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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at Wachovia Center


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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (26-14-9) vs. BOSTON BRUINS (37-8-6)

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FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
  • 12 Simon Gagne -- 18 Mike Richards -- 22 Mike Knuble
  • 19 Scott Hartnell ---- 17 Jeff Carter -- 15 Joffrey Lupul
  • 9 Scottie Upshall (flu)/42 Jared Ross -- 13 Glen Metropolit -- 28 Claude Giroux
  • 32 Riley Cote -- 36 Darroll Powe -- 45 Arron Asham

Defensemen:
  • 44 Kimmo Timonen -- 23 Ossi Vaananen
  • 5 Braydon Coburn (flu/questionable)/3 Lasse Kukkonen or Ryan Parent (could replace him) -- 25 Matt Carle
  • 41 Andrew Alberts -- 6 Randy Jones

Goalies:
  • 30 Antero Niittymaki
  • 43 Martin Biron (probable starter)

FLYERS' INJURIES:
  • 2 Derian Hatcher has a right knee injury and is on injured reserve.
  • 5 Braydon Coburn has the flu and is questionable for tonight.
  • 9 Scottie Upshall has the flu and may not play tonight.
  • 24 Josh Gratton had surgery January 10 for an abdominal tear and was placed on injured reserve. He will miss 4-6 weeks from that date.
  • 46 Jon Kalinski is on injured reserve and is out indefinitely. After suffering a severe contusion and swelling to the left thigh from being kneed, he had surgery with an incision from his hip to his knee in order to drain blood.
  • 48 Danny Briere is on injured reserve. He had surgery which released a nerve entrapment in his abdominal wall and an adductor release loosened the muscles connecting the inner thigh with the groin on January 22 and will be sidelined for about a month from that date.

FLYERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 45 Arron Asham 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 30 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
  • 48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 31 Gatineau, QC, CAN
  • 17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 24 London, ON, CAN
  • 32 Riley Cote 6' 2" 220 Mar 16, 1982 26 Winnipeg, MB, CAN
  • 12 Simon Gagne "A" 6' 0" 195 Feb 29, 1980 28 Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
  • 28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 20 Hearst, ON, CAN
  • 24 Josh Gratton 6' 2" 214 Sep 9, 1982 26 Brantford, ON, CAN
  • 19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 26 Regina, SK, CAN
  • 46 Jon Kalinski 6' 1" 175 May 25, 1987 21 Bonnyville, AB, CAN
  • 22 Mike Knuble 6' 3" 230 Jul 4, 1972 36 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 15 Joffrey Lupul 6' 1" 205 Sep 23, 1983 25 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
  • 13 Glen Metropolit 5' 10" 195 Jun 25, 1974 34 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 23 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
  • 42 Jared Ross 5' 9" 165 Sep 18, 1982 26 Huntsville, AL, USA
  • 18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 23 Kenora, ON, CAN
  • 9 Scottie Upshall 6' 0" 197 Oct 7, 1983 25 Fort Mcmurray, AB, CAN

Defensemen:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 41 Andrew Alberts 6' 5" 218 Jun 30, 1981 27 Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 24 Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 23 Calgary, AB, CAN
  • 2 Derian Hatcher 6' 5" 235 Jun 4, 1972 36 Sterling Heights, MI, USA
  • 6 Randy Jones 6' 2" 200 Jul 23, 1981 27 Quispamsis, NB, CAN
  • 3 Lasse Kukkonen 6' 0" 190 Sep 18, 1981 27 Oulu, FIN
  • 77 Ryan Parent 6' 3" 183 Mar 17, 1987 21 Prince Albert, SK, CAN
  • 44 Kimmo Timonen "A" 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 33 Kuopio, FIN
  • 23 Ossi Vaananen 6' 4" 215 Aug 18, 1980 28 Vantaa, FIN

Goalies:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 43 Martin Biron 6' 3" 180 Aug 15, 1977 31 Lac St. Charles, QC, CAN
  • 30 Antero Niittymaki 6' 1" 195 Jun 18, 1980 28 Turku, FIN
INJURED RESERVE
FLYERS' STATS:


BRUINS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
  • Milan Lucic - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
  • Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
  • P.J. Axelsson - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
  • Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Defensemen:
  • Zdeno Chara -- Aaron Ward
  • Andrew Ference -- Dennis Wideman
  • Mark Stuart -- Shane Hnidy

Goalies:
  • Tim Thomas (likely starter)
  • Manny Fernandez

BRUINS' INJURIES:
  • Matt Hunwick is out with the flu and did not travel to Philadelphia.
  • Petteri Nokelainen has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury.
  • Marco Sturm is out for the rest of the season after knee surgery.


BRUINS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 11 P.J. Axelsson "A" 6' 1" 188 Feb 26, 1975 33 Kungalv, SWE
  • 37 Patrice Bergeron "A" 6' 2" 194 Jul 24, 1985 23 Ancienne-Lorette, QC, CAN
  • 61 Byron Bitz 6' 3" 200 Jul 21, 1984 24 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
  • 81 Philip Kessel 6' 0" 180 Oct 2, 1987 21 Madison, WI, USA
  • 12 Chuck Kobasew 6' 0" 192 Apr 17, 1982 26 Vancouver, BC, CAN
  • 46 David Krejci 6' 0" 177 Apr 28, 1986 22 Sternberk, CZE
  • 17 Milan Lucic 6' 4" 220 Jun 7, 1988 20 Vancouver, BC, CAN
  • 29 Petteri Nokelainen 6' 1" 191 Jan 16, 1986 23 Imatra, FIN
  • 73 Michael Ryder 6' 0" 186 Mar 31, 1980 28 Bonavista, NL, CAN
  • 91 Marc Savard 5' 10" 191 Jul 17, 1977 31 Ottawa, ON, CAN
  • 16 Marco Sturm "A" ** 6' 0" 194 Sep 8, 1978 30 Dingolfing, DEU
  • 22 Shawn Thornton 6' 2" 217 Jul 23, 1977 31 Oshawa, ON, CAN
  • 26 Blake Wheeler 6' 5" 205 Aug 31, 1986 22 Robbinsdale, MN, USA
  • 18 Stephane Yelle 6' 2" 182 May 9, 1974 34 Ottawa, ON, CAN

Defensemen:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 33 Zdeno Chara "C" 6' 9" 255 Mar 18, 1977 31 Trencin, SVK
  • 21 Andrew Ference "A" 5' 11" 189 Mar 17, 1979 29 Edmonton, AB, CAN
  • 34 Shane Hnidy 6' 2" 204 Nov 8, 1975 33 Neepawa, MB, CAN
  • 48 Matt Hunwick 5' 11" 190 May 21, 1985 23 Warren, MI, USA
  • 45 Mark Stuart 6' 2" 213 Apr 27, 1984 24 Rochester, MN, USA
  • 44 Aaron Ward 6' 2" 209 Jan 17, 1973 36 Windsor, ON, CAN
  • 6 Dennis Wideman 6' 0" 196 Mar 20, 1983 25 Kitchener, ON, CAN


Goalies:
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 35 Manny Fernandez 6' 0" 207 Aug 27, 1974 34 Etobicoke, ON, CAN
  • 30 Tim Thomas 5' 11" 201 Apr 15, 1974 34 Flint, MI, USA

BRUINS' STATS:
FLYERS-BRUINS' SERIES HISTORY:
Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers are 57-78-21 (ties) 4 (OTL) all-time in the regular season. At home, the Flyers are 34-33-10-2 and away they are 23-45-11-2.
  • Starting with the 1999-00 season, the Flyers are 8-2-3(ties)-2(OTL) in 15 games at Boston (21 out of a possible 30 points).
  • The Flyers have just one regulation loss in their last 11 visits to Boston, 7-1-1 (tie)-2(OTL).
  • Of the last 19 games played in this series, 14 have been decided by one goal or less.
  • The teams have split four PO meetings and Boston is 11-9 in 20 games (Flyers are 6-4 in Philly).



Bernie Parent began his NHL career with the Bruins
1960s:
  • November 12, 1967: In the first ever meeting, Philly won 4-2 in Boston. The Flyers dressed seven ex-Bruins in the game and among them Bernie Parent (37 saves, including 17 in the third period) and Joe Watson (scored 1:12 into the game) played key roles. Philly led 3-0 until Glen Sather scored with 4:20 to play and then Phil Esposito added a goal with 1:50 left. Boston outshot Philly 39-19.
  • January 4, 1968 -- The teams met in Philly for the first time and Boston won 3-2. Phil Esposito's (2-1-3) late goal snapped a 2-2 tie.
  • 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 -- The Bruins prevailed 2-1 in Toronto (relocated due to the roof collapse at the Spectrum). The game had 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. Eventually, Zeidel got a four-game suspension while Shack received three games after a meeting with Clarence Campbell who said "(Zeidel) was more at fault than Shack by reason of his initial crosscheck and the first blood-letting blow to Shack's head." Campbell said of Shack's action that it was a "particularly vicious attack...while his opponent was in a defensive posture...unwarranted."
  • 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 in a defeat.
  • November 6, 1968 -- Boston prevailed 7-1 at home, scoring four times, including two by Phil Esposito, in the final ten minutes.
  • November 14, 1968 -- Gary Dornhoefer scored twice and had two separate fights with 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's goals gave Philly leads of 2-0 and 4-1. Said Dornhoefer, who previously played for Boston, "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 that cut you."
  • January 18, 1969 -- Ken Hodge scored in the opening minute of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie in Boston's 5-3 win in Philly. 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 and the Bruins led 4-1 just 5:31 into the game. Philly cut the gap to 4-3 with a pair of early second period goals but Boston responded with two to a 6-3 lead. The Flyers scored two more times before the period closed and the game stood at 6-5. Neither team scored in the final period. 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 in backing Philly to a 2-1 home win. Bill Sutherland and Jim Johnson scored in the first and second periods while Phil Esposito countered in the third period.
  • 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 the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke's secnd goal tied the game in the third period at 3-3. Bernie Parent made 33 saves in the loss and picked up a misconduct penalty after Hodge scored.
  • December 28, 1969 -- Bobby Orr (1-3-4) led the Bruins to a 5-4 home win. Simon Nolet (2-2-4) had four points for the Flyers.


    Bobby Orr and Wayne Hillman


1970-1974:
  • January 22, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 51 saves but Phil Esposito scored with six seconds left in the game and the teams played to a 3-3 tie in Boston. The Bruins held a 42-19 shots advantage after two periods but trailed 2-1; the final tally was 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 in the loss.
  • 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 scores in a 5-5 tie played in the Spectrum. 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 -- Boston won 4-3 at home, scoring four straight goals after the Flyers led 2-0. The Bruins held a 41-22 shots advantage, including 22-3 in the middle period and 33-10 over the last 40 minutes. Bernie Parent made 33 saves.
  • 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 scored both Flyers' goals. Bernie Parent played the last two periods after Doug Favell was pulled due to a knee injury which sidelined him 18 days.
  • December 12, 1970: Ken Hodge scored a first period PPG in Boston's 1-0 road win as Doug Favell (37 saves) and Gerry Cheevers (33 saves) hooked up. Derek Sanderson, while penalized, entered the crowd and fought two Flyers' fans after one called him "an animal." Teammates followed. Members of the media who witnessed the fray said that Sanderson cursed referee John Ashley which led to taunting by two fans. Sanderson then spat at the fans who returned the favor. Sanderson then tossed the first punch.
  • 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 -- The Flyers acquired Rick MacLeish and Danny Schock from Boston for Mike Walton.
  • March 20, 1971 -- Boston won 5-3 in the Garden as Gerry Cheevers made 34 saves and Bobby Orr and Fred Stanfield had three-points each. Bruce Gamble made 37 stops in the loss.
  • November 24, 1971 -- Gerry Cheevers made 25 saves in Boston's 2-1 win in Philly.
  • November 25, 1971 -- Eddie Johnston made 29 saves and Bobby Orr (1-3-4) had four points in the Bruins' 4-2 home win.
  • December 25, 1971 -- Ken Hodge had four points in Boston's Christmas Day win in the Garden. The Bruins outshot Philly 22-8 in the third period and 45-23 in the game. Reggie Leach (26 career points as a Bruin) assisted on Boston's last 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.
  • January 29, 1972 -- Boston won 4-2 in Philly scoring three third period goals. In between the games (27th and 29th), Philly made a seven-player trade with Los Angeles including Bill Flett and Ross Lonsberry headed East and Serge Bernier headed West.
  • February 17, 1972 -- Phil Esposito had a hat trick in Boston's 4-1 win in Philly.
  • November 26, 1972 -- Boston scored six straight goals in under 23 minutes of a 6-4 home win.
  • December 9, 1972 -- Phil Esposito (1-1-2) had 11 shots in Boston's 4-3 win in Philly..
  • 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 fired head coach Tom Johnson despite a record of 31-16-5 and a lifetime mark of 111-27-18; Boston was just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and were ineffective in recent third periods. Bep Guidolin, who would coach against Fred Shero in the 1974 Finals, took control while Johnson was given an administrative role.



    Bobby Orr and Bobby Clarke
  • February 15, 1973 -- Eddie Johnston made 37 saves and Bobby Orr had three points in Boston's 3-1 win in the Spectrum. Derek Sanderson returned to the Bruins after a brief (eight games) move to the World Hockey Association.
  • November 22, 1973 -- Boston won 4-2 at home. Bernie Parent was tossed for unsportsmanlike behavior over a disputed goal by Phil Esposito (who scored twice) at the 9:14 mark. Don Saleski 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.
  • December 9, 1973 -- Boston scored twice in the last 1:22 and played to a 3-3 tie in Philly. Phil Esposito scored with 31 seconds left after Bobby Orr recorded a goal with 1:22 to play. Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
  • 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 win at home and extend their unbeaten streak in this series to 27 (23-0-4) games. 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 in Philadelphia. The win clinched the West Division title as balloons and confetti fell from atop the Spectrum in celebration. 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 as the "three stars of the game." Entering this game, Philly was 3-30-4 in this series and the most recent 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. Bill Flett had two points in the first 1:12 of the second period on goals that gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Dave Schultz and Terry O'Reilly had a feisty battle early in the game. Bobby Orr and Schultz got fighting majors with the Flyers up 5-2.
  • 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. The Flyers were without three injured players: 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 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bobby Clarke scored the GWG at 12:01 of OT and the Flyers stunned many with a 3-2 win in Boston Garden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kbg_...eature=related The goal was set up when Dave Schultz stole the puck from Terry O'Reilly along the boards and passed to Bill Flett who found Clarke. It led to an exciting call by team broadcaster Gene Hart and a thrilling leap of joy from Clarke. Moose Dupont tied the game with 52 seconds left in regulation on a stellar pass from Rick MacLeish, with Bernie Parent pulled for an extra skater. 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 was outstanding winning 22 of his 30 faceoffs. Phil Esposito was credited with a game-high nine shots. 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 player's bench taunting Fred Shero but a Boston police officer escorted the patron. The day prior to the game, Shero flew back to Philadelphia in order to watch video of Russia-Canada games and incorporated some of the Soviets' system in this game especially when on the PK. The Flyers entered this game with a 4-31-4 record against the Bruins and won in Boston for the first time since the very first game in this series, in 1967.

  • May 12, 1974: In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers overcame a 1-0 hole at the 1:03 mark for a 4-1 win in Philly. Tom Bladon and Terry Crisp scored in the first period then Orest Kindrachuk and Ross Lonsberry added third period goals. The Flyers suffered a damaging blow when Gary Dornhoefer went down with a separated left shoulder which prevented him from playing the rest of this series. Bernie Parent made 24 saves, one more than Gilles Gilbert. 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 Bruins top performers.
  • May 14, 1974: In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bill Barber's wrist-shot with 5:35 left snapped a 2-2 tie and Andre Dupont's insurance tally a couple of minutes later sent the Flyers' faithful into delirium with a 4-2 win. Bobby Orr described Barber's goal as "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 pressuring Orr to make a bad decision and Barber picked up the loose puck. The goal snapped Barber's nine-game scoring drought. Ironically, it was a coaching decision by the Flyers that led to the goal; Barber, normally a LW, was placed on the right side of a line with Lonsberry (LW) and Rick MacLeish (C). With Richie Leduc off for holding, Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Dave Schultz gave Philly a 2-0 advantage. With Joe Watson already in the box for a minor, brother Jim fought Wayne Cashman and the Bruins regained some hope when Phil Esposito scored a PPG. About 40 seconds later, Terry O'Reilly and Schultz dueled. About four minutes later, Savard tied the score 19 seconds before a 3-on-3 was to expire. The second period was somewhat tame but a key moment did occur when with momentum on the Bruins' side, 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 and had a stranglehold on the series. 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 to date.
  • May 16, 1974: In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins rallied for a convincing 5-1 victory led by a 38-shot attack. Bobby Orr (2-1-3) starred as he scored twice in the second period and recorded points on Boston's first three goals. The game was probably the nastiest of the series as referee Dave Newell called an NHL record 43 penalties (38 was the previous high, in 1969 and 1970, in two games involving Boston) and a record was set with for most penalties called against one team (Philly had 22 and Boston 21). The Flyers were issued 70 of the 138 PIMs called. Twenty four seconds into the game, Dave Schultz and Carol Vadnais received fighting majors (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. During the kill, Boston's Gregg Sheppard (1-2-3) tallied to give the home team a 1-0 lead. It was the only goal in the first period where there was a third fight, this one involving Jimmy Watson and Andre Savard. In the second period, Bill Clement tied the score 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 With Dupont in the box, Ken Hodge scored on the PP 39 seconds into the third period. The festivities continued when Cashman was called for spearing then a series of minors ensued. At 13:58 and Boston up 4-1, Schultz and Cashman fought yet again resulting in Schultz' ejection for his third major of the game -- also ejected was Boston's Bobby Schmautz as third man in. With 1:13 to play, two more battles took place as Tom Bladon bloodied Boston's Richie Leduc while Vadnais fought a second time, in this instance against Bruce Cowick -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRUmhl13zI0 There were seven separate fights in the game. Twelve seconds later, Don Marcotte finished the scoring. For the second time in three games in Boston Garden, 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 of the Stanley Cup Finals, 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 triumph 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 Flyers' 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 the performance. Sinden said "The Flyers played superbly" while Orr stated "They wanted it more." After the game, Bobby Clarke was offered champagne but said "I am from Flin Flon, Manitoba. Beer is good enough for anyone from Flin Flon, Manitoba." The Flyers' Joe Watson offered Orr, his best friend, champagne after the game but the Bruins' star, despite playing 35:19, refused saying he didn't earn it. Esposito said "They played as well today as any team I've ever played against." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-feM...eature=related



    Rick MacLeish's goal



    Bobby Clarke and the NHL's Clarence Campbell
  • October 17, 1974 -- In the first meeting between the teams since the 1974 Cup Finals, birthday boy Ross Brooks made 32 saves and Phil Esposito scored twice in a 4-1 win in the Spectrum. Esposito's goals gave Boston a 2-0 lead through 46 minutes. It was the Bruins first win under new coach Don Cherry after a 0-2-1 start. Much of the discussion from this game didn't focus on the two defending Stanley Cup participants rather the focus was on comments by Chicago's Stan Mikita about the Bruins and Bobby Orr. The two stars had an earlier altercation in which Mikita used his stick against Orr after he felt the Bruin hit him unfairly. Orr said "You don't forget...you don't forget." Supposedly, Boston used the Mikita comments (that the Bruins were afraid of Orr and that he ran the show) and actions as a rallying effort.
1975-1979:
  • January 26, 1975 -- Phil Esposito scored both Boston goals in a 2-2 tie in the Garden. Reggie Leach and Don Saleski scored for the Flyers.
  • February 2, 1975 -- Bobby Orr (1-4-5) had five points in Boston's 5-1 win in the Garden. Gilles Gilbert made 24 saves and Gregg Sheppard (2-1-3) scored twice.
  • February 16, 1975 -- Bernie Parent made 25 saves and Reggie Leach's PPG late in the second period snapped a 3-3 tie to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 win in the Spectrum. Rarely used Ken Broderick took the loss for Boston.
  • November 1, 1975: Philly crushed Boston 8-1 as eight different Flyers scored and Wayne Stephenson stopped 31 shots in the Spectrum. Ross Lonsberry, Bill Barber and Reggie Leach each had three points. The Flyers held a 43-32 shot advantage. Orest Kindrachuk set the tone of the game as he scored 28 seconds into the contest. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period.
  • December 28, 1975 -- Gregg Sheppard snapped a tie with 1:08 to play and Boston skated to a 4-2 win in Philly. The Bruins outshot Philly 22-6 in the third period but didn't beat Wayne Stephenson (39 saves) until the GWG.
  • January 25, 1976 -- Boston won 5-3 at home as Jean Ratelle scored a SHG with five seconds to play in period two to halt a Flyers attempted comeback. Boston led 3-0 after one period, Terry O'Reilly and Dave Schultz fought (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofgE7DXvvWo) resulting in a four-game suspension to Schultz for head-butting.
  • March 27, 1976 -- Reggie Leach netted his 58th goal late in the third period and the Flyers scored three PPGs in a 4-4 tie. Philly had a record of 19-1-8 in the last 28 games. The day prior to the game, Bobby Clarke and Barry Ashbee rushed rookie Paul Holmgren to a Boston hospital. Holmgren, who made his NHL debut March 25, developed a wound near his eye from a skate blade a few days earlier during an AHL game. While in the hospital, Holmgren nearly died from a reaction to an anesthetic.
  • April 27, 1976: In Game 1 of the Semifinals at the Spectrum, the Bruins' Dallas Smith and Gregg Sheppard scored 1:48 apart in the early third period to snap the Flyers' 24-game home ice win streak which was an NHL record. Bernie Parent started and saw his only action of the series. Out of action for most of the 1975-76 season due to injury (he played 11 regular season games and 8 PO games), Parent felt his game conditioning was off and didn't want to jeopardize the team's chances so a switch was made to Wayne Stephenson for Game 2. The Flyers entered the game 21-1 in their last 22 home PO games. Gilles Gilbert picked up the victory.
  • April 29, 1976: In Game 2, Reggie Leach scored 13:38 into OT and lifted Philly to a 2-1 home victory. Leach collected the rebound off a Jimmy Watson slapper for the GWG (both Watsons assisted). Wayne Stephenson, who made his 1976 PO debut, stopped 32 shots and was selected as the game's top star. Boston tied the score with 6:43 remaining on a Johnny Bucyk PPG, his 40th career PO goal. Don Saleski gave the Flyers a 1-0 first period lead, a 65-footer which fooled Gerry Cheevers (36 saves) who was not named as a starter until just prior to game-time. Early in the OT, Bruins' forward Bobby Schmautz nearly ended the game but he flubbed a breakaway chance as he lost his edge. Philly outshot Boston 12-6 in the OT and 38-33 in the game. The Flyers improved to 46-3-1 in the 50th playing of "God Bless America" by Kate Smith.
  • May 2, 1976: In Game 3 at Boston Garden, the Flyers scored three third period goals en route to a 5-2 victory. Mel Bridgman had three points. In the first period, the Flyers led 1-0 then failed on a 2-man advantge. After the kill, Boston's Gary Doak was whistled for holding Dave Schultz but Schultz retaliated with a slash and picked up another minor for not proceeding to the box. Jean Ratelle then scored on the PP. The game was tied 1-1 after one and 2-2 after two periods when Bill Barber made a beautiful individual play and scored with 49 seconds left in the middle period. Afterwards, Don Cherry of Boston said of the goal in the period's final minute "It is a cardinal sin of hockey. I'll remember that goal for many years."
  • May 4, 1976: In Game 4 at Boston Garden, Orest Kindrachuk and Joe Watson netted third period goals and the Flyers won 4-2. Terry O'Reilly scored two first period goals for Boston. In the second period, Reggie Leach became the first player in NHL history to score goals in eight straight PO games in one season when he tied the game 0:23 into the second period to tie the score 2-2. Boston lost three players to injuries in then game: Jean Ratelle, Wayne Cashman and Bobby Schmautz.
  • May 6, 1976: In Game 5 at the Spectrum, the Flyers ousted the Bruins as Reggie Leach (5-0-5) joined Maurice Richard and Darryl Sittler as the only players to score five goals in a game, in a 6-3 triumph. With the score tied 1-1 in the second period, Leach recorded a natural hat trick in the next 15:07. In the third period, Leach's fifth tally gave Philly a 5-2 lead. Gilles Gilbert, who started Games 1, 3 and 5, gave up six goals on 21 shots (Leach had five goals on seven shots). While Jean Ratelle returned to Boston's lineup, Bobby Schmautz and Wayne Cashman were replaced by AHL call-ups Dave Langdon and Ray Maluta. The Flyers advanced to their third consecutive Finals as 2,000 orange and white balloons fell from the ceiling of the Spectrum. Leach highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzYntT_HKRg
  • December 9, 1976: The Flyers won a regular season game in Boston for the first time since the teams' first meeting in 1967, 3-1 in a game dominated by Bobby Clarke. The Flyers went 22 regular season games (0-18-4) without a win, an existing team record for futility on the road against a single team. Philly's Mel Bridgman was penalized in the last minute of regulation but Clarke scored a SH-ENG to clinch the victory (Gilles Gilbert was removed for an extra attacker) when Bobby Schmautz of Boston tossed his stick at Clarke who was breaking in alone to an empty net. Afterwards, Clarke recalled a story from his youth that he heard a Montreal player did that to Bobby Hull and that Hull was awarded the goal despite the puck never crossing the line. Jimmy Watson said "We expect (Clarke) to make great plays all the time." Don Cherry criticized referee Bruce Hood after the game in part for an unsportsmanlike bench penalty with about four minutes to play leading to the Garden ice to be littered by the Bruins' fans. Cherry also praised the Flyers' captain: "I give Clarke points the moment they drop the first faceoff." Boston outshot Philly 18-16.
  • December 11, 1976: Philadelphia's third period onslaught, outshooting Boston 16-2, finally paid dividens when Gary Dornhoefer tied the game at 16:59 and Bill Barber, on a 2-on-0 break, netted the GWG at 18:19 in a 4-3 victory. The win ended a skid of 14 regular season decisions (0-13-1) against Gerry Cheevers. After the game, Bernie Parent said of Cheevers "He played a great game. It was a shame he had to lose." Ross Lonsberry said "It was almost sad to see him lose. It was a great performance." The Flyers outshot Boston 38-19 in the contest. The Bruins, who dressed five d-men, used three for much of the third period (inexperienced Ray Maluta saw little action) as Mike Milbury was in the penalty box for about 10 minutes serving a seven-minute penalty for slashing (mutual) Orest Kindrachuk and then fighting Bob Kelly (who was tossed as third man). Because of rule, the offending player (Milbury) couldn't come out of the penalty box until the next stoppage in play so he was in the box three minutes after his penalty expired. In between the two games, Harry Sinden was asked who were the most exciting players in the NHL and without pausing said Gilbert Perreault...then added Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Rick MacLeish, especially praising the underrated Flyer. Sinden then said "Philadelphia is the most exciting team in the League. They have about a half-dozen players you'd pay to watch, Clarke, Parent, Leach, MacLeish, Kelly, Kelly is their (Terry) O'Reilly."

  • March 12, 1977 -- Wayne Cashman scored early in the third period and Gerry Cheevers made 18 saves in Boston's 3-1 win in Philadelphia.
  • March 24, 1977 -- The Flyers took a 5-0 lead en route to a 6-2 win in Boston as Don Saleski scored twice in a 3-0 first period. Reggie Leach scored twice. Ross Lonsberry, who scored to make it 4-0 in the second period, got in an altercation with the Bruins' Mike Milbury in the first period which resulted in a one-game suspension to the Bruins' defenseman for his third game-misconduct penalty of the season. Milbury, who was tossed from the game for excessive swinging and "inflicting punishment (according to the supervisor of referees)" at Lonsberry, who had fallen to the ice, also broke the existing team record for PIMs in a season. Gerry Cheevers lost a regular season game to the Flyers for the final time (eventually finished 21-5-4 in the regular season).
  • April 24, 1977: In Game 1 of the Semifinals at Philadelphia, Rick Middleton's OT tally, on a flubbed clearing attempt by Bernie Parent, gave Boston a 4-3 win. The Flyers trailed 3-0 after the second period and pulled starting goalie Wayne Stephenson for Parent (recent injury, his lone action of the series). In the third, Philadelphia rallied with a pair of goals by Bobby Clarke, including the GTG with 0:29 to play in regulation, and three assists from Rick MacLeish.
  • April 26, 1977: In Game 2, Terry O'Reilly's tap-in through the legs of Wayne Stephenson at 10:07 of the 2nd OT gave the Bruins a 5-4 win. Jean Ratelle tied the score at 4-4 in the second period, the game's fourth goal in a span of 1:38. Philly outshot Boston 33-18 in regulation and held the Bruins to just one third period shot.
  • April 28, 1977: In Game 3 in Boston, Mike Milbury scored off a 2-on-1 pass from Terry O'Reilly with 7:51 to play leading Boston to a 2-1 victory and a 3-0 series lead. Boston held the Flyers to 15 shots.
  • May 1, 1977: In Game 4, Don Marcotte scored twice in the late third period (14:05 and an ENG) and Gerry Cheevers made 21 saves in Boston's 3-0 win. Jean Ratelle scored in the second period. After the game, Bruins' organist John Kiley taunted the Flyers with a rendition of "God Bless America."
  • October 6, 1977 -- In an exhibition game won by the Flyers 6-2 in Philly, author George Plimpton participated in a special five-minute session in order to pen a first-hand account of pro hockey for a book titled Open Net. However, the game was highlighted by a bout between Wayne Cashman and Paul Holmgren, started when Cashman and Jimmy Watson each got match and fighting penalties due to a spearing/stick battle; Holmgren was tossed as third man in, 4:56 into the second period. As play continued, Holmgren, who suffered a serious eye injury in the minors, felt Cashman was trying to gouge him during the fight. The two met in the hallway by the locker rooms where Cashman then picked up a stick and swung it at an enraged Holmgren. This altercation led to both benches emptying during the game to behind the stands where the fight was ongoing and out of view of the bewildered crowd. Plimpton was giving a speech in the Ovations club at the Spectrum as the fights were ongoing. Workers eventually installed an iron gate that separated the visiting locker room from the home locker room; it is often referred to as the Holmgren-Cashman gate. At the 8:06 mark in the second period, another battle erupted after Terry O'Reilly cross-checked Orest Kindrachuk; the result of this clash was that only eight Boston players and nine Philly players survived after multiple game misconducts were issued. Prior to the game, during Plimpton's moment in the hockey spotlight, Milbury purposely tossed his stick at Reggie Leach during a breakaway in order for Plimpton to face a penalty shot; Leach, in a half-hearted attempt, was stopped. Kindrachuk scored on Plimpton with the Flyers' first shot. In the real game, two first period tripping penalties to Gerry Cheevers led to PPGs by Holmgren and Bob Dailey.



    Gary Dornhoefer and author George Plimpton, preseason 1977
  • December 15, 1977 -- The Flyers prevailed 6-4 in the Spectrum and ended the Bruins' 17-game unbeaten streak. Philly led 5-0 but the Bruins stormed back and cut the gap to 5-4 with about 10 minutes to play in the third period. Bobby Clarke (1-2-3), however, sealed the victory with 6:08 left.
  • December 23, 1977 -- In a game between the teams with the top two records (Flyers 48 points, Bruins 47 points), Bobby Schmautz had a hat trick in Boston's 6-1 home win. The Bruins outshot Philly 28-15. The game had a few fights leading a furious Harry Sinden to blast the NHL. One fight paired John Wensink, who was handed 19 PIMs and Andre Dupont, who was given five PIMs. Sinden said "There's a damn conspiracy here, a vendetta and Brian O'Neill and Scotty Morrison (NHL execs) are behind the whole thing. They are not running John Wensink out of this bleeping League." When asked about Sinden's "conspiracy" comments, Wensink said "I don't know about that" but didn't think his punishment was fair. The fight began when Dupont and Boston's Wayne Cashman were clutching along the boards and then Wensink jumped in. During another altercation, Dupont fought Stan Jonathan and afterwards said ""I'll give the little bugger credit. He got me with a good uppercut. He's a good fighter -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6r24bUpHyo
  • February 28, 1978: Rick MacLeish scored with 24 seconds remaining in a 4-4 tie in Boston. Each team scored three third period goals. Dave Hoyda and John Wensink hooked up in a good fight.
  • March 11, 1978 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves, Bobby Clarke had three assists and six different Flyers scored in a 6-2 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers scored two SHGs, two PPGs and two at even-strength One of the SHGs, by Rick MacLeish, came when the Bruins had four forwards on the ice during a 4-on-3. With the game decided late in the third period, there were multiple altercations which led to 80 PIMs in the third period (104 PIMs in the game). The major brawl began when Boston goalie Jim "Seaweed" Pettie cross-checked Paul Holmgren near the crease. Mike Milbury and Dave Hoyda fought resulting in cuts to both. John Wensick fought Rick Lapointe and then Bobby Miller jumped Holmgren. When Pettie, who was issued three minors, got involved, Bernie Parent skated the length of the ice.
  • May 2, 1978: In Game 1 of the Semifinals, Rick Middleton's 10-footer from the slot eluded Bernie Parent for the GWG 1:43 into OT and sparked Boston to a 3-2 win. Terry O'Reilly fought Mel Bridgman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kZpWzHrEts ) and Rick Lapointe in the contest.
  • May 4, 1978: In Game 2, Rick Middleton's controversial goal with 5:36 to play -- replays showed it hit the crossbar and never entered the net -- snapped a 5-5 deadlock and helped lift Boston to a 7-5 victory. Boston led 3-0 early and eventually 5-1 in the second period but the Flyers staged an improbable comeback and tied the score at 5-5. Bobby Schmautz joined Middleton as two-goal scorers. Bruins' Head coach Don Cherry called it "the most beautiful game I have ever seen."
  • May 7, 1978: In Game 3, Bernie Parent made 24 saves and Andre Dupont, Orest Kindrachuk and Bill Barber scored off spare goalie Ron Grahame for a 3-1 win in the Spectrum. Kindrachuk and Mel Bridgman each had two points.
  • May 9, 1978: In Game 4, Gerry Cheevers made 28 saves and Bobby Schmautz scored twice in the Bruins' 4-2 win in the Spectrum. Though Philly outshot Boston 30-16 in the game, the Bruins led 3-0 and a Schmautz ENG with 0:35 to play ended the Flyers' rally. Terry O'Reilly and Mel Bridgman fought 26 seconds into the second period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kZpWzHrEts
  • May 11, 1978: In Game 5, Boston scored the game's last four goals in a 6-3 victory. It was the third straight year the teams met for a bid in the Cup Finals. Bob Kelly vs. Wayne Cashman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n3k6...eature=related
  • November 4, 1978 -- The Flyers owned a 5-0 first period lead and cruised to a 7-3 victory in Boston. Mel Bridgman's 75-footer beat Bruins' goalie Gilles Gilbert and the floodgates opened. The game was highlighted by several first period battles. After Gilbert was penalized for slashing, Paul Holmgren fought Terry O'Reilly about five minutes into the game (they fought a second time later in the game and Holmgren was eventually suspended three games for intent-to-injure). The Flyers then scored four more goals to take a 5-0 lead. John Wensick (11-stitch cut) and Behn Wilson clashed at 18:28 of the first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DrQfU6a37g Also at 18:54, Mel Bridgman pummeled Mike Milbury in another brawl. A potential frightening scene was averted when Milbury's stick damaged the eye of star Rick MacLeish who was transported to a local hospital; fortunately, the injury was limited to the eyelid and no permanent damage occurred. Philly was just 3-5-3 at the time and near the bottom of the NHL standings, however, they went 8-2-1 in the next eleven games.
  • December 2, 1978 -- Rick Middleton and Jean Ratelle each had three points in Boston's 5-3 home win. The score was 3-3 early in the second period but settled after Wayne Cashman scored the GWG in the second period; Ratelle added an ENG.
  • December 9, 1978 -- Philly massacred Boston 9-2 in the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish's (3-1-4) hat trick and Bob Dailey's (1-4-5) five points led the way. Dailey had four points in the first period as the Flyers outshot Boston 12-2 and led 4-0. Bill Barber (1-3-4), Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) and Blake Dunlop (1-2-3) also contributed. Gilles Gilbert gave up six goals and then Gerry Cheevers surrendered three. After the game, Bruins' head coach Don Cherry denied strong pre-game rumors that he aspired to become the Flyers' head coach following the expiration of his then-current pact. Asked about this blowout, he said "The Flyers played a beautiful game and we were garbage."
  • February 15, 1979 -- Tom Gorence scored the tying and go-ahead goals and Mel Bridgman and Bob Kelly added three points apiece in Philly's 5-3 home win. Boston scored three PPGs. The Flyers played their fourth game under new head coach Pat Quinn. Boston led 2-0 early in the game but Gorence scored a key goal with 43 seconds remaining in the middle period to knot the game 3-3. He gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead in the third period.
  • March 1, 1979 -- Philly set a team record for fastest three goals (35 seconds) in a 4-4 tie at Boston. The goals were scored by Behn Wilson, Blake Dunlop (1-1-2) and Al Hill (2-1-3) who also scored the Flyers fourth goal. Peter McNab scored twice for Boston. The teams combined for six second period goals in a span of 9:19. The Bruins led 1-0 29 seconds into the game and 2-0 1:41 into the contest. Wayne Stephenson was injured in the first period and replaced by Rick St. Croix who was recently promoted to replace Bernie Parent on the roster. Another AHL call-up, Ken Linseman, had three assists in his 10th NHL game and first appearance since November 2 (he had one assist entering the game).
  • December 4, 1979 -- Gerry Cheevers made 36 saves in a 2-2 tie at Philly. The Flyers outshot Boston 38-14. Boston led 2-0 midway through the game but Reggie Leach had two points in just over a minute.
  • December 22, 1979 -- The Flyers dominated 5-2 in Boston and entered the NHL record books with a 29-game unbeaten streak which eventually reached 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties). Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Ken Linseman gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead; however, the Bruins tallied twice to cut the deficit to one goal. Philly excelled at team defense and never relinquished their lead. Jimmy Watson and Bob Kelly provided additional goals, both off assists from Mike Busniuk. Phil Myre made 18 saves. An appreciative crowd in Boston gave Philly a respectful applause at the game's conclusion.



    Head coach Pat Quinn and goalie Phil Myre celebrate the record-setting 29-game unbeaten streak

1980-1984:
  • February 3, 1980 --The Flyers pulled Phil Myre, down by two goals and with 1:13 to play, and rallied for a 3-3 tie. Reggie Leach's goal with 0:49 left made it 3-2, Rick MacLeish's goal with 0:16 to play tied it. The Flyers trailed 2-0 after two periods but responded with a 15-4 third period shot attack against Gerry Cheevers. Leach (2-1-3) and MacLeish (1-1-2) combined for five third period points. Philly improved to 9-3-4 in the last 16 regular season games vs. Boston.
  • March 23, 1980 -- The day after Harry Sinden fired first-year coach Fred Creighton (40-20-13 record), Boston had five special teams' goals in a 7-2 home win under Sinden. The firing happened the morning of Boston's win at the Atlanta Flames. The game had five fights: Jack McIlhargey whipped Dwight Foster, Mel Bridgman-Terry O'Reilly, a spirited battle between Behn Wilson-Stan Jonathan, McIlhargey-O'Reilly and Paul Holmgren-Al Secord. Gerry Cheevers, who finished with a 29-6-5 career record against the Flyers including an 8-2 mark in the playoffs, faced Philly for the final time and was 17-1-5 in his last 23 regular season decisions in this series.
  • November 2, 1980 -- The Flyers won for the 500th time in the regular season, 4-2in Philly. The win was 100 more than the closest 1967 expansion team. Pete Peeters (22 saves) and Rick MacLeish (two goals with assists by Gary Morrison) led the way.
  • November 16, 1980 -- Brad Park scored on a 55-footer in Boston's 1-0 home win. The Flyers were 11-0-2 in the prior 13 games. Phil Myre made 29 saves in the loss. Rogie Vachon got the shutout, the 50th of his career, by making 19 saves. Early in the second period, the Flyers' Gary Morrison (lefty) and Boston's Larry Melnyk (righty) traded punches in an animated fight.
  • January 17, 1981: Dick Redmond had the GWG with 5:39 remaining and Boston won 6-4 at home. Boston led 2-0 at the 1:26 mark but their eventual 3-0 lead was evened at 3-3, the last two goals by Greg Adams. Pete Peeters made 30 saves; Brad McCrimmon scored. Behn Wilson beat Keith Crowder in a fight. Tim Kerr fought Mike Milbury -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL6wg0y-KXw
  • March 19, 1981: Bobby Clarke ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroBrg163bY&NR=1 ) became the 15th NHL player to record 1,000 regular season points but in typical Clarke style he did it in dramatic style. After being bloodied by a Reggie Leach slapshot, Clarke re-emerged from the locker room and scored to give the Flyers a 5-0 lead (won 5-3). Tim Kerr registered his first career hat trick and had four points. Behn Wilson-Terry O'Reilly fought twice -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8IF32DxDYk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNF2n...eature=related

  • November 25, 1981 -- Pete Peeters sparkled (31 saves) in Philly's 3-1 win in the Garden on Thanksgiving evening. The Flyers scored in each period and the only Bruins' goal to beat Peeters was by Brad McCrimmon; the two would soon be dealt for each other.
  • January 17, 1982: Philly beat Boston 7-3, winning three straight regular season games in this series for the first time. Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) passed Henri Richard on the NHL's scoring list, into 13th place. The line of Ron Flockhart (2 goals), Ray Allison and Brian Propp earned all three stars and each had 3+ points as did Greg Adams. The Flyers led 2-0 on goals within 19 seconds but were tied 3-3 after one.
  • February 21, 1982 -- Normand Leveille scored the only goal in Boston's 1-0 win in the Spectrum. Marco Baron and Pete Peeters made 27 saves apiece.
  • June 9, 1982 -- On the day of the 1982 NHL Draft, Brad McCrimmon was traded to Philadelphia for Pete Peeters. The trade was made from strength and by need as the Flyers had an excess in goaltending and a desire to shore up the defense while the Bruins had assets on the blueline and a need for a netminder. Prior to the trade, the Bruins had the top pick in the draft and debated whether to take Brian Bellows or Gord Kluzak and opted for the defenseman Kluzak, who was likened by some to Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin and Ray Bourque. Boston also received players Brad Palmer and Dave Donnelly from the Minnesota North Stars with the agreement being the Bruins would not select Bellows.
  • November 24, 1982 -- Boston surrendered a 2-0 lead but rallied from a 4-2 deficit in a game that ended 4-4 in Boston. Keith Crowder tied the game in the final two minutes. Mark Howe had three points. Pete Peeters played his first game against the Flyers.
  • December 5, 1982 -- Barry Pederson netted a hat trick in Boston's 6-4 win. Bobby Clarke and Brad Park got fighting majors in the last minute of regulation.
  • March 12, 1983 -- Mike Krushelnyski scored twice and Pete Peeters made 35 saves in Boston's 5-2 home win. Dave Brown, in his first NHL fight, pounded Gord Kluzak -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRzYcOIL1g
  • October 20, 1983 -- Ron Sutter's SHG with 6:08 to play in the third period lifted the Flyers to a 3-3 overtime tie in Philadelphia. Brian Propp scored earlier to close the Flyers deficit to 3-2. The Flyers outshot Boston 13-2 in the first period and 40-28 in the contest. Doug Keans made 37 saves for the Bruins.
  • February 4, 1984 -- Boston scored five third period goals in an 8-5 victory in the Garden. Nevin Markwart snapped a 5-5 tie with about eight minutes left and Mike Krushelnyski (2-1-3) took part in the final three goals (his goals: 55-foot slapper and a 140-foot ENG). Barry Pederson had four points for Boston. Bill Barber (1-3-4) and Ilkka Sinisalo (2-1-3) led Philly.
  • March 15, 1984 -- Down 2-0 early, the Flyers scored the next five and won 6-3 in the Spectrum led by Dave Poulin (2-1-3); however, it was game filled with 156 PIMs and seven fights. Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon said "Harry Sinden is a crybaby" in reply to Sinden saying "75 percent of the (fighting) problems in this league involve the Flyers." Boston's Barry Pederson (2-1-3) scored twice by the 2:41 mark but Thomas Eriksson responded at 4:09 to cut the deficit in half, then Dave Brown-Gord Kluzak fought at the same time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6QQDv_Uc1s . Glen Cochrane beat Randy Hillier -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkurwe6G37Q . Daryl Stanley-John Blum -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6boQJ9VFjc . With 3:47 to play in the first and the Flyers up 4-2, O'Reilly and Cochrane fought and Boston's Jim Nill was ejected as third man in -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu0-D2-rmqI . Brown and Brian Curran fought a first time -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od9uY...eature=related Brown and Curran fought a second time -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoK1V_ku0fs
  • November 17, 1984 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 29 saves and the Flyers scored three goals estimated from 50+ feet off Pete Peeters in a 5-3 win in the Garden. Derrick Smith had the GWG from 55-feet in the third period after Boston scored twice to even the game 3-3. Mark Howe scored on a 70-footer to give Philly a 3-1 lead. Murray Craven scored a 50-footer that gave the Flyers a 5-3 lead.
  • November 21, 1984 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves and the Flyers scored three second period goals in a 4-3 win in the Spectrum. Ron Sutter scored with 0:16 seconds left in the second period to give Philly a 4-2 lead.

1985-1989:
  • February 28, 1985 -- Doug Keans (27 saves), Butch Goring (2-2-4) and Keith Crowder (2-0-2) led Boston to a 6-1 home win.
  • November 9, 1985: The Flyers won for the 10th straight game (12-2-0 record) as Tim Kerr had a natural hat trick and Rich Sutter scored twice in a 5-3 home win. Bob Froese, who was possibly showcased for a trade, picked up the win to run his career record to 64-19-9. The score was tied 2-2 after one then Kerr scored the next three goals. Boston was held to one shot in the first 15 minutes of the third period. Pelle Lindbergh did not play and hours later was killed in his auto accident.
  • November 23, 1985 -- Kraig Nienhuis' PPG with 0:29 left gave Boston a 5-4 home victory. The Bruins trailed 4-3 then Randy Burridge scored with less than four minutes to play. There were three fights in the game including Dave Brown vs. Jay Miller and Lindsay Carson vs. Dave Pasin -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zro4Uj8NEgk
  • December 10, 1985 -- The Flyers scored five special teams' goals (four via PP) and Darren Jensen made 27 saves in a 7-4 home win. Mark Howe (2-1-3), Brian Propp (2-1-3) and Pelle Eklund (1-2-3) each had three points. Midway in the second period, Boston's Brian Curran was ejected as third man during a clash between Dave Richter (minor only) and Jay Miller; Rick Tocchet then followed Curran into the fracas and fought Miller ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnbVOi6ISAk ). Meanwhile, Louie Sleigher and Rich Sutter also scrapped. With Boston on the PP, the Flyers' Brian Propp and Boston's Dave Pasin each scored to make it 3-2 Philly. Mike O'Connell had 10 shots for Boston.
  • October 2, 1996 -- Mark Howe had four assists and Philly leveled Boston 7-1 in a preseason game in the Spectrum. During the game, John Stevens, who earlier scored, was issued 17 PIMs for a fight with the Bruins' Greg Johnston (issued 5 PIMs).
  • November 1, 1986 -- Tim Kerr scored a PPG with 53 seconds to play and Dave Poulin scored an ENG 21 seconds later in Philly's 4-2 home win. Kerr's winning goal came with Reed Larson in the box for holding. After the game, Boston's coach Butch Goring was irate at the officiating and said "(referee Ron) Hoggarth was a no-show. He would have been better off in the stands. A referee shouldn't decide a game -- no way in the world."
  • December 6, 1986 -- Bill Ranford, who was promoted from the AHL earlier in the week, stopped 42 shots in a Bruins' 5-0 win in the Garden. The game featured two Jay Miller-Dave Brown fights ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJz79...eature=related ) and ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxvbL...eature=related ) and a Rick Tocchet-Cam Neely battle ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiid5V7XnZM ).
  • January 10, 1987 -- Murray Craven's backhander (2-1-3) put the Flyers up with 6:55 to play in a 5-4 road win. Boston led 2-0 5:50 into the first period but a goalie change from Ron Hextall (5 saves on 7 shots) to Chico Resch (29/31) lifted the Flyers who took a 3-2 lead after the first period. Boston tied it 4-4 in the third period and when an obvious offside went uncalled, the Flyers were issued a bench minor for complaining to referee Ron Fournier; however, Reed Larson of Boston nullified the PP with a hooking minor. Ron Sutter re-aggravated a back injury and missed the rest of the regular season and part of the POs.
  • December 8, 1987: Ron Hextall became the first NHL goalie to shoot the puck in the other net in the Flyers' 5-2 triumph ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JHSXkD98_k ). Philly out-scored (4-0) and outshot (16-2) Boston in the third period as Peter Zezel scored consecutive PPGs then Brian Propp (who scored twice) added an insurance tally setting up Hextall's historic goal. At 2:49 into the game, Brad Marsh was sandwiched by Ray Bourque from the front and Cam Neely from the side into the support and fell to the ice causing him to lose consciousness. Marsh, who didn't wear a helmet, had blood pour out from a gaping wound. There were four fights, all in the first period, in the game: Craig Berube-Jay Miller, Dave Brown-Jay Miller ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZr6jox8p3s ), Craig Berube-Lyndon Byers ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inBTFK1BEB4 ) and Dave Brown-Willi Plett.



    Ron Hextall celebrates his historic goal
  • January 23, 1988 -- Philly improved to 9-3-0 in the last 12 games against Boston with a 6-4 victory in the Garden. Scott Mellanby's two goals in 53 seconds gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead which increased to 4-0 after one and 6-0 after two. Mellanby had four points in the game. In the third period, Boston outshout Philly 18-4 and scored four times to get within 6-4 at the 11:16 mark. Rick Tocchet fought Jay Miller -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZnboTQ9dWs
  • March 22, 1988 -- Andy Moog made 20 saves in Boston's 3-0 win in Philadelphia. The Bruins scored twice in the final period.
  • September 23, 1988 -- In a wild preseason game, the Bruins won 8-6 in Philadelphia in a game that featured six fights. Steve Kasper ended the game with a natural hat trick and Cam Neely and Bobby Joyce each scored consecutive goals for the Bruins. Rick Tocchet gave Philly a 6-5 lead but then Kasper scored at 16:59 and 17:33 to put Boston ahead before he finished the scoring with an ENG. Boston dominated the third period, 5-1 in goals and 18-5 in shots (36-18 in the game). Tim Kerr had a hat trick for Philadelphia. The Flyers went 4-for-8 on the PP while the Bruins went 3-for-12.
  • November 24, 1988 -- Bob Sweeney scored eight seconds into OT, his second goal of the game, in Boston's 2-1 victory. There were four scraps in the game including Dave Brown vs. Jay Miller -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIQoifWoW4 and Terry Carkner vs. Lyndon Byers -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHE2r7RJv5U
  • November 29, 1988 -- In a battle of slumping teams, the Flyers recorded a 5-1 win in the Spectrum. Philly entered the game 1-9-1 in the last 11 while Boston was 2-5-2 in the last nine. Philly led 3-0 after one period including two goals by Rick Tocchet (2-1-3, SHG, PPG). Mike Bullard made his Flyers' debut and scored to make it 4-1.
  • March 19, 1989 -- Greg Johnston (2-0-2) and Ken Linseman (1-2-3) led Boston to a 6-3 win in Boston. Marc d'Amour played his only game as a Flyer after he replaced Ken Wregget who surrendered five goals (ENG was the sixth).
  • December 3, 1989 -- Bobby Gould scored in the third period and Boston won 2-1 in Philly. Ken Wregget stopped 32 shots for the Flyers.

1990-1994:
  • January 16, 1990 -- A trade sent Dave Poulin to Boston for Ken Linseman. The stunned Poulin initially did not report to Boston but days later accepted a contract extension while Linseman was elated to be leaving coach Mike Milbury because "he didn't appreciate my abilities" after being reduced to a third line center. Poulin said "First, I wanted a commitment from the Bruins. I didn't want to be bouncing from one team to another, year-to-year, at this point in my career. And second, I have business interests in the Philadelphia area that I've worked hard to develop over the years -- so I'd have options. And finally, I have two young 3-year-old girls who, since the day they were born, have become very attached to the medical community around Philadelphia. They were born very early, prematurely, and my wife is now pregnant with our third, and the medical community is important to all of us."
  • January 27, 1990 -- The Bruins scored twice in the third period and recorded a 2-1 home victory. Dave Christian got the GWG with under five to play.
  • March 2, 1990 -- Brian Propp was dealt to Boston for a second round draft pick (Terran Sandwith). Assembled media at a Bruins' scrimmage sensed an impending acquisition when player Greg Hawgood showed on the ice wearing PROPP on the back of his jersey. Propp was with the Flyers in Calgary at the time of the trade.
  • March 6, 1990 -- Dave Poulin and Brian Propp returned to the Spectrum and the Bruins won 2-1 as Bobby Gould scored with 41 seconds to play. Kevin Maguire, acquired the previous day, made his Flyers' debut and gave Philly a 1-0 lead. It would be Maguire's only point in his 5-game Flyers' career.
  • September 15-16, 1990 -- The teams played two preseason games and Boston won both, 5-2 in Worcester, MA and 5-4 in Albany, NY.
  • October 4, 1990 -- In the season opener, Boston won 4-1 at home despite being outshot 27-16. Dave Poulin, in his 500th NHL game, gave the Bruins a first period lead of 1-0. Prior to the game, the Bruins raised a "Wales Conference Champions 1989-90" banner to the Garden rafters.
  • January 12, 1991 -- Ron Hextall made 25 saves, including late stops against Ray Bourque and Cam Neely, in a 3-1 victory at Boston. Terry Carkner scored the last two goals of the game, a PPG late in the second period and an insurance tally with 1:19 left.
  • March 17, 1991 -- Reggie Lemelin made 23 saves in Boston's 3-1 win in the Spectrum.
  • September 14-15, 1991 -- The teams played two preseason games: Boston won 4-3 at Worcester then the Flyers followed it with a 3-1 victory in Richfield, OH.
  • December 7, 1991 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored consecutive third period goals to help lift Philly to a 5-3 win in Boston as Bill Dineen experienced his first win as the Flyers' head coach. The Flyers were 0-7-1 in their prior eight games.
  • January 2, 1992 -- Gord Murphy was traded to Boston with Brian Dobbin, Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Sergei Zholtok) in the 1992 Entry Draft and 4th round choice (Charles Paquette) in the 1993 Entry Draft, for Garry Galley, Wes Walz and Boston's 3rd round choice (Milos Holan) in the 1993 Entry Draft.
  • February 6, 1992 -- Mark Pederson had three points in Philly's 5-1 home win. The Flyers led 2-1 with less than nine minutes remaining. Wes Walz, acquired the last month from the Bruins and promoted from the AHL just hours before this game, scored his first goal as a Flyers' player.
  • November 21, 1992 -- Steve Heinze scored twice in Boston's 4-3 home win. Dave Poulin also scored for the Bruins.
  • December 6, 1992 -- Dmitri Kvartalnov and Adam Oates each had four points in the Bruins' 7-1 win in the Spectrum.
  • January 16, 1993 -- The Flyers scored three times in a 1:08 span late in the second period and won 5-4 in Boston. The Bruins jumped to a 2-0 lead on a PPG and a SHG in the first period and led 3-1 after 20 minutes with a 20-13 shots edge; Steve Leach had eight shots on goal in the first period and 11 in the game. After Rod Brind'Amour, Andrei Lomakin and Pelle Eklund scored in the middle period, Ric Nattress boosted the lead to 5-3 in the third period. After the game, Bruins' head coach Brian Sutter said "The effort that the people who created the offense, the effort they put in on defense, they didn't deserve to win the hockey game, they deserve to be shot. Some of them don't deserve to dress (for the next game). If some of them don't know what they did wrong, they don't deserve to be playing. We certainly didn't pay the price. Are they capable? Because if they're not, they're not going to be here. That's not a threat, that's a fact. Contented athletes are not winners."
  • January 21, 1993: Down 4-0 after the first period, the Flyers knotted the game 4-4 in the third period but Dave Reid snapped the tie 45 seconds later in Boston's 5-4 win in the Spectrum. Boston led 4-0 scoring each goal in a span of 6:42. The Flyers scored a pair in the second and third periods, two by Garry Galley. Reid and Vladimir Ruzicka (two goals in 14 seconds) each scored two Boston goals.
  • September 28, 1993 -- The teams played a preseason game in North Carolina and Mark Recchi smacked Don Sweeney in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7rNI...eature=related
  • November 20, 1993 -- The teams played to a 5-5 deadlock in Boston as the Bruins rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-4. Ted Donato had the lone third period goal. Boston outshot Philly 43-23 including 19-7 in the third period and OT.
  • December 31, 1993: In a neutral site game played in the Target Center in Minneapolis, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit with about 25 minutes to play and won 4-3. Mark Recchi evened the score with about six minutes left then Eric Lindros netted the game winner at 17:43. The line of Recchi, Lindros and Mikael Renberg each had a goal and two assists. Philly had three third period goals on nine shots off former North Star Jon Casey. Boston led 2-0 in the first period on PPGs and when they led 3-0 the Bruins held a 21-7 shots advantage. Ryan McGill and Cam Neely fought with Boston leading 2-0: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ppB...eature=related
  • January 13, 1994 -- Dominic Roussel made 33 saves and Mark Recchi scored twice (2-1-3) to pace Philly 6-2 in the Spectrum. The Flyers led 4-2 in the second period and Boston replaced netminder John Blue for Jon Casey. Mikael Renberg (1-2-3) then scored on the first shot Casey faced and the second period ended 5-2. Cam Neely scored both Boston goals.
  • February 5, 1994 -- Boston outshot Philly 45-18 in a 4-0 win, Ray Bourque scored twice and Jon Casey had the shutout in Boston Garden.
  • April 10, 1994 -- Adam Oates set up the GTG and GWG in the second period, after the Flyers took a 3-2 lead, and Boston won 4-3 in the Spectrum.
  • September 14, 1994 -- In a preseason game in Providence, RI, the Flyers won 3-2 and held off a Bruins 5-on-3 advantage for the final 2:25 of the game. The game was filled with fisticuffs. A key goal for Philly was by Vladislav Boulin, a fifth round draft pick in 1992, who once played for Moscow Dynamo.

1995-1999:
  • January 22, 1995 -- The Bruins raised a banner signifying the last year of pro hockey in the Boston Garden and Cam Neely recorded a hat trick -- all during PPs -- in Boston's 4-1 win. Adam Oates and Ray Bourque assisted on all three goals; the trio had nine points. Dave Brown gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The score was tied 1-1 until Neely scored his second 8:36 into the final period. Blaine Lacher made his NHL debut in net for the Bruins and made 18 saves.
  • January 28, 1995 -- The Flyers scored two late first period goals and Dominic Roussel was 46 seconds away from a shutout in a 2-1 home win. Each team had 11 shots entering the third period but the Bruins dominated 13-3 on the shots board in the third period.
  • March 9, 1995 -- Philly scored two PPGs in the first 6:15 and hung on for a 3-2 home win as Ron Hextall made 32 saves. The Bruins outshot the Flyers 34-21, including 9-4 in the first period but the Flyers scored three times on four shots off Blaine Lacher. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period and through the first 30 minutes of the contest.
  • March 28, 1995 -- Adam Oates and Bryan Smolinski each scored twice in Boston's 5-1 win in the Garden. The Bruins outshot Philly 16-3 in the third period and 38-19 in the game.
  • December 3, 1995 -- Ron Hextall made 33 saves and Mikael Renberg (2-1-3) and John LeClair each scored twice in the Flyers 6-1 home win. The Flyers' Legion of Doom line dominated throughout and among the many key hits was a crushing blow delivered by Eric Lindros on Mark Cornforth (who played just six games in his NHL career). Bruins' coach Steve Kasper said "The Lindros line comes at you with a lot of speed, and when you give them a little bit of room in the neutral zone to generate that speed, you're on your heels and you're in an awful lot of trouble."

  • February 10, 1996 -- Eric Lindros (1-3-4) had four points and the Flyers' PK was 7-for-8 in a 6-2 win in Boston. Pat Falloon scored two PPGs, the second goal gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead and was the first of three goals in a span of 2:39.
  • March 9, 1996 -- Boston completed a rally when Don Sweeney scored with 2:38 to play in a 3-2 victory at the FleetCenter. Philly led 2-0 through the first 29 minutes of the game.
  • April 7, 1996 -- Boston (2-0 in goals, 10-2 in shots) controlled the third period in a 4-2 win in Philadelphia.
  • November 26, 1996 -- Bill Ranford stopped 34 shots in a 2-0 home win for Boston. Eric Lindros made his season debut after missing the first 23 games with a pulled right groin suffered in the preseason.
  • December 15, 1996 -- Ron Hextall made 28 saves and became the first Flyers' goalie to record a regular season shutout in this series in a 6-0 victory. It was the first time the teams met in the new CoreStates Center. Hextall was a perfect 13-for-13 in the second period. Rod Brind'Amour (1-2-3) led the offense. Philly outshot the Bruins 44-28. There were four fights in first period, the first was between Daniel Lacroix-Troy Malette then Scott Daniels-Dean Chynoweth. The Flyers then scored before the third clash between Daniels-Malette, followed by another goal, then the last battle between Kordic-Jeff Odgers.
  • January 7, 1997 -- The Flyers led 4-0 after one period en route to a 7-3 victory in the CoreStates Center to run their unbeaten streak to 17 games (14-0-3). Philly received three-point efforts from John LeClair (0-3-3) and Eric Lindros (1-2-3). Dale Hawerchuk scored twice. Ron Hextall was accidentally clipped in the face by teammate Chris Therien and was removed, but later returned, with a stream of blood on the ice. Boston cut the gap to 4-2 but goalie Robbie Tallas played what would have been icing and his attempted clear landed on the stick of Mikael Renberg who netted a gift goal 20 seconds into the third period to give Philly a 5-2 lead.
  • March 1, 1997: Trent Klatt had a hat trick in a 5-5 tie at Boston. The Flyers had leads of 3-0 and 5-3 but the Bruins' scored twice on long bombs in the final 1:18 by defenseman Bob Beers and Ray Bourque (21 seconds to play) which sent the game to OT. After the game, Boston made a blockbuster trade with Washington. Eric Lindros fought Dean Chynoweth -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0QKlxuZrjg
  • December 3, 1997 -- Byron Dafoe made 20 saves in Boston's 3-0 win in Philly. Boston scored twice in the third period and outshot Philly 16-6.
  • December 18, 1997 -- Joel Otto scored his first goal of the year, the only goal in the final period, and the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philly. Eric Lindros, who scored the first goal, signed a two-year contract the prior day that was reported at $7.5 and $8.5 million. Dave Ellett of Boston accidentally hit teammate Jason Allison across the eyelid leading to a 10-stitch cut; Allison was assisted off the ice and did not return due to a swelling.
  • March 27, 1998 -- Byron Dafoe made 37 saves and P.J. Axelsson had three points in Boston's 4-2 home win. The score was 2-2 at the 5:40 mark and five goals were scored in the first half of the first period.
  • April 19, 1998 -- Boston won the season finale 2-1 at home. Eric Lindros was tossed (instigator) in the first period for fighting Tim Taylor less than six minutes into the contest. Dave Ellett (Boston) and Joel Otto (Philly) were also tossed in the first period. The Bruins outshot Philly 15-3 in the opening period and held a 1-0 lead. Sergei Samsonov gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the third period. It was the rare NHL game without one team wearing white sweaters.

  • December 23, 1998 -- The Flyers played a solid game and recorded a 2-1 win in the FleetCenter. Eric Desjardins scored on a backhander 6:51 into the third period to give Philly the 2-1 lead. JVB made 28 saves.
  • February 6, 1999 -- The teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philly. Eric Lindros scored a third period PPG (Flyers went 1-for-8 on the PP) with Sergei Samsonov serving four minutes for high-sticking to even the game at 2-2. Samsonov scored both Boston goals, including the second tally which gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the final 29 seconds of the middle period. It was the last game of a 16-1-7 streak and the start of a 2-12-6 skid for the Flyers.
  • April 3, 1999 -- Shawn Bates scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 24 stops in Boston's 3-0 home win.
  • April 18, 1999 -- Philly held Boston to 11 shots in a 3-1 season-finale home win. The Flyers scored two PPGs in the first period. Rod Brind'Amour played in his team-record 484th straight game. The game was a battle for fifth seed in the East, with the winner getting fourth-seeded Toronto and the loser facing third-seeded Carolina (who had 11 less points than the Leafs). The Flyers eventually lost to the Leafs while Boston beat Carolina.
  • October 9, 1999 -- The teams played to a 1-1 tie in Boston. P.J. Axelsson scored in the opening minute and Mark Recchi countered in the second period. JVB and John Grahame were the goaltenders.

2000-2004:
  • March 4, 2000 -- Brian Boucher (21 saves) recorded a 3-0 shutout, the first time a Flyers' goalie had a regular season shut out in Boston. Philly received goals from Simon Gagne, Eric Lindros and Keith Jones. Lindros, who missed the prior five games due to a back injury, received what was later diagnosed as a concussion from a Hal Gill elbow and played his fifth to last regular season game with the Flyers. The overwhelming atmosphere to the game was rampant speculation of Raymond Bourque's last game in a Bruins' uniform; he was dealt two days later.
  • March 19, 2000 -- Brian Boucher made 29 saves and six Flyers scored, including John LeClair who had three points, in Philly's 6-2 home victory.
  • April 8, 2000 -- Brian Boucher stopped all 24 shots and Philly scored three third period goals in a 3-0 home win. Mark Eaton snapped the scoreless tie.
  • October 7, 2000 -- Joe Thornton (4), Jason Allison (4) and Sergei Samsonov (3) combined for 11 points in Boston's 5-1 road win. John LeClair suffered a back injury which required surgery (October 21, 2000) to repair a herniated disc; he missed the next 21 games, returned for six games and then was diagnosed with a low-grade staph infection in his back which kept him sidelined (December 10-March 22) until the final eight regular season games.
  • December 9, 2000 -- Boston's Mike Knuble tied the game with a third period goal and the teams played to a 4-4 draw in Boston.
  • February 6, 2001 -- P.J. Axelsson scored midway in the third period to lead Boston to a 4-3 home win. The Bruins led 2-0 at the 4:13 mark but the Flyers rallied to even the score 3-3 after two periods. Among the fights: Chris Therien vs. Mike Knuble.

    Chris Therien vs. Mike Knuble
  • March 5, 2001 -- Trailing 4-3, the Flyers got goals from Eric Desjardins (SHG with 5:57 remaining) and Mark Recchi (PPG with 3:17 left) in a 6-4 win at home over Mike Keenan's Bruins. Recchi (2-2-4), Dan McGillis (1-2-3), Keith Primeau (1-2-3) and Desjardins (1-1-2) were responsible for all nine third period points. Chris McAllister knocked down Andrei Nazarov in a fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVW65w6PUFg
  • November 29, 2001 -- Jozef Stumpel's OT goal gave Boston a 3-2 win in Philly. Each squad had five shots in the OT. Don Sweeney was ejected for kneeing Simon Gagne with 24.8 left in the opening period; Gagne went down to the ice but returned. During the penalty, Bill Guerin scored a SHG to make it 2-0 for Boston. Roman Cechmanek made 32 saves in a loss.
  • December 15, 2001 -- Brian Boucher made 32 saves and the Flyers scored five unanswered goals after trailing 1-0 and recorded a 5-2 win in Boston. The Flyers made it 4-1 when Jeremy Roenick scored with 14 seconds left in the middle period. Chris McAllister fought Andrei Nazarov twice in the game.
  • March 4, 2002 -- Brian Boucher made 21 saves and Jiri Dopita scored twice to lead Philly to a 4-1 win in Boston. The Bruins led 1-0 midway through the game. Dopita and Simon Gagne scored twice in a span of 1:43 to give Philly the lead.
  • April 2, 2002 -- Boston recovered from a 2-0 hole at the 7:44 mark for a 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Among the fights was a Luke Richardson win over Dennis Bonvie. Brian Boucher made 32 saves. Adam Oates gave Philly a 1-0 lead, his first goal in a Flyers' sweater.
  • November 16, 2002 -- John LeClair's goal with 2:27 left in regulation tied Boston 2-2. Dennis Seidenberg assists on both goals and had 10 shots on goal. Boston scored two PPGs within 2:53 of the middle period. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 48-34. Roman Cechmanek made 32 saves including one that nearly trickled past him in OT but he reached back to preserve the tie. John Grahame made 46 saves for the Bruins. Jeremy Roenick played in his 1,000th career game.
  • January 25, 2003 -- Jeff Hackett recorded his first win for the Bruins by making 24 saves and Brian Rolston scored the game's only goal 0:31 into OT in Boston's 1-0 home win. Robert Esche made 27 saves. Eric Desjardins and Joe Thornton fought in the second period.
  • March 1, 2003 -- Jeremy Roenick (2-1-3) scored 1:00 into OT to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory in Boston. Roenick's second tally came on a 2-on-1 break and his slapper beat Jeff Hackett. P.J. Stock vs. Jim Vandermeer -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n699OHNLN4E
  • March 27, 2003 -- Tony Amonte (2-0-2) scored a SHG with 6:49 to play to lift the Flyers to a 2-2 tie in Philly. The Flyers dominated the OT 8-0 in shots but couldn't score off Steve Shields. Boston held a 28-26 shots edge in the game.
  • November 22, 2003 -- Mark Recchi's PPG in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted Philly to a 3-2 home win. The Flyers improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. Philly led 2-0 after one period. Brian Rolston scored consecutive goals 32 seconds apart in the second period to tie the score. Philly outshot Boston 26-13 and held the Bruins to two shots in the last period.
  • December 6, 2003 -- Jeff Hackett of the Flyers made 38 saves in a 1-1 tie in Boston. A major snowstorm blanketed the Boston area limiting the crowd to about 12,000. The Bruins outshot Philly 39-23. Sergei Samsonov scored a first period PPG. Mark Recchi tied the game in the second period. Eric Desjardins played 28+ minutes. The Flyers improved to 12-1-3 in the last 16 games. Donald Brashear vs. Sandy McCarthy -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0wOcywaIu0

2005-2008:
  • February 19, 2004 -- Boston outshot the Flyers 41-27 and 20-4 in the second period in a 4-3 win in Philly. Sean Burke made 37 saves in the loss.
  • February 28, 2004 -- Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves and Glen Murray's OT goal gave Boston a 3-2 home win.
  • November 8, 2005 -- Joni Pitkanen scored the GTG with 0:24 left in regulation and tallied the GWG 1:55 into OT to give Philly a 4-3 home win. Pitkanen had three points in the game's final 5:30 as Philly rallied from a 3-1 hole.

  • November 25, 2005 -- Philly won 5-3 in Boston. Peter Forsberg scored twice but sat out the third period with a groin strain and he missed the next six games. Simon Gagne (1-2-3) had three points and was a +3. Philly made it 2-0 on an odd PPG credited to Eric Desjardins when Hal Gill fired the puck off the boards in an attempt to clear it, but it elevated, hit goalie Andrew Raycroft and fell into the goal. Boston then scored the next three goals but Forsberg scored twice in a span of 2:02 to give Philly a 4-3 lead. Michel Handzus' ENG ended a string of nine straight games in this series that ended by one goal or less.
  • January 2, 2006 -- Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves and Jeff Carter scored in the middle period of a 1-0 win at Boston. Boston outshot Philly 10-3 in the third period. The Flyers were in the midst of an 11-game road trip, the longest in NHL history.
  • January 19, 2006 -- Tim Thomas made 35 saves in Boston's 5-2 win in Philly. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 37-18.
  • January 6, 2007 -- Marc Savard (2-2-4) led Boston to a 4-3 win, their first home regulation win over the Flyers since February 2001. Sami Kapanen scored two unassisted goals for Philly.
  • February 19, 2007 -- Despite a 33-18 shot advantage, Philly dropped a 6-3 decision at home. Tim Thomas made 30 saves, Petr Tenkrat scored twice and Marc Savard had three points. Mike Richards-Paul Mara fought with Boston up 3-2-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee2g3ANY4VA
  • March 1, 2007 -- Scottie Upshall's electrifying GWG with 9.9 seconds left in OT gave the Flyers a 4-3 win in Boston. Upshall was fed by Sami Kapanen and sent in on a partial breakaway which culminated in a highlight-reel type goal. Martin Biron made 34 saves in his Flyers' debut, including one on a third period breakaway by Petr Tenkrat. Philly had 55 shots, a team record for a regular season road game and the most taken against Boston since March 1965 (Detroit). The Flyers held a 55-37 shot edge. Tim Thomas made 51 saves including 12-for-12 off Jeff Carter. Mark Mowers, who had just two points in his last 22 games, scored twice to give Boston a 2-0 lead about eight minutes into the game. Philly scored the next three before Zdeno Chara tied it 3-3.

  • March 10, 2007 -- With the score tied 1-1 in the third period, Mike Richards collected his own rebound, off a Joey McDonald save, to give Philly a 2-1 lead. The Bruins' Dennis Wideman then coughed up the puck in his own zone, while on the PP, and R.J. Umberger fed Scottie Upshall who scored to give Philly a 3-1 lead and win. Martin Biron made 26 saves.
  • October 27, 2007 -- The Flyers won 2-1 in Boston. Phil Kessel attempted the first penalty shot in this series but was stopped by Marty Biron who made 38 saves including 32 combined in the second and third periods. Marco Sturm's second period PPG put Boston up 1-0 but over the next 5+ minutes Mike Richards' ninth career SHG goal tied the game then Joffrey Lupul's PPG gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Randy Jones, who would be suspended two games for his check from behind to Boston's Patrice Bergeron, was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit; Bergeron was removed on a stretcher and suffered a season-ending injury with a broken nose and concussion.
  • November 26, 2007 -- Marc Savard (1-2-3) and Glen Murray (2-0-2) led Boston to a 6-3 win in Philly. Glen Metropolit gave Boston a 4-0 lead. Tuukka Rask got the win.
  • January 12, 2008 -- Aaron Ward scored 43 seconds into OT to give Boston a 4-3 win in Philly. The Bruins led 3-1 midway through the third but the Flyers tied with two quick strikes to draw even. Ward's goal came on a misplay by goalie Antero Niittymaki as he strolled far from the crease to poke away a loose puck but it went to Ward near the right boards who slapped home the winner.
  • March 15, 2008 -- Aaron Ward scored 2:17 into OT to give the Bruins a 3-2 home win. Boston's Andrew Ference scored his first goal of the season to tie the game with 0:27 left in regulation. Derian Hatcher suffered a fractured leg while blocking a shot and did not return until the playoffs.
  • October 13, 2008 -- The Flyers acquired Andrew Alberts for Ned Lukacevic and a conditional 2009 fourth-round pick.

FLYERS-BRUINS' SEASON SCHEDULE:
  • 4-Feb-09 Bruins @ Flyers 7:00
  • 7-Feb-09 Flyers @ Bruins 1:00
  • 3-Mar-09 Flyers @ Bruins 7:00
  • 29-Mar-09 Bruins @ Flyers 7:00

FLYERS' UPCOMING SCHEDULE and RESULTS:
All Times are Eastern Time
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  • Sat, Feb 7 @ Boston 1:00 PM
  • Sun, Feb 8 @ Atlanta 3:00 PM
  • Thu, Feb 12 Ottawa 7:00 PM
  • Sat, Feb 14 NY Islanders 1:00 PM
  • Sun, Feb 15 @ NY Rangers 3:00 PM

TODAY's MUSIC --


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Amazing as usual MSE.

That picture of Orr and Clarke is terrific. I've never seen it before. My two all-time favourite players in one shot.

This game scares the bejeezus out of me, but I'll be hoping for the team that remembers how to play, rather than the team we last saw. Hopefully the song choice helps -- it works for me!

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Is it game night yet??? these long breaks suck!!! Lets go FLYERS big HOME n HOME games.


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Arguably the most telling game of the season and I'll be working through all of it.

Hooray for DVR. Go Flyers.

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GO FLYERS!!! come on boys.. you owe us a win for that pathetic show in st louis!!!!

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Pretty ridiculous that this is the first time we play a team in our conference over half way into the season.

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big game, should be a good home and home series.

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They better ****ing win for my birthday.

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I hope they win it'll be a tough game

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Arguably the most telling game of the season and I'll be working through all of it.

Hooray for DVR. Go Flyers.
What he said.

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If we show up, we can play with these guys, if we dog it like we have been, it won't be pretty

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Knuble vs Bundy, i need to find the video of that!

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I watched a Boston game last week, they're a very good team. We'll need to play well to get a result out of this and on this team's current form I'll admit it doesn't look like a game we should win tonight.

Mind you if I was a Boston fan I'd half be thinking of this as a trap game, the Flyers are a good team riding a bad streak right now looking to snap out of it.

We'll see which happens.

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Lately it seems like a football schedule or something. They play like once a week. And the when they do its on a ****in Wednesday. Lost is on!!!!!! And against the Bruins ... not good.

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We need a W here, but its gonna be tough as balls.

I wish we could get an actual schedule going, I feel like this current BS is screwing everything up!

LETS GO FLYERS!

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They don't suck when the team needs it. Last weekend was tough, this weekend will also be tough

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This is a big game. This can be a statement game, step up and play like I know we can and we can win. Show everyone that we're right up with Boston, Washington, and NJ.

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The last non-elite team who beat them in regulation was the sabres, hopefully we follow their gameplan. They got a 2 goal lead (will need some luck) and then put everything they had into defense. 3rd period shots were 11-2 Boston, neither team scored.

I'd like to get pumped for this one but even if we were playing well, we'd just be outmatched.

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That is an amazing GDT rundown!!!!

Looking forward to a great game tonight!

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LETS GO FLYERS! end my ****** work day with a W

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