who was fined $75.00, was suspended for landing a solid left-hand punch to the ref's shoulder. The suspension was handed to Esposito a few days later at a hearing in Montreal, when the Bruins played the Canadiens, but he was allowed to play in that game which led many in the Montreal media to say that he was shown favoritism. Ken Hodge scored twice in 40 seconds to give Boston a 2-1 lead which increased to 4-1 at 5:31. Philly got within 6-5 after two periods. For the Flyers, Ed Van Impe (2-1-3), Jean Guy Gendron (0-3-3) and Andre Lacroix (2-0-2) led the offense.
  • March 13, 1969 -- Bernie Parent made 32 saves, including key stops late in the game, in Philly's 2-1 home win. Bill Sutherland and Jim Johnson scored. The important late season win stretched the Flyers undefeated streak to seven games and lifted them into a third place tie in the Western Division.
  • November 27, 1969 -- Johnny Bucyk's third period PPG snapped a 3-3 tie propelling Boston to a 6-4 win in the Garden. Phil Esposito (1-3-4) and Bobby Orr (2-1-3) led the Bruins. Gary Dornhoefer (1-3-4), Bill Sutherland (1-2-3) and Jim Johnson (2-1-3) led the Flyers.
  • December 13, 1969 -- Ken Hodge's PPG snapped a tie with 6:26 remaining in Boston's 5-3 win in Philly. Bobby Clarke's second goal tied the game in the third period at 3-3. Bernie Parent made 33 saves. Ed Heiskala and Bobby Orr fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zii1xUp41Cc

  • December 28, 1969 -- Bobby Orr (1-3-4) and Gerry Cheevers (34 saves) led Boston to a 5-4 win at Philadelphia. The Flyers lost for the first time while playing a recorded version of Kate Smith's "God Bless America." Simon Nolet (2-2-4), Andre Lacroix (1-2-3) and Bernie Parent (34 saves) led the Flyers. There were three fights including Reg Fleming-Wayne Cashman in the opening period then a pair of battles in the same fracas during the third period.

1970-1974:
  • January 22, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 51 saves but Phil Esposito scored with six seconds left in a 3-3 tie at Boston. Parent was 21-for-21 in the first period and 41-for-42 through two periods in which Boston held a 42-19 shots advantage but trailed 2-1. The final shots total: Boston 54-24. Esposito's goal came after the Flyers hit the post while the Bruins' net was vacated. The Bruins entered the game 17-0-4 against the Western Division of which the Flyers were a member. The Flyers' PP was 2-for-2 while Boston was 0-for-1.
  • February 5, 1970 -- Gerry Cheevers made 37 saves and Bobby Orr scored twice in Boston's 5-1 home win. Bernie Parent made 43 saves.
  • March 7, 1970 -- Simon Nolet (3-0-3) had a hat trick, including the last two goals of the game, and Gary Dornhoefer (2-0-2) netted a pair of goals in a 5-5 tie at Philly. The Flyers led 3-1 after one period but Boston scored four times in the first half of the second period to take a 5-3 lead. It was the Flyers 23rd tie of the season, which equalled an NHL record. Johnny McKenzie (2-2-4) and John Bucyk (1-3-4) led the Bruins.
  • October 25, 1970 --The Bruins rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to win 4-3 at home. Boston's comeback began with an inspirationsl goal by Ted Green, his first since suffereing a near-fatal skull injury in a stick-swinging incident involving the Blues' Wayne Maki. Boston outshot Philly 41-20including 22-3 in the second period (3-0 in goals) and 33-10 over the last 40 minutes. Bernie Parent made 33 saves and Simon Nolet scored twice.
  • November 21, 1970 -- Boston scored three third period goals and won 5-2 in Philly. Gerry Cheevers (33 saves), Phil Esposito and Don Marcotte (two goals each) led Boston. Bobby Clarke had two goals. Bernie Parent played the last two periods after Doug Favell was pulled due to a knee injury.
  • December 12, 1970 -- Ken Hodge scored a first period PPG and Gerry Cheevers made 33 saves in Boston's 1-0 road win. Doug Favell made 37 saves for the Flyers. Derek Sanderson, while penalized, entered the crowd and fought two Flyers' fans after one called him "an animal." Reporters who witnessed the fray said that Sanderson cursed referee John Ashley which led to jeers and he then spat at the fans.
  • January 3, 1971 -- Johnny Bucyk had a hat trick and Gerry Cheevers made 32 saves in the Bruins' 5-1 win in Philly.
  • January 28, 1971 -- Gerry Cheevers made 32 saves and Ken Hodge scored twice in Boston's 6-2 win.
  • January 31, 1971 -- As part of a three-way trade with Toronto, the Flyers received Rick MacLeish and Danny Schock from Boston and the Bruins received Mike Walton.
  • March 20, 1971 -- Gerry Cheevers (34 saves), Bobby Orr (1-2-3) and Fred Stanfield (1-2-3) led Boston to a 5-3 home win. Bruce Gamble made 37 stops in the loss.
  • November 24, 1971 -- Gerry Cheevers made 25 saves and John McKenzie and Phil Esposito scored in Boston's 2-1 win in Philly.
  • November 25, 1971 -- Eddie Johnston (29 saves) and Bobby Orr (1-3-4) led Boston to a 4-2 home win.
  • December 25, 1971 -- Ken Hodge (1-3-4), Wayne Cashman (1-2-3) and Gerry Cheevers (22 saves) led Boston to a 5-1 Christmas Day home win. The Bruins outshot Philly 38-16 over the last two periods and 45-23 in the game. Doug Favell (29 saves, 4 goals ) was replaced by Bruce Gamble (11 saves, 1 goal).
  • January 27, 1972 -- Phil Esposito had a hat trick (including an ENG) and 12 shots in Boston's 4-2 home win. Bruce Gamble made 43 saves in the loss. Bill Clement-Bobby Orr -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Kob6k88BU
  • January 29, 1972 -- Gerry Cheevers made 34 saves and Boston scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-2 win at Philly. Bill Flett and Ross Lonsberry made their Flyers' debuts and picked up points in the third period. Reggie Leach scored Boston's first goal.
  • February 17, 1972 -- Phil Esposito (3-1-4), John McKenzie (0-3-3) and Gerry Cheevers (25 saves) led Boston to a 4-1 win in Philly. Doug Favell made 38 saves.
  • August 2, 1972 -- Left unprotected and not taken in the expansion draft, John McKenzie was traded by Boston to the Flyers for cash. McKenzie then jumped to the WHA to be player-coach of the Philadelphia Blazers and eventually sued the Flyers for the right to play in the WHA despite having a contract with the Flyers. A judge ruled in favor of McKenzie and other players in a "reserve clause" judgment. McKenzie, injured during the pre-season, quit as head coach of the Blazers after a 2-11 start but remained as a player.
  • November 26, 1972 -- Boston scored six straight goals, led by Gregg Sheppard (1-2-3), en route to a 6-4 home win. Gary Dornhoefer (2-1-3) and Rick MacLeish (1-2-3) led the Flyers. Doug Favell (14 saves, six goals) was replaced by Michel Belhumeur (18-for-18).
  • December 9, 1972 -- Phil Esposito (1-1-2) had 11 shots in Boston's 4-3 win in Philly. The Flyers had just 2 PIMs for the eighth time in the team's history. Gary Dornhoefer's then team-record seven-game scoring streak was snapped.
  • December 17, 1972 -- Boston won for the 15th straight time in this series, 5-3 in Philly. Gregg Sheppard and Ken Hodge scored twice and the Bruins built a 5-0 lead. Goalie Michel Belhumeur was then removed for Doug Favell. Rick MacLeish assisted on all three Flyers' goals. At 9:09 of the second period, Carol Vadnais got into a physical confrontation with a fan along the glass during play. The fan pressed charges but after a 1-1/2 hour meeting following the game, the charges were dropped. According to Vadnais, the fan attempted to take the player's stick which gave the player a bruise under his eye.
  • February 4, 1973 -- Bobby Clarke's 100th career NHL goal, with 6:46 to play, gave the Flyers a 2-2 tie in Boston. The tie snapped a still-existing team-record 15 straight losses to one team. Philly entered the game with marks of 1-13-1 in Boston Garden and 3-26-2 overall in the series. At one point, during an Ed Van Impe-Wayne Cashman confrontation, goalies Ross Brooks and Bobby Taylor (36 saves for the Flyers) decided to entertain themselves by shooting the puck towards each other, Taylor's second attempt (Brooks had two) was booed when it barely crossed center ice. Boston outshot Philly 38-34. Two days later, the Bruins, 3-6-1 in the last 10 games, fired head coach Tom Johnson despite a record of 31-16-5 and a lifetime mark of 111-27-18.

  • February 15, 1973 -- Ed Johnston made 37 saves and Bobby Orr had three points in Boston's 3-1 win in Philly. The Bruins' Derek Sanderson returned to the NHL after a brief (eight games) move to the WHA where he signed what was reported to be the richest contract in pro sports history.
  • November 22, 1973 -- Gilles Gilbert (32 saves) and Phil Esposito (2-1-3) led Boston to a 4-2 home win. Bernie Parent (5 saves, 6 shots) was tossed for unsportsmanlike behavior over a disputed goal by Esposito at the 9:14 mark. Bobby Taylor (17 saves, 20 shots) went the distance in relief. Don Saleski (2-0-2) scored the first of consecutive goals with two seconds left in the opening period. Derek Sanderson scored in his first NHL game after suffering a back injury during the preseason. Earlier in the week, the Flyers had a dinner for Bobby Clarke winning the most recent Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. Among the individuals who attended were Esposito and Bobby Orr who said "You're a complete player and not only that a complete gentleman."
  • December 9, 1973 -- Boston scored twice in the last 1:22 in a 3-3 tie at Philly. Phil Esposito (2-0-2) tied the game with 31 seconds left and that followed Bobby Orr's (1-1-2) goal with 1:22 remaining. Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead. The Flyers' winless streak in this series reached 25 games (0-21-4).
  • January 27, 1974 -- Bobby Orr (2-1-3) had three points and Ken Hodge (1-1-2) had the GWG midway in the third of Boston's 5-3 home win. The Bruins out-scored Philly 3-0 in the third period. The Flyers led 2-1 after one period despite being outshot 16-5 then held leads of 3-1 and eventually 3-2 through two periods while being outshot 29-12. Boston held a 40-24 shots advantage. The game was aired nationally in the U.S. and NBC hyped the Sunday afternoon affair by promoting star players from both teams. A late decision by Fred Shero to start reserve netminder Bobby Taylor, rather than Bernie Parent who had played in 43 of 45 games that season, riled NBC execs and when asked Shero said "It was his turn" about Taylor who made 35 saves. Bill Barber (2-0-2) scored twice. Orr had three points and 12 shots before exiting with 3:40 remaining due to a severely bruised left thigh suffered after being tripped by Barber. While X-rays revealed no damage to his twice-operated left knee, Orr missed the upcoming All-Star Game and four Bruins' games but returned February 9 against Philly. Shero said "Orr was fantastic today but he always is...He's the best." Harry Sinden said "The Flyers play the man as well as any club in the NHL." Phil Esposito said "The Flyers are a good, solid club. They skate their lanes, they check well and they have good goaltending. I don't think Chicago can catch them in the West." Bep Guidolin (Bruins' head coach) said "Philadelphia has as good a chance as any team to win the Stanley Cup."
  • February 9, 1974 -- Ken Hodge and Carol Vadnais each scored twice to lead Boston to a 5-3 home win. Boston was now 23-0-4 in the last 27 games played in this series. Dave Schultz's second goal knotted the game at 3-3 in the third period but Johnny Bucyk's PPG was the go-ahead tally. Bernie Parent made 43 saves. Phil Esposito (0-4-4, 7 shots), Bobby Orr (0-3-3, 7 shots), Vadnais (2-0-2, 7 shots) and Hodge (2-0-2, 9 shots) combined for 11 points and 30 shots.
  • March 30, 1974 -- The Flyers' winless skid in this series ended at 27 games (0-23-4) with a 5-3 victory. Balloons and confetti fell from atop the Spectrum to celebrate the team's clinching of the West Division title. As a tribute to the significance of the victory, Flyers' boss Ed Snider chose the entire team and the 17,007 fans in attendance as the traditional "three stars of the game." The Flyers entered the game with a 3-30-4 mark against the Bruins with the last prior win on March 13, 1969. Bernie Parent set an NHL record with his 45th victory as he surpassed Terry Sawchuk's 44. Ross Lonsberry (2-1-3) had three points and Bill Flett (1-1-2) contributed on consecutive goals in the first 1:12 of the second period that gave Philly a 4-2 lead. Gilles Gilbert (30 saves, 35 shots) was replaced by Ross Brooks when the score was 5-2. Philly held a 40-25 shots advantage. Dave Schultz fought Terry O'Reilly twice -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PyOmKNKe0E The Flyers were now 33-3-1 all-time with the playing of Kate Smith's "God Bless America."
  • 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kbg_...eature=related ; 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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKPvQ...eature=related). ; 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh00NDxptwQ )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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf31M...eature=related). ; 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRUmhl13zI0 . 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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSAznpMfyPg ) and Bruce Cowick fought Vadnais -- ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-dHL_iTxGU ). 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 with-it 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." NHL.com video -- http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=49411 SERIES RECAP: Bobby Clarke (3-3-6), Rick MacLeish (2-35) and Bernie Parent (.933 save pct.) led the Flyers. Orest Kindrachuk (2-0-2) and Andre Dupont (2-1-3) were the other Flyers' with two goals. Among Bruins' leading scorers were Bobby Orr (3-4-7), Ken Hodge (1-4-5), Wayne Cashman (2-2-4) and Phil Esposito (2-1-3), the four leading scorers in the NHL's regular season. Johnny Buckyk (1-3-4) also had four points. Gilles Gilbert had a .911 save percentage.


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  • 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.


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