Roster update - The Flyers have recalled Jared Ross from the Phantoms, as well Steve Downie, who was previously reassigned on Friday. Andreas Nodl may miss tomorrow's game due to a lower body injury, according to Stevens.
FLYERS vs. OILERS' SERIES' HISTORY: Current and Miscellaneous:
The Flyers own a 28-25-8-0 W-L-T-OTL regular season record. Edmonton has won the last three meetings and is 4-0-1-0 in the last five. The Oilers are 5-2-3-0 in the last 10. The Flyers last won a regular season game March 19, 2001.
The Flyers own a 20-10-2-0 W-L-T-OTL regular season record at home in this series.
The Flyers own a 8-15-6-0 W-L-T-OTL regular season record in Edmonton.
The home team has won just twice in the last 11 games in this series.
The Flyers and Oilers have also met in three playoff series (1980, 1985 and 1987) with Edmonton winning the last two. The Flyers are 7-8 in 15 games, 5-2 at home and 2-6 away.
November 15, 1979 -- In the first ever meeting, Ken Linseman scored twice and Phil Myre made 35 saves, including 15 in the first period and 16 in the third period, to lead the Flyers' 5-3 home win. Bill Barber scored the first goal in the series and the Flyers led the remainder of the contest. Norm Barnes had two assists. Blair MacDonald (1-1-2) and Wayne Gretzky (0-2-2) led Edmonton. Dave Dryden made 30 saves. John Paddock and Mark Messier fought late in the game.
November 24, 1979 -- In their first ever meeting in Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, the Flyers and Oilers tied 2-2. The Flyers had a 2-0 second period lead when Rick MacLeish scored but Brett Callighen scored 38 seconds later and Stan Weir tied the game in the third period. Pete Peeters made 28 saves. Dave Dryden stopped 24 shots.
January 27, 1980 -- Don Gillen, in his NHL debut and in his only game as a Flyer, and Reggie Leach (2-0-2) scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period to help lift the Flyers to a 5-3 road win. The Flyers led 2-0 in the second period but Edmonton scored three times in under 10 minutes to take a 3-2 lead. Both teams scored three times in the second period. Pete Peeters made 37 saves in the win. Jim Corsi made 31 saves for the Oilers. Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen each had two points. There were two fights in the game, including Behn Wilson-Cam Connor:
March 9, 1980 -- Mel Bridgman scored two of the Flyers four third period goals in a 5-3 home win. Reggie Leach scored in the second period and added an ENG. Edmonton's three goals came in a space of 5:24. Bob Dupuis, the 1980 Olympics goalie for Canada, made 31 saves for the Oilers in his NHL debut and only career appearance; he was signed as a free agent in March. Edmonton scored three times in less than 5:30 in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the third.
April 8, 1980 -- In Game 1 of the Preliminary Round, Bobby Clarke pushed Reggie Leach's behind-the-net pass past goalie Ron Low in OT to give the Flyers a 4-3 home win. Rick MacLeish tied the game at 3-3 with 1:19 left in regulation. Philly outshot the Oilers 51-17 as Low made 47 saves in the loss; Pete Peeters tended goal for the Flyers. Wayne Gretzky played his first NHL PO game and rallied his squad with a goal and an assist in the first period after the Flyers took an early 2-0 lead.
April 9, 1980 -- In Game 2, the Flyers broke open a tight game with three third period goals in a 5-1 home victory. Pete Peeters made 23 saves. Behn Wilson, Paul Holmgren, Rick MacLeish and Reggie Leach each had two points. Bobby Clarke's PPG in the second period was the eventual GWG. Don Murdoch, acquired in March, gave the Oilers a led 1-0 1:14 into the game. With the Flyers up 4-1, Andre Dupont was tossed for intervening in a Brian Propp-Dave Lumley clash. Ron Low made 23 saves in the loss.
April 11, 1980 -- In Game 3 at Edmonton, Ken Linseman (1-1-2) scored 3:56 into double OT to lift the Flyers to a 3-game sweep, 3-2. Linseman, who missed Game 2 due to a stomach virus, took a pass from Jim Watson and fired a low 20-foot shot past Ron Low. Brian Propp evened the score with a third period goal off a rebound of a Linseman shot. Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier recorded first period goals for the Oilers. The winning goal was scored after Gretzky fed Don Murdoch (game high seven shots, a late season acquisition from the NY Rangers) for a breakaway but Phil Myre, in his first PO action as a Flyer, stopped the shot and eventually Linseman skated up ice for the GWG. The Flyers held a 48-43 shots advantage. SERIES RECAP: Paul Holmgren, Ken Linseman and Reggie Leach led the offense with four points each. Edmonton was led by Wayne Gretzky, Lowell McDonald and Mark Messier who each had three points.
November 13, 1980 -- The Flyers crushed Edmonton 8-1 in Philadelphia. Rick MacLeish (2-2-4), Bill Barber (2-2-4) and Tim Kerr (1-2-3) led the Flyers. Mark Messier goal with 1:31 to play spoiled Rick St. Croix's shutout bid. Philly had three PPGs, including two in the first three minutes of the second period which extended a lead to 3-0.
December 28, 1980 -- Bobby Clarke's third period goal and Pete Peeters' 26 saves led the Flyers to a 2-1 win in Edmonton. Brian Propp scored in the first period. Mark Messier evened the game in the third period. Andy Moog made 27 saves.
February 25, 1981 -- The Oilers exploded for five third period goals to win 6-2 in Edmonton. The Flyers led 2-0 with under two minutes to play in the middle period but Wayne Gretzky scored his 40th goal to narrow the gap to 2-1. Gretzky had four points (2-2-4) in the Oilers first ever victory against the Flyers. Including the POs, the Flyers began 8-0-1 against the Oilers. With the score tied 2-2, Glenn Anderson (1-2-3) had three points in the next 10:16. The Oilers held a 48-37 shots advantage. Pete Peeters made 42 saves. Ed Mio made 35 stops. Ken Linseman received 16 PIMs, to four for Dave Lumley, with 2:49 remaining in the game.
March 7, 1981 -- Wayne Gretzky had four goals on eight shots in the Oilers' 5-3 win in Philadelphia. Gretzky's last goal, in the empty net, was his 49th of the season. Gary Edwards made 29 saves for Edmonton. Rick St. Croix made 31 saves for the Flyers.
December 30, 1981 -- Wayne Gretzky (5-1-6) delivered one of the most memorable performances in NHL history when he scored his 50th goal, into an empty net, in his 39th game during Edmonton's 7-5 home win. Gretzky had eleven shots on goal. Paul Coffey and Glenn Anderson each had three points. Ten Flyers had one point apiece including Fred Arthur, whose only NHL career goal narrowed the score to 6-5. Pete Peeters made 25 saves to 28 for Grant Fuhr. http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/clips/1093-6056/
January 14, 1982 -- The Flyers drilled the Oilers 8-2 in Philadelphia. Bill Barber scored twice and Tim Kerr (1-2-3) had three points. Philly held a 43-21 shot attack. Ron Low made 35 saves but surrendered eight goals. Philly scored two SHGs. The Flyers led 7-0 before Mark Messier scored for Edmonton; Wayne Gretzky added his 56th to make it 8-2. During the game, the Flyers' reached the 10,000,000th fan mark at home.
January 31, 1982 -- Wayne Gretzky's five points (3-2-5) and 12 shots led the Oilers to a 7-4 home win. Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey each had three points. Grant Fuhr made 27 saves for the win. Rick St. Croix made 32 saves in the loss.
November 13, 1982 -- Pat Hughes' second period tally snapped a 3-3 tie and Andy Moog made 34 saves to lead Edmonton to a 4-3 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 2-0 lead after one period with a 17-3 shots advantage. Edmonton took a 3-2 lead in the first 5:08 of the second period. With about three minutes left in the game, Darryl Sittler fought Edmonton's Kenny Linseman.
December 1, 1982 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 38 saves and Bill Barber (two goals) and Darryl Sittler each had three points in the Flyers' 4-2 road win. Barber played in his 800th regular season NHL game. Wayne Gretzky assisted on both goals to extend his point streak to 27 games, one within the NHL record. Andy Moog made 33 saves in the loss. Darryl Sittler and Kenny Linseman renewed acquaintances with a late second period fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPnwyzMvL-A ).
February 17, 1983 -- Seven different Flyers scored in a 7-3 win at Philadelphia. Paul Holmgren gave the Flyers a lead the team never relinquished 2:26 into the game. Mark Taylor (1-1-2) was named number one star of the game. Ray Allison suffered a hip contusion and missed the next 13 games.
November 30, 1983 -- Paul Coffey scored with 49 seconds remaining and the game ended 3-3 at Edmonton. Bobby Clarke scored twice and his second goal put Philly on top with 3:15 to play. Grant Fuhr made 40 saves including 18 in the third period. Bob Froese made 32 saves. The teams combined for just one shot in the OT. Rick MacLeish, in his final NHL season, suffered a broken foot from a Coffey slapper and missed approximately two weeks.
February 9, 1984 -- Thomas Eriksson (2-0-2) and Glen Cochrane scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the Flyers rallied for a 4-3 win in the Spectrum. The Flyers snapped Edmonton's 76-game unbeaten streak (70-0-6) in which they won or tied when having the lead after two periods. Edmonton led 3-1 after scoring three consecutive first period goals including one on a 5-on-3 and then another 46 seconds later on a one-man advantage; they led 3-2 after two periods. The Sutter twins each had two assists for the Flyers. Philly outshot the Oilers 48-25 including 19-5 in the third period and 38-14 in the last 40 minutes. Grant Fuhr made 44 saves in the loss. Wayne Gretzky (shoulder injury, team went 1-5 in his six-game absence) and Jari Kurri both did not play. Three nights later, Edmonton lost 11-0 at Hartford for their fifth straight loss; the Oilers were 18-2-2 prior to the five game skid in which they were out-scored 33-9.
February 29, 1984 -- Tim Kerr scored with 15 seconds left in the middle period to snap a 2-2 tie and then added another goal in the third period to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead in an eventual 5-3 victory in Edmonton. The Oilers entered the game with a 24-2-4 home mark.
November 11, 1984 -- Philly recorded a 7-5 home win and ended Edmonton's record-setting unbeaten streak to start an NHL season at 15 games. Brian Propp and Dave Poulin collected three points each. The Oilers got four points from Wayne Gretzky, whose second goal gave Edmonton a 4-3 third period lead. The Flyers responded with three goals in under three minutes to solidify their lead to 6-4.
January 2, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves, Brian Propp scored twice and Murray Craven switched to center for this game and had three assists in the Flyers' 5-2 victory in Edmonton. The Sutter twins had two points each.
February 16, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves, Ilkka Sinisalo had three points and Lindsay Carson had the go-ahead goal with 2:11 left in the middle period in the Flyers' 5-4 home victory. With the Flyers down 3-2, Ron Sutter (1-1-2) had two points in the next 3:12 and earned the game's top star honors with his strong defensive play. Paul Coffey had two goal for the Oilers. The night prior, Edmonton lost 8-7 at the Rangers.
May 21, 1985 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philadelphia, Tim Kerr, Dave Poulin and Ron Sutter each had a goal and an assist and Pelle Lindbergh made 25 saves in the Flyers' 4-1 home win. Ilkka Sinisalo's first period PPG held until the third period when the Flyers led 3-0 before the shutout was broken with 3:08 to play. Kerr returned to the lineup after missing the last five games against Quebec in the prior round with a knee injury. The Flyers outshot the Oilers 29-12 after two periods and 41-26 in the game. Grant Fuhr made 37 saves. Wayne Gretzky was held without a shot on goal as the Flyers matched-up Mark Howe, Doug Crossman, Derrick Smith, Ron Sutter and Rick Tocchet against 99's line. There were three fights in the game: Ed Hospodar-Kevin McClelland, Hospodar-Don Jackson and Joe Paterson-McClelland -- ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rkuicHiLaU ). After the game, Oilers' coach Glen Sather complained about the choppy ice surface and also about the Flyers usage (now common) of water bottles on top of the nets. Sather said "Why not have a bucket of chicken or hamburgers there."
May 23, 1985 -- In Game 2 of the Finals, Willy Lindstrom snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period of Edmonton's 3-1 victory in Philadelphia. Wayne Gretzky gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead with his 50th career NHL PO goal but Tim Kerr evened the game in the middle period. Dave Hunter added an ENG. Edmonton outshot the Flyers 30-18 and limited the home team to just four third period shots. The Oilers changed their lines and implemented a more defensive structure than displayed in the first game. Pelle Lindbergh made 27 saves. Edmonton beat the Flyers for the first time since November, 1982, a stretch of nine games.
May 25, 1985 -- In Game 3 of the Finals in Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky (3-1-4) had a first period hat trick and Paul Coffey had four assists in the Oilers' 4-3 victory. Gretzky scored twice, within 15 seconds, in the first 1:25 but Derrick Smith scored at the 1:41 mark to cut Philly's deficit in half. Gretzky completes a first period hat trick with under seven minutes to play then, later, the Oilers had a 5-on-3 for 84 seconds at which point Mike Keenen opted to replace Pelle Lindbergh for Bob Froese who made four saves including three against Gretzky. Edmonton made it 4-1 in the middle period. In the third period, Philadelphia received goals from Mark Howe and Brian Propp but couldn't get the equalizer. Because Tim Kerr suffered a series-ending right knee injury, the Flyers played a line of Murray Craven, Rick Tocchet and Propp. The trio nearly performed a miracle rally (five points in the third period) and almost scored a tying goal in the game's final seconds. Edmonton had 20 first period shots but were outshot 18-6 to rest of the game. Lindbergh was replaced by Bob Froese twice during the game. Gretzky finished the game with 41 points this post-season which shattered a record he set in 1983.
May 28, 1985 -- In Game 4 of the Finals in Edmonton, Philly led 3-1 less than 12 minutes into the game. Rich Sutter scored in the first minute and after Paul Coffey (his 10th of the POs, most ever by a D-man) evened the score, the Flyers got goals from Todd Bergen and Murray Craven -- the latter a SHG with Doug Crossman serving a double minor for holding and then complaining to Kerry Fraser. The Flyers' second and third goals sandwiched a failed penalty shot by Ron Sutter, who was hauled down by mark Messier, which was the third penalty shot awarded in any NHL Finals and first since 1971 (goalies saved all three). Charlie Huddy (1-2-3) scored a late opening period PPG to get Edmonton to within one goal. While the Flyers failed to get a shot for about a 19-minute stretch carrying into the middle period, Glenn Anderson and Wayne Gretzky scored second period goals to give the Oilers a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes. In the third period, Gretzky scored his second PP of the game and the fourth (4-for-6) for Edmonton. Pelle Lindbergh was replaced in the game after suffering a knee injury.
May 30, 1985 -- In Game 5 of the Finals in Edmonton, the Oilers clinched a second straight Stanley Cup championship with an 8-3 victory. It was the Oilers 16th straight home PO win which established an NHL record. The Oilers led 4-1 after one period; Paul Coffey scored consecutive goals after Rich Sutter cut the Flyers' deficit to 2-1. Edmonton led 7-1 after two periods. Pelle Lindbergh was not able to play (knee injury) and reserve Bob Froese faced 41 shots. Wayne Gretzky (1-3-4, 8 shots), Jari Kurri (1-3-4, +4), Paul Coffey (2-1-3) and Mark Messier (2-1-3) led the show. Kurri's 19th PO goal, which gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead, tied Reggie Leach's 1976 mark for most by an individual in any post-season. For the second straight game, the Flyers missed a penalty shot -- this time Dave Poulin. Don Jackson of Edmonton fought both Dave Brown ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Eos9tJ65U ) and Brad Marsh ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygcWDTmrER4 ) during the same play.
November 14, 1985 -- In a game played after a 22-minute remembrance to deceased star Pelle Lindbergh, the Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champions 5-3 in the Spectrum. An unlikely hero, goalie Darren Jensen, who was promoted from the AHL and played in his second career NHL game, was remarkable. The contest was tied 1-1 when Edmonton's Larry Melnyk scored with 2:07 left in the middle period. The game began to take a dramatic turn twenty-nine seconds later when Rick Tocchet beat Craig MacTavish in a fight. With 0:13 to play in the same period, Dave Hunter was penalized for slashing Brad Marsh. Mark Messier was issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with two seconds to play after he demanded that linesman Gerard Gauthier drop the puck. Edmonton's head coach Glen Sather received a bench minor and was ejected when his team stayed in the dressing room for the start of the third period. Sather was replaced behind the bench by former Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon. Ilkka Sinisalo and Brian Propp scored PPGs in the first 3:26 of the third period which gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead. Brad Marsh and Brad McCrimmon were both penalized for separate minors giving Edmonton a 5-on-3 and Paul Coffey made it 3-2 with a PPG. Twelve seconds after Rich Sutter made it 4-2, with 9:44 to play, Ed Hospodar fought Kevin McClelland for the second time in the game and Dave Brown battled Dave Semenko with the latter two ejected. Messier scored 1:21 after the fights to make it 4-3 but Brad McCrimmon finished the scoring with 3:10 remaining. The Sutter twins each had two points on the Flyers last two goals. In the days following the emotional week, the Oilers' organization offered to postpone the game considering the events of Lindbergh's death. At a practice earlier in the week, goalie Bob Froese was hit in the protective cup by a shot which caused him to be sidelined. Because of the injury to Froese, the Flyers' called up Mike Bloski from Kalamazoo as the backup goalie. Afterwards, the valiant Jensen said "I was thinking of Pelle out there. I'm very happy but very relieved." An appreciative Mike Keenan said "It's not the win that is most satisfying. I'm proudest about the way the players conducted themselves, about how they played the game."
December 31, 1985 -- Wayne Gretzky's hat trick and Andy Moog's 44 saves (20 in the first period) helped Edmonton end the Flyers' 6-game regular season win streak (and nine game unbeaten streak) in this series with a 4-3 victory. Brian Propp had 12 shots.
March 2, 1986 -- Jari Kurri scored twice and Grant Fuhr made 32 saves in a 2-1 OT home win for Edmonton. Kurri, who said of his bad-angle backhander "I was surprised (it went in)," beat Darren Jensen 1:29 into OT; Jensen later said "It (puck) hit on the inside of my pants. I can only close my pads so far." Fuhr stopped both Pelle Eklund and Derrick Smith on breakaways. Bob Froese was unable to play due to an injury suffered in the previous game.
October 9, 1986 -- Ron Hextall made a successful NHL debut by making 21 saves and Ron Sutter and Peter Zezel scored third period goals in the Flyers' 2-1 home win. Jari Kurri scored a PPG 2:08 into the game, the first shot Hextall faced, and the goal held up until the 9-minute mark of the third period. Hextall later robbed Wayne Gretzky and when the incredulous Great One asked "Who are you?," Hextall replied "Ron Hextall. Who are you?" Grant Fuhr made 28 saves in the loss. Daryl Stanley and Marty McSorley fought. During the 1987 Finals, Hextall said about this game "That was tougher. No doubt about it. If things didn't go well, I'd thought I'd be back in the minors and that's the last thing I wanted. I felt pressure that night, a lot of pressure, probably more than any time in my career. Maybe if there is a seventh game in this (1987 Finals) series, that would be worse." Game footage -- http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=436231
December 7, 1986 -- The Flyers led 4-0 after one period in an eventual 5-2 victory. Brian Propp suffered a major knee injury curtailing much of his season, perhaps his best to date, as he did not return to the lineup until February 7. The broken knee required surgery and Propp missed 27 games. Edmonton's Andy Moog was replaced after the first period when he made just eight saves on 12 shots.
December 28, 1986 -- Wayne Gretzky and Craig MacTavish scored in the late stages of the third period to propel Edmonton to a 6-4 home win. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period and Edmonton rallied for a 3-3 tie after two periods. Grant Fuhr as replaced after the first period as he made just three saves on six shots.
May 17, 1987 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Jari Kurri (1-2-3), Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey combined for nine of the Oilers' 11 points in a 4-2 win in Edmonton. The teams played to a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes but the Oilers went ahead 4-1 before the midway point of the third period. Gretzky, who entered the game with just three goals (but 23 points) in 14 playoff games in 1987, scored his 68th career PO goal (tied for fourth with Gordie Howe) and became the first NHL player to reach 200 points. Mark Howe suffered a charley horse on the first shift of the game, courtesy of Mark Messier, and though his immediate status was in question he played injured the rest of the series. The Flyers were already without top offensive gun Tim Kerr who would miss the final 14 PO games. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbKrawR_jVY
May 20, 1987 -- In Game 2 of the Finals, Jari Kurri's OT goal lifted Edmonton to a 3-2 home win. The play started when puck-carrying Wayne Gretzky found Paul Coffey who slid a pass to Kurri. The Oilers combined third period and OT shot total advantage was 18-7 (16-1 in scoring chances). Each team had 34 shots on goal. The Oilers tied the game with 8:20 remaining on a goal by Glenn Anderson to which Glen Sather said "It's a great example of why Glenn Anderson is probably on of the greatest players in the world." Wayne Gretzky scored 45 seconds into the second period on a 5-on-3 to start the scoring. Philly scored twice and led 2-1 after two periods. In the regular season and POs, the Flyers were 45-1-4 when leading after two periods entering this series. Murray Craven returned to the lineup after missing the previous 14 PO games with injury. A reported 4-5 inches of snow fell in Edmonton the day prior to the game. Start time was 9:35 P.M. (ET). Sather said "It was a classic hockey game. I don't know what else to say, it was a hell of a hockey game. You can bet the game in Philadelphia is going to be a hummer." Mike Keenan said "I thought it was a fair game more of an entertaining game. The sport of hockey couldn't have been played any better." But Keenan also criticized Gretzky's play in the game "Yes we had a verbal exchange. I feel the best players should earn their chances instead of taking dives. I thought he embarassed Andy van Hellemond on one call by taking a dive. You just expect more from the best player in the world. I mentioned it. I just think the best player in the world shouldn't show poor sportsmanship by taking dives. With his status, he doesn't need help from the officials." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEs-jqmdOXo
May 22, 1987 -- In Game 3 of the Finals, the Flyers became the first team since the 1944 Montreal Canadiens to win a Stanley Cup Finals game down by three goals and rallied for a shocking 5-3 win in Philadelphia. Mark Messier gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead with a SHG then Paul Coffey scored with nine seconds left in the opening period to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Oilers increased the lead to three goals when Glenn Anderson scored a PPG with Ron Hextall penalized for interference. Murray Craven, in his second game back after missing the prior 14 games due to injury, started the comeback with a PPG after Edmonton was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Peter Zezel (1-1-2) scored a PPG to get the Flyers to within 3-2. Scott Mellanby (1-1-2), who was selected as the game's top star, scored then setup Brad McCrimmon's go-ahead goal with a perfect feed 17 seconds later in the first five minutes of the third period, and the Flyers pulled ahead 4-3. Brian Propp added an ENG. Philly outshot Edmonton 36-28. Ron Hextall made 19 saves on 20 shots covering the last two periods. Ron Sutter (0-3-3) had three assists in the win. Wayne Gretzky said "It's not that we lost the game, it is how we lost the game." Grant Fuhr said "Hey, they won a game. No one thought it would be a sweep." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Fh0DKwJQw
May 24, 1987 -- In Game 4 of the Finals, Wayne Gretzky assisted on three goals (the only three assists for the Oilers despite four goals) by Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe and Randy Gregg, and Edmonton recorded a 4-1 win in Philadelphia. The key goal was Gregg's second period PPG with seven seconds left on a Kjell Samuelsson minor. Ilkka Sinisalo missed his second straight game due to a left knee injury. In the third period, with the Oilers up 4-1, Ron Hextall was called for a five-minute major for slashing Kent Nilsson. Mike Keenan said "It wasn't called for. It was a response to a slash from Anderson (8:50 of the third period, to Hextall's midsection) that was not called. It was a penalty out of frustration." Hextall, The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year, said "If I let Anderson do that, what's he going to do next time, break my arm?" Gretzky said "He's not the first guy to try something like that. It is the Stanley Cup Finals. Emotions run high." Prior to the game, the Oilers' Lowe shot the puck at Hextall during warmups but a near-repeat of the events that preceded Game 6 in Montreal was averted. Lowe said "It was me. I aimed at putting it behind him off the boards. I do it in the regular season all the time, sometimes just flip it to the other goalie." Earlier, Esa Tikkanen brushed Hextall in the pregame skate resulting in a get-together of players. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXUrExDZkl0
May 26, 1987 -- In Game 5 of the Finals, the Flyers, who faced elimination but used the impending celebration and hype as a bonding effort, rallied for an impressive victory 4-3 in Edmonton. Rick Tocchet's stunning GWG came 5:26 into the third period completing a rally from a 3-1 deficit. Marty McSorley's second goal gave the Oilers a 3-1 lead. Mike Keenan decided to reunite the line of Tocchet (2-1-3)-Pelle Eklund (1-2-3)-Brian Propp (0-4-4) at that stage and the trio combined for 10 of the 11 individual points. Doug Crossman was the excpetion to the 11 points, and his goal made it 3-2 followed by Eklund's tying goal. Both goalies made 31 saves but Ron Hextall stopped both Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky on breakaways and made several key stops as the game progressed. Prior to the game, the Stanley Cup was brought to the Flyers' dressing room after the Flyers asked for its presence to which Frank Torpey of the NHL said "It is the first time in my 17 years a team has asked for it." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUhf8GNQhwA
May 28, 1987 -- In Game 6 of the Finals, the Flyers rallied from a 2-0 hole and recorded a 3-2 victory. Edmonton led 2-0 after one (15-5 shots) and 2-1 (24-13 in shots) after 40 minutes but the Flyers' improbable journey continued with their third win after trailing by 2+ goals. The unlikely combination of Lindsay Carson from Dave Brown and Brad Marsh had the lone Flyers' goal as the third period began. Then, Brian Propp scored a PPG with 6:56 to play, while Glenn Anderson served a high-sticking minor, and 1:24 later Jean Jacques Daigneault's one-timer from the left point, off a weak clear by Jari Kurri, sent the Flyers' faithful into delirium -- some veteran observers calling it the loudest ever in the Spectrum. Daigneault later said ''I'm surprised because it was a pretty long shot, but the most important thing is that I had a good screen.' In the waning seconds, Ron Hextall's failed clearing attempt was knocked down by Mark Messier and the result was almost cataclysmic but the goalie recovered to block the shot. Hextall was superb with 28 saves and earned top star honors. After the game, Wayne Gretzky said "Hextall is probably the best goaltender I've played against in the NHL." Propp's goal was his 28th point in the POs, a team-record. Prior to the game, the Stanley Cup was brought to the Flyers' dressing room after the Flyers asked for its presence for the second straight game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbKrawR_jVYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH9pM4cgU34
May 31, 1987 -- In Game 7 of the Finals, the first since 1971, the Oilers rallied for a 3-1 win in Edmonton. The Flyers led 1-0, for the first time in the series, on a 5-on-3 goal by Murray Craven 1:41 into the game. Mark Messier tied the game later in the first period. Jari Kurri scored with five minutes to play in period two. Glenn Anderson's shot with 2:24 to play in the third period closed the scoring. Edmonton outshot Philadelphia 43-26. Rookie goalie Ron Hextall was named the game's top star by making 40 saves and was chosen the Conn Smythe winner. For the third straight game, the Flyers asked for the presence of the Stanley Cup to be delivered to the dressing room; however, unlike the prior two games, the NHL didn't provide the Cup. SERIES RECAP: In one of the most entertaining series ever played, the leading scorers were Gretzky (2-9-11), Kurri (5-5-10), Coffey (2-4-6), Anderson (4-1-5) and Messier (2-3-5) for Edmonton while the Flyers were led by Propp (4-5-9), Eklund (1-7-8), Tocchet (3-4-7) and Ron Sutter (0-4-4). Gretzky and Kurri were the only players to score in all seven games; Propp scored in all but Game 7. Messier had just one point in the last four games. Coffey had zero points in the last four games. Anderson had zero points in Games 4, 5 and 6. Hextall, Fuhr and Tocchet were the only players chosen as top three stars more than twice. Gretzky and Hextall were the only players selected as the top star more than once (twice each). The injury-riddled Flyers got a terrific defensive contribution from captain Dave Poulin in the Finals as he played a large role in keeping Gretzky without a goal in the last five games. Poulin, hampered by injuries, played despite missing 11 PO games; Tim Kerr missed 14 PO games and the entire Finals; Ron Sutter missed 10 PO games in earlier rounds; Ilkka Sinisalo missed eight PO games and two in the Finals; Murray Craven missed 14 PO games including the Finals' opener. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-QWL...eature=related
December 30, 1987 -- In their first meeting since the epic 1987 Finals, the Oilers trounced the Flyers 6-0 ending the Flyers' 14 game (12-0-2) unbeaten streak. Wayne Gretzky had four points (three assists in the first 9:43) including his 30th goal, with 1:15 remaining, which tied him with Mike Bossy for fifth place on the all-time scoring list; however, Gretzky suffered a severely strained ligament in his right knee during the celebration and missed the next 13 games (in his return, he had four assists in a 5-4 loss to Calgary). Grant Fuhr made 23 saves in what would be his only shut out against the Flyers in 30 regular season games. Rick Tocchet fought Kevin McClelland. Ron Hextall, out earlier in the week with the flu, had won his last nine decisions.
January 21, 1988 -- Ron Hextall made 22 saves and the Flyers got two late third period goals in a 3-1 home win. Ilkka Sinisalo scored 1:27 after Mike Krushelnyski evened the game then Murray Craven finished the scoring 2:03 later at 13:36. Brian Propp gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period. Rick Tocchet and Kevin McClelland, who fought in the last game, were issued 10-minute misconducts in the second period. Scott Mellanby battled Kelly Buchberger ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-tTtAGlgWI ) and Greg Smyth fought Marty McSorley ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6iLw...layer_embedded ).
March 4, 1988 -- The Oilers recorded a decisive 7-4 home win as Glenn Anderson, Wayne Gretzky and Craig Simpson combined for 13 points (6-7-13). Anderson (4-0-4) had 11 shots on goals through two periods, 12 in the game, and scored three consecutive goals in a span of 3:12 in the second period. Gretzky (0-5-5) and Craig Simpson (2-2-4) combined for nine points. Edmonton led 4-1 after one period and all five goals were on PPs. The Oilers led 7-1 before 27 minutes expired, the last three coming from Anderson. Edmonton had five PPGs and the Flyers added three for a total of eight. The injury-riddled Flyers played without eight regulars including Tim Kerr, Mark Howe, Rick Tocchet, Dave Poulin, Brad Marsh and Pelle Eklund. Flyers goalie' Mark Laforest, who started and finished, surrendered five goals and was relieved for 1:32 by Ron Hextall who gave up the last two goals in the first period. Grant Fuhr was pulled with the Oilers leading 7-2 and Darryl Reaugh gave up the last two goals. There were four fights in the game and much concentrated in the opening period. Dave Brown beat Kevin McClelland -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSWushZzWfc McClelland later fought Greg Smyth and tossed a water bottle at him from the penalty box -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1gka5qo_Rg.
January 21, 1989 -- Charlie Huddy and Rick Tocchet swapped PPGs in a 1-1 tie in Edmonton. Bill Ranford made 31 saves. Ron Hextall made 23 saves. Craig Berube and Kelly Buchberger fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Mu6dnGUtc
February 7, 1989 -- Dave Brown was sent to Edmonton for Keith Acton and a pick used to select Dimitri Yushkevich.
February 10, 1989 -- Grant Fuhr made 37 saves and Craig Simpson scored twice in the Oilers' 3-1 road win. The Flyers won the previous eight regular season games played in Philadelphia between the teams; Edmonton last won in 1982.
March 8, 1989 -- The Flyers skated to a 4-2 first period lead but the Oilers rallied for a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia. Tim Kerr (1-1-2) scored his 40th goal eight seconds into the game. Scott Mellanby and Kelly Buchberger fought seven seconds after Rick Tocchet made it 4-2. The Flyers' PK was 8-for-9 and added a SHG. Grant Fuhr made 31 saves. Ron Hextall made 24 saves but suffered a pulled hamstring during the game and missed action until March 22.
November 24, 1989 -- Murray Craven scored twice and Rick Tocchet had three assists in the Flyers' 5-1 home win. The victory was the 900th in the Flyers' regular season history. Ken Wregget made 23 saves before leaving due to a troubled left knee with 7:16 left; replacement Pete Peeters stopped all five shots he faced. Starter Bill Ranford was temporarily replaced by Grant Fuhr before returning.
December 27, 1989 -- Esa Tikkanen broke a scoreless tie 1:15 into the third period and Adam Graves made it 2-0 in an eventual 2-1 victory for the Oilers in Edmonton. Kelly Buchberger, who fought Jeff Chychrun in the first period, received a game misconduct/high sticking major penalty nine seconds after the Oilers made it 1-0. Kjell Samuelsson scored for the Flyers. Ron Sutter was tossed late in the game with a high stick major. The Oilers held a 12-2 shots advantage after one period. Ken Wregget made 29 saves in the game. Bill Ranford made 21 saves for Edmonton.
January 5, 1990 -- Normand Lacombe was sent to the Flyers for a 1990 fourth round pick (Oilers selected Joel Blain). The next month Lacombe was suspended by the Flyers for not accompanying the team on a road trip and eventually a hearing involving the NHL, Glen Sather and Bobby Clarke, among others, took place because Lacombe, unknown to the Flyers, suffered from a pre-existing condition of chronic shin splints and required postseason surgery on both legs to correct chronic exertional compartment syndrome. He played in March, 1990 the same month NHL president John Ziegler ruled in favor of the Oilers. Lacombe played the following season but the Flyers bought out the 1991-92 part of his contract.
March 3, 1990 -- Mark Messier had four goals in the Oilers' 5-3 home win. Two of Messier's goals were shorties and the second gave Edmonton a 5-1 lead late in the game. The day before, the Flyers traded Brian Propp to the Bruins.
December 2, 1990 -- Mark Messier's third period PPG six seconds into the man advantage lifted the Oilers to a 6-3 win in Philadelphia. The Oilers led 3-0 after two periods but a furious Flyers' rally evened the game at 3-3 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Esa Tikkanen (2-1-3), Joe Murphy (1-2-3) and Steve Smith (0-3-3) led Edmointon.
January 13, 1991 -- Esa Tikkanen scored twice and Glenn Anderson had three points amid a 3-goal Edmonton eruption, after the Flyers took a 3-2 third period lead, in the Oilers' 5-3 win in Philly. In that flurry Mark Messier had two assists and the trio combined for all seven individual points. Tikkanen and Anderson both finished with three points. Bill Ranford made 35 saves.
March 8, 1991 -- The Oilers scored five consecutive goals en route to a 5-4 win in Edmonton. The Flyers led 2-0 after the first period but after the Oilers tied the game Petr Klima tacked on two more goals. Normand Lacombe had (1-2-3) three points for the Flyers. Steve Smith had assists on three consecutive Oilers' goals.
May 30, 1991 -- Dave Brown was traded back to the Flyers (with Corey Foster and the rights to Jari Kurri) for Scott Mellanby, Craig Berube and Craig Fisher.
November 14, 1991 -- Ken Wregget made 19 saves and Andrei Lomakin and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. Mike Ricci assisted on both goals. The Flyers dominated the third period with a 12-4 shots advantage. Kevin Dineen, in his Flyers' debut, finished the scoring with an ENG at 19:59 of the third period. The win halted the Oilers five-game win streak in this series. The Flyers' Steve Kasper missed the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in right knee leading to arthroscopic surgery.
February 15, 1992 -- Mike Ricci had four assists (1-4-5) and Mark Pederson had four points (1-3-4) to lead the Flyers to an 8-5 home win. Philly exploded for five first period goals, led 6-2 after two periods and held on as Edmonton mounted a challenge by cutting their deficit to 6-5; however, Kerry Huffman (1-2-3) scored a PPG with 2:35 to play to seal the victory. The Flyers had three PPGs and one shorty. Seven Flyers' scored in the game.
February 28, 1992 -- The Oilers rallied from a two-goal first period deficit to win 4-2 at home. Norm Maciver got the Oilers on the board with eleven seconds left in the opening period. Craig Simpson and Bernie Nichols scored within 25 seconds late in the second period to put Edmonton on top 3-2. The Oilers held a 3-2 lead and a 28-12 shots advantage after two periods. Ron Hextall made 34 saves.
January 3, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom made 31 saves and Rod Brind'Amour factored in two third period goals in a 2-2 tie at Edmonton. The Oilers took a 2-0 lead early in the third period but Andrei Lomakin got Philly on the board with 10:10 to play the Brind'Amour scored a PPG with 4:59 remaining.
January 10, 1993 -- Mark Recchi and Kevin Dineen each scored two goals and Tommy Soderstrom recorded his first NHL shutout by making 29 saves in Philly's 4-0 home win. It marked the first shutout by a Flyers' goalie against Edmonton. The game was scoreless after one period but the Flyers took a 2-0 lead 2:00 into the second period.
January 16, 1993 -- Brian Benning was sent to the Oilers for Josef Beranek and Greg Hawgood.
December 1, 1993 -- Jason Arnott's (2-0-2) goal with 2:44 to play gave Edmonton the lead in an eventual 3-1 home win. Arnott initially was not credited with the goal but a video replay showed that goalie Tommy Soderstrom's glove was over the goal line and overruled the goal judge. Arnott gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead 1:25 into the game. Bill Ranford made 24 saves. Shayne Corson added an ENG.
December 12, 1993 -- Bill Ranford made 33 saves in Edmonton's 2-1 road win. Ilya Byakin's PPG snapped a 1-1 early in the third period. Josef Beranek scored for the Flyers, his team-high 20th of the season.
October 15, 1995 -- Philadelphia scored the last seven goals in a 7-1 home victory. Mikael Renberg (2-1-3), John LeClair (1-3-4) and Eric Desjardins (0-3-3) led the attack. The Flyers went 4-for-7 on the PP and added a SHG. The game was 2-1 through the first 42+ minutes of the contest before Philly netted five third period goals. Prior to the game, Renberg signed a four-year contract with the Flyers.
December 27, 1995 -- Kelly Buchberger scored with 4:14 to play in the third period to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 home win. Former Oiler Craig MacTavish gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the game's opening minute. Chris Therien knotted the game 2-2 3:01 prior to the game-winner. Bill Ranford made 27 saves.
December 27, 1996 -- John LeClair (2-1-3) scored consecutive goals, Garth Snow made 325 saves and the Flyers recorded a victory in Edmonton, 6-4. Paul Coffey (1-1-2), Danius Zubrus (1-1-2) and Eric Lindros (0-2-2) each had two points. Edmonton outshot Philly 18-7 in the middle period (39-31 in the game) and each team scored twice. Dale Hawerchuk moved into 20th place on the NHL's all-time list with 513 goals with his 1,399th career point.
The last Flyers regular season win in Edmonton was almost twelve years ago (also won Game 5 of the 1987 Finals) as the franchise was 0-11-2 (13 games) in the regular season and 1-17-2 (20 games) in combined regular season and PO action from their January 1985 win until this contest.
March 13, 1997 -- Eric Lindros scored with 44 seconds left in OT and the Flyers recorded a 5-4 win at home. Mikael Renberg tied the score with 3:19 to play in the third period. After spotting the Flyers a 2-0 lead, the Oilers scored the next three to take a 3-2 lead but John LeClair's 45th made it 3-3 after two periods. Chris Therien was ejected for checking-from-behind in the second period. Mariusz Czerkawski gave Edmonton a 4-3 advantage in the third period. Curtis Joseph made 31 saves in the loss.
November 6, 1997 -- The Flyers' PP went 4-for-5 and the trio of John LeClair (2-3-5), Chris Gratton (1-2-3) and Dainius Zubrus (1-2-3) combined for 11 points in a 6-2 home win. In a four-goal span, the trio accounted for 10 of the 11 points awarded including six points on two goals scored in 63 seconds. The Flyers took a 2-0 lead on a pair of PPGs scored when Dan McGillis, then of Edmonton, was issued a pair of high-sticking minors.
December 30, 1997 -- Garth Snow made 29 saves and John LeClair scored twice in the Flyers' 3-1 win in Edmonton. There were two fights in the game including Daniel Lacroix bloodying Sean Brown -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLSKv6ns6N4
March 24, 1998 -- Dan McGillis was traded to Philadelphia with Edmonton's 2nd round choice (Jason Beckett) in the 1998 Entry Draft for Janne Niinimaa.
October 5, 1998 -- Valeri Zelepukin was traded to the Flyers for Daniel Lacroix.
December 13, 1998 -- In a furious finish, Boris Mironov scored with 6.5 seconds to play in the third period to counter Eric Desjardins' goal with 23.9 seconds remaining in regulation and the game ended 2-2 OT tie in Philadelphia. An apparent GWG by Keith Jones was disallowed in OT because Jones pushed goaltender Mikhail Shtalenkov into the net. Marc Bureau snapped a scoreless tie midway in the game and the goal held up until Marty McSorley evened the score with 5:26 to play. Edmonton went 0-for-7 on the PP. Mikael Renberg, re-acquired by the Flyers from Tampa Bay the prior day, said "It was weird, it was strange. But at the same time it was a great feeling."
January 3, 1999 -- The game ended in a 3-3 overtime tie in Edmonton as the Oilers scored twice in the final six minutes of the third period. Roman Hamrlik scored then assisted on Boyd Devereaux's tying goal. The Flyers held a 3-1 lead until the two goals scored in a span of 64 seconds. Hamrlik also played a game-high 29:24. The Oilers held a 10-4 shots advantage in the third period and OT combined. JVB made 26 saves. Philadelphia's top line, missing injured Eric Lindros, consisted of John LeClair, Rod Brind'Amour and Keith Jones combined for five points.
January 29, 1999 -- Andrei Kovalenko was traded to Philadelphia for Alexandre Daigle.
February 10, 2000 -- Tommy Salo made 35 saves and Edmonton hung on for a 3-2 win in Philadelphia. Bill Guerin had two second period goals.
November 9, 2000 -- Roman Cechmanek recorded a 28-save shutout and Simon Gagne and Paul Ranheim scored in the Flyers' 2-0 home win. Cechmanek registered his second straight shutout in his fourth career NHL start. It marked just the second time the Flyers blanked Edmonton.
March 19, 2001 -- Brian Boucher made 25 saves and Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins scored late second period goals in the Flyers' 4-2 win in Edmonton. In an 11-minute second period flurry, the teams combined for five goals. The Flyers added a third period insurance goal from the stick of Andy Delmore. Boucher ailed throughtout the game and tried to stay hydrated through a constant supply of liquids and even ate a banana in the third period to record his first win since January 25. "He was cramping up a bit in the third, and rightfully so. He hasn't played for a while. But he persevered and I'm glad he got through it," said Bill Barber.
December 16, 2001 -- Tommy Salo made 21 saves and Mike Comrie scored twice in the first period leading Edmonton to a 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The game's key moment was in the final 1:21 of the third period when Edmonton held the Flyers without a shot during a 6-on-4 power play advantage. Todd Fedoruk bloodied Sean Brown in a fight at 6:53 of the opening period.
October 10, 2002 -- In the Flyers' season opener, Georges Laracque and Anson Carter scored late third period goals and Edmonton rallied for a 2-2 tie at home. The tying goal came with under four minutes remaining and via the PP; Edmonton's ninth attempt after eight failures (finished 1-for-9). John LeClair scored both Flyers goals. Philly extended their unbeaten streak in Edmonton to five games (3-0-2). It was the first game for the Flyers under new head coach Ken Hitchcock.
December 16, 2003 -- Mike Comrie was traded to Philadelphia for Jeff Woywitka, Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Rob Schremp) in 2004 Entry Draft and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Danny Syvret) in 2005 Entry Draft,.
January 10, 2004 -- Tommy Salo made 26 saves for his 35th career shutout in Edmonton's 3-0 win in Philly. It was the fourth shutout in this series, the second by Edmonton and the first by the Oilers in Philly. The Flyers entered the game with the NHL's top power play but went 0-for-5 including a pair of 5-on-3's.
December 8, 2005 -- Ethan Moreau scored two SHGs and Mike Morrison made 30 saves in Edmonton's 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers were without five players: leading scorer Peter Forsberg (groin), captain Keith Primeau (concussion), starting goaltender Robert Esche (groin) and defensemen Eric Desjardins (shoulder) and Joni Pitkanen (sports hernia).
July 1, 2007 -- Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a 2009 3rd round pick were dealt to Edmonton for Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith.
October 6, 2007 -- Joni Pitkanen's goal 1:10 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie and Edmonton skated to a 5-3 home win. Geoff Sanderson evened the scored 3-3 with five seconds left in the second period and he added the insurance tally in the third period. Martin Biron stopped all 16 first period shots while the Flyers countered with just four. The Oilers honored fomer captain Jason Smith with a video presentation before the game. It was just the second time in the last 11 games in this series that the home team claimed the victory. Edmonton's last home win in this series came in December 1995.
June 6, 2008 -- Ryan Potulny was traded to Edmonton for Danny Syvret.
November 2, 2008 --Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves and Ales Hemsky (2-1-3) scored for the first time in the last 19 games to back Edmonton in a 5-4 afternoon victory at Philadelphia. Tom Gilbert had three assists. The Flyers were 3-for-6 on the PP. Jeff Carter extended in scoring streak to seven games (7-3-10). The Oilers led 5-2 in the second period but the Flyers attempted rally was interrupted after Simon Gagne's goal 20 seconds into the third period.
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Wonder if the Flyers stand a chance against a team from the vastly superior western conference. I swear some people think the western conference is like the AL in baseball. Though Peter Gammons did pick the Phillies...
I've always liked the edmonton fans. They seem to be the only team in the league that doesn't despise us. Grats
Because we've only played like a half dozen times this millenium? Glad we're back to the old style NHL schedule so we get to see every team. And a lot less to despise now that Clarke is gone and not signing the Hatchers, Rathjes and Theriens of the world to huge post lockout contracts.
Because we've only played like a half dozen times this millenium? Glad we're back to the old style NHL schedule so we get to see every team. And a lot less to despise now that Clarke is gone and not signing the Hatchers, Rathjes and Theriens of the world to huge post lockout contracts.
Yeah but every team in the league hates the flyers. Doesn't matter if we play or not