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ECSF #3: Flyers @ Bruins - Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:00 PM (ET)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (47-23-12, 22-12-7 H, 25-11-5 A ) vs. BOSTON BRUINS (46-25-11, 22-13-6 H, 24-12-5 A )

DateResultTime (ET)Networks Recap
Sat., April 30 BOS 7 at PHI 3 3:00 PMCBC, NBC, RDS
Mon., May 2 BOS 3 at PHI 2 OT 7:30 PM VERSUS,TSN, RDS
Wed., May 4PHI at BOS7:00 PMVERSUS, CBC, RIS  
Fri., May 6 PHI at BOS 8:00 PMVERSUS, CBC, RDS, CSN-PH, NESN  
Sun., May 8 BOS at PHI 3:00 PMCBC, NBC, RDS  


11 Blair Betts 6' 3" 210 Feb 16, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN
48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 Gatineau, QC, CAN
13 Dan Carcillo 6' 0" 205 Jan 28, 1985 King City, ON, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 London, ON, CAN
28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 Hearst, ON, CAN
19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 Regina, SK, CAN
14 Ian Laperriere 6' 1" 200 Jan 19, 1974 Montreal, QC, CAN
22 Ville Leino 6' 1" 190 Oct 6, 1983 Savonlinna, FIN
15 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 Vienna, AUT
36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 Kenora, ON, CAN
51 Zac Rinaldo 5' 11" 169 Jun 15, 1990 Missisauga, ON, CAN
45 Jody Shelley 6' 3" 230 Feb 7, 1976 Thompson, MB, CAN
21 James van Riemsdyk 6' 3" 200 May 4, 1989 Middletown, NJ, USA
10 Kris Versteeg 5' 10" 182 May 13, 1986 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
93 Nikolay Zherdev 6' 2" 203 Nov 5, 1984 Kiev, UKR

3 Oskars Bartulis 6' 2" 184 Jan 21, 1987 Ogre, LVA
24 Nick Boynton 6' 1" 218 Jan 14, 1979 Nobleton, ON, Canada
25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 Anchorage, AK, USA
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
41 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
6 Sean O'Donnell 6' 2" 237 Oct 13, 1971 Ottawa, ON, CAN
20 Chris Pronger 6' 6" 220 Oct 10, 1974 Dryden, ON, CAN
26 Danny Syvret 5' 11" 203 Jun 13, 1985 Millgrove, ON, CAN
44 Kimmo Timonen 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 Kuopio, FIN

30 Johan Backlund 6' 2" 198 Jul 24, 1981 Skelleftea, SWE
35 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 190 Sep 20, 1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
33 Brian Boucher 6' 2" 200 Jan 2, 1977 Woonsocket, RI, USA
49 Michael Leighton 6' 3" 186 May 19, 1981 Petrolia, ON, CAN

Left WingCenter Right Wing
19 - Scott Hartnell48 - Danny Briere 22 - Ville Leino
21 - James van Riemsdyk28 - Claude Giroux 93 - Nikolay Zherdev
10 - Kris Versteeg 18 - Mike Richards 17 - Jeff Carter
36 - Darroll Powe 11 - Blair Betts 13 - Dan Carcillo

Pairing Pairing
44 - Kimmo Timonen 5 - Braydon Coburn
41 - Andrej Meszaros 25 - Matt Carle
26 - Danny Syvret6 - Sean O'Donnell

(Brian Boucher is the likely starter)
Goalie Goalie
35 - Sergei Bobrovsky 33 - Brian Boucher

PlayerReason Status
Johan Backlund healthy likely designated third-string goalie
Oskars Bartulis right shoulder surgery, Feb 24 will not play
Sergei Bobrovsky healthy expected to be the backup
Brian Boucher finger likely starter
Nick Boynton personal reasons unavailable, will not play
Jeff Carter right knee game-time decision for tonight
Ian Laperriere post-concussion syndrome LTIR
Michael Leighton wrenched back day-to-day
Andreas Nodl cut under right eye day-to-day
Chris Pronger lower body, possibly leg and/or back day-to-day
Zac Rinaldo healthy available
Jody Shelley healthy could be scratched
Danny Syvret healthy could be replaced by Pronger

Eligible for the playoffs: G Johan Backlund (30); D Matt Walker (8); D Erik Gustafsson (27); D Kevin Marshall (46); C Ben Holmstrom (34); LW Zac Rinaldo (51); LW Michael Ryan (-); RW Mike Testwuide (39); LW Eric Wellwood (47)

Left WingCenter Right Wing
Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronMark Recchi
Chris KellyRich PeverleyMichael Ryder
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Pairing Pairing
Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg
Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk
Tomas KaberleAdam McQuaid or Shane Hnidy

(Tim Thomas is the expected starter)
Goalie Goalie
Tim Thomas Tuukka Rask

PlayerReason Status
Jamie Arniel healthy expected to be scratched
Matt Bartkowski healthy expected to be scratched
Jordan Caron healthy expected to be scratched
Shane Hnidy healthy could replace Adam McQuaid
Steven Kampfer leg, resumed skating May 3 will not play
Anton Khudobin healthy expected to be scratched
Kirk MacDonald healthy expected to be scratched
Adam McQuaid sprained neck questionable
Marc Savard concussion out for the series
Tyler Seguin healthy expected to be scratched

37 Patrice Bergeron "A" 6' 2" 194 Jul 24, 1985 Ancienne-Lorette, QC, CAN
11 Gregory Campbell 6' 0" 197 Dec 17, 1983 London, ON, CAN
18 Nathan Horton 6' 2" 229 May 29, 1985 Welland, ON, CAN
23 Chris Kelly 6' 0" 198 Nov 11, 1980 Toronto, ON, CAN
46 David Krejci 6' 0" 177 Apr 28, 1986 Sternberk, CZE
17 Milan Lucic 6' 4" 220 Jun 7, 1988 Vancouver, BC, CAN
63 Brad Marchand 5' 9" 183 May 11, 1988 Halifax, NS, CAN
-- Kirk MacDonald 6' 2" 210 Dec 18, 1983 Victoria, BC, CAN
20 Daniel Paille 6' 0" 200 Apr 15, 1984 Welland, ON, CAN
49 Rich Peverley 6' 0" 195 Jul 8, 1982 Kingston, ON, CAN
28 Mark Recchi "A" 5' 10" 195 Feb 1, 1968 Kamloops, BC, CAN
73 Michael Ryder 6' 0" 186 Mar 31, 1980 Bonavista, NL, CAN
91 Marc Savard 5' 10" 191 Jul 17, 1977 Ottawa, ON, CAN
19 Tyler Seguin 6' 1" 182 Jan 31, 1992 Brampton, ON, CAN
22 Shawn Thornton 6' 2" 217 Jul 23, 1977 Oshawa, ON, CAN

43 Matt Bartkowski 6' 1" 196 Jun 4, 1988 Pittsburgh, PA, USA
55 Johnny Boychuk 6' 2" 225 Jan 19, 1984 Edmonton, AB, CAN
33 Zdeno Chara "C" 6' 9" 255 Mar 18, 1977 Trencin, SVK
21 Andrew Ference 5' 11" 189 Mar 17, 1979 Edmonton, AB, CAN
34 Shane Hnidy 6' 2" 204 Nov 8, 1975 Neepawa, MB, CAN
12 Tomas Kaberle 6' 1" 214 Mar 2, 1978 Rakovnik, CZE
47 Steven Kampfer 5' 11" 197 Sep 24, 1988 Ann Arbor, MI, USA
54 Adam McQuaid 6' 4" 197 Oct 12, 1986 Charlottetown, PE, CAN
44 Dennis Seidenberg 6' 1" 210 Jul 18, 1981 Schwenningen, DEU

35 Anton Khudobin 5' 11" 203 May 7, 1986 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KAZ
40 Tuukka Rask 6' 3" 169 Mar 10, 1987 Savonlinna, FIN
30 Tim Thomas 5' 11" 201 Apr 15, 1974 Flint, MI, USA

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL record is 62-84-21-6.
  • The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL record at home is 35-38-10-2.
  • The Flyers' regular season W-L-T-OTL record away is 27-46-11-4.
  • The Flyers are 2-8-0-1 in the last 11 regular season games at Philadelphia.
  • The Flyers are 11-2-1-4 in the last 18 regular season games at Boston.
  • The visiting team has won 17 of the last 23 regular season games.
  • The Flyers have won three PO series (1974, 1976 and 2010) and lost two (1977 and 1978).
  • The Flyers are 13-16 in 29 PO games, 8-7 at home and 5-9 away.

  • October 18, 1967 -- Boston traded Rosie Paiement to Philly for the Flyers' 1970 #1 pick (#4 overall, the Bruins chose Rick MacLeish). Boston picked Reggie Leach at #3 in 1970.
  • 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 in the Bruins' 2-1 win in Toronto (relocated, roof collapse at the Spectrum) in a game featuring a bloody stick-swinging incident, called one of the worst in years, when Larry Zeidel of the Flyers took a swipe at Eddie Shack who retaliated with seven whacks to Zeidel's head. 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 (of Shack's action) "it was a particularly vicious attack...while his opponent was in a defensive posture...unwarranted." Bernie Parent made 38 saves.
  • 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 --

  • 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.

  • January 22, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 51 saves but Phil Esposito scored with six seconds left in a 3-3 tie at Boston. 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. The Bruins held a 42-19 shots advantage after two periods but trailed 2-1. The final shots total: Boston 54-24.
  • 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.
  • February 1, 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 who was suffering from depression and requested to be traded. The Leafs received Bernie Parent and the Flyers' #2 in 1971 (Rick Kehoe). The Flyers also received Toronto's #1 in 1971 (Pierre Plante) and Bruce Gamble.

  • 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 --
  • 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 -- The teams played a nationally televised Sunday afternoon game in Boston and NBC hyped it by promoting star players from both teams. Prior to the game, Fred Shero chose Bobby Taylor as the starting goalie instead of Bernie Parent, a move which which stunned the NBC brass. When asked why he chose Taylor over Parent who had started 43 of 45 games that season, Shero said "It was his turn." Boston overcame a 3-1 hole and won 5-3. Philly led 3-2 after 40 minutes despite being outshot 29-12. Bobby Orr (2-1-3) had three points and 12 shots before exiting with 3:40 left in the game with a bruised left thigh which prevented him from playing in the upcoming All-Star Game; he returned February 9 against Philly. Afterwards, each team praised the opposition. 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 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 at Boston, 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."

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