Freddie "The Fog" Shero, October 23, 1925 – November 24, 1990
Nov. 16, 1967 -- In the first regular season meeting, the Flyers became the first expansion team to defeat the Rangers in a 3-2 win at Philly. Doug Favell starred with 32 saves. Ed Van Impe's PPG, on an 80-foot floater, was the first goal scored in this series. Reg Fleming was the first Ranger to score in this series. The Flyers improved to 3-1-1 in their first five games against the Original Six.
Dec. 25, 1967 -- Eddie Giacomin made 32 saves and Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, and Vic Hadfield scored in NY's 3-1 win at Philly. The Flyers' Garry Peters suffered a severe eye injury and missed the rest of the season.
Feb. 18, 1968 -- The teams opened the new Madison Square Garden and NY won 3-1 in front of 17,250. Philly's Wayne Hicks scored the first regular season goal in the new arena. Bob Nevin scored the first goal by a NY player in the new building. NY outshot Philly 45-18. Doug Favell made 42 saves and fought Reg Fleming in the building's first fight.
Mar. 2, 1968 -- Eddie Giacomin had 18 saves and Bob Nevin two goals in NY's 4-0 home win.
Oct. 16, 1968 -- NY won 3-1 at home despite a perfect 21-for-21 save outing by Doug Favell in the first period. The Flyers were outshot 21-7 in the first period but led 1-0. Favell made 40 stops overall.
Oct. 31, 1968 -- Despite Bernie Parent's 41 saves, the Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision in Philly. Don Marshall scored the GWG, lone goal of the third period. NY held a 43-24 shots advantage.
Dec. 15, 1968 --Dick Sarrazin scored twice in a 3-1 win at NY that ended the Flyers' 0-9-2 skid. After the game, NY head coach Boom Boom Geoffrion blasted his squad and said, among other things, "There will be changes" and "This team better wake up."
Dec. 25, 1968 -- Doug Favell made 36 saves in a 2-2 tie in Philly, the second straight year the teams played on Christmas. NY's Harry Howell unintentionally batted the puck into his own goal, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead but Howell later set up the tying goal. The Flyers' first goal was disputed by Bernie Geoffrion but when the goal was allowed, the head coach of NY said "He (ref Art Skov) must think he is Santa Claus because that's what he's playing out there." Attendance: 9,545.
Jan. 9, 1969 -- NY dominated the last two periods, 3-0 in goals and 27-11 in shots, en route to a 3-1 win in Philly. NY scored twice in the second period then added an ENG. Bernie Parent made 32 saves.
Feb. 9, 1969 -- In a game delayed by more than two hours due to a snowstorm, the Flyers squandered a 3-0 lead with under 10 minutes to play and settled for a 3-3 tie in NY. Bob Nevin tied the score with 42 seconds to play. The crowd was limited to 5,723 due to the weather. Three Rangers, Eddie Giacomin, Jean Ratelle and Larry Jeffrey, left their homes around 3:00 p.m. but never made it to the arena. Rangers' head coach Emile Francis was listed as the backup netminder. A group of nine Rangers drove to the game in Orland Kurtenbach's station wagon. The Flyers arrived at 6:40 p.m. after being stranded nine hours by train and lacked equipment which didn't arrive until 7:30 p.m. The 7:05 start time was changed to 9:15 p.m and the game ended at 11:30 p.m. NY held a 42-16 shot advantage including 18-5 in the third period. Bernie Parent made 39 saves.
Jun. 6, 1969 -- Reg Fleming was traded to Philadelphia for Leon Rochefort and Don Blackburn. Flyers' GM Bud Poile said "We needed more muscle and now we have it."
Oct. 30, 1969 -- Bernie Parent made 32 saves and Bobby Clarke's first NHL goal evened up the game with 3:24 remaining in a 3-3 tie at Philadelphia. The shot beat Eddie Giacomin (31 saves) from 35-feet and came on a 2-on-1 break with Bill Sutherland who fed Clarke. It was Clarke's seventh game and the Flyers' record was 1-1-5. Clarke was named the game's #1 star.
Nov. 29, 1969 -- Bernie Parent made 30 saves and Joe Watson had two assists in a 2-2 tie at NY. The Rangers had a 10-game (8-0-2) unbeaten streak for the first time since the 1939-40 season.
Dec. 17, 1969 -- NY's Dave Balon scored two third period goals in a 2-2 tie at MSG. NY held a 48-20 shot advantage and Bernie Parent made 46 saves including 33-for-34 in the first two periods.
Jan. 15, 1970 -- Rod Gilbert (2-0-2) scored twice and Arnie Brown (1-2-3) had three points for NY in a 4-4 tie in Philly. Hall-of-Fame goalie Terry Sawchuk (22 saves), in his final NHL season and exactly 20 years since his first NHL shutout, played one of 11 games in his Rangers' career; he passed away in May, less than five months later. The Flyers led 3-1 in the first period and 4-3 in the third period. Bernie Parent made 25 saves.
Feb. 18, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 38 saves in the sixth consecutive tie in this series, 3-3 at NY. All six goals were scored in the opening period. NY outshot Philly 20-13 in the opening period and 41-27 in the game. Terry Sawchuk made 24 saves.
Mar. 19, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 33 saves in the seventh consecutive tie in this series, 2-2 at Philly. The Flyers set an NHL record with 24 ties in one season including 0-0-6 against NY in the season series. Eddie Giacomin made 28 saves.
Nov. 25, 1970 -- Bernie Parent made 25 saves and Bob Kelly celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the GWG in Philly's 3-1 home win. The Flyers improved to 3-6-8 in this series. NY entered the game with a 12-4-2 record.
Jan. 20, 1971 -- Rod Gilbert scored twice in the third, including one with 19 seconds to play, to rally NY from a 3-0 hole to a 3-3 tie. NY held a 17-3 shots advantage in the third period. It was the eighth tie in the last nine games in this series.
Jan. 30, 1971 -- The Flyers' "Gold-Mine Line" of Bobby Clarke (2-2-4), Cliff Schmautz (1-2-3) and Bob Kelly (1-1-2) accounted for four goals and Doug Favell made 32 saves in a 5-2 home win. The Flyers led 5-0 in the third period. Gary Dornhoefer and Glen Sather fought.
Feb. 24, 1971 -- NY outshot Philly 31-17 and ended a 10-game (0-2-8) skid in this series and never trailed in a 4-2 home win. Rod Gilbert got a rare fighting major in a battle with Bill Lesuk.
Mar. 12, 1971 -- Bruce MacGregor and Walt Tkachuk both scored twice and Gilles Villemure made 25 saves in NY's 7-2 home win. Bruce gamble made 32 saves.
Mar. 18, 1971 -- Backup goalie Bruce Gamble, who was pressed into service when Doug Favell suffered a pregame injury, made 30 saves and was chosen the game's top star in Philly's 2-1 home win. Favell tripped over his stick while loosening up during warmups and hit his head into the boards and ice causing what was later termed as cerebral amnesia. When players rushed to attend, Favell asked for Bernie Parent, a player traded by the Flyers weeks earlier. Cliff Schmautz's fluky goal, off Dale Rolfe's skate, was scored 0:14 into the game and that goal held up until NY evened the game 2:54 into the third period; however, Bobby Clarke scored 28 seconds later for a 2-1 lead. The line of Serge Bernier-Gary Dornhoefer-Richie Lesuk held NY's powerful top line to just one shot all game.
Nov. 28, 1971 -- Vic Hadfield (2-1-3) and Ed Giacomin (25 saves) led NY to a 4-2 win in Philly. Doug Favell made 35 stops.
Dec. 9, 1971 -- Vic Hadfield (two goals) and Gilles Villemure (21 saves) led NY to a 5-0 road win. Rick Foley of the Flyers, who fought Walt Tkaczuk and Brad Park, was ridiculed by NY head coach Emile Francis from the bench with a hand gesture to the temple, then Glen Sather reached out from his position on the bench and rapped Foley on the head with a stick. Tkaczuk (5 minutes), Sather (10), Park (5 + game) and Foley (5 + game) were all penalized. The game included 21 penalties and 85 PIMs. Pierre Plante and Dale Rolfe fought in the third period.
Dec. 15, 1971 -- NY outshot Philly 51-15 in a 6-2 home win. The Flyers led 2-1 in the second period but trailed 5-2 and were outshot 39-8 after 40 minutes. Doug Favell (31 saves, 26 shots) was replaced by Bruce Gamble (15 saves, 16 shots). Brad Park (2-1-3) and Bill Fairbairn (1-2-3) led the offense. Glen Sather and Rick Foley renewed their hostilities from six nights prior and then Jim Neilson of NY got involved and all three were tossed. Bobby Clarke-Rod Seiling picked up fighting majors. NY had 48 PIMs to Philly's 38 PIMs.
Dec. 29, 1971 -- NY held a 25-4 shots advantage (40-33 in the game) and a 5-1 lead after one period and that was the final score. Ed Giacomin (32 saves), Rod Gilbert (2-0-2), Jean Ratelle (0-3-3) and Rod Seiling (0-3-3) led NY. The Rangers scored five times in under 11 minutes after Bobby Clarke gave Philly a 1-0 lead.
Feb. 23, 1972 -- NY, 8-0-2 in the last 10 games, won 4-3 at home. Walt Tkaczuk snapped a 17-game scoreless drought. Doug Favell was replaced by Bobby Taylor (14-for-14).
Mar. 18, 1972 -- Bill Fairbairn (1-2-3) led NY to a 5-3 win in Philadelphia. NY outshot Philly 40-24. Goalie Don McLeod played in the third of his four-game Flyers' career. Bill Clement (1-2-3) had three points for the Flyers. NY scored three PPGs. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods.
Oct. 25, 1972 -- NY outshot Philly 49-19 and Rod Gilbert had three points in a 6-1 home win. Bobby Taylor made 43 saves in the loss.
Nov. 5, 1972 -- Ed Giacomin made 27 saves and Bobby Rousseau (1-1-2) had two points in NYs 3-2 win at Philly. NY trailed 2-0. Doug Favell made 37 saves.
Nov. 15, 1972 -- NY out-scored Philly 4-0 in the third period in a 7-3 home win. Bill Fairbairn (1-4-5), Steve Vickers (3-0-3) and Walt Tkachuk (0-3-3) led the way. NY held a 49-29 shot attack, including 22-8 after one period.
Jan. 14, 1973 -- Ed Giacomin made 26 saves and Jean Ratelle (1-3-4) and Vic Hadfield (2-1-3) led the offense in NYs 5-3 win at Philly.
Mar. 7, 1973 -- Doug Favell made 32 saves and Bill Flett scored on a breakaway in the third period of a 2-2 tie at NY. The tying goal came off a perfect feed by Terry Crisp, making his Flyers' debut after being acquired in a trade two days earlier, and whom was on the ice successfully killing a penalty to Barry Ashbee that expired two seconds prior to the score. The Rangers' 10-game win streak in this series ended. Jean Ratelle had nine shots but his attempt at tying the NHL record for goals in consecutive games (ten by Andy Bathgate and Bobby Hull). Ted Irvine complained about the Flyers rough play by saying "They go around like King Kong on an ego trip, trying to see who can get more penalties." Flett said "If we don't play physically, they'll get by us. We're big but not fast, so we hit. Then someone on the other team thinks he's tougher than us and things happen." Dave Schultz-Glen Sather and Bob Kelly-Gene Carr fought in the opening period.
Sep. 22, 1973 -- NY won the preseason opener 10-3 in Philadelphia. The game marked the return of Bernie Parent to the Flyers after time with Toronto and the WHA. Many years later, Fred Shero said "I pulled him (Parent) after the seven-minute mark of the first period. They were winning 7-0. The Rangers had actually scored seven goals on six shots. They took six shots on Bernie, but one shot was missing the net by 10 feet and, somehow, he steered it in. I don't consider that a shot. I said, 'Bernie, you're still the best in the world,' and he looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I was crazy."
Nov. 29, 1973 -- Bill Barber scored with 3:06 left and the game finished 2-2 in Philly. It was the only goal in the third period in which the Flyers outshot NY 21-6. Eddie Giacomin made 37 saves.
Dec. 26, 1973 -- Eddie Giacomin made 27 saves and Rod Gilbert and Ted Irvine scored PPGs in NY's 2-1 home win. Bernie Parent made 30 saves. NY improved to 11-0-2 in the last 13 games in this series.
Jan. 3, 1974 -- Dave Schultz (3-0-3) became the first Flyer to score a hat trick in this series in Philly's 4-2 home win. Schultz scored at 1:43, broke a 2-2 tie in the latter half of the second period and added an insurance tally in the third period. Bernie Parent made 18 saves. Kate Smith's "God Bless America" was played prior to the game. The win ended NY's 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) in this series. With goalies Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure both sidelined, Philly defeated callup Peter McDuffe.
Feb. 14, 1974 -- The Flyers overcame a 4-1 third period deficit to tie NY 4-4 in Philly. NY led 3-0 in the opening period and 4-1 through two periods. Rick MacLeish, Simon Nolet and Bill Barber scored in the third period. Nolet had points on the final two goals including an assist on Barber's GWG.
Feb. 24, 1974 --The Flyers led 2-0 2:48 into the game but dropped a 3-2 decision at NY by surrendering three second-period goals to the Rangers (10-1-2 in the prior 13). Bernie Parent made 41 saves as NY held a 44-24 shots advantage. Rod Gilbert scored the GWG.
Apr. 20, 1974 -- In Game 1 of the Semifinals, Bernie Parent (19 stops), Rick MacLeish (2-1-3), Gary Dornhoefer (0-3-3), Bill Barber (1-1-2) and Ross Lonsberry (1-1-2) led Philly in a 4-0 dominating win. NY had zero shots in the first 13+ minutes of the game and just three in the opening period. MacLeish, the game's chosen top star, opened the scoring the final minute of the first period. The last shutout against NY was March 24, 1973 by Boston, 100 games ago. Early in the first period, Bobby Clarke knocked Rangers' forward Walt Tkaczuk, recovering from a broken jaw suffered a month prior, from the remainder of the game with a hit. When asked about the Flyers' rough tactics, Dave Schultz said "When people have to remember is that when Boston won the Cup, they terrorized the league. When St. Louis was going good, they were kicking the hell out of everybody. When they call us animals, a disgrace to hockey, and things like that, they don't know what they are talking about."
Apr. 23, 1974 -- In Game 2 in Philly, Bernie Parent made 28 saves and Ross Lonsberry (2-2-4), chosen the game's top star, had three third period points to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win. Just 19 seconds into the opening period, Bob Kelly belted Jerry Butler in a fight; Butler was injured and never returned. Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. With about two minutes left in the first, Jimmy Watson bloodied Pete Stemkowski in a fight. There were 40 PIMs called in the first period. In the second period, Ed Van Impe scored a disputed goal, which infuriated Eddie Giacomin who slammed his stick against the glass near the neutral goal judge (from St. Louis); Emile Francis switched to Gilles Villemure for 22 seconds to settle Giacomin. In the third, Brad Park's PPG, 16 seconds after Ross Lonsberry's SHG breakaway made it 3-1, got NY to within one goal. Eight minutes later, Rick MacLeish made it 4-2. Through two games, the line of Ross Lonsberry-Rick MacLeish-Gary Dornhoefer had 14 of the Flyers' 21 points.
Apr. 25, 1974 -- In Game 3 at MSG, NY scored twice in the second and two more in the third for a 5-3 victory. Dave Schultz (31 PIMs in the game) and Brad Park fought 2:37 into the game ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scz-vFiC0R0 ); Schultz received 19 PIMs for the action to five for Park. Philly led 2-0 at the 12:20 mark and 3-1 past the halfway point of the game. Steve Vickers and Vic Hadfield scored in the second period then Park and Rod Gilbert scored in the third for the 5-3 result. NY held a 39-15 shots advantage, including 31-10 over the last two periods and 16-4 in the third. The Flyers had 81 PIMs to NY's 27. Ross Lonsberry was ejected in the third period as third man in a Gary Dornhoefer-Steve Vickers' fight. Ron Harris's check ended Bob Kelly's playoffs due to a torn left cartilage. The game featured multiple misconduct penalties in the final six minutes. Park, who later briefly tangled with Rick MacLeish, said of the game "Something's wrong. This can't be hockey." Afterwards, President Clarence Campbell said he was "Angry, very angry. It injured the League's image in my opinion."
Apr. 28, 1974 -- In Game 4 at NY, , Rod Gilbert's OT goal gave NY a 2-1 win. Bernie Parent made 35 saves but the first goal that beat him was a controversial PPG by Bobby Rousseau with 1:47 left in the second period. While TV replays were inconclusive as to whether the puck beat Parent, there appeared to be eight Rangers on the ice at the time of the goal. The Flyers were outshot 37-22. Gary Dornhoefer fought Brad Park ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nIM3V4Jsws ). Bill Flett collided with Ed Giacomin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYcCU...layer_embedded ). Just prior to the GWG, Dale Rolfe's slapshot nailed Flyers' d-man Barry Ashbee in the right eye and eventually ended his career. Reports circulated that a woman fainted in the crowd at the sight of the bloodied Ashbee, who was carted off the ice by members members of the NYPD, emergency personnel and teammates.
Apr. 30, 1974 -- In Game 5, Rick MacLeish (2-0-2) scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 2:21 left in the second period, and Bernie Parent made 27 saves in the 4-1 home win. Parent, the chosen top star was brilliant and Rangers' coach Emile Francis said "(He) turned the game around." The Flyers killed two 3-on-5 disadvantages in the first period but, in between, Pete Stemkowski gave NY a 1-0 lead. Stemkowski and Dave Schultz fought later in the first period. Fans came prepared with many signs in tribute to the injured Barry Ashbee and Tom Bladon, subbing for the hurt player, tied the game at 1-1. Simon Nolet made it 3-1 in the third period and macLeish added an ENG. The Flyers improved to 34-3-1 when Kate Smith's "God Bless America" was played.
May 2, 1974 -- In Game 6, NY scored three third period goals, including the GWG by Ron Harris (two goals in the regular season) in a 4-1 win. Each team scored in the first period with Don Saleski scoring on a breakaway to give Philly a 1-0 lead. At one point, Eddie Giacomin picked up four PIMs when he whacked at Gary Dornhoefer in front of the net and then fought with Ross Lonsberry. Seeing this, Flyers' goalie Bernie Parent was handed a minor for leaving his crease -- a rule that was put in place in a Parent-Giacomin altercation in a Toronto-NYR 1971 PO battle. After the game, Emile Francis said "If Parent can't finish the next game, they'll have to put Kate Smith in the net." MacLeish-Jerry Butler fought with three seconds left in the middle period. The Flyers broke the NHL record for most PIMs in a PO series, during this game, with 231 (Boston had 206 vs. NYR in 1970). When asked about Game 7, Ron Harris of NY said "All I know is this: We're gonna beat Philadelphia and then go to Boston and win the Cup. I can feel it. I can sense it. It's gonna happen."
May 5, 1974 -- In Game 7 at Philly,the Flyers made NHL history by becoming the first expansion team to defeat an Original Six team in a PO series with a 4-3 win that sent them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bernie Parent, the game's chosen top star, made 31 saves, Gary Dornhoefer scored twice and Rick MacLeish had three points. Dave Schultz throttled Dale Rolfe at the 11:55 mark of the first period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82pEAetLXrY ). At 13:43, NY went up 1-0 but 57 seconds later MacLeish evened the score with Walt Tkaczuk in the box. Orest Kindrachuk and Dornhoefer added second period goals. The Flyers dominated the first two periods (3-1 in goals, 37-19 in shots) but Steve Vickers' goal 8:49 into the third period cut the gap to 3-2. Dornhoefer scored 12 seconds later to give Philly a 4-2 lead. Pete Stemkowski closed out the scoring at 14:34. When NY tried to pull Eddie Giacomin for the extra attacker, they were called for too many men on the ice. The Flyers' trio of Don Saleski-Orest Kindrachuk-Dave Schultz was perhaps the team's best line of the afternoon. Philly had a 46-34 shots advantage but NY held a 16-9 advantage in the third. NY was 0-for-6 on PPs. Prior to the game, Kate Smith, who was ill with bronchitis and unable to travel, sent a recorded message to the team that was shown prior to the game. She ended the good luck message by saying "Let's go to Boston (where the Bruins awaited the winner). With the recording of "God Bless America," the Flyers improved to 35-3-1. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejXWH5aVb14 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUlN4ZlEg08SERIES RECAP: The Flyers set the NHL record for most PIMs (252) in a series, most by both teams (405) and total penalties (145). The team that led 1-0 lost the last five games. Leading scorers: Rick MacLeish (7-3-10), Ross Lonsberry (3-6-9) and Gary Dornhoefer (3-5-8) while four Rangers had five points each. NY went 4-for-53 on the PP and missed on their last 23 attempts; they led the NHL at 29.6% in the r/s. The Rangers' GAG Line (Goal-a-Game) had seven total points and Captain Vic Hadfield was traded before the month expired. NY was 4-for-51 on PPs (7.8%). After the game, Steve Vickers of NY said "We choked. We lost the big one. I wish I could play against the Rangers. We knew what we had to do and we didn't do it."
Oct. 31, 1974 -- Bernie Parent made 22 saves and Bill Clement and Ross Lonsberry scored twice in Philly's 5-1 home win. Reggie Leach added the other goal. Clement gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead after one period. Eddie Giacomin was removed after the second period with NY trailing 5-0. Philly outshot NY 33-23.
Nov. 13, 1974 -- In one of the most exciting finishes in team history, Bobby Clarke blocked a Gilles Marotte blue-line shot, then scored a breakaway goal against Eddie Giacomin with 15 seconds left in the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 win at MSG. Said Clarke "I was just lucky, the pass hit the shaft of my stick." The Flyers entered the game with a 1-15-6 (including POs) lifetime mark at NY and 0-9-6 in the previous 15 regular season road encounters. In the pregame skate, Dave Schultz was hit off the forehead by a golf ball tossed by a Rangers' fan and a feud escalated until the NYPD intervened. Schultz said "I don't mind the fans yelling all they want but I hate it when somebody throws something at me." Jimmy Watson was tossed as a third man in a Bernie Parent-Jerry Butler altercation, started when Parent high-sticked Butler.
Feb. 5, 1975 -- Bernie Parent (26 saves) and Bill Clement (1-1-2) led Philly to a 4-3 win in NY. The Flyers' PP was 2-for-2 as Ross Lonsberry and Rick MacLeish scored in the second period. Gilles Villemure (30 saves) and Jean Ratelle (1-1-2) led NY.
Feb. 6, 1975 -- Eddie Giacomin made 30 saves and NY utilized a physical approach in a 3-1 win in Philly. NY rookie John Bednarski, inserted in the lineup, fought Dave Schultz 13 seconds into the game in what was a wrestling match. At one point, Steve Vickers of NY received a four-minute penalty plus a game misconduct but the official penalty timekeeper misjudged the time and let the substitute player out on the ice a minute early. Referee Wally Harris noticed the error at the next intermission and apologized to the Flyers but negated coach Fred Shero's request to have the minute served to start the next period. In the first period, there were three separate fights and 94 PIMs with three players (Schultz, Reggie Leach and Steve Vickers) tossed. The first period took over an hour to play and at 6:11 there was a Don Saleski-Brad Park battle that resulted in four NY players penalized for 10 minutes (plus Vickers' game miscounduct) with a pair of double minors handed out to Saleski of Philly. In the second period, Ted Harris and Bert Wilson fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYmnxoPkfg4 ). When Shero was asked about the level of violence in hockey, he said "Too much violence? Forget it. The players aren't complaining and neither are the fans. Fighting isn't violence, fighting is hockey." Fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03p7ljn2MJ0
Feb. 23, 1975 -- Bill Fairbairn snapped a tie in the third period and Eddie Giacomin made 35 saves in NY's 2-1 home win. Fairbairn's odd goal, which came 2:21 after Reggie Leach tied the score, occurred after the puck caromed off the glass and hit Bernie Parent in the back of the shoulders, then dropped in the crease and into the net. The game was aired on NBC and was viewed by an estimated 5.4 million people, one of the largest regular season ratings in NHL history.
Apr. 3, 1975 -- Bobby Clarke's goal set a team-record for most consecutive games (18) with at least one point in a 1-1 tie in Philly. Clarke had 8 goals and 33 assists in that 18-game streak. Bernie Parent made 29 saves and Eddie Giacomin stopped 26 shots. Jean Ratelle gave NY a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into the game. There were four fights in the first period and one in the second -- among them Dave Schultz-Rick Middleton ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE33lOgTk00 ), Jimmy Watson-Jerry Butler and Bobby Clarke-Derek Sanderson -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN64k78_8kU. The game was penalty-free in the third period. Ron Harris of NY was ejected when he openly challenged the entire Flyers' bench to a fight. Prior to the game, the Flyers retired the jersey 4 in honor of Barry Ashbee. The Flyers entered the game with an 8-game win streak.
Oct. 26, 1975 --Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves and Bill Barber (3-1-4, second career hat trick), Bobby Clarke (1-3-4) and Reggie Leach (1-2-3) led the offense in the Flyers' 7-2 win at NY. The crowd at MSG booed the home team often as NY dropped a third straight game, out-scored 23-4. NY's head coach Ron Stewart said "All it takes is a little guts but we haven't found anyone yet who has any."
Nov, 22, 1975 -- Ross Lonsberry, Reggie Leach and Orest Kindrachuk scored consecutive third period goals in Philly's 4-2 home win. Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves. The Flyers outshot NY 42-28. John Davidson made 38 saves in the loss.
Feb. 12, 1976 -- The LCB line combined for 9 points and 22 shots -- Bobby Clarke (4/4), Bill Barber (3/9) and Reggie Leach (2/9) -- in Philly's 6-1 home win. Barber and Mel Bridgman each scored twice and Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves. The Flyers outshot NY 46-27. John Davidson made 40 saves.
Feb. 13, 1976 -- Wayne Stephenson made 41 saves and Bill Barber (2-1-3) and Reggie Leach (2-0-2) each had game highs of 10 shots and combined for four goals in Philly's 5-3 win at NY. Philly (51) and NYR (44) combined for the most shots (95) in a Flyers' regular season game. The shot total after the first period was 23-15 in favor of Philly (1-1 score). John Davidson made 46 saves. Ron Greschner had a team-high nine shots. For what is the first documented occurrence in NHL history, two assistant coaches were on the bench for the same game as the Flyers' Fred Shero decided to watch the game from a skybox while his assistants Barry Ashbee (defense) and Mike Nykoluk (line changes) ran the show at ice level.
Mar. 25, 1976 -- Gary Inness stopped 36 shots in his Flyers' debut and was named the game's top star in a 4-1 home win. The victory set an NHL record for most home wins in a season with 34. Tom Bladon, Andre Dupont, Bill Barber and Don Saleski scored. The Flyers trailed 1-0 at the 2:02 mark on Rod Gilbert's PPG. Paul Holmgren made his NHL debut but suffered a puncture wound near his eye from a skate blade in a previous (AHL) game and missed the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.
Apr. 4, 1976 -- In the season finale played in MSG, Bobby Clarke's consecutive games streak with at least one point was halted at 16 in a 2-0 loss. Philly outshot NY 38-23. John Davidson recorded the shutout. NY, which did not advance to the post-season, lost 10-2 the prior day to the NYI. Philly was 21-3-8 record in the last 32 regular season games.
Sep. 26-27, 1976 -- Dave Schultz played his final game as a member of the Flyers in a 3-3 preseason tie at MSG. Future ref Paul Stewart tried to fight the helmeted Schultz, who refused, but then went after the Flyers' Steve Short and was tossed for pulling his hair. Don Murdoch, the sixth pick of the 1976 Draft, scored twice in his first NHL (preseason) game. The prior game, Bill Barber had a hat trick in a 7-5 home win.
Nov. 24, 1976 -- Gary Dornhoefer's breakaway goal with under eight minutes remaining, gave the Flyers a 2-2 tie at Philly. NY held a 2-0 lead but Dornhoefer's first goal cur the gap in half. John Davidson made 37 saves for NY.
Dec. 22, 1976 -- Bernie Parent made 43 saves in a 3-3 tie at MSG. NY outshot Philly 46-25, including 34-17 over the last two periods, and rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two late second period PPGs. Phil Esposito (1-1-2) and Steve Vickers (0-3-3) led the offense. The Flyers unbeaten streak reached 16 games.
Jan. 5, 1977 --Don Saleski scored twice, Wayne Stephenson made 35 saves and Ross Lonsberry netted the tying goal with 4:27 remaining in a 4-4 tie at NY. With 6:47 to play, NY led 4-3 and about to go on the PP when Flyers' coach Fred Shero asked an official to check the stick of goalie Gilles Gratton (who made 33 saves). The stick was deemed illegal and the PP was nullified. Frustrated NY head coach John Ferguson later said "If it takes 100 years, I will find a flaw in them." A few days earlier, Ferguson saw Philly use the strategy against the L.A. Kings and vowed it wouldn't happen to his team, so he instructed his trainers to check the sticks of all skaters but omitted goalies.
Feb. 17, 1977 --Bernie Parent picked up his 200th NHL win in Philly's 7-1 home victory. The Flyers had 44 shots and starter Doug Soetart (three goals on 11 shots in one period) was replaced by John Davidson (four goals, 33 shots, two periods) who made his first appearance post-knee surgery. Rick MacLeish (2-1-3) and Tom Bladon had 3-point games. Parent was rested and replaced midway through the final period by little-used Gary Inness.
Mar. 16, 1977 -- Rick MacLeish had three points (2-1-3) in a 4-4 tie at NY. Philly was outshot 6-2 in the first period. The second period featured 30 shots (17-13 for the Flyers). Phil Esposito tied the game 4-4 just 39 seconds after MacLeish gave Philly a 4-3 lead. After the game, Bobby Clarke said "Rick MacLeish is our MVP this year, not me." MacLeish had 17 goals and 19 assists in the last 22 games.
Apr. 2, 1977 -- Rick MacLeish scored his 48th and 49th goals in a 4-1 win. This was the second to last game of the season and he did not score in the finale. The Flyers and Rangers both scored during a 5-minute major to Don Saleski, making the score 1-1 in the opening period. Philly scored twice in the second period. NY's eccentric goalie Gilles Gratton received a loud ovation when he skated out past the blue line to reach a puck before the oncoming Flyers.
Dec. 7, 1977 -- The teams played to a 3-3 tie at MSG. NY's recently promoted Ed Johnstone (1-2-3) led all scorers and had his sixth goal in six games. Philly outshot NY 9-1 in the first period but NY held a 17-12 advantage in the second period. Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead, a goal credited when Rangers' d-man Don Awrey accidentally put the put past his own goalie. Said MacLeish "That gift helped my morale." Flyers' head coach said "MacLeish was benched tonight and almost didn't dress (because of his recent inadequate play)." Rangers' future Hall-of-Famer Rod Gilbert retired from playing the prior day after being released days earlier.
Dec. 8, 1977 -- Philly out-scored NY 6-2 in the third period of a 7-4 home win. Reggie Leach (2-1-3) Don Saleski and Ross Lonsberry each scored twice and accounted for the first six goals scored by the Flyers. The game was tied 3-3 midway in the third period until Lonsberry's goal was the first of four in 4:58. Carol Vadnais had a double major for fights with Paul Holmgren and Mel Bridgman. Bobby Clarke said after the game "The score will look good but the effort we put in was brutal."
Dec. 28, 1977 -- Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) scored with 2:43 left giving Philly a 4-3 win at NY. Rick MacLeish had two assists. Afterwards, NY's goalie Wayne Thomas said "They got three goals from behind the net. Handling people coming out from behind the net is not my forte. My job is to stop the pucks not break people's ankles." Dallas Smith, 36 years old and in his second game with NY, was booed by the home crowd for failing to clear the crease leading to Clarke's goal.
Jan. 14, 1978 -- Paul Holmgren (1-2-3) led the Flyers to a 4-1 home win. Kevin McCarthy (1-1-2) and Rick MacLeish (1-1-2) each had two points. The Flyers held a 30-9 shots advantage after two periods and 45-24 in the game. NY was shot-less on two PPs and failed to score on a 5-on-3 for 1:18. Bernie Parent was less than five minutes away from a shutout when Dallas Smith scored the only NHL goal of his non-Boston Bruins' career; Smith played 15 seasons with the Bruins then un-retired to join the Rangers. Earlier in the game, Smith and Dave Hoyda fought.
Mar. 15, 1978 -- Steve Vickers scored a rebound goal with 4:32 remaining and the game ended 2-2 at NY. Flyers' coach Fred Shero said "It was a good game, playoff (type) hockey." John Davidson made 29 saves. Bernie Parent made 26 saves.
Apr. 6, 1978 -- Bernie Parent recorded the Flyers' first ever regular season shutout in this series, 3-0 at home. Ross Lonsberry and Jimmy Watson scored first period goals. Bobby Clarke picked up a point in his 22nd straight appearance, a team record (interrupted by injury). The game featured a bench-clearing brawl with about five minutes left in the second period when Mark Heaslip bloodied Tom Bladon with a stick across the head. There were 88 PIMs and four game misconducts including Bladon and Heaslip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhi5v0l8-cg). Despite the loss and finishing in the Division's last place, NY clinched a PO spot when Detroit eliminated Pittsburgh. The Flyers held a 50-16 shots advantage including 16-4 in the first period and 17-5 in the third period. John Davidson made 47 saves in a loss.
Jun. 2, 1978 -- Fred Shero became New York's general manager and head coach and as compensation the Flyers received a 1978 first-round pick used to select Ken Linseman. Shero had one year left on his Flyers' contract and it marked the first time in NHL history a coach was involved in a trade. Shero, who replaced John Ferguson as GM and Jean-Guy Talbot as head coach, signed a five-year contract reported to be $200,000 per season. The original plan was that Shero would coach one season in NY then hand over that responsibility to assistant Mike Nykoluk while continuing as GM.
Sep. 21, 1978 -- The Flyers opened their pre-season with an 8-2 victory against former head coach Fred Shero who was booed by the Spectrum crowd of 14,234. Said Shero "The booing was to be expected." The Flyers led 4-0 in the first period. Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) scored twice.
Oct. 12, 1978 -- In NY, Fred Shero made his regular season Rangers' coaching debut in this 3-3 tie with all six goals via special teams. NY scored three PPGs in under seven minutes to take a 3-0 first period lead but the Flyers recovered and scored three times in the second (two PPGs and one SHG). Bobby Clarke had two points, four minors and a major for fighting Dave Maloney. The Flyers now had a record of 11-1-8 in the last 20 regular season games against the Rangers.
Dec. 7, 1978 -- Fred Shero returned to Philadelphia and NY rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 5-2. Ron Greschner scored the GWG in the third period. Paul Holmgren and Nick Fotiu fought.
The Flyers owned a 13-game regular season unbeaten streak (6-0-7) in this series.
Dec. 10, 1978 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves and Bill Barber (3 points) and Blake Dunlop each scored twice in a 4-0 shutout win at MSG. In the second period, Paul Holmgren was ejected as he swatted Carol Vadnais over the helmet with a stick in retaliation for Vadnais (5-minute major) spearing Holmgren in the throat and causing a gash. With Vadnais down on the ice, Rangers' coach Fred Shero bolted from the bench and was assessed a minor penalty. It was just the third game Vadnais wore a helmet.
Dec. 28, 1978 -- Paul Holmgren's GWG with 3:22 left lifted Philly to a 6-5 home win. The game was tied four different times after NY led 1-0, the team's lone advantage. The Flyers scored three times in a span of 2:23 and led 3-1 after one period. NY tied the score 3-3 in the second period and in between goals Bobby Clarke and Phil Esposito picked up fighting majors. Later in the period, Dave Maloney picked up a slashing penalty then an unsportsmanlike minor and 10-minute misconduct for slamming his stick against the glass and berating ref Wally Harris. Despite a 20-8 shots advantage for the Flyers after two periods, the score was 3-3. Clarke and Esposito exchanged goals early in the opening 2:16 of the third period. Less than a minute later, Anders Hedberg, upset at being checked by Bernie Parent along the boards, attempted to slash the goalie's head, missed, and picked up four PIMs which were offset by a minor to Parent and Bill Barber for intervening. Reggie Leach scored about three minutes later to give Philly a 5-4 lead. Steve Vickers evened the score 5-5. NY outshot Philly 17-12 in the third period. The Flyers outshot NY 32-25. Leach (2-1-3) and Clarke (2-0-2) scored twice and Jimmy Watson picked up assists on the last two goals. Mel Bridgman fought Lucien Deblois ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOv90EFdAiE ) and later Bridgman and Dave Maloney ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60i1kQlqlCs ) had roughing minors.
Jan. 21, 1979 -- The Flyers rallied impressively from a 5-2 third period deficit to tie the Rangers 5-5 in NY in what was Rangers' head coach Fred Shero's 600th (334-166-100 record) NHL game. Ulf Nilsson had a natural hat trick for the Rangers, on three shots, to put NY up 5-2. In the third period, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 3:25 including a much contested PPG by Behn Wilson and a SHG by Don Saleski which evened the score. Bernie Parent made 31 saves despite surrendering five goals. Philly was 11-1-8 in the last 20 regular season games in this series.
Feb. 17, 1979 -- A date entrenched among the lowest in team history as Bernie Parent played his last NHL game. Wayne Thomas made 30 saves and the Rangers scored four times in the third period en route to a 4-2 win at Philly. The Flyers led 1-0 through two periods. Eddie Johnstone and Ulf Nilsson gave NY a 2-1 lead. Ron Duguay (1-1-2) made it 3-2 and Pat Hickey added an ENG. Wayne Stephenson replaced Parent and made 20 saves in 45+ minutes. Parent suffered a career-ending injury when the blade of Jimmy Watson's stick inadvertently went into the right eye slit of the goalie's mask. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIapUAfawtw
Mar. 27, 1979 -- The Flyers overcame a 4-0 deficit and finished in a 4-4 tie at MSG by scoring three third period goals. The Flyers' PP was 2-for-2 while NY's PP was 0-for-4, including on a failed 5-minute major to Bob Dailey, and also surrendered a SHG. With NY up 3-0, the Flyers removed Wayne Stephenson (10 saves, 13 shots) for the recently promoted Robbie Moore (13 saves, 14 shots) 2:42 into the second period. Bill Barber scored a PPG, on an assist by Moore, with 1:44 left in the second period. Jimmy Watson scored a SHG early in the third period. Reggie Leach's PPG got Philly to within one goal with 5:04 left. Mel Bridgman made it 4-4 with 2:54 to play. Philly outshot NY 15-4 in the third period.
Apr. 1, 1979 -- Seven Flyers had multiple-point efforts led by Paul Holmgren (2-1-3) and Mel Bridgman (2-1-3) in a 7-3 home win. The Flyers outshot NY 43-18. John Davidson faced 34 shots in 40 minutes before being removed. Rick Lapointe's SHG gave the Flyers a lead never relinquished 2:08 into the game. Behn Wilson-Nick Fotiu fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6-VG9iR27E
Apr. 16, 1979 -- In Game 1 of the Quarterfinals, Ken Linseman's unassisted goal 44 seconds into OT gave Philly a 3-2 home win. The Flyers trailed 2-0 but Bill Barber tied the game with 4:58 to play. Robbie Moore made 22 saves. John Davidson made 29 saves for NY. An odd call in the first period sent Bobby Clarke to the box for slashing; however, Clarke dropped his stick five seconds earlier and did not have one in his possession when he was whistled. It was the fifth minor of the first period called against the Flyers; there were three against the Rangers. NY dominated the early part of the game, 2-0 in goals and 11-2 in shots.
Apr. 18, 1979 -- In Game 2 of the Quarterfinals, John Davidson made 32 saves and the Flyers suffered their most decisive home PO loss ever, 7-1. Ron Greschner's SHG with 1:38 left in the first period snapped a 1-1 tie. The Rangers scored three goals on 21 shots in the second period. With the Flyers trailing 4-1, Robbie Moore (11 saves, 15 shots) was replaced by Wayne Stephenson (18 saves, 21 shots). The Flyers picked up a minor in the opening minute of the game for the second straight time and NY scored four seconds after this one expired. NY's PP was 3-for-5 and scored twice in the third period. There were three fights in the third period: Frank Bathe, the Flyers' lone scorer, fought Ron Duguay ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2OkYvIauA ) and Anders Hedberg ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCo8Muf3C8M ); Mel Bridgman fought Carol Vadnais ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G-F4d4jrAw ).
Apr. 20, 1979 -- In Game 3 of the Quarterfinals, Don Maloney scored consecutive goals within 26 seconds in the first 2:41 of the second period followed by Anders Hedberg' SHG at 5:39 helping NY to a 5-1 home win. John Davidson made 32 saves. The Flyers led 1-0 after the opening period. Wayne Stephenson made his first start (second appearance) of the series and faced 25 shots. It was NY's first win in MSG against the Flyers since 1976 (10 games).
Apr. 22, 1979 -- In Game 4 of the Quarterfinals, John Davidson made 28 stops and NY scored twice in each period en route to a 6-0 home win. Don Murdoch (2-1-3), Phil Esposito (1-2-3) and Eddie Johnstone (2-0-2) led the offense. NY had six consecutive PPs spanning three periods but failed to score until the last of those attempts to take a 5-0 lead. Robbie Moore started for the third time in the series and made 24 saves.
Apr. 24, 1979 -- In Game 5 of the Quarterfinals, Walt Tkaczuk (2-2-4) had four points and John Davidson made 25 saves in NY's series-clinching 8-3 win in Philly. NY out-scored the Flyers 6-3 in the third period and the total of nine goals set an NHL PO record for most goals in a period. NY led 2-0 through two periods with a PPG and a SHG scored in the opening period. Flyers' head coach Pat Quinn pulled goalie Wayne Stephenson during a power play but NY scored and made it 5-0 8:19 into the third period. With Stephenson still out and during another PP, the Flyers snapped a series scoreless-skid at 168:59 when Reggie Leach scored. Bob Dailey and Behn Wilson scored to cut NY's lead to 5-3 with 4:33 to play which led to a NY timeout. Carol Vadnais scored with 3:10 to play followed by Eddie Johnstone 34 seconds later and eventually another ENG. NY scored six times on eight shots in the third period including two ENGs. Stephenson totaled 15 saves on 21 shots. SERIES RECAP: NY was led by Phil Esposito (2-8-10), Don Maloney (4-4-8) and John Davidson who gave up just eight goals on 154 shots. The Rangers became the first team to score five SHGs in a series (prior mark was four in 1958).
Oct. 25, 1979 -- Reggie Leach (2-2-4) and Brian Propp (1-2-3) scored 12 seconds apart in the third period of Philly's 5-2 home win. Leach, Propp and Mike Busniuk had eight of Philly's nine third period points. The Flyers trailed 2-0 6:48 into the game then scored the last five goals. Pete Peeters made 18 saves.
Dec. 16, 1979 -- The Flyers' unbeaten streak reached 27 games (one within the NHL record) with a 1-1 tie at NY that featured brilliant goaltending on both sides. Phil Myre made 34 saves for the Flyers including several key stops in the final period. Steve Baker made 20 saves in the first period and 37 total for NY. At 8:32, there were three separate fights including Behn Wilson-Barry Beck ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_4-f1e7pJQ ) moments after Norm Barnes fought Eddie Johnstone. The penalties gave NY a PP but Bill Barber scored during a 4-on-3 to give Philly a 1-0 lead. Steve Vickers tied it 1-1 later in the first period with a PPG. After the game, NY's assistant GM Mickey Keating challenged referee Bryan Lewis in the corridor for poor officiating and Dave Maloney said "Lewis was as bad last night as he was tonight." NY's Fred Shero, however, defended the ref by saying "I know some people are upset but you can't call everything." Shero added that he thought the refs were anti-Swedish and said "Why a Swede has to be murdered before you give a guy two minutes, I just don't know." Anders Hedberg, pointing to his chest, praised the Flyers by saying "There must be something in here when you don't lose for nine weeks."
Jan. 4, 1980 -- The Flyers won at NY 5-3 and thus surpassed the 33-game win streak of the NBA's L.A. Lakers with their 34th (24-0-10) straight game without a loss. Just 11 days after the Bruins and Mike Milbury entered the MSG crowd, a near repeat performance transpired. Ed Hospodar of NY broke Ken Linseman's nose and claimed later it was an accident when he fell on the Flyer. Moments after that play, Hospodar knocked down winger Tom Gorence causing a neck injury. At this point, without any penalties called, Pat Quinn sent out Mel Bridgman and four d-men. Hospodar, who fought Bridgman, was ejected with Andre Dupont, then took a shot a linseman Kevin Collins and later was suspended three games plus fined $500. When Hospodar was escorted off the ice, he took a swing at a Flyers' equipment manager. Andre Dupont then scaled the Flyers' bench and attempted to go into the crowd at obnoxious fans but was restrained. Three Flyers not dressed from the game were targeted by unruly fans in another section and had to be escorted from that area. The game was nearly suspended earlier, when Rangers' execs thought candy tossed on the ice was a BB shot. A golf ball was thrown at referee Dave Newell.
Apr. 6, 1980 -- Ron Duguay (2-0-2) scored nine seconds into the game and Ron Greschner (2-2-4) tied a team-record for points in a game by a D-man in NY's 8-3 win at Philly. NY led 5-0 after one period. It was the season finale and a mostly meaningless game for the Flyers; however, Pat Quinn held a closed door meeting to discuss the team's 3-5-5 finish. Among the Flyers not dressed were Bobby Clarke (irritated eyes due to a contact lens solution) and Moose Dupont (flu). Each Flyers' player got $8,000 in bonuses ($5,000 for finishing with the NHL's best record and $3,000 for winning a division).
Apr. 16, 1980 -- In Game 1 of the Quarterfinals, Behn Wilson scored 5:44 into the third period and the Flyers pulled out a 2-1 home win. Pete Peeters made 29 saves. Rick MacLeish scored on the Flyers' first shot. The score remained 1-0 through two periods despite a 34-17 shots advantage. Ray Markham scored NY's lone goal 1:57 before Wilson's GWG. John Davidson made 40 saves. In the opening period, four players were involved in two fights resulting in 44 PIMs: Mike Busniuk vs. Ron Duguay and Bob Kelly vs. Ed Hospodar ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMEc_1nMX9Q ).
Apr. 17, 1980 -- In Game 2 of the Quarterfinals, Pete Peeters made 31 saves, the Flyers' forecheck was masterful and the PK was perfect in a 4-1 home win. Ken Linseman (0-2-2) was the only player with multiple points. Paul Holmgren and Bill Barber scored 14 seconds apart midway in the second period to give Philly a 2-0 lead. the scored remained until Rick MacLeish made it 3-0 with under six minutes to play but 15 seconds later Ron Duguay got NY on the board. Reggie Leach's SHG finished the scoring with an ENG. John Davidson stopped 38 of 41 shots. NY went 0-for-6 on the PP, the Flyers went 0-for-1. Holmgren and Ed Hospodar traded blows in the final 10 minutes of the game with the Flyers up 2-0 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LsF7BiB_Hc ).
Apr. 19, 1980 -- In Game 3 of the Quarterfinals, Pete Peeters recorded a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 win at NY. Bob Dailey scored a 50-foot SHG in the first period then Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish added third period goals. NY went 0-for-7 on the PP increasing the Flyers' consecutive streak of kills to 28. Philly was 0-for-5 on the PP. Ken Linseman missed the following game, with torn rib cartilage, after a check by Barry Beck.
Apr. 20, 1980 -- In Game 4 of the Quarterfinals, Ron Duguay (3-0-3, 2 PPGs) was elevated to a line with LW Don Maloney (0-2-2) and C Phil Esposito (1-2-3) and responded with a goal in each period in leading NY to a 4-2 home win. John Davidson made 31 saves. NY went 2-for-4 on the PP while the Flyers went 0-for-7. In the third period, Brian Propp and Anders Hedberg fought.
Apr. 22, 1980 -- In Game 5 of the Quarterfinals, the Flyers clinched the series with a 3-1 home win. Pete Peeters made 25 saves and Al Hill, Behn Wilson and Paul Holmgren scored. Wilson's goal was a 50-footer which beat a stunned John Davidson. Ron Duguay scored in the third period. After the game, Vickers said he wanted the Islanders to beat the Flyers in the Cup Finals "because of the dirty things the Bruins (a prior series) did to them." SERIES RECAP: Philly out-scored NY 14-7, led by Rick MacLeish (4-0-4), Paul Holmgren (2-2-4) and Behn Wilson (2-1-3). Ron Duguay scored five of NY's seven goals. Phil Esposito (1-3-4), who played in his final post-season and was shadowed endlessly by the terrific play of Mel Bridgman, said "They played like we did last year. Intensity. Everything. The difference was goaltending... they probably had seven times the goaltending they had last year." NY's line of Steve Vickers, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson was held scoreless throughout the series mainly due to the defensive play of Holmgren, Kenny Linseman and Brian Propp. The Flyers' PP was an abysmal 0-for-20 while NY was just 2-for-21. Pete Peeters and John Davidson played the entire series. Fred Shero said of Peeters "I think he should be Rookie of the Year (he finished third, Ray Bourque won)." The Flyers held a 181-143 shots advantage.
Sept. 26, 1980 -- In a preseason game won 4-1 by the Rangers in NY, Chris Kotsopoulos was ejected with a gross misconduct penalty for pulling Tim Kerr's hair during a fight.
Oct. 1, 1980 -- During a preseason game in Philly, Ken Linseman's attempted check to Ed Hospodar resulted in a broken left tibia to the Flyers' forward; he did not return until December 10, 1980. The game finished in a 5-5 tie when Bobby Clarke, who had a hat trick, scored twice in the final four minutes to rally the Flyers from a 5-2 hole. The game was played in front of a sparse crowd of 10,423 while the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in the Vet and stayed within a 1/2 game of the Montreal Expos in the final week of play en route to the franchise's first World Series title.
Oct. 30, 1980 -- The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Philly, in a game where four players left the contest not to return. Reggie Leach scored consecutive third period PPGs to give Philly a 3-2 lead but Anders Hedberg evened the game with 6:04 to play. Bobby Clarke, after being cut near the eye, retaliated and was whistled for a five-minute high sticking major as his stick clipped Mike Allison resulting in Allison being removed from the ice on a stretcher with a jaw/neck injury (though he returned the next game). Ron Duguay's leg suffered a laceration via Tom Gorence's skate. Steve Vickers right foot was struck by a puck. Paul Holmgren was also taken to a hospital when a skate blade caught him near his eye. NY head coach Fred Shero was asked if there was bad blood between the teams and said "I have never heard of such a thing. They like to play and they are paid to play." Philly received 73 PIMs and NY for 72. At 6:26 of the third, there were 102 PIMs called in a major brawl that included a lenghty fight between Rick MacLeish and Dave Silk ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q0NvJNJ6qM ).
Nov. 19, 1980 --Bill Barber (1-2-3) had three points and Rick St. Croix made 30 saves in Philly's 5-1 road win. Brian Propp, Tom Gorence and Behn Wilson made it 3-0 in the opening period. An eventual second period led to three PPGs in a span of 2:17. Mike Busniuk and Ed Hospodar fought after NY scored a PPG and which led to a Flyers' PP. Barber scored during that advantage then Rick MacLeish scored another PPG 38 seconds later to make it 5-1. Frank Bathe picked up 23 PIMs in the second period. The Rangers, off to their worst start since the 1950s after posting just four wins in the first 20 games, fired head coach-GM Fred Shero two days later and replaced him with Craig Patrick (Herb Brooks was named but not immediately available due to a contract issue with a team in Switzerland). Shero was in the third year of a five-year contract after resigning from the Flyers with a year left on a pact.
Mar. 30, 1981 -- Rick St. Croix (36 saves) and Steve Baker (26 saves) dueled in a scoreless tie at MSG, the first in that building since March, 1970. Said Flyers' head coach Pat Quinn "It was a very enjoyable game and I was excited all night by it."
Apr. 5, 1981 -- Steve Baker made 34 saves and shutout the Flyers again, 2-0 in Philly, in the regular season finale. Baker's chest protector was stolen from the Rangers' practice facility so the goalie wore John Davidson's for this game and afterwards he announced that he'd wear it for the Rangers' post-season (he played 14 games in the 1981 POs which lasted into the Semifinals). Nick Fotiu returned to the Rangers after an eight-game suspension for chasing a fan in Detroit who tossed beer at the Rangers' bench.
Sep. 29, 1981 -- In a preseason game, NY won 6-1 at Brendan Byrne Arena (New Jersey) in the first sporting event held in the new facility. Boston and Buffalo had a game scheduled but the Rangers invoked their territorial rights and that contest was moved. The first NHL goal scored at the complex was Doug Sulliman against Pelle Lindbergh.
Nov. 5, 1981 -- Steve Weeks made 31 saves and Ron Duguay (3-1-4) led the offense in NY's 6-2 win in Philly. Behn Wilson was eventually suspended four games for a slashing incident involving Reijo Ruotsalainen. Flyers' #1 draft pick Steve Smith had the only point of his 18-game NHL career.
Nov. 18, 1981 -- Dave Silk scored twice and led NY to a 5-2 home win. The Flyers suffered their first regular season loss at MSG since April 4, 1976, ending a streak that lasted 14 games (4-0-10)
Dec. 12, 1981 -- Steve Weeks made 35 saves in NY's 5-3 win in Philly. Dean Talafous scored twice in the third period, the second goal gave his team a 4-3 lead.
Dec. 16, 1981 -- Philly out-scored NY 4-0 in the third period of a 7-3 win at NY. Bob Hoffmeyer, Ray Allison and Brian Propp each had a goal and an assist and Rick St. Croix made 25 saves. NY couldn't score with four PPs in the oepning period. The Flyers' first PP attempt came early in the third period and Bill Barber capitalized but immediately following the goal, Barber (major, game misconduct) and NY's Ed Hospodar (minor, major, misconduct, game) were ejected in a brawl that had 86 PIMs. During that man-advantage, Hoffmeyer made it 5-3 Flyers. The fight (cue at 0:40 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiruOVq_ZqM ).
Mar. 4, 1982 -- Darryl Sittler scored twice and Brian Propp scored his 40th goal in a 4-4 tie at Philly. NY's Andre Dore tied the game with 2:10 to play and Steve Weeks made 31 saves. Pelle Lindbergh, recalled the prior day, played in his third NHL game and made 19 stops. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD4RoJ866HE
Mar. 10, 1982 -- The Flyers, trailing by three goals with under nine minutes remaining, rallied for a 5-5 tie at NY. Brian Propp (2-0-2) and Bill Barber (0-3-3) led the offense. Ron Flockhart finished the comeback with 1:17 to play during a PP issued because Andre Dore was penalized for an illegal stick. A week before, when the teams met, Mike Rogers of NY was penalized for an illegal stick. Head Coach Herb Brooks said afterwards "I didn't come to New York to check sticks. It is the players and trainers' responsibilities." NY's Mike Rogers (2-2-4) had four points. The Flyers outshot NY 18-8 in the third period.
Mar. 17, 1982 -- Reijo Ruotsalainen scored a natural hat trick and led NY to a 5-2 win at home. NY held a 44-20 shots advantage including 36-11 over the last two periods. Pelle Lindbergh made 39 saves. Flyers' Exec Ed Snider said "They toyed with us." It was Pat Quinn's second to last game as Flyers' head coach.
Mar. 28, 1982 -- Darryl Sittler (2-1-3, PPG and SHG), Brad Marsh (1-1-2) and Pete Peeters (22 saves) led the Flyers to a 3-1 home win. the Flyers held a 34-11 shots advantage through two periods and 43-23 in the game. Ed Mio made 40 saves.
Apr. 7, 1982 -- In Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, the Flyers recorded a 4-1 win at NY as Pete Peeters made 35 saves and Darryl Sittler scored twice. The Rangers scored on their first rush of the game but couldn't solve Peeters the rest of the game. NY outshot Philly 15-4 in the third period but the Flyers netted two goals including Sittler's second of the game that gave Philly a 3-1 lead. Eddie Mio was the Rangers' goalie.
Apr. 8, 1982 -- In Game 2 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Mikko Leinonen (0-6-6) set an NHL PO record with six assists (previous record was five held by six players) in NY's 7-3 home win. His six points tied an existing PO record. Seven Rangers scored and Eddie Mio made 23 saves. Philly led 48 seconds into the game. NY's PP went 4-for-5.
Apr. 10, 1982 -- In Game 3 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Cam Connor's controversial goal with 1:09 left in regulation finished NY's rally from a 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 win at Philly. Connor, who spent the entire regular season in the AHL, was on the ice replacing Ron Duguay (ejected) and Mikko Leinonen (bruised ribs). Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon said "I've never been more disappointed in the officiating than I was tonight. Paul (Holmgren) was tackled in front of the next before the goal was scored. Bruce Hood is a timid referee. He is afraid to make decisions. There's better refereeing in the minor league's than there is here. It is a disgrace to hockey when penalties aren't called when they obviously should have been called." There were 70 PIMs in the opening period, 12 in the second and none in the third. McCammon also criticized the first period ejection of Duguay, the Rangers' 40-goal scorer, by saying "Duguay is a fine hockey player and there is no way he should have been ejected." Duguay and Bob Hoffmeyer were ejected 1:44 into the game with fighting majors and misconducts. The Flyers took a 3-0 lead, including special teams' goals by Bobby Clarke and Behn Wilson, with six shots on goal 10:46 into the game. NY scored three times in the second period including the tying goal with 54 seconds to play. Pete Peeters made 26 saves. The Rangers were also led by Mike Rogers (1-2-3) and Ed Mio (28 saves).
Apr. 11, 1982 -- In Game 4 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Ed Mio made 38 saves and both Robbie Ftorek and Ron Duguay scored twice backing the Rangers to a 7-5 win at Philly and a 3-1 series-clinching victory. Philly dominated the action in the first period, playing about 15 minutes in the Rangers' defensive zone but still trailed 1-0. NY led 5-2 after two periods and Pete Peeters (11 saves, 16 shots) was replaced by Rick St. Croix (6 saves, 7 shots) for the final period. The Flyers, trailing 6-2 in the third, got within one goal with 3:41 to play, as Bobby Clarke (2-2-4), Darryl Sittler (1-1-2), Bill Barber (1-0-1) and Paul Holmgren (1-2-3) combined for eight points (ten in the game) including Barber's SHG which made the score 6-5. However, Ron Duguay's 70-foot ENG with seven seconds to play finished the scoring. The Flyers outshot NY 43-25. NY went 3-for-5 on PPs. SERIES RECAP:The Flyers were led by Bobby Clarke (4-2-6), Bill Barber (1-5-6), Darryl Sittler (3-1-4), Brian Propp (2-2-4) and Behn Wilson (1-3-4). NY had seven players with 4+ points. Mikko Leinonen (0-6-6) had the most points and Robbie Fotrek and Ron Duguay each scored three goals. Philly's PP was 6-for-20 (.300) while NY's was 8-for-21 (.381). Pete Peeters stopped 88 of 105 shots (.838) and Rick St. Croix was 7-for-8; Ed Mio was 105-for-120 (.875).
Oct. 13, 1982 -- John Davidson made 36 saves and NY scored three third period goals, including the go-ahead by Bill Baker, in a 5-2 home win. Ron Flockhart scored both Flyers' goals.
Nov. 11, 1982 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 28 saves and the Flyers scored five times in the second period, including consecutive goals by Lindsay Carson, in a 7-3 home win. Tom Gorence (2-1-3) and Ron Flockhart (1-2-3) combined for six points.
Jan. 16, 1983 -- The Flyers outshot NY 31-16, Bob Froese recorded the shutout and Bill Barber (1-2-3) and Brian Propp (2 goals) led the offense in a 4-0 road win. Propp scored the game's first two goals and Philly led 3-0 after one period. The Rangers didn't get a shot on net for the opening 9:19 of the game. NY was shutout for the second consecutive game after a streak of 120 games with a goal. Mark Howe suffered a bruised kidney and missed four games.
Jan. 23, 1983 -- Rookie Bob Froese improved his perfect record to 6-0-0 (eight GA) and made 23 saves as the sizzling Flyers won 3-1 at home. Philly won for the 14th time in the last 16 games and out-scored the opposition 74-36. Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke both had a goal and an assist. There were three fights in the game including a pair in the final seven seconds: Paul Holmgren-Nick Fotiu -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YZRN0iW67A and Glen Cochrane-Ron Duguay (their second fight) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lc8wxBZUBs
Feb. 19, 1983 -- Eight Flyers' scored and Brian Propp had four points in an 8-5 win. Up 5-4 in the third, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 3:36 to ice the game. Behn Wilson was eventually suspended six games for hitting goalie Glen Hanlon with a high stick. Bob Froese upped his lifetime NHL record to 11-0-1 with three of the wins against the Rangers.
Mar. 14, 1983 -- NY led 5-0 after one period and cruised to an 8-2 home win. Glen Hanlon made 34 saves and Mark Pavelich (2-2-4) and Rob McClanahan (2-1-3) combined for seven points. Afterwards, Flyers' coach Bob McCammon called the Rangers "smurfs" which was then used by NY as motivation for the upcoming playoffs. Pelle Lindbergh gave up eight goals.
The Flyers were without five regulars including Tim Kerr and Paul Holmgren. Andy Brickley (1-1-2) had the only two points in his 3-game Flyers' career.
Mar. 31, 1983 -- Despite being outshot 34-13, NY recorded a 4-2 win in Philly. Glen Hanlon (32 saves) and Reijo Ruotselainen (2-1-3) led the offense. Philly held a 22-8 shots advantage after 40 minutes but trailed 2-1. Bob Froese made just nine saves on 13 shots. After the game, Bob McCammon said of Ruotselainen "That little number 29 is going to be a key for us to shut down in the playoffs, obviously."
Apr. 5, 1983 -- In Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Anders Hedberg (2-1-3) scored twice in the first period in NY's 5-3 win at Philly. NY led 3-0 after the first period and scored two PPGs. Eddie Mio made 39 saves. Philly went 3-for-7 on PPs inclouding two goals in the third period. Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSfP2Rs4gRw
Apr. 7, 1983 -- In Game 2 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Eddie Mio made 32 saves and Mark Pavelich's (1-2-3) breakaway snapped a 2-2 tie in NY's 4-3 win at Philly. Reijo Ruotsalainen made it 4-2 just over two minutes later. The Flyers held a 35-22 shots advantage including 30-12 over the last two periods but were out-scored 4-2. Philly led 1-0 after one period but George McPhee (his second NHL game) and Tom Laidlaw (his first goal in his 82nd game of the season) made it 2-1 in the second period. In that same period, Ron Flockhart suffered a concussion and blurred vision when Dave Maloney's stick caught him in the eye/cheekbone. Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon later said "That was a deliberate intent to injure, one of the cheapest hits I've seen in hockey. You can bet your sweet bippy that this guy (Maloney) will get his lunch in New York." Ilkka Sinisalo tied the game 2-2 in the opening minute of the third period. Tim Kerr made it 4-3 with just under nine minutes remaining.
Apr. 9, 1983 -- In Game 3 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, NY clinched the series with a 9-3 home win. Eddie Mio made 27 saves and Rob McClanahan had five points (2-3-5). Dave Maloney (0-4-4), Anders Hedberg (2-1-3) and Barry Beck (1-2-3) all had 3+ points. In the first minute of play, a scrum accelerated when reserve goalie Glen Hanlon, while on the bench, grabbed Darryl Sittler, who was on the ice, resulting in the oddity of 12 PIMs to someone who didn't play. The Rangers scored two PPGs in the first 5:24 and held the Flyers to one shot on goal through 12+ minutes. NY led 3-1 after one and 5-1 after two. Mark Howe suffered a concussion and was lost for the rest of the game. Goals by Darryl Sittler and Tim Kerr got the Flyers to within 5-3 prior to the seven-minute mark of the third but NY scored four goals in the final 12 minutes. Pelle Lindbergh made 19 saves on 28 shots. The Flyers, the second-best team in the NHL, had a 26-point regular season advantage over NY. Towards the end of the game, Dave Poulin (five minutes) and Ron Duguay (17 PIMs) fought and later Frank Bathe and Eddie Johnstone. Afterwards, Duguay said of the Flyers "If they don't learn from this, they never will." Highlight of the goal that made it 3-1 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKinWJXStwoSERIES RECAP: NY's line of Anders Hedberg (4-5-9), Rob McClanahan (2-5-7) and Mark Pavelich (2-4-6) led the offense and NY's head coach Herb Brooks usage of a new forechecking system, implemented late in the regular season, were keys.
Oct. 16, 1983 -- Peter Sundstrom snapped a 4-4 tie and Steve Weeks made 32 saves in NY's 5-4 home win. NY went 3-for-4 on the PP and a perfect 8-for-8 on the PK. Pierre Larouche (2-0-2), Don Maloney (1-2-3) and Reijo Ruotsalainen (0-3-3) contributed. The Flyers entered the game with a 5-0-0 record.
Dec. 30, 1983 -- Glen Hanlon made 30 saves in NY's 6-3 home win. The Rangers led 6-0 in the third period with Anders Hedberg (2-1-3), Pierre Larouche (2-0-2) and Mark Pavelich (0-3-3) leading the offense.
Jan. 12, 1984 -- Steve Weeks, who was 0-5-1 in his last six starts, improved his lifetime (regular season) mark against the Flyers to 6-1-1 as he made 38saves in NY's 2-1 win in Philly. NY's Kent-Erik Andersson suffered a broken rib after being nailed into the boards by Ron Sutter.
Feb. 19, 1984 -- Tim Kerr had the GWG 1:33 into OT in a 3-2 win at MSG. The victory ended an eight-game Flyers' losing streak against the Rangers (r/s and PO combined). Late in the second period, Ron Greschner and Brad McCrimmon got in a testy fight resulting in stitches for Greschner on his right hand and above his eye; he did not return to the game.
Mar. 14, 1984 -- NY scored three times in 46 seconds within the last seven minutes of regulation en route to a 6-3 home win. The Rangers scored the last five goals including snapping a 3-3 tie with the third period flurry. Peter Sundstrom (2-1-3) and Glen Hanlon (20 saves) led NY. It was the last of a string of games in which Bobby Clarke was sent on a 5-game "vacation" imposed by head coach Bob McCammon in order to be rejuvenated for the upcoming playoffs.
Mar. 17, 1984 -- Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) scored consecutive third period goals then Darryl Stanley added the GWG with 6:02 to play in a 6-4 win. It was Clarke's second game back after a required 5-game "vacation" imposed by head coach Bob McCammon in order to be rejuvenated for the upcoming playoffs. Ron Sutter (2-0-2) also scored twice, Mark Howe (0-3-3) had three assists and Bob Froese made 21 saves ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAYhao9EL-0). NY led 4-1 with about 25 minutes to play and 4-2 with under 14 remaining but the Flyers scored four third period goals. The Flyers held a 46-25 shots advantage. Glen Hanlon made 40 saves.
Mar. 24, 1984 -- The line of Dave Poulin (1-3-4), Tim Kerr (1-3-4) and Brian Propp (2-1-3) combined for 11 points and led the Flyers to a 6-5 win at Philadelphia. Steve Weeks suffered his second lost in nine lifetime decisions to the Flyers. Poulin said of Kerr "Timmy is like the Midas Man, everything he touches is turning to gold."
Oct. 7, 1984 -- In a preseason game won 8-3 by the Flyers, a massive bench-clearing brawl erupted and seven players (NY had 4) were ejected amid 132 PIMs. NY goalie Glen Hanlon decided to enter the fight causing Pelle Lindbergh to skate the length of the ice and in the pile Hanlon was bloodied.
Dec. 3, 1984 -- Bob Froese (31 saves) and Dave Poulin (2-1-3), who scored two unassisted goals, led Philly to a 6-2 road win. Poulin later said "The last time I scored two unassisted goals was back in pee-wee when I was twelve years old." Peter Zezel (1-1-2) returned to the lineup, after missing the prior 11 games with a broken left hand, and had two points.
Dec. 8, 1984 -- Bob Froese (32 saves) and Peter Zezel (1-2-3) led Philly to a 4-2 home win. The Flyers improved to 11-1-3 in their last 15 games while NY had just two wins in their prior 14. Mike Allison scored both NY goals and JVB made 32 saves.
Feb. 10, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 32 saves in Philly's 3-2 home win as NY ended a 7-game, 11-day road trip with an 0-6-1 record. Mark Howe scored a SHG in the first period, Ron Sutter had two assists and Derrick Smith added a key third period goal. JVB made 29 saves in the loss.
Mar. 13, 1985 -- Philly dominated the first period 3-1 in goals and 18-4 in shots en route to a 5-2 win at NY. Pelle Lindbergh made 19 saves and five Flyers scored led by Peter Zezel's (1-1-2) two points. Tomas Sandstrom (two goals) and JVB (31 saves) led NY. Slumping at home in recent games, the Rangers were serenaded with a chant of "Let's go home, let's go home" from their fans. NY's George McPhee and Steve Richmond returned to the team for the first time since a stick fight in practice left both with visible wounds including multiple stitches to Richmond's scalp.
Mar. 21, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 31 saves, Dave Poulin scored twice and 15 Flyers recorded points in an 8-4 home win. The Flyers 4-0 lead was cut to 5-3 after two periods; however, Poulin's SHG in the third period was a backbreaking tally. Ron Greschner (1-2-3), who fought Lindsay Carson in the third period, and Reijo Ruotsalainen (2-0-2) led NY. Glen Hanlon gave up eight goals on 38 shots. In addition to goalie Lindbergh, only three Flyers' skaters, Brad Marsh, Thomas Eriksson and Carson, failed to record a point.
Mar. 30, 1985 -- The sizzling Flyers skated to a 3-0 home win, the team's 13th victory in the last 14 outings. Bob Froese recorded his seventh shutout in 89 career NHL games. Ilkka Sinisalo, Mark Howe and Murray Craven scored.
April 2, 1985 -- Bob Froese made 31 saves and Len Hachborn and Todd Bergen scored for the Flyers in a 2-1 win at NY. The Flyers swept the seven-game regular season series in which NY was out-scored 31-13 and led for a total of 57 seconds. Philly was on a torrid 14-1-0 run. NY clinched a playoff spot despite this loss, a team record 43rd defeat. JVB made 31 saves for NY.
Apr. 10, 1985 -- In Game 1 of the Division Semifinals, the Flyers' Mark Howe scored 8:01 into OT to help exorcise recent post-season demons and lift Philly to a 5-4 home win. Ron Sutter overpowered Reijo Ruotsalainen behind the net, stole the puck and fed Howe at the point for the GWG. The heavily-favored Flyers (one PO win in the previous three years, twice eliminated by NYR) dominated the extra session with a 9-1 shots advantage. Todd Bergen (1-1-2) and Sutter (1-1-2) both had two points and Pelle Lindbergh made 27 saves. Glen Hanlon made 33 saves for NY. Philly led 3-0 at the 11:45 mark but NY rallied and the game was tied 1:17 into the third period, the last two goals by Don Maloney. Tim Kerr put Philly up 4-3 but Anders Hedberg evened it with 0:26 to play. After that goal, Flyers' head coach Mike Keenan lashed into his squad behind closed doors but within earshot of outsiders. When asked about his tirade after the game, Keenan calmly told the assembled media "If they need a little helpful reminder from time to time, it's my responsibility to inform them of my opinion of how they played." It was the Flyers' first home PO win since 1981 but was their 15th straight home win that season.
Apr. 11, 1985 -- In Game 2 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Pelle Lindbergh made 38 saves, including a brilliant stop on Grant Ledyard's breakaway in the closing minute of a scoreless first period, and Todd Bergen scored twice in the Flyers' 3-1 win in Philadelphia. Bergen, who was named second star in each of the first two games, tied the score in the second period and notched the go-ahead tally in the third period. Captain Dave Poulin suffered strained ligaments in his left knee and missed the next six games. There was a bench-cleaing brawl at the end of the second period and each team was eventually docked $5,000. NY had 16 penalties and 46 PIMs and the Flyers had 14 penalties and 42 PIMs. New York Daily News writer Frank Brown penned "The Flyers spent the night sending strong, eager, healthy bodies over the boards for every shift. The Rangers replied largely with cripples, midgets and pacifists."
Apr. 13, 1985 -- In Game 3 of the best-of-five Division Semifinals, Tim Kerr's sensational performance led the Flyers to a 6-5 win at NY and a series sweep. Kerr, who scored four consecutive goals, became the first NHL player to score four goals in one PO period. Kerr set NHL records for fastest four PO goals (8:16) and most PPGs (3) in one PO period. He also set the record for the fastest hat trick in Flyers' PO history (3:24). The Flyers' PP was 4-for-6 and Kerr became the sixth NHL player to have three PPGs in one game. Kerr was the fifth NHL player to have four points in one PO period. Kerr (4-0-4), Peter Zezel (1-3-4) and Doug Crossman (0-3-3) led the offense and Pelle Lindbergh made 27 saves. NY led 2-0 but the Flyers out-scored NY 5-1 in the second period and led 6-3 through two periods. Glen Hanlon (18 saves, 24 shots) was replaced by JVB (12 saves, 12 shots) for the third period and NY responded with a pair of goals in the first 3:49; however, the Flyers limited the Rangers to just four shots after that. Don Maloney had two goals and Mike Rogers had three assists for NY. NY's PP was 3-for-5. SERIES RECAP: Offense leaders included Tim Kerr (5-0-5), Todd Bergen (3-1-4), Peter Zezel (1-3-4), Doug Crossman (1-3-4), Mark Howe (1-3-4) and Ron Sutter (1-3-4). NY was led by Don Maloney (4-0-4), Mike Rogers (0-4-4) and Anders Hedberg (2-1-3) who played in his final NHL game. Dave Poulin was lost to the Flyers for six straight PO games after being injured in Game 2.
Oct. 1, 1985 -- In a wild pre-season game won by the Rangers at NY 4-1, there were 506 PIMs (the regular season record at the time was 406), 22 ejected players and a brawl that took a half-hour. Afterwards, Barry Beck of the Rangers publicly challenged NHL President John Ziegler to clean up the game to which Ziegler replied "It was an aberration...there are more brawls in baseball than hockey." Beck submitted that hockey was the only sport that allowed fighting and "I can't remember anyone bleeding in a baseball game." There were multiple fights on the undercard including goalies Bob Froese and Terry Kleisinger. Twenty-five seconds later, with 5:13 left in period two, the major brawl erupted when NY's Don Maloney started the bench-clearing brawl as first man off the bench and received a three-game suspension.
Nov. 6, 1985 -- Bob Froese made 35 saves, including 18 on 20 shots in the first period, and Brian Propp and Peter Zezel both scored twice in Philly's 5-2 win at NY. The Flyers won for the 13th straight time (regular season and POs combined) in this series.
Dec. 7, 1985 -- Bob Froese made 23 saves, and Brian Propp and Murray Craven scored twice in Philly's 4-0 home win. It was the Flyers' 14th straight (including playoffs) win in this series. Bo Berglund had two assists, the only points in his seven-game Flyers' career. Glen Hanlon made 35 saves for NY. The game had four fights: Dave Brown-Bob Brooke, Tim Kerr-Tony Feltrin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfs-jRincaE ), Dave Richter-James Patrick and Richter-Kelly Miller ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3nmDNHGfUk ).
Dec. 8, 1985 -- Philly's 14-game win streak (including the 3-game 1985 PO sweep) in this series ended with NY's 3-1 home win. JVB made 28 saves and Raimo Helminen (1-1-2) had two points. James Patrick's SHG made it 1-1. NY killed 8 of 9 Flyers' PPs. Bob Froese (22 saves, 25 shots) suffered a groin injury and was replaced by Darren Jensen (6 saves, 6 shots) after the second period. Rich Sutter and Kelly Miller fought 0:16 into the game ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QiDf-T4a1U ). Carl Mokosak, in his only career game with the Flyers, fought Tony Feltrin in the opening period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0CsQQNMDeQ ). Pelle Eklund and Ilkka Sinisalo were among those who did not play for the Flyers. During the streak, the Flyers out-scored NY 66-34.
Mar. 9, 1986 -- Ilkka Sinisalo and Murray Craven scored PPGs in the opening 6:28, with Pelle Eklund (0-2-2) assisting on both, and the Flyers led 4-0 by the 13:46 mark en route to a 4-1 home win. Bob Froese made 30 saves. Rick Tocchet (1-1-2) had two points. John Vanbiesbrouck (6 goals, 10 shots) was replaced by Glen Hanlon (15 saves, 15 shots) after the first period. The Flyers recaptured first place in the Patrick Division. A pregame message by Brad Marsh written on a blackboard read "Washington 1st, Philadelphia 2nd."
Mar. 22, 1986 -- Peter Zezel (1-2-3) and Brad McCrimmon (0-3-3) each had three points and Mark Howe's (1-1-2) third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie in Philly's 4-2 home win. Glenn Resch made 29 save. The Flyers held a 45-31 shots advantage. JVB made 41 saves. The Flyers reached 100 points that season. Scott Mellanby made his NHL debut and replaced the scratched Derrick Smith who was scoreless in his last 23 games and had one goal/point in the prior 36 games. Rick Tocchet fought George McPhee for the second of three times that that season ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN-g3fh8o-A ) while Rich Sutter and Kelly Miller dueled ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EntaTb6S1EY ).
Mar. 29, 1986 -- Tim Kerr (2-0-2) scored consecutive goals in Philly's 8-2 home win. Bob Froese made 23 saves and Dave Poulin (1-2-3) and Brian Propp (1-2-3) had three points each. The Flyers led 3-2 just past the midway point. Brian MacLellan of NY was a -5. The win gave the Flyers a tie for first place (they finished top in the Prince of Wales Conference).
Apr. 2, 1986 -- Tim Kerr scored goals number 55 and 56 and the goalie tandem of Bob Froese (41 saves) and Chico Resch (4 saves in 2:33, brief replacement for Froese after the Rangers made it 1-0) made 45 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win at the NYR. The last-season game was vital for both teams as the Flyers pulled into the division lead over Washington by two points while the Rangers failed to secure a PO berth. The Flyers also won for the 18th time in the last 19 games in this series.
Apr. 9, 1986 -- In Game 1 of the Division Semifinals, Mike Ridley (2-1-3) scored two PPGs and John Vanbiesbrouck made 31 saves in NY's shocking 6-2 win in Phily. The Flyers were 18-1 in the previous 19 games (regular season and POs combined) in this series. Bob Brooke (1-2-3) and Tomas Sandstrom (0-3-3) also had three points. NY went 2-for-4 on PPGs and scored two SHGs while killing 8 of 9 Flyers' PPs. Bob Froese surrendered six goals on 22 shots. With 4:06 left in the second period and NY up 4-2, Rick Tocchet fought Wilf Paiement ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLfZ3XWsHQ ), Dave Richter battled Larry Melnyk ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLO4cP33RJY ) and Lindsay Carson fought Brian MacLellan ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GqnmoZnwXE ); Tocchet, Paiement, Richter and Melynk were each ejected. Rich Sutter fought Ron Greschner in the third period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xgg_kbJBA4 ).
Apr. 10, 1986 -- In Game 2 of the Division Semifinals, Rich Sutter and Brad McCrimmon scored a PO team-record 16 seconds apart in a 2-1 home win. Bob Froese made 11 saves as the Flyers dominated the game with a 44-12 shots advantage (21-3 in the first period and 32-9 through two periods). John Vanbiesbrouck was chosen the game's top star with 42 saves. NY's only goal came with a 2-man advantage. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPHG2cd68ks
Apr. 12, 1986 -- In Game 3 of the Division Semifinals, the Rangers scored four third period goals including three in 38 seconds en route to a 5-2 win. Mike Ridley tied the game at 2-2 at the 8:13 mark then Jim Wiemer and Bob Brooke scored 14 seconds apart followed by Ron Greschner's goal 24 seconds later. With NY leading 4-2, Bob Froese (28 saves, 32 shots) was replaced by Glenn Resch who gave up a goal on the lone shot he faced. JVB made 30 saves. There were multiple fights in the game including two Rich Sutter-Larry Melnyk battles ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQsgW7E2YM ) . When Rick Tocchet and George McPhee fought for the third time that season, Rangers' backup goalie Glen Hanlon stood on the bench and got animated ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKyJIsuQ_GU ). Through three games, the Flyers' PP was 1-for-20.
Apr. 14, 1986 -- In Game 4 of the Division Semifinals, the Flyers recorded the franchise's largest road playoff victory, 7-1. Bob Froese made 31 saves while Peter Zezel (3-1-4) and Tim Kerr (2-1-3) led the offense. NY opening the scoring but Zezel scored twice in the first period, then the Flyers expanded the lead to 4-1 with a pair of goals in the opening 61 seconds of the second period. Zezel's third goal made it 5-1 5:17 into the second period which forced the removal of JVB (13 saves, 18 shots) for Glen Hanlon (11/13). The Flyers out-scored NY 5-0 in the second period, with the goals scored in a span of 6:24, on a 10-8 shots edge. The Flyers' PP went 2-for-5.
Apr. 15, 1986 -- In Game 5 of the Division Semifinals, John Vanbiesbrouck made 34 saves leading NY to a 5-2 win, the franchise's first victory in a decisive game of a PO series since 1928. Willie Huber (1-2-3), who was scoreless entering the game, and Mark Osborne scored 71 seconds apart to put NY ahead 3-1. Brad McCrimmon cut the score to 3-2 with under nine minutes to play but NY completed the scoring with two ENGs in the final 40 seconds. There were four minor penalties in the game, three to NY, for a total of eight minutes. SERIES RECAP: John Vanbiesbrouck had a .920 save percentage (150-163) including .945 (137-145) in the four games he completed. Bob Froese was 108-123 (.878). Tim Kerr (3-3-6) led the Flyers with six points while Mike Ridley (3-4-7) and Bob Brooke (2-5-7) led NY.
Sept. 21, 1986 -- The Flyers won a preseason slugfest 4-1 in Philly. Prior to the seven minute mark, six players were tossed as the NHL experimented with a new instigating fighting penalty. There were 188 PIMs issued in the first period and 272 in the game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuZukm0WEeQ
Nov. 8, 1986 -- JVB made 36 saves and NY scored two PPGs in the first period en route to a 3-2 home win. Terry Carkner, in his first NHL fight, met Dave Brown's powerful left -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DPE97d23Nk
Nov. 14, 1986 -- JVB made 28 saves and out-dueled Chico Resch in NY's 2-1 home win. Tom Laidlaw's PPG with just over seven minutes to play was the difference. The Flyers were 0-for-8 on PPs including the final half-minute of regulation but failed to score.
Dec. 18, 1986 -- Bob Froese was traded to NY for Kjell Samuelsson and the Rangers' 2nd round choice (Patrik Juhlin) in the 1989 Entry Draft. Froese said "I'll miss my teammates. We were like brothers. We all went through so much together last year." Froese was 92-29-12 in four-plus years with the Flyers.
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Jan. 7, 1987 -- Ron Hextall (35 saves), Rick Tocchet (2-1-3) and Peter Zezel (1-2-3) led the Flyers to a 6-3 win at NY. Philly led 1-0 in the second period then the line of Zezel, Derrick Smith and Scott Mellanby combined for six points on two goals to make it 3-0. Tocchet's important short-handed breakaway with five seconds remaining in the second period made it 4-0. NY responded in the third period with three goals, the last coming with 3:41 to play but the Flyers added two ENGs in the final 23 seconds.
Jan. 31, 1987 -- Pierre Larouche snapped a 1-1 tie near the middle of the third period in NY's 3-1 win at Philly. Bob Froese, who made 28 saves in his first game against the Flyers since being traded, was named the game's first star. In the opening period. Froese stopped a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Derrick Smith then was whistled for slashing after he felt Smith intentionally made contact. Tomas Sandstrom gave NY a 1-0 lead about three minutes later. Still in the first period, with under two to play, Dave Brown picked up a 5-minute major for slashing Sandstrom and when Brown taunted George McPhee, who was on the bench (both got misconducts), NY's head coach Phil Esposito physically prevented his player from jumping onto the ice. The Flyers killed that major and the rejuvenated team evened the score when Murray Craven made it 1-1. Ron Hextall made 30 saves. NY finished the game with an ENG.
Mar. 12, 1987 -- Bob Froese was once again named the game's top star as he made 39 saves, Tomas Sandstrom (2-2-4) had four points and Don Maloney (2-0-2) scored twice eight seconds apart in NY's 6-1 win at Philly. NY led 2-1 until Maloney's pair of goals, unofficially the second fastest scored against the Flyers by one player (Jim Pappin did it in six seconds), with under eight minutes remaining. NY scored four times in the last 7:12 of the third period. NY was now 4-1-0 against the Flyers this season. NY went 3-for-10 on PPs and the Flyers were 0-for-7 on PPs. Ron Hextall was removed (3 saves, 5 shots) after NY went ahead 2-0 in the first period and Chico Resch (24 saves, 28 shots) went the distance. Flyers' head coach Mike Keenan said of Hextall "He's a strong individual. He should come back from this." Froese won both his first two starts against the Flyers but finished at 3-7-1 in 11 regular season decisions.
Mar. 15, 1987 -- A game decided by special teams, the Flyers won 5-2 in NY. Philly scored three PPGs and added a SHG while killing all ten NY PPs. Glenn Resch (37 saves), Dave Poulin (2-1-3) and Ilkka Sinisalo (1-2-3) led the Flyers. Dave Brown and Jay Caufiled fought twice -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mPP_JLWTic
Mar. 17, 1987 -- Tim Kerr (2-1-3) netted his 50th and 51st goals of the season in the first period of the Flyers' 4-1 home win. The 2-0 lead held through two periods. The Flyers had two PPGs and one SHG. Ron Hextall made 32 saves. Dave Brown was suspended five games for a high-stick to Tomas Sandstrom's face after Sandstrom struck Mark Howe with his stick. NY head coach Phil Esposito later said of Kerr "He reminds me more of me than any other player" and mentioned how the two chatted during the game about their similar goal-scoring ability.
Apr. 8, 1987 -- In Game 1 of the Division Semifinals at Philadelphia, Pierre Larouche (2-1-3) had three points and John Vanbiesbrouck made 26 saves in NY's 3-0 win. Larouche and Ron Duguay scored within 27 seconds in the second period for a 2-0 lead then Larouche finished the scoring in the waning moments on a breakaway. After the game, Walt Poddubny of NY said "I for one didn't know what to expect. I've read all those denials about how they are not psyched out by us but we have to be in the back of their minds."
Apr. 9, 1987 -- In Game 2 at Philadelphia, the Flyers buried NY with five third period goals in an 8-3 victory. Rick Tocchet (2-0-2) celebrated his birthday with a momentum-shifting goal 25 seconds after Don Maloney tied the game and with four seconds left in the second period to give Philly a 3-2 lead. Lindsay Carson, who was named the game's top star, had three points (0-3-3) including tremendous work in setting up Tocchet's key tally. Tim Kerr made it 4-2 off a perfect feed from Mark Howe. Tocchet added a SHG in the third to make it 6-2. Peter Zezel finished the scoring as he returned to the lineup after missing the previous nine games with a torn left knee. Ron Hextall made 24 saves. John Vanbiesbrouck (29 saves, 34 shots) was replaced by Bob Froese (7 saves, 10 shots). Willie Huber was a minus 5. NY was 1-for-8 on PPs and Philly was 0-for-9. 22 players had penalties among the 128 PIMs called. Dave Brown crushed George McPhee in a fight at the 2:05 mark leading to the ejection of NY's Jay Caufield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MmIkkJx62Y) ; In the last period, NY's Pat Price fought Doug Crossman and Scott Mellanby at separate times. Before the game, an announcement was made that Bobby Clarke and Eddie Giacomin were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Apr. 11, 1987 -- In Game 3 at New York, Ron Hextall stopped 34 shots and the Flyers scored three goals in a span of 6:06 in the second period for a 3-0 win. NY had the first eight shots of the game. Fans chanted "We hate Zezel" when they read comments that Peter Zezel said he disliked the Rangers; however, the jeers were quieted when Zezel's SHG gave Philly a 1-0 lead about five minutes into the second period. Thirteen seconds later, Philly established a team record for quickest two PO goals when Mark Howe scored. Rick Tocchet ended the scoring. The Flyers had 20 shots on goal in the second period, each team had 34 in the game. John Vanbiesbrouck made 31 saves.
Apr. 12, 1987 -- In Game 4 at New York, Bob Froese made 25 saves and NY led 3-0 after one period in an eventual 6-3 win. Six Rangers scored and Ron Greschner (0-3-3) had three points. NY went 3-foor-7 on PPs, including two in the last 1:29 of the second period. At 8:09 of the middle period, Lindsay Carson skated towards Froese, who then followed Carson out to about the blue line. Carson turned, saw Froese, and although Froese had not brought his fists up, Carson swatted him and Froese went down with apparent embellishment. Carson picked up a double minor for slashing and NY's Tony McKegney was ejected. ''He must have lost his edge and accidentally skated into me,'' Froese said sarcastically. ''Then I was skating to the bench and he turned and accidentally punched me.'' Said Carson, ''I just turned and he went into me and he did a good acting job to make it look like a punch.'' Later in the second, Dave Brown was tossed as third man in an altercation between Craig Berube and George McPhee. As the period proceeded, Ron Hextall and Jeff Jackson were given slashing majors and Hextall then banged his stick on the ice trying to bait Froese; however, the trash-talking continued between Hextall and NY's head coach Phil Esposito who kept chanting "Ronald McDonald" from the bench. Hextall (21 saves, 26 shots) was replaced by Glenn Resch (7 saves, 7 shots).
Apr. 14, 1987 -- In Game 5 at Philadelphia, Ron Hextall made 21 saves and Tim Kerr snapped a tie in the Flyers' 3-1 win. Rick Tocchet (2-0-2) scored twice including an ENG awarded when Jeff Jackson threw his stick along the ice when the Flyers had a 2-on-0 break. Bob Froese was brilliant with 37 saves for NY. The Flyers held a 32-10 shots advantage over the last 40 minutes and 40-22 total. Brian Propp had 10 shots. Afterwards, Phil Esposito, who was asked to comment on Mike Keenan's offering that the Flyers' speed was the difference in the game, said " He is the genius. He is the career coach. Who cares what he has to say?!" Esposito then said of his team's play "We were brain dead."
Apr. 16, 1987 -- In Game 6 at New York, Ron Hextall was brilliant with 34 stops and eliminated NY 5-0. Prior to the opening faceoff, fans chanted "Hex-tall, Hex-tall." Derrick Smith and Doug Crossman gave Philly a 2-0 lead after one period. Brad Marsh made it 3-0 in the second period and then John Vanbiesbrouck (14 saves, 17 shots) was replaced by Bob Froese (15 saves, 17 shots). Lindsay Carson scored in the third period and at that point fans in MSG pelted the ice with debris. Murray Craven suffered a broken left foot and missed the next 14 PO games. SERIES RECAP: Ron Hextall had two shutouts and a save percentage of .929 (158 saves, 170 shots). Key contributors included Rick Tocchet (5-1-6), Tim Kerr (3-3-6), Mark Howe (1-3-4) and Derrick Smith (2-2-4). NY was led by Pierre Larouche (3-2-5) and Ron Greschner (0-5-5). JVB had a save percentage of .901 (100 saves on 111 shots) and Bob Froese was 84-for-94 (.894).
Oct. 24, 1987 -- JVB made 42 saves in NY's 5-3 win at Philly. Three times the Flyers tied the score but Walt Poddubny made it 4-3 then Jan Erixson scored on a penalty shot against Mark Laforest. The Flyers outshot NY 45-39.
Oct. 26, 1987 -- Murray Craven's goal gave the Flyers a 2-2 OT tie at MSG. Ron Hextall, in his first appearance of the season, and JVB excelled as each faced 40+ shots (42-41 advantage NYR). Dave Brown's infamous cross-check to Tomas Sandstrom led to an eventual 15-game suspension. After the game, Rangers' head coach Michel Bergeron said "Tonight, I saw an attempt to kill." Mark Howe of the Flyers received a questionable five-minute slashing major to Sandstrom a few minutes prior to Brown's action in the third period. After the game, Howe said "If he didn't instigate, we wouldn't be doing these things back to him. Our team doesn't do that against anyone else on their team but him." NY scored on Howe's penalty but not while Brown was in the box. NY's James Patrick said of Sandstrom "He is no angel" while Bergeron also added "Of course Tomas uses his stick, but only to protect himself." Clip -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZqXmTfbQwE
Dec. 10, 1987 -- Dave Poulin (1-1-2) and Brian Propp (0-2-2) each had two points in the Flyers' 5-3 home win. Kjell Samuelsson's 65-footer beat Bob Froese who made 32 saves. Ron Sutter scored last to restore the Flyers' two-goal lead.
Dec. 22, 1987 -- The Flyers rallied to beat NY 6-4 in the 4,000th game in Rangers' history. Rick Tocchet (2-1-3) and Mark Howe (1-2-3) led Philly. John Ogrodnick scored twice in the opening minutes to give NY a 2-0 lead but Philly led 3-2 after one. Tomas Sandstrom scored with 0:28 left in the second period to bring NY to within 5-4. Ron Hextall was dazzling, especially in the third period, when NY outshot Philly 14-4. Hextall improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 outings with a 2.50 GAA.
Jan. 17, 1988 -- Ron Hextall improved to 17-2-2 (one no decision) in his last 22 starts backing the Flyers to a 2-1 home win. Rick Tocchet snapped a 1-1 tie. Bob Froese made 29 saves in the loss. Tocchet and Jim Pavese fought for the fourth time in their careers.
Jan. 28, 1988 -- JVB made 35 saves, including 19 in the first period, in NY's 5-2 win in Philly. Kelly Kisio had three points.
Mar. 15, 1988 -- JVB made 24 saves and NY scored two first period PPGs against an injury-riddled Flyers' team in a 3-1 home win. Kelly Kisio scored the first PPG after a Don Nachbaur (minor/major)-Chris Nilan (major0 fight. Greg Smyth-Joe Paterson fought later in the first period. Norm MacIver made it 2-0 again with Nachbaur in the box with about four minutes left in the second period. Nilan scored with 99 seconds left in the third period. Ron Hextall stopped 33 shots. The teams combined for 17 penalties in the opening period but just five minors the rest of the game.
Oct. 29, 1988 -- Jan Erixson (1-2-3) scored the go-ahead goal 15:17 into the third period of NY's 6-5 home win. Eleven players scored and neither team had more than a one-goal lead. Ilkka Sinisalo (1-2-3) tied the game with 7:36 remaining. Tomas Sandstrom had three assists. In the first period, Dave Brown walloped Rudy Poeschek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwkSi17ubHU). ; Ron Sutter suffered a broken jaw (in three places) and missed the next six weeks after a cross-check to his face by NY's James Patrick. ''I don't consider James Patrick to be a dirty player. But I don't consider that as a defense. Patrick drove the shaft of his stick into his face. For anyone to believe Patrick was just defending himself is foolish,'' said Bob Clarke. However, Brian O'Neill, the N.H.L.'s executive vice president, said ''In my judgment, the resulting injury was accidental and there was no deliberate attempt to injure by Patrick.'' Patrick, who received only a minor penalty at the time, was issued a retroactive game-misconduct penalty by O'Neill.
Nov. 9, 1988 -- Ulf Dahlen (1-2-3) and JVB (22 saves) led NY to a 5-3 home win. The Rangers led 5-1 in the third period. Ron Hextall (32 saves) and Mark Howe (1-2-3) led the Flyers. A melee ensued in the third period after Tomas Sandstrom (charging major, minor) checked Hextall (minor) behind the net which involved Kerry Huffman (minor). With Peter Laviolette penalized later and in the box, Mark Howe scored during a 5-on-3. Craig Berube and Brian Mullen were tossed after fighting with less than five minutes to play but the Flyers scored a SHG during the disadvantage and cut the score to 5-3.
Nov. 15, 1988 --Brian Lawton's (1-1-2) third period goal completed a three-goal rally for NY in a 3-3 tie at Philly. Dave Poulin suffered a separated left shoulder after a hit by Lucien Deblois at the 0:43 mark and missed the next seven games. Derrick Smith (1-1-2) elbowed Tomas Sandstrom, who temporarily left the game, in retaliation for a high-stick to Mark Howe. NY's Bob Froese suffered a hip pointer after a collision with Doug Sulliman and was replaced by JVB with 23 seconds left in OT. Chris Nilan fought Craig Berube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxDBeowqFT0 ) and Jeff Chychrun ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP7ZPosZqEc).
Feb 15, 1989 -- Ron Hextall made 33 saves and Ron Sutter, Derrick Smith and Al Secord scored in a 3-1 home win. Bob Froese made 23 saves for NY. Prior to the game, the injured Chris Nilan and Hextall clashed in the warmups. ''I was there to take a warmup, not start a fight,'' said Nilan. ''He swung his stick at my head. What am I going to do?'' Hextall said ''He's got no right to be in our end. He knew what he was doing.''
Feb. 22, 1989 -- Tim Kerr (3-2-5) led the Flyers to a 6-4 win at NY and his spectacular performance led ex-teammate Bob Froese (21 saves) to say "He has great hands, he is as strong as an ox, he is a scoring machine." The Flyers erupted for four straight third period goals to take a 6-3 lead. Brian Propp and Pelle Eklund each had a goal and an assist. Ron Hextall made 23 saves.
Mar. 25, 1989 -- Ron Hextall made 24 saves and Tim Kerr (2-1-3), Dave Poulin (2-1-3) and Brian Propp (1-2-3) led the offense in the Flyers' 6-1 home win. There was a fight in each period: Craig Berube-Rudy Poeschek; Rick Tocchet-Poeschek ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X0eUJd0Wc8 ); Jeff Chychrun-Chris Nilan. A second period scrum resulted in minors and a gross misconduct to Keith Acton ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4wxQReNI80 ).
Oct. 21, 1989 -- JVB made 29 saves in NY's 3-1 win in Philly. Tomas Sandstrom scored 1:37 into the game while Craig Berube (0:12 into the game) was in the box. Dave Poulin scored in the third period to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but the Rangers added an ENG.
Oct. 30, 1989 -- Ken Wregget made 23 saves and Tim Kerr and Rick Tocchet scored second period PPGs in Philly's 3-1 win at NY. Mark Howe (1-1-2) and Kerry Huffman (0-2-2) had multi-point games for the Flyers. The game featured just 39 shots (NY held a 24-to-15 advantage) including only five (NY 4-to-1) in the third period. The Flyers lone shot of the final period came with 2:54 remaining. Brian Propp was tossed in the third period for a high-sticking major but the Rangers couldn't beat Wregget. NY failed on seven of eight chances despite leading the NHL in power play efficiency. NY entered the game with a record of 8-1-3 while the Flyers were 2-7-1.
Dec. 10, 1989 -- Ken Wregget made 36 saves and Terry Carkner (1-1-2) scored a key goal in Philly's 4-2 win at NY. The Flyers' PK was a perfect 8-for-8 and afterwards Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren said "Their power play is not unimaginative. It has good personnel and a good system." Tomas Sandstrom was ejected and issued a five-minute major for slashing the Flyers' Jay Wells. NY outshot Philly 38-19 in an action-packed game. The game featured teams with two of the top seven records in the NHL, separated by one point (NY 35, Philly 34) in the standings. Jeff Chychrun fought Kris King ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8_WC2gdzOw ).
Jan. 14, 1990 -- Brian Leetch's OT goal gave NY a 4-3 and the franchise's 1,000th home win. The Flyers took a 3-1 lead in the third period on a PPG by Pelle Eklund who missed on a penalty shot in the first period. There were three fights including two Jeff Chychrun-Rudy Poeschek battles ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffU3y1Ccd4Y ).
Mar. 8, 1990 -- Ron Hextall left the game in the first period with a strained groin and this would be his eighth and final appearance all season. His play was limited due to a contract holdout, a suspension, and four different injuries (twice in NHL games, one while on AHL injury rehab and one at practice). NY won 7-5 in Philly. Kelly Kisio (1-2-3), Joe Mullen (2-0-2) and Mike Gartner (2-0-2) led NY. Tim Kerr (1-3-4) and Gord Murphy (2-0-2) led Philly.
Mar. 25, 1990 -- Kelly Kisio (2-1-3) and Mike Gartner scored twice in NY's 7-3 home win. Pete peeters was replaced by Bruce Hoffort with NY leading 5-1. Keith Acton scored a SHG on a penalty shot for Philly. Rick Tocchet was tossed for a high sticking major in the opening period.
Oct. 25, 1990 -- Kevin Miller scored the go-ahead goal with 6:09 remaining in NY's 5-3 home win. NY scored three times in the third period. JVB made 25 saves. Joey Mullen had four assists. Murray Craven (1-2-3) led Philly.
Nov. 13, 1990 -- Third-string goalie Pete Peeters improved to 4-1-1 in a stretch of six games in Philly's 1-1 home tie. Peeters made 22 saves while John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 26 shots. Rick Tocchet's rebounder with less than a second left nearly beat JVB who held onto the puck as the third period ended.
Nov. 30, 1990 -- Pete Peeters completed a brilliant month as he made 34 saves, including 19-for-19 in the third period, and back Philly to a 5-1 home win. Peeters was selected the NHL's Player of the Month for November 1990 with an 8-3-1 record and 2.21 GAA. Rick Tocchet (2-0-2) and Pelle Eklund (0-3-3) led the offense. There were five fights including two Dale Kushner-Derek King fights and a Craig Berube-Troy Mallette battle in which Mallette landed in the penalty box ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PigIJrtZ1CI ).
Jan. 7, 1991 -- Kelly Kisio and Kris King scored 26 seconds apart in the third period of NY's 3-2 home win. Both goals came off fortunate bounces leading NY's head coach Roger Neilson to say "It was one of those nights." John Vanbiesbrouck made 24 saves. Rick Tocchet scored twice.
Feb. 21, 1991 -- Murray Baron scored twice in a 4-4 OT tie at Philly. The Flyers held a 42-33 shots advantage. Mike Richter made 38 saves. During a Craig Berube-Lindy Ruff altercation, Berube accidentally hit Kevin Collins with a punch cutting the linesman's face.
Mar. 4, 1991 -- John Ogrodnick (2-1-3) led NY to a 6-2 home win. Tie Domi, who tried to engage the Flyers into a pregame fight, was ejected late in the game after he punched Keith Acton (who was not penalized). Domi also fought Craig Berube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DSJ0r5jIpw ).
Mar. 23, 1991 -- Pelle Eklund (3-2-5) had a hat trick and Rick Tocchet (2-1-3) scored his 40th goal of the season in the Flyers' 7-4 win at MSG. The Flyers out-scored NY 4-3 in the third period. Tie Domi's first NHL goal brought NY within 4-3 in the third period and he celebrated by "riding the broomstick (ala Tiger Williams)." NY lost for the eighth straight time, the third longest skid in team history. The Flyers entered the game on a 1-7-2 skid (and eventually ended the season with a 2-10-3 mark in the last 15). With one second left, a fight resulting from an earlier Pete Peeters-Troy Mallette collision ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRxo0m6uTwM ).
Dec. 2, 1991 -- JVB made 35 saves and Mark Hardy scored with 5:22 to play, his first goal since October 6, 1990, in NY's 4-2 home win. The Flyers' injured included Rick Tocchet, Mark Howe, Ron Hextall, Keith Acton, Jiri Latal and Steve Kasper. Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren after the game said "This can't go on much longer before changes are made" as his team was in a 0-6-1 slide. Two days later, he was fired by GM Russ Farwell who said "Paul has been a very loyal member of the Flyers organization for a very long time. However, I feel a change is needed at this time. Due to the closeness of our division, we do not have the luxury of waiting longer for our team to come together."
Dec. 18, 1991 --John VanBiesbrouck made 39 saves and six Rangers scored in NY's 6-3 home win. Darren Turcotte (1-1-2) gave NY a lead it never relinquished.
Feb. 23, 1992 -- Tony Amonte (2-0-2) scored with 39 seconds left in OT to give NY a 2-1 win at Philly. Amonte's PPG tied the game with 8:29 left in the third period. John Vanbiesbrouck made 33 saves for NY. Dominic Roussel, recently recalled, made 35 stops in his first NHL game since December. The Flyers fell to 2-11-2 in the last 15 played in this series.
Mar. 7, 1992 -- Ron Hextall made 37 saves and Mark Recchi (1-2-3) and Brian Benning (0-3-3) led the offense in the Flyers' 5-4 home win. The Flyers' PP was 3-for-6. Adam Graves (2-0-2) scored twice and ex-Flyer Tim Kerr finished the scoring.
Mar. 24, 1992 -- Tony Amonte (1-1-2) scored with 3:59 left and Mike Richter made 37 saves in NY's 4-3 win in Philly. Rod Brind'Amour scored consecutive third period goals to tie the game 3-3. Claude Boivin bloodied Jeff Beukeboom in a fight.
Mar. 25, 1992 -- JVB made 29 saves and NY scored three third period goals in a 4-1 home win. Brian Leetch (1-1-2) led the offense. NY won a 49th game for the second time in team history.
Oct. 26, 1992 -- JVB made 34 saves and Mike Gartner (2-1-3) led the offense in NY's 8-4 home win. NY outshot Philly 42-38 and scored four goals in the third period.
Nov. 4, 1992 -- Mike Richter made 25 saves in NY's 3-1 home win. Doug Weight was tossed for intent-to-injure at the 20:00 mark of the second period after bloodying Garry Galley's mouth with a cross-check. Weight was suspended four days for being a first-time offender under new NHL rules and was docked the appropriate salary of $2,536 (four day pay). He was not suspended for any games. The play began with three seconds left in the second period with Weight checking Dimitri Yushkevich into the bench. Weight claimed he cross-checked the approaching Galley for "defensive measures."
Nov. 19, 1992 -- Mark Recchi (1-2-3) scored in the opening minute and the Crazy Eights Line with Brent Fedyk (1-2-3) and Eric Lindros (1-1-2) totalled eight points in a 7-3 home win. Philly had 45 shots and Mike Richter gave up seven goals. Rod Brind'Amour (1-2-3) and Doug Evans (2-0-2) contributed. The Flyers led 4-1 when Kevin Dineen was given a 5-minute high stick major and tossed from the game in the second period; NY then scored twice on the penalty but Evans' two goals boosted the lead to 6-3. There were three fights in the game: Terry Carkner-Joey Kocur, Tie Domi-Dave Brown ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx1I0vJe8HY ) , Eric Lindros-Jeff Beukeboom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZdv6Th5pR0 ).
Jan. 9, 1993 -- Ric Nattress (2-0-2) scored twice and Tommy Soderstrom made 23 saves in the Flyers' 1,000th regular season win, 4-3 at home. The Flyers led 3-0 in the first period which led to the removal of Mike Richter (7 saves, 10 shots) who was replaced by John Vanbiesbrouck (11 saves, 12 shots). Nattress also helped stymie a NY comeback when he made it 4-2. Said Nattress "It's been eleven years and 500 games and I've never had chances like that." Mike Gartner had two goals.
Feb. 3, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom (36 saves) and John Vanbiesbrouck (39 saves) backed their teams to a 2-2 tie in NY. Andrei Lomakin (1-1-2) had two points and Kevin Dineen the tying goal. Mike Gartner (2-0-2) scored twice for NY.
Mar. 24, 1993 -- Eric Lindros (3-0-3) scored a hat trick and his 35th goal with 3:49 to play broke Brian Propp's team record for goals by a rookie leading Philly to a 5-4 win at NY. Tommy Soderstrom made 41 saves and Garry Galley had three assists. The Flyers trailed 4-2 entering the third period. Ed Olcyzk (3-0-3) and Mark Messier (0-3-3) led NY. It was the third career hat trick for both Lindros and Olcyzk.
Apr. 12, 1993 -- Greg Hawgood scored the lone goal and Dominic Roussel made 24 saves in Philly's 1-0 home win. Mark Recchi broke the Flyers' team record for points in a season with his 120th (123 total).
Oct. 16, 1993 -- Dominic Roussel improved to 5-0-0 as made 22 saves in Philly's 4-3 home win. Josef Beranek's hot streak continued as his seventh goal snapped a 2-2 tie. Mark Recchi (1-1-2) and Garry Galley (0-2-2) had two points.
Jan. 14, 1994 -- Mike Gartner scored twice and Mike Richter made 22 saves in NY's 5-2 home win. NY led 2-0 at the 5:04 mark when Gartner scored a SHG. Brent Fedyk (2-0-2) scored both Flyers' goals.
Feb. 28, 1994 -- Mike Richter made 26 saves and Brian Leetch and Sergei Nemchinov scored PPGs in NY's 4-1 home win. Dominic Roussel made 39 saves.
Mar. 29, 1994 -- Alex Kovalev's (2-0-2) scored with 36.7 seconds left in the third period giving NY a 4-3 win in Philly. Mike Richter made 27 saves. The teams alternated the seven goals. The Flyers dominated the shots 30-19 including 15-6 in the third. Rod Brind'Amour also scored twice.
Apr. 14, 1994 -- Dominic Roussel was spectacular as he made 51 saves in the 2-2 regular season finale. Among the saves were breakaway stops against Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson. The Flyers led 2-0 but Steve Larmer and Craig MacTavish scored for NY who held a 53-29 shots advantage including 18-6 in the third period.
Mar. 3, 1995 -- Steve Larmer (2-1-3) and Adam Graves (2-0-2) scored twice and Mike Richter made 20 saves in NY's 5-3 home win. Mikael Renberg (2-13) and John LeClair (1-2-3) each had three points for the Flyers.
Mar. 15, 1995 -- John LeClair scored with 3:38 to play and Dominic Roussel made 31 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win at NY. Mikael Renberg (1-2-3) and LeClair (1-2-3) both had three points. Philly led 3-0 at the 4:20 mark with two PPGs. Kevin Haller fought Mark Messier 5:31 into the game ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZX4KvVTgY). NY held a 34-22 shots advantage and dominated the second period 3-0 in goals and 20-4 in shots. The game aired on ESPN2.
Apr. 2, 1995 -- Eric Lindros (2-1-3) scored twice, including the lone third period goal, and Ron Hextall made 32 saves (nine on Mark Messier) in a 4-2 home win. Lindros moved into first-place in the NHL's points standings with 55. Brian Leetch said of Lindros ""He's raised his game to another level. It's hard to put anybody above him." The Flyers snapped a 6-game skid (1-4-1) and began a 9-game winning streak. The regional coverage marked the debut (in 32% of the USA) of NHL on FOX-TV.
Apr. 30, 1995 -- Brian Leetch scored the only goals of the game and Glenn Healy made 24 saves in NY's 2-0 win. Eric Lindros suffered an eye injury off a deflected shot which caused him to miss the last game of the regular season and the first three games of the upcoming PO series against Buffalo. He was the NHL's leading scorer at the time but lost the scoring title to Jaromir Jagr (both had the same point total but Jagr had more goals).
May 21, 1995 -- In Game 1 of their Conference Quarterfinals, Eric Desjardins scored 7:03 into OT to lift the Flyers to a 5-4 home win. John LeClair scored a hat trick and Ron Hextall made 22 saves. Desjardins gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead with 4:49 to play in regulation. Desjardins (2-1-3), John LeClair (3-0-3) and NY's Pat Verbeek (2-0-2) tallied the last seven goals of the game. NY went 3-for-5 on the PP, while the Flyers went 1-for-7. NY squandered leads of 2-0 after one and 3-1 late in the second. LeClair completed his hat trick off a terrific behind-the-net feed from Eric Lindros with 7:10 to play. Moments before LeClair's third goal, referee Don Koharski waved off another LeClair tally claiming the whistle was blown prior to the puck entering the net. Verbeek evened the score with 0:19 left in the third period. Mark Messier had three assists. After the game, NY's head coach Colin Campbell was fined $200 and assessed a gross misconduct penalty for swinging a stick at the glass in the direction of a Flyers' fan.
May 22, 1995 -- In Game 2, Kevin Haller's wrister 0:25 into OT lifted Philly to a 4-3 home win. On the GWG, Eric Lindros (1-2-3) won a battle for the puck, passed it to Mikael Renberg who found Haller. Ron Hextall made 24 saves. Twice in regulation, Philly had goals nullified due to whistles blown prior to the puck entering the net; that made three goals nullified in two games. Brian Leetch scored two PPGs in the first period to give NY a 2-0 lead. The Flyers rallied and took a 3-2 lead 25 seconds into the third period when Renberg (1-1-2) scored. Leetch became the first ever Rangers' d-man to score a PO hat trick 11:19 into the third period.
May 24, 1995 -- In Game 3, Ron Hextall made 32 saves and Kevin Dineen scored twice in Philly's 5-2 win at NY. Dineen scored 2:54 into the game then Mikael Renberg tallied with 16 seconds left in the opening period to give Philly a 2-0 lead. Dineen made it 3-0 early in the second period followed by a Rod Brind'Amour (1-1-2) PPG about seven minutes later and that led to the removal of Mike Richter for Glenn Healy. Mark Messier scored 2:37 after the goalie switch. The Flyers sealed the win with a SHG by Kevin Haller late in the middle period to make it 5-1. Each team had 34 shots.
May 26, 1995 -- In Game 4, Ron Hextall made 31 saves and Karl Dykhuis, who played for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate (Indianapolis Ice) earlier in the season, scored twice in the first period of the Flyers' 4-1 win at NY. Mikael Renberg and Anatoli Semenov scored less than two minutes apart which led to the playing of Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend" throughout MSG with 5:38 to play in the second period. Mark Osborne scored in the final minute of the second period for the 4-1 final. NY held a 32-30 shots advantage. Brent Fedyk suffered a fractured neck on a check by Jay Wells and missed the entire 1995 Conference Finals against the Devils. Glenn Healy started and replaced Mike Richter who had lost the confidence of head coach Colin Campbell. Renberg said "Four straight against the Rangers. I can't believe it." SERIES RECAP: Much of the pre-series chatter revolved around the Flyers lack of experience and depth since the Flyers' top line produced 80 of 150 regular season goals. In this series, Mikael Renberg (3-4-7), Eric Lindros (1-4-5) and John LeClair (3-2-5) combined for seven of the 18 goals. Mark Messier said "The Flyers worked their tails off. They blocked shots. They beat us to the punch. They deserved to win. You don't need a lot of experience when they beat us as handily as they did." Ron Hextall stopped 109 of 119 (.916) shots while NY's duo of Mike Richter (66-for-79, .835) and Glenn Healy (36-for-41, .878) combined for 102-120 (.850).. NY's head coach Colin Campbell said "There is a lot of blame to go around but it isn't the right time to point fingers." When asked if he was out-coached, he said "I was not out-coached. That is a crazy question."
Dec. 21, 1995 -- Mike Richter made 31 saves in NY's 2-1 win at Philly. Jeff Beukeboom scored the GWG on a second period breakaway. The Flyers held a 19-5 shots advantage after one period and 32-15 in the game.
Jan. 13, 1996 -- Mark Messier (2-2-4) factored in each goal and Glenn Healy made 23 saves in the Rangers' 4-0 win in Philly. NY went 3-for-8 on the PP.
Jan. 24, 1996 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored with 1:09 to play in a 4-4 tie at MSG. Ron Hextall made 38 saves. Mark Messier (2-2-4) had four points. "That was a great game, right out of the playoffs," said Brian Leetch.
Apr. 4, 1996 -- Eric Lindros scored twice and Ron Hextall made 27 saves in Philly's 4-1 home win. The first period featured four fights, 21 penalties and 74 PIMs. Dan Kordic-Marty McSorley fought (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04dU_cYVVm0) early in the game. A Karl Dykhuis-Sergio Momesso battle ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtTXcRDs8Gs ) came one second before a melee highlighted by fights between Shjon Podein-Jeff Beukeboom and Joel Otto-Mark Messier ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1MqfsSQzVw). Unrelated, Messier left the game in the second period with bruised ribs and missed the rest of the regular season. During the game both head coaches got into a shouting match then afterwards NY's Colin Campbell said of Terry Murray "Maybe he was talking about all those Lady Byngs he should have won when he played. Check out his penalty minutes when he played." The teams combined to go 13-for-13 on PKs.
Apr. 5, 1996 -- NY rallied for a 3-1 home win with two third period goals. Brian Leetch tallied with 0:20 left in the second period for NY's first goal of the game. Pat Verbeek scored the GWG on a 5-on-3 as part of three straight minors called against the Flyers in under two minutes. Ron Hextall played a great game as he made 33 saves. NY outshot Philly 36-18.
Nov. 13, 1996 -- Pat Falloon's PPG snapped a tie in the third period and Ron Hextall made 26 saves in Philly's 2-1 win at NY. Mike Richter stopped 35 shots.
Dec. 4, 1996 -- Eric Lindros, in his fifth game of the season, scored his first goal with 6:35 left in a 1-1 tie at NY. Philly outshot NY 40-25. Ron Hextall made 24 saves. Mike Richter made 39 saves.
Feb. 1, 1997 -- Mike Richter made 39 stops and Mark Messier and Sergei Nemchinov scored in the third period of NY's 4-2 road win. Alexander Karpovtsev's PPG made it 2-2 in the last minute of the second period. Philly held a 41-17 shots advantage including 29-10 over the last two periods (out-scored 3-2). There were four fights: Scott Daniels-Eric Cairns, Dan Kordic-Cairns ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKRV0Fl33MU ), Daniel Lacroix-Jeff Beukeboom and Kordic-Darren Langdon ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgADWL0e4YU ).
Feb. 23, 1997 -- Janne Niinimaa's stripped Wayne Gretzky of the puck, leading to a 2-on-1 break with John LeClair, and the defenseman's goal helped give Philly a 2-1 home win. Each team scored in the opening period, the third period was scoreless. Garth Snow extended his unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5). The Flyers outshot NY 37-15 including 31-9 over the first 40 minutes. Mike Richter made 35 saves in the loss.
Apr. 7, 1997 -- NY rallied for a 3-2 home win by scoring three times in a span of 5:27 in the second period. NY scored two PPGs during a double-minor to Eric Lindros. The Flyers' captain, who picked up a total of five high-sticking minors, was suspended and fined later in the week for two games for breaking the nose of Shane Churla and later a double-minor for high-sticking Ulf Samuelsson at the game's end. Lindros labeled Samuelsson "Susan Lucci" after the soap opera actress. After the game, Churla said "He put my nose on the side of my face." Churla sported a cut across the bridge of his nose and a bruise beneath the right eye and also said ''It's what hockey is all about. We're all men. We'll handle it in our own ways.'' Prior to the Flyers' practice, the Rangers scheduled a season photo shoot which delayed the Flyers' workout.
Apr. 10, 1997 -- Pat Flatley scored twice and Mike Richter made 28 saves in NY's 6-3 win at Philly. Ron Hextall (13 saves, 18 shots) was replaced after the second period by Garth Snow (8 saves, 9 shots). Eric Lindros did not play as part of his suspension for the April 7 game. Dan Kordic fought recently recalled Ryan VandenBussche ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEDVmf1VmhM ) who made it 1-0 early in the first period. Both teams, in these consecutive games, played mind games against the opponent by limiting practice (ice) availability. After this game, Flatley said ''I thought it was kind of funny. Just when you think we're adults, you realize it's still a kids' game.'' The Flyers put a Zamboni machine on the iceprior to NY's practice. Bob Clarke said ''We were just having a little fun. No big deal. I'm sure they laughed about it, just as we did.'' Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RbTEVjyJ_U
May 16, 1997 -- In Game 1 of the Conference Finals, Eric Lindros (0-3-3) and John LeClair (0-3-3) assisted on all three goals and Dainius Zubrus and Janne Niinimaa scored in the opening 4:39 of Philly's 3-1 home win. The two goals came on the Flyers first three shots. Eric Desjardins scored in the third period. Garth Snow, benched in the series-clinching victory against Buffalo in the prior series, stopped 24 shots and missed a shutout when Luc Robitaille scored with 10 seconds to play. Coach Terry Murray informed both goalies as to whom would start Game One during practice the prior day but instructed both netminders not to divulge the choice. "As long as the goalies know and the team knows, that's the most important thing. It's maybe a little bit of superstition on my part, maybe to make it a little bit more difficult for the Rangers in their preparation. It probably won't. I doubt that they're going to change any of their game plans as far as strategy is concerned. They're not going to have an extra meeting over it. They're just looking to get their team ready, as we are." A reporter attempted to trick Snow when he asked "Are you disappointed by the decision? Snow responded "You tell me. What decision was it?"
May 18, 1997 -- In Game 2, Wayne Gretzky (3-0-3) scored a hat trick and Mike Richter made 25 saves in NY's 5-4 win in Philly. Gretzky scored two PPGs in under two minutes to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead after one period. Mark Messier (1-2-3) also had three points. The Flyers scored twice with 49 seconds to tie the score 3-3 but Gretzky and Messier gave NY a 5-3 advantage. Shjon Podein finished the scoring. The third period was scoreless. Garth Snow gave up five goals on 10 shots and was pulled 33:45 into the game for Ron Hextall (12 saves, 12 shots) who made his second appearance of the POs and played the rest of this series. Trent Klatt's hit on Brian Leetch ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z97EYsjBsJg ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlolrBaA8aU , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_drsEtyus8 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjd0shKvd5M
May 20, 1997 -- In Game 3, Eric Lindros' (3-0-3) recorded his first PO hat trick ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH9bAAxh_mk ) and Ron Hextall made 25 saves in a 6-3 win at NY. Trent Klatt's goal with 5:01 to play came 38 seconds after Wayne Gretzky (1-1-2) tied it 3-3. The Flyers led 2-0 in the first period but, after a scoreless second period, Russ Courtnall (2-1-3) started a seven-goal third-period flurry to make it 2-2. Lindros made it 3-2 then, after Gretzky and Klatt swapped goals, Rod Brind'Amour scored an insurance goal and Lindros recorded an ENG. Philly scored four third period goals on eight shots. At the 2:08 mark of the first period, Klatt delivered a crushing check to his brother-in-law Ken Gernander which resulted in a concussion and separated shoulder. The former teammates at the University of Minnesota married twin sisters, Kelly and Kirby, who sat togther at the game. "They continued sitting together the rest of the night, but it was an uncomfortable situation." Klatt said afterwards.
May 23, 1997 -- In Game 4, Eric Lindros' PPG with 6.8 seconds remaining gave Philly a thrilling 3-2 win in NY. It was the latest GWG in Flyers' PO history. Jeff Beukeboom was penalized with a double minor for high-sticking John LeClair who suffered four cuts to the face. When LeClair attempted to return to the ice, referee Kerry Fraser ruled him ineligible because blood was still visible; LeClair then returned to bench, got medical attention, and helped set up the winning goal. Mikael Renberg scored in the first period and the 1-0 lead was maintained even when NY had a 5-on-3 edge midway in the second period with Eric Lindros and Eric Desjardins off for slashing, the latter on Wayne Gretzky's wrist (later in the game, Gretzky speared Desjardins which went uncalled). With the game still 1-0, Esa Tikkanen netted his first goal of the series (eighth of the POs), while on the PK. John Druce scored a brilliant SHG with 3:13 to play with Joel Otto in the box. Brian Leetch scored with 2:08 left in regulation, two seconds after Otto's penalty expired. The shots were 42-33 in the Flyers' favor, including 21-10 in the third period. NY's head coach Colin Campbell said "We are not out yet. A three-to-one lead is not insurmountable. I think they (the Flyers) are starting to bend." Jeff Beukeboom's crosscheck to Trent Klatt's head ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HetQojhuhFU ). Highlights --http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcGDbDBWMj0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dWsE5-eHso
May 25, 1997 -- In Game 5, Rod Brind'Amour scored twice leading the Flyers to a 4-2 home win and a 4-1 series victory. Brind'Amour scored with 54 seconds left in the opening period to put Philly on top 3-2 then gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead with a third period goal. Brind'Amour (2-0-2), Eric Lindros (1-1-2), John LeClair (1-1-2) and Chris Therien (0-2-2) all had two points. Ron Hextall made 17 saves. Philly outshot NY 29-19 in the game (8-2 in the second period). The Flyers trailed 2-1 after the opening period, surrendering two PPGs. After the game, Wayne Gretzky said "We got beat fair and square. Yeah, they were bigger. Yeah, they were stronger. Yeah, we're disappointed. It hurts." SERIES RECAP: Ron Hextall made 85 saves on 92 shots (.924) and the Flyers' offense was led by Eric Lindros (5-4-9), John LeClair (2-7-9) and Rod Brind'Amour (4-2-6). Wayne Gretzky (4-5-9) led NY and Mike Richter surrendered 19 goals on 126 (.869) shots.
Dec. 5, 1997 -- The teams skated to a 4-4 tie at MSG. Brian Leetch scored the last two goals, both on PPs, as the Rangers rallied from a 4-1 hole. Mike Richter (13 saves, 16 shots) started but was replaced by Jason Muzzatti after the Flyers made the score 3-1. Just 2:19 later, the Flyers made it 4-1 but Muzzatti finished the game making 25 saves on 26 shots. Garth Snow made 27 saves and John LeClair scored twice for the Flyers.
Jan. 22, 1998 -- Garth Snow made 30 saves in Philly's 4-3 road win. John LeClair (1-1-2) and Rod Brind'Amour scored PPGs in the opening period. NY's Pat LaFontaine became the third US-born player to reach 1,000 NHL points. Dan Kordic-P.J. Stock and Dan Kordic-Eric Cairns fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tTZ5AVGSO4 ).
Feb. 28, 1998 -- Eric Lindros recorded his 500th career point, the fifth fastest in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny and Mike Bossy) to reach the mark, in Philly's 3-1 win at New York. The game was NY's first under new head coach John Muckler, who replaced Colin Campbell. Pat LaFonaine's PPG was the only score in the first two periods. Trent Klatt evened the game early in the third and then a minute later Lindros scored the eventual GWG that led to his accomplishment.
Mar. 22, 1998 -- Shjon Podein's PPG with 0:21 left in OT gave Philly a 5-4 home win. The goal was scored with three seconds remaining on a penalty to Geoff Smith. NY led 2-0 in the first period. With 3:09 to play, Trent Klatt gave Philly a 4-3 lead but Wayne Gretzky (2-1-3), who tied the game 3-3, evened the game at 4-4 with 1:42 to play. Sean Burke stopped Kevin Stevens on a penalty shot and later in the game a NY goal was overturned by replay because Stevens was in the crease. The game was NY's second straight one-goal loss to the teams that made the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals (Detroit won the prior game, 4-3). Dan Kordic fought Darren Langdon ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgADWL0e4YU ).
Apr. 18, 1998 -- In the Rangers' season finale, UFA Mike Richter made 31 saves in NY's 2-1 win at Philly. "I do have a preference. And I've obviously said I'd love to be a New York Ranger and finish my career here," said Richter.
Oct. 9, 1998 -- Alexandre Daigle scored the only goal of the game and JVB made his Flyers' debut with a 20-save shutout in a 1-0 win at MSG. Ulf Sammuelsson punched and bloodied the Flyers' Petr Svoboda but was issued only a minor penalty despite protests. After the game, Svoboda said "One of these days, it's going to be him. It's a long year." In the final moments, Esa Tikkanen had an open net and a loose puck near his skate but couldn't score because he had a broken stick, which he smashed over the net after time expired.
Oct. 24, 1998 -- John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour scored third period goals in a 2-2 OT tie at Philadelphia. Mike Richter made 35 saves. The Flyers outshot NY 37-13 including an impressive 14-1 in the third period. Eight of NY's shots came in the second period and they were outshot 25-5 in the other periods/OT.
Feb. 28, 1999 -- Petr Nedved's PPG (3-1-4) with 6:28 to play snapped a 5-5 tie and led NY to a 6-5 home win. NY went 4-for-7 on the PP. Adam Graves (2-1-3) scored twice including a goal that tied the game 1-1 when John Vanbiesbrouck (20 saves, 26 shots) attempted clear hit Graves and went into the net. Wayne Gretzky did not play (injury). The Flyers trailed 5-2 but Daymond Langkow's SHG started a rally and then two PPGs in the third period even the game. Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had three points on his 26th birthday and was named the game's third star. The slumping Flyers fell to 2-7-2 in the last 11 games after going 16-1-7 in the prior 24 games.
Mar. 27, 1999 -- Valeri Zelepukin scored two second period goals and John Vanbiesbrouck made 21 saves in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. Craig Berube fought Chris Tamer ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czxH5Z8z7Mk ). Eric Lindros bloodied Petr Nedved (right eye area) with a high-stick and which resulted in a two-game suspension. The NHL also fined Lindros $86,458 based on the average annual value of his contract. Bobby Clarke replied to comments made by Rangers' GM Neil Smith "It's kind of stupid of him, I think, to talk about Lindros and Ed Snider like that. He has enough to worry about for his own team. It's none of his business. It's not often that a GM of one club criticizes the owner and player of another club. It's not like he's (former Montreal GM) Sam Pollock. He should just keep his mouth shut like the rest of us. It's not our fault that his bleeping player was lying on the ice. (Petr) Nedved got a cut on his nose and he's laying on the ice so he can (draw) a penalty. If that was Adam Graves, he'd have gotten back up and played." Snider replied "What does Neil Smith know about what I do and don't do. He doesn't know a hell of a lot." Smith stated earlier that " (MSG President Dave Checketts should do what Ed Snider does continuously. Just call the league whenever you don't like something, do it during the game, after the game, all the time." The double-minor to Lindros gave NY a PP for the remaining 3:30 of regulation.
Apr. 5, 1999 -- Mike Richter made 36 saves and Kevin Stevens (1-1-2) scored 32 seconds into the game in NY's 5-1 win at Philly. Brian Leetch, who also had a goal and an assist, was the last player to score against Ron Hextall who played in his final NHL game. Among the players absent from the Flyers were Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins.
Oct. 20, 1999 -- Mark Recchi (1-3-4) and JVB (34 saves) led the Flyers to a 5-0 home win. Eric Lindros delivered a crushing check to Petr Nedved, whose helmet was sent flying, and Todd Harvey, who retaliated, received a bloodied eye in a fight. Earlier in the game, Tim Taylor attempted to check Lindros but the Flyer leveled him to the delight of the home crowd. When Lindros was asked of the ovation, he said "It was pretty interesting in the stands, too," of the many fights in the crowd.
Oct. 22, 1999 -- John Vanbiesbrouck recorded his 37th career shutout and made 20 saves in Philly's 2-0 win at MSG. It was his second shutout of NY in three nights. NY ended the game without a goal in the last 174:31. Ulf Samuelsson made his Flyers' debut. Highlights involving NY's P.J. Stock ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orjad1QQMFo )
Feb. 20, 2000 -- John Vanbiesbrouck made 30 saves and Mikael Renberg and John LeClair scored third period goals in Philly's 3-2 win at NY. LeClair reached the 30th goal mark for the fifth straight season. JVB had shut out NY in the prior two meetings. Craig Ramsey replaced Roger Neilson (treatment for rare form of bone marrow cancer) as Flyers' coach for the rest of the season.
Mar. 18, 2000 -- Kirk McLean made 26 saves and Mathieu Schneider snapped a 2-2 tie in NYs 3-2 win at Philly. Simon Gagne and Valeri Kamensky twice alternated goals in the first period.
Apr. 9, 2000 -- Mark Recchi and Daymond Langkow each had a goal and an assist in Philly's 4-1 win at NY. The Flyers outshot NY 40-16. With the win in this season finale, the Flyers captured the division title with 105 points to the Devils' 103. Only the Blues (114) and Red Wings (108) had more points than the Flyers. Brian Boucher (1.91 GAA in 35 games), who made 15 saves, became the first rookie goalie since Al Rollins and Terry Sawchuk in 1950-51 to play a minimum of 25 games and have a GAA under 2.00. Keith Primeau fought Dale Purinton ( http://video.yahoo.com/watch/6166509?=en-us/16013181 ).
Oct. 24, 2000 -- Without Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Eric Lindros and on a 0-5-2 skid, the Flyers won 5-4 at MSG. Keith Primeau (1-1-2) scored 12 seconds into the game and the Flyers led 3-0 at the 17:25 mark while out-shooting NY 11-1 (13-2 in the first). NY outshot Philly 23-6 covering the last two periods including 13-2 in the third. Brian Boucher made 21 saves and Simon Gagne had three assists.
Oct. 26, 2000 -- Brian Boucher, who had a 4.52 GAA in his first six games of the season, made 32 saves in a 3-0 shutout at Philly. Michal Sykora scored his first goal in nearly two years and his first as a Flyer in the opening period. Daymond Langkow (1-1-2) had two points in the third period.
Jan. 13, 2001 -- Theo Fleury (2-2-4) scored 2:46 into OT, after tying the game with 2:52 left in regulation, to lead NY to a 4-3 win in MSG. Fleury also assisted on the first two goals. Mike Richter made 31 saves.
Feb. 25, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 31 stops and Mark Recchi scored with 5:19 to play in Philly's 2-1 home win. NY outshot the Flyers 18-4 in the third period but the only goal was the winner by Recchi who, along with Mark Greig, factored in both goals. The Flyers were without John LeClair, Simon Gagne, Rick Tocchet and Justin Williams. NY held a 32-21 shots advantage. Todd Fedoruk and Dale Purinton fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLLg0-I8cQw ).
Mar. 17, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 30 saves and Dan McGillis' PPG with 0:22 left in the second period lifted Philly to a 2-1 home win. Guy Hebert(18 saves, 20 shots) was replaced by Kirk McLean (6 saves, 6 shots) after the second period due to a groin pull. The score was tied 1-1 at the 5:04 mark. About a minute later, Todd Fedoruk and Rich Pilon fought (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud-n6Iyzawc).
Sep. 20, 2001 -- The preseason game played in Philly was canceled after two periods, with the score tied 2-2, so that fans in attendance could witness on the Jumbotron the President Bush's State of the Union address days after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Players and staff from both teams joined the fans in watching. Flyers' chariman Ed Snider said "We felt we should show part of it (the speech) and gauge the fans' reaction. We did what the fans wanted." Fans attending the game received miniature flags. Among the game's fights: Todd Fedoruk-Richard Scott (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPvKUwHwK0w ), Jesse Boulerice-Steve McKenna, Chris McAllister-Dale Purinton, Boulerice-Scott, Francis Lessard-P.J. Stock ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D9Hzx_kq68 ) Fedoruk-McKenna.
Nov. 14, 2001 -- Eric Lindros made his first appearance against the Flyers and opened the scoring 16:52 into the first period, Mike Richter made 40 saves and Theo Fleury snapped a 2-2 third period tie in NY's 4-2 home win. Said Lindros ''It was electric. It certainly felt good to know the Garden was alive. I obviously wanted to be on the winning side tonight. It was special. It felt good after the game.'' Rangers' GM Glen Sather said ''I loved the fact that Rangers fans were pouring beer on Flyers fans. It was old-time hockey. There was some emotion in the building. It was terrific.'' Mike Richter said ''Our team is playing better, and I think people are starting to take notice. They're just into it more. There were a few Philly fans and a couple of brawls in the stands. It was just a great game to be a part of.''
Jan., 12, 2002 -- In Eric Lindros' first appearance in Philadelphia as an opponent, the Flyers recorded a 4-2 win with Kim Johnsson scoring the GWG. Johnsson (1-1-2), John LeClair (1-1-2) and Keith Primeau (0-2-2) each had two points and Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves. The game nearly had a pregame melee ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BclV2CHddjg ). Bryan Berard, who scored and assisted on NY's two goals, was ejected with 40.7 seconds remaining when he leveled Jeremy Roenick after J.R. punched Radek Dvorak. Berard said that he thought the play was "gutless" and "that is J.R.'s hockey." Roenick said ''That was a stand-up play by Bryan Berard to defend his player like that. But he's got to tell his own player to stand behind his words. I've been in this league a long time and I've accomplished a lot of things and I'm going to demand some respect. If he wants to yap at me, especially with 40 seconds left, he's got to expect repercussions.'' Berard gave NY a 1-0 lead then Roenick tied it. Dvorak tied the game 2-2 in the middle period. After the game, Lindros said ''I didn't feel real comfortable until halfway through the second period. When you step into a building that you played in for many years, there are a lot of things going through your mind.'' Lindros finished with three shots on goal in 21:18 of ice time. Luke Richardson beat Matthew Barnaby in a fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hHU9xBRfWc . Todd Fedoruk-Steve McKenna -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Qj8Y0D-TI Donald Brashear-Sandy McCarthy -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYDJG1MPFqY
Mar. 2, 2002 -- Eric Lindros (3-0-3) scored a hat trick by the 2:12 mark of the second period in NY's 6-5 home win. Mike York (0-3-3) and Brian Leetch (0-3-3) each had three points. Lindros also won 21 of 27 faceoffs while the rest of his teammates won just 16 of 45 (NY won 37 and lost 35). Mike Richter made 26 saves. With the Flyers trailing 4-0, Simon Gagne (3-0-3), who also had a hat trick, scored the next two goals. The Flyers had a 5-minute PP advantage when Tomas Kloucek was ejected for kneeing Ruslan Fedotenko; however, the Rangers scored a SHG to pull ahead 5-2. The Flyers closed the gap to 5-4 with two early third period goals but Dave Karpa scored to make it 6-4. Gagne completed his hat trick with 7:05 to play during a 4-on-4 with Lindros in the box. After giving up Lindros' first goal, Roman Cechmanek (7 saves, 8 shots) got a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and then 25 seconds picked up another unsportsmanlike which was offset by Lindros' tripping minor. Less than a minute later, Cechmanek suffered a right ankle injury and did not return until April 1. Brian Boucher (15 saves, 20 shots) gave up five goals on 20 shots. Lindros and Keith Primeau were issued unsportsmanlike minors in the first period for head-butting. The physical game was part of ABC-TV's national hockey coverage. Donald Brashear fought Matthew Barnaby --
Mar. 27, 2002 -- Brian Boucher made 22 saves in Philly's 4-2 win in NY. Justin Williams scored in the first period and the Flyers never trailed. Eric Desjardins (1-1-2) and Simon Gagne (0-2-2) each had two points. Eric Lindros (1-1-2) factored in both NY goals.
Apr. 13, 2002 -- The Flyers clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 2-1 home win. Mark Recchi (1-1-2), who made it 2-0 with a goal in the third period, and Adam Oates (1-1-2) each had two points. The Flyers held a 46-20 shots advantage including 26-9 in the first 40 minutes. Dan Blackburn of NY made 43 saves. Eric Lindros played as an opponent in Philadelphia for the second time in his career. Game highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pDUcu7hzQc . Donald Brashear and Dale Purinton fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpxJYxxxrAw
Oct. 1, 2002 -- The Flyers won 5-3 in a home preseason game highlighted when Donald Brashear split Sandy McCarthy's helmet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-yMIZhVZ-M ;(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0PoGpFgRwQ ) Separately, Dale Purinton jumped Brashear from behind and kneed him in the head which led to an ejection. Brashear also had a brief scrap with Krystof Oliwa who also fought Todd Fedoruk ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Bxhns1QDA ). Chris Therien and Matthew Barnaby were also tossed for fighting and the resulting scrum gave the Flyers a seven-minute PP. The Flyers had 13 PPs as NY had 24 penalties for 103 minutes.
Dec. 5, 2002 -- Michal Handzus became the second player (both times against the NYR) in NHL regular season history to score a GWG on a penalty shot in OT and the Flyers won 3-2 with 0:37 to play. Said Tom Poti, who was whistled for the minor leading to the GWG, "No way that should have been a penalty shot. He dived a bit. Maybe I deserved a hooking penalty. I guess the ref wanted to decide the game and he was successful in doing so." Roman Cechmanek picked up the win as he made 24 saves including a sensational stop when Petr Nedved and Pavel Bure had a 2-on-1 moments before the GWG. NY's Eric Lindros tied the score 2-2 in the second period on a 55-footer. Dan Blackburn made 32 saves. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5AR8WPEtCg . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gotVTv0xVEQ
Jan. 18, 2003 -- Michal Handzus scored the GWG with 5:04 to play, Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves and Keith Primeau scored twice in Philly's 4-2 win at NY. The Flyers, winners for the ninth time in the last 10 games, rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit in which they were outshot 18-8. Head coach Ken Hitchcock blasted the team after the intermission and challenged Primeau's line. "He challenged my line, me personally, and I deserved it because we weren't very good in the first period. It was an open challenge to the whole club and we responded." Each team was whistled for just 4 PIMs.
Feb. 8, 2003 -- Sami Kapanen made his Flyers' debut and snapped a personal 14-game goal-scoring drought with a third period PPG in Philly's 2-1 home win. Kapanen's GWG came 4:44 into the third period and he became the fifth Flyer that season to score in his debut. Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods. All three goals were on the PP.
Mar. 7, 2003 -- NY led 4-0 iat the 12:49 mark and Mike Dunham made 34 saves in a 5-1 NY home win. Bobby Holik (2-0-2) and Radek Dvorak (0-3-3) led the offense. Roman Cechmanek (6 saves, 9 shots) was replaced at the 9:06 mark with the Flyers down 3-0 by Robert Esche (23 saves, 25 shots). Simon Gagne returned to the lineup after missing 13 games but suffered a relapse of a groin injury and missed the next 13 games.
Mar. 22, 2003 -- Dan Blackburn was a perfect 28-for-28 in relief of the injured Mike Dunham, who had a pulled hamstring and was removed after the first period (6 saves, 7 shots), and Petr Nedved scored with 3:12 to play in NY's 2-1 win in Philly. Claude Lapointe scored for the Flyers and ended Dunham's career-best shutout streak at 144:47. The Flyers held a 35-19 shots advantage including 15-4 in the last period.
Nov. 8, 2003 -- Marcus Ragnarsson scored 1:01 into OT giving Philly a 2-1 win at NY. Tony Amonte's (1-1-2) PPG tied the game in the opening minute of the third period and he fed Ragnarsson on the winner. Jeremy Roenick (0-2-2) added two assists. Jeff Hackett made 21 saves. Mike Dunham made 30 saves for NY. Eric Lindros (0-1-1) played fro NY after missing the prior seven games and increased his point total to eight (6-2-8) in 11 career games against the Flyers. Philly held a 32-22 shots advantage including 23-9 covering the last 41:01 minutes.
Jan. 22, 2004 -- Robert Esche made 23 saves and five Flyers had two points in a 4-2 win at NY. Simon Gagne had the eventual GWG 44 seconds after Brian Leetch evened the game 2-2 late in the middle period. NY's Eric Lindros was absent due to the flu. Mike Dunham (17 saves, 20 shots) was injured and replaced by Jussi Markanen (6 saves, 7 shots).
Feb. 12, 2004 -- Simon Gagne and Sami Kapanen scored and Sean Burke, acquired due to injuries to Jeff Hackett and Robert Esche, made 26 saves in his return to the Flyers in Philly's 2-1 win at NY. Tony Amonte (0-2-2) assisted on both goals. NY held a 12-4 shots advantage in the third period but the Flyers scored the only goal. Jeremy Roenick suffered a broken jaw after being hit by a Boris Mironov slapshot and was knocked unconscious with blood oozing from his mouth. Roenick, who lay motionless for several minutes, got up and as he left the ice clutching a towel to his face, waved to the fans, who gave him an ovation; he missed the next 19 games. Afterwards, an appreciative Roenick said "I thought the next morning that if I did retire, what a way to go out. Getting a standing O from (bleeping) Rangers' fans. It was one of the best feelings in the world." Thirty-two seconds later, Keith Primeau was helped off the ice after he collided with Bobby Holik in a play that head coach Ken Hitchcock thought was intentional on Holik's part; Primeau missed the next 21 games with a concussion. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtxqfQ5ZrJ0
Feb. 14, 2004 -- Patrick Sharp scored twice and Kim Johnsson had three assists in Philly's 6-2 home win. Sharp played as a replacement for the injured Jeremy Roenick. "Sharp is a smart player. He is a guy that knows how to play his position. I don't think that it's any accident that he continues to block shots in the defensive zone," said Ken Hitchcock. Sean Burke stopped 25 shots to get his 300th career win. Mike Dunham gave up six goals on 18 shots before being replaced after two periods. Multiple fighting majors were issued late in the game, 112 PIMs in the third period, and the Flyers received 76 of the 130 game PIMs. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxNi56GhJKQ
Mar. 8, 2004 -- Vladimir Malakhov was traded to the Flyers for Rick Kozak and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (later traded to Atlanta which selected Ondrej Pavelec) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Mar. 20, 2004 -- Robert Esche, the game's top star, made 24 stops in Philly's 3-0 home win. Claude Lapointe and Simon Gagne scored first period goals and Mattias Timander added an ENG. Kim Johnsson played over 26 minutes and was named the game's second star. It was the Flyers 10th win in the last 12 games in this series.
Mar. 27, 2004 -- Stephen Valiquette made 39 saves, including 21-for-21 in the third period, in NY's 3-1 win in Philly. The Flyers held a 21-6 shots advantage in the third period. Sean Burke replaced Robert Esche who was pulled when he gave up three goals on 12 shots. Jaromir Jagr (1-1-2) had two points.
Oct. 5, 2005 -- In the first regular season game following the cancellation of the prior season, Jaromir Jagr (2-1-3) scored two key PPGs and led NY to a 5-3 win in Philly. The Flyers held a 3-1 advantage with under four minutes left in the second period but Jagr scored consecutive PPGs to put NY ahead with under nine minutes to play. Peter Forsberg had two assists in his Flyers' debut. Mike Richards, who made his NHL debut, scored off Kevin Weekes who made 24 saves. The Flyers' PP was 1-for-10, held all four opportunities in the first period, had an 8-1 advantage late in the second period and held three 2-man advantages; NY finished 2-for-4 on PPs. Robert Esche stopped a penalty shot attempt by Michael Nylander. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIX-UdJuQ9E
Jan. 5, 2006 -- Simon Gagne scored the second fastest OT goal in NHL regular season history, at seven seconds, lifting the Flyers to a 4-3 win at NY (Mats Sundin scored six seconds into Toronto's 12/30/95 win at St. Louis). Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves and Freddy Meyer and Kim Johnsson each scored and had an assist. The Flyers' PP was 3-for-5. Kevin Weekes, who made 19 saves on 23 shots, surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced then after Brian Savage made it 3-2 in the second period, Rangers fans chanted "We Want (Henrik) Lundqvist." Martin Straka scored twice for NY.
Jan 30, 2006 -- Joni Pitkanen's second goal of the game, 1:28 into OT, capped a rally in a 3-2 OT win at NY. Pitkanen's first goal came 10:18 into the third period followed by the tying goal by Mike Richards with 1:38 to play in regulation. Richards also assisted on the GWG. Martin Rucinsky put NY ahead 2-0 8:22 into the third period. Robert Esche made 28 saves. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 shots. Pitkanen's goal -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OqI3Rkt1xc
Feb. 4, 2006 -- Joni Pitkanen was whistled for tripping as time expired in regulation leading to a Jaromir Jagr PPG in OT and a 4-3 Rangers' win in Philly. Petr Sykora evened the game with 41.1 seconds left in the third period on a twice-deflected shot that hit off his helmet. On the tripping call, Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock said ''He (Pitkanen) had to take that penalty. Straka had him beat.'' The Flyers played without Peter Forsberg, Keith Primeau, Eric Desjardins and Kim Johnsson; Petr Nedved suffered a groin injury during the game and Chris Therien suffered a career-ending concussion. Donald Brashear belted Colton Orr -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PCQRglcHBE
Mar. 2, 2006 -- Kevin Weekes made 36 saves and Jaromir Jagr (2-1-3) had three PP points in NY's 6-1 win at Philly. Jagr scored consecutive PPGs in a span of 1:31 in the second period which led to the removal of Robert Esche (4 saves, 7 shots) for Antero Niittymaki (16/19) with Philly down 3-0. NY went 4-for-6 on the PP while Philly was 1-for-9. Donald Brashear picked up 35 PIMs in the game -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5VGlCx4ZBI
Mar. 22, 2006 -- The Flyers' PP went 3-for-5 in a 6-3 win at NY in a battle for division supremacy. Mike Knuble (2-0-2) and Michal Handzus (1-1-2) scored during a 5-minute PP awarded when Ryan Hollweg was ejected and eventually suspended three games for a check-from-behind on R.J. Umberger with 3:17 left in the opening period. Handzus's goal came with one second left in the first period and gave Philly a 3-2 lead. Jaromir Jagr (3-0-3) scored each NY goal and Martin Rucinsky (0-3-3) assisted on each. Jagr and Knuble accounted for the first four goals. Jeff Carter made it 5-3 in the third period. Simon Gagne (1-1-2) had two points. Robert Esche made 20 saves.
Apr. 4, 2006 -- Michael Nylander (1-1-2) scored in regulation and the shootout in NY's 3-2 home win. NY won the SO 2-1 and clinched the team's first PO berth since 1997. NY held a 40-23 shots advantage including 22-9 covering the third period and OT. Kevin Weekes made 21 saves. Robert Esche made 38 stops. Denis Gauthier nailed Martin Straka -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q3Y_Xduh88 . Mike Richards fought Ryan Hollweg early in the game ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wojLx7Caiew ).
Apr. 15, 2006 -- Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves in Philly's 4-1 home win. Mike Knuble and Niko Dimitrakos scored in the first period as the Flyers held a 15-3 shots advantage. R.J. Umberger (1-1-2), Jeff Carter (0-2-2), who was named the game's top star with two impressive passes that led to goals, and Freddy Meyer (0-2-2) had 2-point games. Petr Nedved made it 4-0 and also won 12 of 15 faceoffs. After Ryan Hollweg ran Peter Forsberg, Donald Brashear responded and was issued a game-misconduct late in the third period. Prior to the game, the Flyers held their annual team awards ceremony.
Oct. 7, 2006 -- The teams set an NHL record with 25 straight shootout misses until Marcel Hossa scored in the 13th round giving NY a 5-4 win in Philly. Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in addition to 13-for-13 in the shootout. Antero Niittymaki made 26 saves in addition to 12-for-13 in the shootout. Michael Nylander led NY with three (1-2-3) points. Simon Gagne had two goals and Joni Pitkanen had three assists for Philly. Remaining shooters for Philly included four defenseman and Boyd Kane while five d-men remained for NY. Game summary: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2006100715
Oct. 10, 2006 -- Peter Forsberg (1-2-3) and Antero Niittymaki (25 saves) led the Flyers' 4-2 win at NY. Geoff Sanderson, Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers held a 10-2 shots edge in the first period but NY outshot Philly 25-14 the rest of the game.
Dec. 12, 2006 -- Jarkko Immonen and Mark Cullen each had a goal and an assist in NY's 3-1 win at Philly. Kevin Weekes made 15 saves. Jaromir Jagr had 11 shots on goal, the 14th time he reached double figures during a regular season game. Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves.
Jan. 4, 2007 -- Martin Straka scored in each period and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in NY's 3-2 home win.
Jan. 27, 2007 -- Jason Krog, claimed off waivers 15 days earlier, scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period of NY's 2-1 win in Philly. Robert Esche made 33 saves and was 17-for-17 in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves for the win.
Feb. 17, 2007 -- Antero Niittymaki made 40 saves (21-for-23 in the third period) and five Flyers scored in Philly's 5-3 win at NY. Geoff Sanderson (1-1-2) and Simon Gagne (1-1-2) both had two points. R.J. Umberger's SHG in the first period was the go-ahead goal in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist (14 saves, 17 shots) was replaced by Stephen Valiquette (6 saves, 8 shots). The Flyers' PK was 8-of-9. Mike Knuble suffered a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone and missed the next 12 games while Brendan Shanahan was knocked unconscious and missed the next 15 games in an on-ice collision (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjHrvZxRoH8). Scottie Upshall made it 4-1, scoring in his first Flyers' game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONYc1O-bRBc). Mike Richards and Sean Avery fought http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwpea6Nv61s as did Alexandre Picard-Aaron Ward ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmGLlPlcU5M ) after Ryan Hollweg went after Joni Pitkanen. After the game, Avery got into a shouting match with Flyers' assistant coach Craig Berube. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tq3oQVTbe4
Mar. 21, 2007 -- Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves and Sean Avery scored twice in NY's 5-0 home win. Brendan Shanahan picked up two assists in his first game since the February 17 injury (see above). Todd Fedoruk missed the rest of the regular season (eight games) after he was carted off the ice from a knockout punch by Colton Orr at the 0:21 mark -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLi9ki83AeY
Mar. 31, 2007 -- Henrik Lundqvist (33 saves), Jaromir Jagr (2-1-3) and Michael Nylander (0-3-3) led NY to a 6-4 win in Philly. Martin Biron was replaced after giving up five goals on 22 shots for Antero Niittymaki. Ben Eager scored twice for Philly.
Nov. 5, 2007 -- Henrik Lundqvist (30 saves) and Jaromir Jagr (1-1-2) led NY to a 2-0 home win. NY held a 45-30 shots advantage. Martin Biron made 43 saves including 21-for-22 in the first period. NY's two goals came in the final minute of the first period and with 3:21 left in the third period. Mike Richards fought Sean Avery -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm9waaFMP5E and Riley Cote and Jason Strudwick battled -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HU-jvzcYM
Nov. 15, 2007 -- Brendan Shanahan, who scored in regulation, had the only goal in the shootout as NY won 4-3 in Philly. Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves in addition to saving Scottie Upshall's bid to tie the shootout. Sean Avery and Scott Gomez each had two assists. The Flyers' Denis Tolpeko (1-1-2) evened the game 3-3 in the third period and was named the game's third star. Riley Cote fought Colton Orr -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKg7xWkRwvc
Jan. 10, 2008 -- Scott Hartnell (3-0-3) scored a natural hat trick, the first goal put Philly ahead 3-2, and Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves in a 6-2 win at NY. Mike Richards (0-3-3) had three points. NY held a 41-30 shots advantage including 17-8 in the third period. Ryan Hollweg scored twice to give NY a 2-0 lead after one period. Philly went 3-for-7 on the PP and killed all seven NY PPs. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DejbyYt3Vwc
Jan. 31, 2008 -- Stephen Valiquette earned his first career shutout as he made 20 saves in NY's 4-0 win in Philly. Antero Niittymaki was removed prior to the 22-minute mark with the Flyers down by four goals. Martin Biron finished and was 15-for-15. Nigel Dawes had the GWG and Chris Drury added two (1-1-2) points.
Feb. 9, 2008 -- Stephen Valiquette recorded his second straight shutout in this series, stopping 31 shots, in NY's 2-0 win in Philly. NY won in Philly for the 11th time in the last 12 games. Multiple fighting majors in the second period and Steve Downie's skate accidentally bloodied linesman Pat Dapuzzo. While Dapuzzo was helped off the ice, Downie-Fedor Tyutin, Riley Cote-Colton Orr and Jim Dowd-Ryan Hollweg all clashed. After the period ended, Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky battled -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS8EaB9SSzU
Mar. 2, 2008 -- Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes scored the only shootout goals in NY's 5-4 home win. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Flyers. Martin Biron was a perfect 21-for-21 in relief of Antero Niittymaki (10-for-14) in 43:09 minutes but surrendered the two shootout goals. Stephen Valiquette (17 saves, 18 shots) relieved Henrik Lundqvist (5 saves, 8 shots) in 44:47 prior to the shootout.
Mar. 21, 2008 --Martin Biron made 23 saves and Danny Briere scored twice in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout win in Philly. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored shootout goals while the Rangers went 0-for-2. The Flyers led 2-0 with less than seven minutes to play in regulation but Jaromir Jagr scored with under two minutes remianing to even the score 3-3. Shootout -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WLJzHElfGE
Mar. 25, 2008 -- Mike Richards scored at 2:16 of OT to give Philly a 2-1 win at NY. Danny Briere added his 30th goal of the season and Martin Biron made 31 saves. On the winning goal, Jason Smith found Richards with a perfect pass from the Flyers’ defensive zone after a turnover from Sean Avery. Richards raced in on net with NY d-man Marek Malik covering him, but managed to lift a backhand past Henrik Lundqvist. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY2mtAGjds4
Oct. 11, 2008 -- NY improved to 4-0-0 for the third time in team history after a 4-3 win in Philly's season opener. NY led 4-0 in the first period as Nikolai Zherdev and Blair Betts each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers rallied to get withing one goal in the third period but failed on a 90-second 5-on-3 PP late in the game. Martin Biron was replaced near the 17-minute mark and Philly down 4-0 for Antero Niittymaki who stopped all 13 shots he faced in about 43 minutes. Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdbZHWiPXx8 ).
Feb. 15, 2009 -- Mike Richards' record-setting performance, Martin Biron's 35 saves and Claude Giroux's three points (1-2-3) led Philly to a 5-2 road win. Richards became the first player in NHL history to score three career SHGs with his team down two men. That goal began a barrage of four goals in the first nine minutes of the second period which gave Philly a 5-0 lead. Henrik Lundqvist was replaced with NY down 4-0. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJe1vin9VNI
Mar. 14, 2009 -- Martin Biron (39 saves) and Arron Asham (two goals) led the Flyers to a 4-2 home win. Flyers' head coach John Stevens, who won for the 100th time, said afterwards "Marty was terrific. It was probably his best performance of the year." Braydon Coburn had ten hits. Riley Cote-Colton Orr -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgu48iX-aW8
Mar. 15, 2009 -- Sean Avery (two PPGs) and Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves) led NY to a 4-1 home win. NY went 3-for-9 on the PP. Antero Niittymaki made 35 saves in the loss.
Apr. 9, 2009 -- Henrik Lundqvist (37 saves) and Ryan Callahan (1-1-2) led NY to a 2-1 home win. Scott Gomez won 17 of 22 faceoffs. NY scored 52 seconds into the game and led 2-0 after the opening period.
Apr. 12, 2009 -- The Flyers suffered a costly 4-3 defeat in the regular season finale played in Philly. In a mainly meaningless game for NY, the Rangers rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit with a pair of goals by Sean Avery and Blair Betts. The Flyers needed a point to reach 100 and achieve home-ice in the opening playoff round as the fourth seed. Brandon Dubinsky (2-0-2) scored two goals for his first multi-goal game and his second goal (both in the first period) ended Philly's season-long streak of not allowing a SHG. The Flyers' streak of 103 straight games without surrendering a short-handed goal was the longest since Montreal went 122 games from March 1975 to November 1976.
Dec. 19, 2009 --Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and Artem Anisimov snapped a 1-1 tie to lead NY to a 2-1 win in Philly. The Flyers held a 16-5 shots advantage in the third period. The game was played in front of a sparse crowd due to a blizzard which struck the area. The Flyers fell to 3-12-1 in the last 16 games.
Dec. 30, 2009 --Simon Gagne (3-1-4) became the third visiting player (also Mario Lemieux and Peter Bondra) to record a second hat trick at the current MSG and Michael Leighton made 22 saves in the Flyers' 6-0 shutout win at NY. Gagne scored a natural hat trick and the last three goals, among them two in the second period when the Flyers out-shot NY 18-5 (31-22 in the game). It was the largest regular season margin of victory in a shutout for either team in this series. Blair Betts scored 54 seconds into the game. Henrik Lundqvist(8 saves, 11 shots) was replaced by Chad Johnson (17 saves, 20 shots). Scott Hartnell and Sean Avery fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T6yRvIL82s ).
Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhIwl9DrW7Y
Jan. 21, 2010 -- Ray Emery recorded his 10th career shutout by making 24 saves and James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards both scored in a 2-0 home win. Richards' goal came on the PP with 2.5 seconds left in the second period. Scott Hartnell and Sean Avery fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA6-IKOkA1E ). A controversial fight involving Dan Carcillo and Marian Gaborik led to a post-game outburst by NYR's head coach John Tortorella who said "(Carcillo's) a brave guy. There's no honor in that. I don't play the game, I don't wear the uniform, I don't want to say too much about it, but there's simply no honor in that." Game highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_CQc42Xt6o
Mar. 14, 2010 -- Sean Avery scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves in NY's 3-1 home win. NY trailed 1-0 after the first period but scored twice in the opening five minutes of the second period then added a late third period goal.
Apr. 9, 2010 -- Facing elimination, NY recorded a 4-3 home win. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and Marian Gaborik (1-1-2) scored the tie-breaking goal with 3:06 left in the second period. The Flyers rallied from a 3-1 deficit. The third period was scoreless. Jody Shelley, in his 56th game, scored his first goal of the season. Mike Richards had two goals. Scott Hartnell and Dan Girardi fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhtmxE3vPNg ).
Apr. 11, 2010 -- In perhaps the most important regular season game in team history, with both squads fully aware that the victorious team would make the playoffs while the loser would be eliminated, the Flyers recorded a stunning 2-1 shootout win at home when Claude Giroux snapped a tie followed by Brian Boucher's stop against Olli Jokinen. In the first round of the shootout, the Flyers led 1-0 when Danny Briere scored and Erik Christensen failed. In the second round, Mike Richards missed but P.A. Parenteau scored setting up the dramatics with the historic final round. Pregame ceremonies included the annual team awards, the unique version of "God Bless America" and a video message which read "Today we clinch!" A tenacious and energetic crowd roared to deafening levels at various junctures of the game. Jody Shelley, in his 57th game, scored his second goal of the season, both this weekend, to give NY a 1-0 lead 3:27 into the game. Henrik Lundqvist's superb play helped preserve the lead as Philly held an 18-4 shots advantage after one and 30-13 through two periods. Matt Carle's PPG finally got Philly on the board 6:54 into the third period with Parenteau in the box. Boucher made 24 saves. "Hopefully we can do something with our lifeline here and use the excitement and euphoria from this win and from our last little stretch of games here to propel us and do good things here in the playoffs," Chris Pronger said. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnC-bakYITU
Dec. 18, 2010 --Nikolay Zherdev scored twice and Brian Boucher made 24 saves helping the Flyers improve their NHL-best record to 22-7-5 with a 4-1 home win. Mike Richards' terrific feed to a breaking Zherdev snapped a scoreless tie near the game's midway point. Zherdev's goal came seven seconds after his minor penalty expired. The Flyers led 1-0 after two periods then extended the lead to 2-0 before NY scored. Jeff Carter won 13 of 17 faceoffs. Philly held a 39-25 shots advantage including 13-6 in the third period. Chris Pronger missed his first game due to foot surgery. The Flyers completed an impressive streak of four straight wins against top opponents (Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and the Rangers) and were 10-1-3 in the last 14 games. Boucher improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.66 GAA and a .943 save percentage. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdQQNGqvpY
Jan. 16, 2011 -- Brian Boucher made 34 saves, including 19-for-19 in the second period, in the Flyers' 3-2 win at NY. Jeff Carter and Ville Leino (1-1-2) scored in the first period and Mike Richards added a SHG in the second period. Wojtek Wolski (1-1-2), Derek Stepan (1-1-2) and Mats Zuccarello (0-2-2) factored in both NY goals scored in the third period. Martin Biron made 24 saves. Matt Carle, who had two assists in the first period, and Sean Avery got fighting majors ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFZxmmoa1_w ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wSr4nd3B_o
Feb. 20, 2011 -- The Flyers recorded a 4-2 win in NY as part of "Hockey Day in America." Jeff Carter (1-1-2), Claude Giroux (1-1-2) and Scott Hartnell (0-2-2) each had two points and Brian Boucher made 37 saves. Boucher received a stinger early in the third period from a collision with Kimmo Timonen and after being temporarily shaken soon surrendered an odd goal to NY which made it 3-2. Kris Versteeg's ENG was his first goal as a Flyer. NY held a 39-24 shots advantage including a dominating 15-3 in the third period. The Flyers had zero PIMs, the third time in the team's regular season history. NY had 6 PIMs. The Flyers finished the day as the East's best team with a 39-15-5 record and won for the 20th time on the road. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssWfel0zTWQ
Mar. 6, 2011 -- Ryan Callahan (4-1-5) had four goals, Mats Zuccarello (2-0-2) scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in NY's 7-0 home win. The shutout loss was the Flyers' largest in regular season play since an 8-0 defeat at Dallas in 1990. It was the fourth time the Flyers lost a game 7-0 in regular season history. Brian Boucher (14 saves, 18 shots) was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky (15 saves, 18 shots).
Nov. 26, 2011 -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots and Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin scored in NY's 2-0 home win. The game was scoreless until Richards' PPG in the opening minute of the second period, 24 seconds after his called goal was overturned by video replay. Zac Rinaldo and Brandon Prust fought four seconds into the game. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsskCTKCKUc
Jan. 2, 2012 -- Mike Rupp had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in NY's 3-2 win in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic played at Citizens Bank Park. Danny Briere was awarded a penalty shot with 19.6 but was stopped. Brad Richards scored the GWG 5:21 into the third period. The game was scoreless past the midway point of regulation. Brayden Schenn, his first NHL goal, and Claude Giroux scored 1:55 apart to give Philly a 2-0 lead but Rupp's first goal came 30 seconds later. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Jaromir Jagr re-aggravated a left calf injury, played just 7:09 and missed the next two games. Scott Hartnell's 13 hits were the most by a Flyer since Chris Therien's 13 on March 12, 2002 (at Toronto). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3n8IVXe54
Feb 11, 2012 -- Ryan Callahan (3-0-3) had a hat trick and Marian Gaborik (1-3-4) scored four points in NY's 5-2 win in Philly. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and Brad Richards (0-3-3) had three assists. NY was 3-for-7 on PPs and led 3-2 through two periods on three PPGs. The Flyers had 68 PIMs including four misconducts (Danny Briere, Tom Sestito (2) and Zac Rinaldo) while NY had 42 PIMs and two misconducts. Fights included Wayne Simmonds-Brian Boyle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtP5Wz73kBo) and Rinaldo-Brandon Dubinsky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXBQjGycGc) . Sestito had 24 PIMs and Rinaldo had 19 PIMs. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqM9h3I2rMY
Apr. 3, 2012 -- Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and Ryan McDonagh (1-1-2) had points on the first two goals in NY's 5-3 win in Philly. The victory gave NY a 6-0 series sweep. NY led 4-0 through the first period. NY was 3-for-6 on PPs while Philly went 1-for-8. Ilya Bryzgalov returned to action after missing the prior three games due to a foot injury. Philly held a 40-24 shots advantage including 27-13 over the last two periods. Zac Rinaldo and Brandon Prust fought (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbLwTWgHS8Q ). Jody Shelley decked Michael Rupp in a fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smsnMM4pR-w ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvMA8cj3scY
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Jan. 24, 2013 -- The Flyers avoided their first 0-4-0 start in team history with a display of resiliency leading to a 2-1 home win. The victory stopped NY's eight-game winning streak in this series. The Flyers played without Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, Brayden Schenn and eventually Andrej Meszaros and had a roster that included season-debuts of Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito and Tye McGinn's second NHL game. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored and Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves. Simmonds' goal snapped a scoreless tie with 8:07 left in the second period. Voracek's PPG made it 2-0 in the second period. NY scored a PPG early in the third period. The game's key moment was an extraordinary PK by the Flyers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB3e1YID5ws ): 9:24 into the third period McGinn was whistled for a double minor but 15 seconds later Nick Grossmann was penalized leading to a 5-on-3 for two minutes within the double minor; Sean Couturier, Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedotenko starred up front. McGinn, in his first NHL fight, whipped Kris Newbury in the second period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmZPH331Bw ).
Jan. 29, 2013 -- Michael Del Zotto (1-1-2) and Ryan Callahan, who later suffered a shoulder injury and missed three games, scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in NY's 2-1 home win. Callahan was injured during a battle which resulted in offsetting minors involving Max Talbot who refrained from further escalation when he saw Callahan was in discomfort. Danny Briere had 10 of the Flyers' 27 shots.
Mar. 5, 2013 -- Rick Nash (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period to give NY a 4-2 home win. Ryan Callahan (2-1-3) scored 1:40 into the game and tied the score 2-2 with 41 seconds left in the first period. The first three goals were scored on the PP and gave Philly a 2-1 lead. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves. NY lost d-man Marc Staal in the third period when he was hit in the right eye by a slapshot from the stick of Kimmo Timonen.
Mar. 26, 2013 -- Derek Stepan (1-3-4) and Rich Nash (2-1-3) led the offense and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in NY's 5-2 win at Philly. NY led 3-0 until Wayne Simmonds, who left the game earlier due to receiving stitches when a puck him in near the mouth, scored a PPG with 2:07 left. Early in the third period, Jake Voracek made it 3-2 but 1:14 later Nash gave NY a 2-goal lead. Kimmo Timonen was honored prior to the game for having playing in 1,000 NHL games earlier in the month ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yamXHuPvmyg ).
Apr. 16, 2013 -- Steve Mason, who had cramped late in the game and appeared to be on the verge of removal, made 38 saves and was the game's top star in the Flyers' impressive 4-2 home win which came the night after a 7-3 victory at Montreal. The Flyers' PK was 5-for-5 while the PP was 1-for-2. The injury-riddled Flyers' defensemen, led by Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn (game-high 6 blocks) and Erik Gustafsson, who all played 23+ minutes, and joined by Kurtis Foster, Oliver Lauridsen (game-high 6 hits) and Brandon Manning (NHL season-debut), played a vital role. Timonen (1-1-2, +2) who had 4 shots and 3 blocks was the number 2 star. Jay Rosehill, who defeated Arron Asham in an early third period fight was the final star of the game. Claude Giroux had 2 assists and won 18 of 27 draws. Brian Boyle played just 4:21 and was injured. Prior to the game, the Flyers held a moment of silence for the terrorist act the prior day at the Boston Marathon. Both head coaches were born in Massachusetts.
Oct. 24, 2013 -- The 1-7-0 Flyers defeated the 2-5-0 Rangers 2-1 in Philly. Steve Mason made 30 saves and Braydon Coburn scored early in the third period to give Philly a 2-1 lead. J.T. Miller's game-tying goal was disallowed after video replay for a kicking motion. Matt Read scored his first goal of the season and it came against Cam Talbot whom he faced in college hockey. Talbot, who was a substitute for the injured Henrik Lundqvist, made his NHL regular season debut. Benoit Pouliot was ejected with three minutes left in the second period due to a boarding major against Max Talbot; however, the Flyers failed to score. Less than two minutes earlier, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Mashinter fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyxf1voyfCs ) which included a 10-minute misconduct to Derek Dorsett who earlier in the game fought Zac Rinaldo.
Jan. 12, 2014 -- Dan Carcillo and Rick Nash scored in the opening 2:42 and NY extended its lead to 3-0 before the first period was at the half point in an eventual 4-1 home win. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and Chris Kreider (1-1-2) added 2 points. Luke Schenn fought Carcillo in the second period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHhcFg131XM ) and Brayden Schenn battled John Moore with 11 seconds remaining which led to 52 PIMs from six players.
Mar. 1, 2014 -- Steve Mason made 27 saves and Vinnie Lecavalier and Sean Couturier scored 66 seconds apart in the first half of the opening period of the Flyers' 4-2 home win. Scott Hartnell committed two infractions in the opening 4:05, the second of which came eight seconds after departing the penalty box; the Flyers took a 1-0 lead less than a minute after the second kill. Wayne Simmonds' PPG gave Philly a 3-2 lead, less than two minutes after NY tied the game in the second period. Luke Schenn made it 4-2 late in the third period. Brayden Schenn won 12 of 14 faceoffs.
Mar. 26, 2014 -- Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in NY's 8th straight home win against the Flyers, 3-1. Jake Voracek scored with 1:53 left which snapped the shutout bid. Derek Dorsett's first period goal gave NY the lead. Ryan McDonagh made it 2-0 in the second period. Dominic Moore made it 3-0 in the third period.
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I don't have near the money to see the Winter Classic, but one of my friends has an extra ticket to the Alumni Game. It'll be pretty cool, because this was my first game, a 6th birthday present:
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[*]Apr. 4, 1996 -- Eric Lindros scored twice and Ron Hextall made 27 saves in Philly's 4-1 home win. The game featured four fights including Joel Otto--Mark Messier -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmDRPTEjDuk . The teams combined for 13-for-13 on the PK.
I'll be there grinnin' like crazy in my Lindros jersey, happy to see my favorite goalie and childhood favorite (John Leclair) one more time.
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You sir, having straddled the fence for a few years, have made it to my prayers. May you, your family and any lineage your blood may have trickled to, have a blessed journey and fitful life. God Bless and be purposeful in this sacred journey.
You sir, having straddled the fence for a few years, have made it to my prayers. May you, your family and any lineage your blood may have trickled to, have a blessed journey and fitful life. God Bless and be purposeful in this sacred journey.
Once a Flyer, always a Flyer.
You bleeper, that is humbling. Thank you. All the best.
Luckily for Parent, fellow goaltenders Mark LaForest and Neil Little will handle the bulk of the workload in net. Believe it or not, Parent will be wearing all of his original equipment, including pads, glove and blocker, and mask.
Parent said Watson had been recommending that the Flyers play an “old timers” game for years, but with the franchise’s original crop of players getting up there in age, Parent said they should be focusing on golf instead. Watson, 68, is the game’s oldest player. Coach Pat Quinn, also 68, and assistant coach Mike Nykoluk, 77, will be the oldest participants.
Parent said the biggest thing that would likely change is his pregame ritual. In the old days, he would eat a big steak in the afternoon and then take a nap. When he woke up, Parent would watch an episode of the Three Stooges.
“That’s terrible, but that’s the way it was in those days,” Parent said. “That brought results, so that was my philosophy.”
Growing up in Montreal, Parent first started skating outdoors like everyone else. His biggest wish for New Year’s Eve is a cold day to “bring back some good memories.” He started skating at the age of 12 and somehow made his way into the net.
I would have liked to see Rick MacLeish play, but...
The Hawk was one of my favorites. A friend of mine who to this day still takes photos at the games gave me a great shot of Rick scoring on Mike Palmeeteer(sp) on a breakaway. He took the picture from the penalty box at the Spectrum. I have that one hanging up in my pool room. Rick liked to have a beer or two. A very underrated fighter also.
There's no word yet whether the event is open to the public, but if you were a Flyers fan of the '70s ... or '80s ... or '90s ... Well, you might want to mark your calendars. Especially if you weren't able to score tickets to the game itself.
the Flyers alumni are listed as having a practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees (the Flyers' practice facility) on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.