THIS DATE IN FLYERS' HISTORY: April 3, 1980 Capitals 2 at Flyers 4
Reggie Leach's (3-0-3) eighth NHL hat trick included his 50th goal and Bobby Clarke (0-4-4) had four assists in the Flyers' 4-2 home win. Leach's 49th goal gave Philly a 3-2 lead early in the third period followed by his 50th into an empty net. The Caps led 2-0 in the first period and held the margin until late in the second period. After two separate fights, the Flyers scored twice in the next 5:11 to tie the game 2-2 aided by a 22-6 shots advantage in the middle period. Ex-Flyer Wayne Stephenson made 42 saves for Washington. The loss, in the Capitals' second-to-last game of the season, severely damaged the team's attempt to secure the franchise's first PO berth as they battled Vancouver and Edmonton, both of whom ultimately prevailed, for the final two spots; the Oilers faced the Flyers in the opening round.