FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP (lines not as posted but those forwards listed will play) Lines
42 - Jason Akeson
28 - Claude Giroux
93 - Jakub Voracek
24 - Matt Read
10 - Brayden Schenn
17 - Wayne Simmonds
19- Scott Hartnell
48 - Danny Briere
12 - Simon Gagne
37- Jay Rosehill
14 - Sean Couturier
9 - Mike Knuble
6 - Andreas Lilja
29 - Erik Gustafsson
38 - Oliver Lauridsen
22 - Luke Schenn
32 - Brandon Manning
34 - Matt Konan
30 - Ilya Bryzgalov
35 - Steve Mason (confirmed starter)
33 - Brian Boucher
FLYERS' INJURIES and SCRATCHES
will make his NHL debut
recalled (Apr. 22) from AHL
IR (Jan. 13); skated with Flyers (Apr. 26); out
concussion with AHL's Phantoms (Nov. 30)
IR (Mar. 29); out this season
separated left shoulder (Mar. 28)
out this season
surgery to repair a torn stomach muscle (Apr. 18)
IR (Apr. 4); out this season
injured in practice (Mar. 22); reported as concussion (Apr. 8)
skated with extras today
concussion (Apr. 15); resumed skating (Apr. 22)
available but will not play
recalled (Apr. 22) from AHL
IR (Mar. 27); out this season
torn rotator cuff, left shoulder (Mar. 26)
recalled (Apr. 22) from AHL
IR/LTIR (Jan. 13/reported); out this season
out this season
high ankle sprain, left leg (Apr. 3)
IR/LTIR (Feb. 12/Feb. 26); out this season
left hip surgery (Feb. 27)
out this season
broken left leg (Mar. 31)
out this season
compression fracture in his right foot (Apr. 23)
IR/LTIR (Jan. 13/reported); out this season
OILERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP Lines
(Devan Dubnyk is tonight's starting goalie)
OILERS' INJURIES and SCRATCHES
could be scratched
could be scratched
will not play
OILERS' ROSTER Forwards
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
16 Dec 1977
Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
22 Jan 1984
Ottawa, ON, CAN
15 May 1990
Regina, SK, CAN
10 Aug 1989
London, ON, CAN
14 Nov 1991
Calgary, AB, CAN
Ales Hemsky "A"
13 Aug 1983
Shawn Horcoff "C"
17 Sep 1978
Trail, BC, CAN
10 Aug 1980
Kamsack, SK, CAN
14 Jun 1984
Chatham, ON, CAN
24 Apr 1991
12 Apr 1993
Burnaby, BC, CAN
12 Apr 1991
13 Apr 1984
21 Feb 1976
Banff, AB, CAN
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
4 Apr 1986
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
4 Jun 1988
Edmonton, AB, CAN
10 Jan 1983
Bloomington, MN, USA
10 Nov 1987
Richmond Hill, ON, CAN
9 Dec 1987
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
5 Jan 1984
Lansing, MI, USA
1 Feb 1986
10 Mar 1975
Kingston, ON, CAN
Ryan Whitney "A"
19 Feb 1983
Boston, MA, USA
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
21 Jun 1981
Lafontaine, QC, CAN
4 May 1986
Regina, SK, CAN
13 Jan 1973
FLYERS vs. OILERS SERIES HISTORY
Regular Season Record
Regular Season Streaks (unless noted)
1-6-0-0 in the last 7, 1-7-1-0 in the last 9
2-5-0 in the last 7
0-3-0 (last won March 19, 2001) and 3-14-4-0 in the last 21
November 15, 1979 -- In the first ever meeting, Ken Linseman scored twice, Phil Myre made 35 saves and the Flyers established a team record (since broken) with a ninth straight win, 5-3 in Philadelphia. Myre made 15 saves in the first period and had 16 stops in the third period. Bill Barber scored the first goal in the series and the Flyers led the remainder of the contest. Norm Barnes had two assists. Dave Dryden (30 saves), Blair MacDonald (1-1-2) and Wayne Gretzky (0-2-2) led Edmonton. John Paddock and Mark Messier fought late in the game.
November 24, 1979 -- In their first ever meeting in Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, the Flyers and Oilers tied 2-2. Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 2-0 second period lead but Brett Callighen scored 38 seconds later and Stan Weir tied the game in the third period. Pete Peeters made 28 saves. Dave Dryden stopped 24 shots. The Flyers' record was 15-1-2 while the Oilers' record was 3-12-5.
January 27, 1980 -- Pete Peeters made 37 saves while Don Gillen, who made his NHL debut, and Reggie Leach (2-0-2) scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period to help lift the Flyers to a 5-3 road win. Gillen, who was playing with Brandon of the WHL, was a one-game replacement for Jim Watson and it was his only career game with the Flyers. Philly led 2-0 in the second period but Edmonton scored three times in under 10 minutes to take a 3-2 lead. Both teams scored three times in the second period. Jim Corsi (31 saves), Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen each had two points. There were two fights in the game: Dennis Ververgaert-Mark Messier and Behn Wilson-Cam Conner.
March 9, 1980 -- The Flyers out-scored Edmonton 4-0 in the third period en route to a 5-3 home win. Phil Myre made 26 saves and Mel Bridgman (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period including the GWG. Paul Holmgren's PPG tied the game 3-3. Reggie Leach (2-0-2) scored twice including an ENG. Third star Bob Dupuis, the 1980 Olympics goalie for Canada, made 31 saves for the Oilers in his NHL debut and only career appearance; he was signed as a free agent that month. Edmonton scored three times in less than 5:30 in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the third. The Oilers finished the regular season with an 8-2-1 record after this game and made the final PO spot with a late-season push. The Flyers imrpoved to 44-7-5 and won the Patrick Division and Campbell Conference championships.
April 8, 1980 -- In Game 1 of the Preliminary Round, Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) pushed Reggie Leach's behind-the-net pass past goalie Ron Low 8:06 into OT to give the Flyers a 4-3 home win. Clarke, who said of his goal "I hardly touched it," was hit by a high-stick upon scoring and left the ice with blood streaming on his face from a cut which required 10 stitches. Rick MacLeish's 40th NHL PO goal tied the game at 3-3 with 1:19 left in regulation. Low, a trade deadline acquisition, was sensational, as he made 47 saves in the loss. Philly outshot the Oilers 51-17 including 41-11 starting with the second period. Pete Peeters got the victory with 15 saves. Paul Holmgren gave the Flyers a lead 56 seconds into the game then Leach (1-1-2) made it 2-0. Dave Lumley got Edmonton on the board then Wayne Gretzky (1-1-2), in his first NHL PO game, scored on a breakaway to make it 2-2 in the opening period. Later, Gretzky said "He (Peeters) is so cocky. He said in the newspapers that I couldn't beat him on a breakaway. Well, I showed him." Don Murdoch gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead in the third period. Ken Linseman was the first star (0-2-2) and intercepted Gretzky's pass towards the end of regulation to set up the late tying goal.
April 9, 1980 -- In Game 2, Pete Peeters made 23 saves and Bobby Clarke's PPG in the second period was the eventual GWG in Philly's 5-1 home win. Paul Holmgren, Reggie Leach and Tom Gorence scored in the third period. Behn Wilson, Holmgren and Leach each had a goal and an assist. Don Murdoch, acquired in March, gave the Oilers a led 1-0 1:14 into the game. Philly went 2-for-4 on PPs while killing all six Edmonton PPs. Ron Low made 23 saves for the Oilers. With the Flyers up 4-1, Andre Dupont was tossed for intervening in a Brian Propp-Dave Lumley clash and Flyers' head coach Pat Quinn said "The call on Propp was a joke. I guess we have to put up with that bleep." Quinn also said "During the year, you don't play that many games back-to-back. The playoffs come and we (potentially) have to play four games in five nights and travel 3,500 miles. It doesn't make sense. It's totally ridiculous."
April 11, 1980 -- In Game 3 at Edmonton, Ken Linseman (1-1-2) scored 3:56 into double OT to lift the Flyers to a 3-game sweep, 3-2. Linseman, who missed Game 2 due to a stomach virus and flew into Edmonton separately from the team, took a pass from Jim Watson and fired a low 20-foot shot past Ron Low. The GWG was scored after Wayne Gretzky fed Don Murdoch for a breakaway but Phil Myre, in his first PO action as a Flyer, stopped the shot and eventually Linseman skated up ice. Myre made 41 saves. Brian Propp evened the score with a third period goal off a rebound of a Linseman shot. Gretzky and Mark Messier scored 1:21 apart in the first period to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead. Behn Wilson got the Flyers on the board in the second period. Jim Watson-Dave Lumley and Mike Busniuk-Dave Hunter picked up fighting majors. The Flyers held a 48-43 shots advantage. Edmonton was 0-for-8 on PPs, the Flyers went 0-for-3. SERIES RECAP: The Flyers were 47 points better then the Oilers during the regular season but Edmonton lost just twice in their last 11 regular season games. Paul Holmgren, Ken Linseman and Reggie Leach led the offense with four points each. Edmonton was led by Wayne Gretzky, Lowell McDonald and Mark Messier who each had three points. Ron Low saved 115 of 127 shots (.906) while Pete Peeters stopped 37 of 41 (.902) and Phil Myre stopped 41 of 43 (.953).
November 13, 1980 -- Rick MacLeish (2-2-4), Bill Barber (2-0-2) and Tim Kerr (1-2-3) led the Flyers to an 8-1 win in Philly. The Flyers PPG was 3-for-4 and scored twice in the first three minutes of the second period which extended a lead to 3-0. Mark Messier goal with 1:31 to play spoiled Rick St. Croix's shutout bid. St. Croix made 19 saves and was chosen the game's top star. The Flyers, 10-0-2 in the last 12 games, finished the night as the NHL's best team with a 12-3-2 mark (26 points) while the Oilers fell to 3-7-5 (11 points).
December 28, 1980 -- Bobby Clarke's third period goal and Pete Peeters' 26 saves led the Flyers to a 2-1 win in Edmonton. The Oilers held a 10-0 shots advantage in the first half of the second period but couldn't beat Peeters. Brian Propp scored in the first period. Mark Messier evened the game in the third period. Andy Moog made 27 saves in his first NHL start (second appearance). The Flyers ended the night with a 24-8-5 record to Edmonton's 8-20-6.
February 25, 1981 -- The Oilers out-scored the Flyers 5-0 in the third period en route to a 6-2 win in Edmonton. The Flyers led 2-0 with under two minutes to play in the middle period. Wayne Gretzky, who began the comeback with his 40th goal, had four points (2-2-4) in the Oilers first ever victory against the Flyers. Including the POs, the Flyers began 8-0-1 against the Oilers. With the score tied 2-2, Glenn Anderson (1-2-3) had three points in the next 10:16. The Oilers held a 48-37 shots advantage including 21-10 in the third period. Pete Peeters made 42 saves. Ed Mio made 35 stops. Ken Linseman received 16 PIMs, to four for Dave Lumley, with 2:49 remaining in the game.
March 7, 1981 -- Wayne Gretzky (4-0-4) had four goals on eight shots and Gary Edwards made 29 saves in the Oilers' 5-3 win in Philadelphia. Gretzky's last goal, in the empty net, was his 49th of the season. Rick St. Croix made 31 saves for the Flyers.
December 30, 1981 -- Wayne Gretzky (5-1-6) smashed the NHL record for quickest 50-goal scorer in a 7-5 Oilers' home win. Gretzky established the feat in his 39th game breaking the mark of 50 goals in 50 games held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy. Gretzky scored five goals on 11 shots. Paul Coffey and Glenn Anderson each had three points. Ten Flyers had one point apiece including Fred Arthur, whose only NHL career goal narrowed the score to 6-5. Pete Peeters made 25 saves to 28 for Grant Fuhr.
January 14, 1982 -- Bill Barber (2-0-2) and Tim Kerr (1-2-3) led the offense in the Flyers' 8-2 win in Philadelphia. Philly held a 43-21 shot attack including 36-13 through two periods. The Flyers scored two SHGs and one PPG and led 7-0 before Mark Messier scored. Wayne Gretzky added his 56th goal but was held to just four shots mostly by the crew of Paul Holmgren, Ken Linseman, Bill Barber, Fred Arthur and Jimmy Watson. Ron Low made 35 saves but surrendered eight goals. The Flyers surpassed the 10,000,000th fan mark at home games.
January 31, 1982 -- Wayne Gretzky's five points (3-2-5) and 12 shots led the Oilers to a 7-4 home win. Glenn Anderson (1-2-3) and Paul Coffey (0-3-3) each had three points. Grant Fuhr made 27 saves for the win. Rick St. Croix made 32 saves in the loss.
November 13, 1982 -- Pat Hughes' second period tally snapped a 3-3 tie and Andy Moog made 34 saves to lead Edmonton to a 4-3 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 2-0 lead after one period with a 17-3 shots advantage. Ken Linseman, who was named second star, started the Edmonton rally as the Oilers took a 3-2 lead in the first 5:08 of the second period. Darryl Sittler fought Linseman with about three minutes left in the game.
December 1, 1982 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 38 saves and Bill Barber (2-1-3) and Darryl Sittler (1-2-3) each had three points in the Flyers' 4-2 road win. Barber played in his 800th regular season NHL game. Wayne Gretzky assisted on both goals to extend his point streak to 27 games, one within the NHL record (this streak ended at 30). Andy Moog made 33 saves in the loss. Sittler and Ken Linseman fought in the second period.
February 17, 1983 -- Rookie Bob Froese, who improved to 10-0-1, made 21 saves and seven different Flyers scored in a 7-3 win at Philadelphia. Paul Holmgren gave the Flyers a lead the team never relinquished 2:26 into the game. Mark Taylor (1-1-2) was named number one star of the game. Ray Allison suffered a hip contusion and missed the next 13 games. The Flyers held a 38-24 shots advantage including 30-13 after two periods. Grant Fuhr gave up seven goals on 38 shots.
November 30, 1983 -- Paul Coffey scored with 49 seconds remaining in a 3-3 tie at Edmonton. Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) scored twice and his second goal put Philly on top with 3:15 to play. Grant Fuhr made 40 saves, including 18 in the third period, and Jari Kurri (0-3-3) had three points. Bob Froese made 32 saves. The teams combined for just one shot in the OT after a total of 77 in regulation. Rick MacLeish, in his final NHL season, suffered a broken foot from a Coffey slapper and missed approximately two weeks.
February 9, 1984 -- Thomas Eriksson (2-0-2) and Glen Cochrane scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the Flyers rallied for a 4-3 win in the Spectrum. The Flyers snapped Edmonton's 76-game unbeaten streak (70-0-6) in which they won or tied when having the lead after two periods. Rich Sutter (0-2-2) assisted on the tying and winning goals and twin Ron Sutter (0-2-2) had two assists in the win. Bob Froese made 22 saves. Edmonton led 3-1 after scoring three consecutive first period goals including PPGs on a 5-on-3 and then 46 seconds later on a one-man advantage; they led 3-2 after two periods. Philly outshot the Oilers 48-25 including 19-5 in the third period and 38-14 in the last 40 minutes. Grant Fuhr made 44 saves in the loss. Wayne Gretzky (shoulder injury, team went 1-5 in his six-game absence) and Jari Kurri both did not play. Three nights later, Edmonton lost 11-0 at Hartford for their fifth straight loss; the Oilers were 18-2-2 prior to the five game skid in which they were out-scored 33-9.
February 29, 1984 -- Tim Kerr (2-0-2) scored with 15 seconds left in the second period then added a goal in the third period which gave Philly a 4-2 lead in an eventual 5-3 victory in Edmonton. Bob Froese made 25 saves. Dave Poulin (1-1-2), who played his first game at LW, was chosen the game's top star, scored a SHG in the first period and later said "This was a big win, a huge win, for us. This is a confident team right now." Bill Barber (1-1-2) also had two points. The Oilers entered the game with a 24-2-4 home mark and 99 points.
November 11, 1984 --The Flyers out-scored the Oilers 4-2 in the third period of a 7-5 home win which ended Edmonton's record-setting unbeaten streak to start an NHL season at 15 games (12-0-3). Philly held a 22-10 shots advantage in the third period and 46-26 in the game. The Flyers scored three times in a span of 2:53 late in the third period and four goals in the final 6:20 to seal the win. Lindsay Carson made it 4-4 with 6:20 left, Mark Howe gave Philly a 5-4 lead with 3:58 to play and Ilkka Sinisalo scored 31 seconds later. Brian Propp (2-1-3) and Dave Poulin (1-2-3) led the offense and Pelle Lindbergh made 21 saves. The Oilers were led by Wayne Gretzky (2-2-4), Jari Kurri (2-0-2) and Andy Moog (39 saves). Kurri's second goal made it 6-5 with 27 seconds to play.
January 2, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves, including two breakaways on Mark Messier, Brian Propp scored twice and Murray Craven, who switched to center for this game, had three assists in the Flyers' 5-2 victory in Edmonton. Ron and Rich Sutter each had two points. Paul Coffey scored two PPGs for Edmonton. Wayne Gretzky was held pointless for the fourth time this season. Afterwards, Gretzky said "They were very disciplined. He (Mike Keenan) does a good job coaching them." Kevin Lowe said "They don't have a lot of talent but they go 110%."
February 16, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 29 saves and Ilkka Sinisalo (1-2-3) had three points in Philly's 5-4 home win. Ron Sutter (1-1-2) and Lindsay Carson scored key late second period goals to put Philly ahead 4-3. Sutter assisted on the Carson goal and earned number one star honors for his defensive play and afterwards Mike Keenan said "He did an excellent job on (Wayne) Gretzky (0-2-2). He plays excellent defense." Paul Coffey had two goal for the Oilers and a possible game-tying third goal was disallowed when Glenn Anderson interfered with Lindbergh. The Oilers' Don Jackson was tossed with a 5-minute match penalty for spearing.
May 21, 1985 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philadelphia, Pelle Lindbergh made 25 saves and Ron Sutter had two points and helped hold Wayne Gretzky without a shot in the Flyers' 4-1 home win. Sutter, Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin each had a goal and an assist. Ilkka Sinisalo's first period PPG held until the third period when Sutter and Kerr made it 3-0 before the shutout was broken with 3:08 to play. Kerr returned to the lineup after missing the last five games against Quebec in the prior round with a knee injury. The Flyers matched-up Mark Howe, Doug Crossman, Derrick Smith, Ron Sutter and Rick Tocchet against Gretzky's line. The Flyers outshot the Oilers 29-12 after two periods and 41-26 in the game. Grant Fuhr made 37 saves. There were three fights in the game: Ed Hospodar-Kevin McClelland, Hospodar-Don Jackson and Joe Paterson-McClelland. After the game, Oilers' coach Glen Sather complained about the choppy ice surface and also about the Flyers usage (now common) of water bottles on top of the nets. Sather said "Why not have a bucket of chicken or hamburgers there." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUi0sY_gy1g
May 23, 1985 -- In Game 2 of the Finals, Willy Lindstrom snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period of Edmonton's 3-1 victory in Philadelphia. Wayne Gretzky gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead with his 50th career NHL PO goal. Tim Kerr evened the game in the middle period. With about three minutes to play, a possible delay of game penalty against Paul Coffey went uncalled (dislodging the net) which Mike Keenan later said "He (ref Kerry Fraser) didn't have the courage to call it." Dave Hunter added an ENG with 27 seconds to play. Edmonton outshot the Flyers 30-18 and limited the home team to just four third period shots. The Oilers changed their lines added Esa Tikkanen to the lineup and implemented a more defensive structure than displayed in the first game. Pelle Lindbergh made 27 saves. Edmonton beat the Flyers for the first time since November 1982, a stretch of nine games. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTWhkRqPEI
May 25, 1985 -- In Game 3 of the Finals in Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky (3-1-4) had a first period hat trick and Paul Coffey had four assists in the Oilers' 4-3 victory. Gretzky scored twice, within 15 seconds, in the first 1:25 but Derrick Smith scored at the 1:41 mark to cut Philly's deficit in half. Gretzky completed a first period hat trick with under seven minutes to play. Late in the opening period, the Oilers had a 5-on-3 for 84 seconds at which point Mike Keenen opted to replace Pelle Lindbergh for Bob Froese who made four saves including three against Gretzky. Mike Krushelnyski's PPG made it 4-1 in the middle period. In the third period, Mark Howe and Brian Propp scored and Philly got within a goal with under six minutes remaining. Because Tim Kerr suffered a series-ending right knee injury, the Flyers played a line of Murray Craven, Rick Tocchet and Propp, the trio had five points in the third period and almost scored a tying goal in the game's final seconds. The Oilers outshot Philly 20-12 in the first period but Philly held an 18-6 advantage the rest of the game including 9-2 in the third period. Lindbergh (15 saves, 19 shots) was replaced by Froese (7 saves, 7 shots) at two different points. Gretzky finished the game with 41 points this post-season which shattered a record he set in 1983. Philly was 0-for-8 on PPs, Edmonton went 1-for-7. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6f0Jfc5jOw
May 28, 1985 -- In Game 4 of the Finals in Edmonton, the Oilers went 4-for-6 on the PP and rallied for a 5-3 win. Philly led 3-1 less than 12 minutes into the game. Rich Sutter scored in the first minute and after Paul Coffey (his 10th of the POs, most ever by a D-man) evened the score, Todd Bergen and Murray Craven scored. The Flyers' second and third goals sandwiched a failed penalty shot by Ron Sutter, who was hauled down by Mark Messier, which was the third penalty shot awarded in an NHL Finals and first since 1971 (goalies saved all three). Charlie Huddy (1-2-3) scored a late opening period PPG to get Edmonton to within one goal. While the Flyers failed to get a shot for about a 19-minute stretch carrying into the middle period, Glenn Anderson (first point in the series) and Wayne Gretzky scored second period goals to give the Oilers a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes. In the third period, Gretzky scored his second PP of the game. Pelle Lindbergh was replaced in the game after suffering a knee injury. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFL5z-X9h-I
May 30, 1985 -- In Game 5 of the Finals in Edmonton, the Oilers clinched a second straight Stanley Cup championship with an 8-3 victory. It was the Oilers 16th straight home PO win which established an NHL record. The Oilers led 4-1 after one period as Paul Coffey scored consecutive goals after Rich Sutter cut the score to 2-1. Edmonton led 7-1 after two periods. Pelle Lindbergh was unable to play (knee injury) and reserve Bob Froese faced 41 shots. Wayne Gretzky (1-3-4, 8 shots), Jari Kurri (1-3-4, +4), Paul Coffey (2-1-3) and Mark Messier (2-1-3) led the show. Kurri's 19th PO goal, which gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead, tied Reggie Leach's 1976 mark for most by an individual in any post-season. For the second straight game, the Flyers missed a penalty shot as Dave Poulin failed. Don Jackson of Edmonton fought both Dave Brown ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Eos9tJ65U ) and Brad Marsh ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygcWDTmrER4 ) during the same stoppage in play which led to verbal sparring between both head coaches. Coffey said afterwards "We felt we really wanted to stick it to some people particularly some of the papers in Philadelphia who said we didn't belong on the ice after Game One." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xgHtvJuWpc . SERIES RECAP -- Wayne Gretzky (7-4-11) and Paul Coffey (3-8-11) led the Oilers while Derrick Smith (1-4-5) led the Flyers in points and Rich Sutter (3-0-3) in goals. Save percentages: Grant Fuhr (.902), Pelle Lindbergh (.886) and Bob Froese (.845).
November 14, 1985 -- In a game played after a 22-minute remembrance to deceased star Pelle Lindbergh, the Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champions 5-3 in the Spectrum. Darren Jensen, who was promoted from the AHL and played in his second career NHL game, made 29 saves and was named the game's third star. At a practice earlier in the week, goalie Bob Froese was sidelined after being hit in the protective cup by a shot and which led to the promotion of Mike Bloski from Kalamazoo to backup Jensen. After the victory, the valiant Jensen said "I was thinking of Pelle out there. I'm very happy but very relieved." Brian Propp (1-1-2), the game's first start, Rich Sutter (1-1-2), the game's #2 star and Ron Sutter (0-2-2) all had two points. The Sutter twins each had two points on the Flyers last two goals. Ed Hospodar picked up a roughing minor 2:52 into the game. Mark Howe scored in the first period then Larry Melnyk made it 1-1 late in the second period. The intensity of the game escalated twenty-nine seconds later when Rick Tocchet beat Craig MacTavish in a fight. With 0:13 to play in the same period, Dave Hunter was penalized for slashing Brad Marsh. Mark Messier was issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with two seconds to play after he demanded that linesman Gerard Gauthier drop the puck. Upset by that call, Edmonton's head coach Glen Sather received a bench minor and was ejected (replaced by former Flyers' head coach Bob McCammon) when his team stayed in the dressing room for the start of the third period. Ilkka Sinisalo and Propp scored PPGs in the first 3:26 of the third period which gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead. Paul Coffey's PPG made it 3-2 scored during a 5-on-3 due to minors by Brad Marsh and Brad McCrimmon. Twelve seconds after Rich Sutter made it 4-2 with 9:44 to play, Hospodar fought Kevin McClelland and Dave Brown wrestled with Dave Semenko with the latter two ejected. Messier scored 1:21 after the fights to make it 4-3 but McCrimmon made it 5-3 with 3:10 remaining. Earlier in the week, the Oilers' organization offered to postpone the game due to Lindbergh's death. Mike Keenan said "It's not the win that is most satisfying. I'm proudest about the way the players conducted themselves, about how they played the game."
December 31, 1985 -- Wayne Gretzky's (3-0-3) hat trick and Andy Moog's 44 saves (20 in the first period) helped Edmonton end the Flyers' 6-game regular season win streak (and nine game unbeaten streak) in this series with a 4-3 home win. The Oilers trailed 2-0 after one period but led 3-2 through two periods. Brian Propp (1-1-2) had 12 shots. Bob Froese made 30 saves.
March 2, 1986 -- Jari Kurri scored twice and Grant Fuhr made 32 saves in a 2-1 OT home win for Edmonton. Kurri, who said of his bad-angle backhander "I was surprised (it went in)," beat Darren Jensen 1:29 into OT; Jensen later said "It (puck) hit on the inside of my pants. I can only close my pads so far." Fuhr stopped both Pelle Eklund and Derrick Smith on breakaways. Bob Froese was unable to play due to an injury suffered in the previous game.
October 9, 1986 -- Ron Hextall made an auspicious NHL debut by making 21 saves and Ron Sutter and Peter Zezel scored third period goals in the Flyers' 2-1 home win. Jari Kurri scored a PPG 2:08 into the game, the first shot Hextall faced, and the goal held up until the 9-minute mark of the third period. Hextall later robbed Wayne Gretzky and when the incredulous Great One asked "Who are you?," Hextall replied "Ron Hextall. Who are you?" After the game, Gretzky said "He got stronger as the game went on. He just got better and better." Hextall asked about the start, said "I was really surprised that I started. I had a lot of butterflies during the (pregame) ceremonies but I calmed down once the game started." Mike Keenan said "You witnessed it. He played extremely well in the pre-season. I wanted to show the young man he belonged and give him a vote of confidence for his work in the pre-season." Grant Fuhr made 28 saves in the loss. Daryl Stanley and Marty McSorley fought. During the 1987 Finals, Hextall said about this game "That was tougher. No doubt about it. If things didn't go well, I'd thought I'd be back in the minors and that's the last thing I wanted. I felt pressure that night, a lot of pressure, probably more than any time in my career. Maybe if there is a seventh game in this (1987 Finals) series, that would be worse." Game footage -- http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=436231
December 7, 1986 -- Ron Hextall made 28 saves and the Flyers led 4-0 after one period in an eventual 5-2 home win. Dave Poulin scored 14 seconds into the game and Propp added a PPG at the 4:58 mark before Ed Hospodar and Peter Zezel finished the opening period onslaught. Scott Mellanby (1-1-2), was named the game's top star. Andy Moog (8 saves, 12 shots) was replaced by Grant Fuhr (13 saves, 14 shots) after the first period. Brian Propp underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament and cartiliage damage in his left knee after an on-ice collision and missed the next 27 games (returned February 7, 1987).
December 28, 1986 -- Wayne Gretzky (2-1-3) snapped a 4-4 tie with 3:31 to play in Edmonton's 6-4 home win. Jari Kurri (2-2-4) had four points. The Flyers led 3-0 after the first period and Grant Fuhr (3 shots, 6 saves) was replaced by Andy Moog (15 saves, 16 shots). The Oilers tied the game 3-3 with three second period goals. Doug Crossman (2-1-3) gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 30 seconds into the game and tied the score 4-4 in the third period, less than aminute after Scott Mellanby and Dave Hunter fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nockoOCl8PQ ). The Flyers entered the game with the NHL's most points but lost for a third straight time.
May 17, 1987 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Jari Kurri (1-2-3), Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey combined for nine of the Oilers' 11 points in a 4-2 win in Edmonton. The teams played to a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes but the Oilers went ahead 4-1 before the midway point of the third period. Gretzky, who entered the game with just three goals (but 23 points) in 14 playoff games in 1987, scored his 68th career PO goal (tied for fourth with Gordie Howe) and became the first NHL player to reach 200 points. Mark Howe suffered a charley horse on the first shift of the game, courtesy of Mark Messier, and though his immediate status was in question he played injured the rest of the series. The Flyers were already without top offensive gun Tim Kerr who would miss the final 14 PO games. Dave Brown fought Kelly Buchberger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTHoRRDYTYw). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKU9zeAUGZY
May 20, 1987 -- In Game 2 of the Finals, Jari Kurri's OT goal lifted Edmonton to a 3-2 home win. The play started when puck-carrying Wayne Gretzky found Paul Coffey who slid a pass to Kurri. The Oilers combined third period and OT shot total advantage was 18-7 (16-1 in scoring chances). Each team had 34 shots on goal. The Oilers tied the game with 8:20 remaining on a goal by Glenn Anderson to which Glen Sather said "It's a great example of why Glenn Anderson is probably on of the greatest players in the world." Wayne Gretzky scored 45 seconds into the second period on a 5-on-3 to start the scoring. Philly scored twice and led 2-1 after two periods. In the regular season and POs, the Flyers were 45-1-4 when leading after two periods entering this series. Murray Craven returned to the lineup after missing the previous 14 PO games with injury. A reported 4-5 inches of snow fell in Edmonton the day prior to the game. Start time was 9:35 P.M. (ET). Sather said "It was a classic hockey game. I don't know what else to say, it was a hell of a hockey game. You can bet the game in Philadelphia is going to be a hummer." Mike Keenan said "I thought it was a fair game more of an entertaining game. The sport of hockey couldn't have been played any better." But Keenan also criticized Gretzky's play in the game "Yes we had a verbal exchange. I feel the best players should earn their chances instead of taking dives. I thought he embarassed Andy van Hellemond on one call by taking a dive. You just expect more from the best player in the world. I mentioned it. I just think the best player in the world shouldn't show poor sportsmanship by taking dives. With his status, he doesn't need help from the officials." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEs-jqmdOXo
May 22, 1987 -- In Game 3 of the Finals, the Flyers became the first team since the 1944 Montreal Canadiens to win a Stanley Cup Finals game down by three goals and rallied for a shocking 5-3 win in Philadelphia. Mark Messier gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead with a SHG then Paul Coffey scored with nine seconds left in the opening period to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Oilers increased the lead to three goals when Glenn Anderson scored a PPG with Ron Hextall penalized for interference. Murray Craven, in his second game back after missing the prior 14 games due to injury, started the comeback with a PPG after Edmonton was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Peter Zezel (1-1-2) scored a PPG to get the Flyers to within 3-2. Scott Mellanby (1-1-2), who was selected as the game's top star, scored then setup Brad McCrimmon's go-ahead goal with a perfect feed 17 seconds later in the first five minutes of the third period, and the Flyers pulled ahead 4-3. Brian Propp added an ENG. Philly outshot Edmonton 36-28. Ron Hextall made 19 saves on 20 shots covering the last two periods. Ron Sutter (0-3-3) had three assists in the win. Wayne Gretzky said "It's not that we lost the game, it is how we lost the game." Grant Fuhr said "Hey, they won a game. No one thought it would be a sweep." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Fh0DKwJQw
May 24, 1987 -- In Game 4 of the Finals, Wayne Gretzky assisted on three goals (the only three assists for the Oilers despite four goals) by Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe and Randy Gregg, and Edmonton recorded a 4-1 win in Philadelphia. The key goal was Gregg's second period PPG with seven seconds left on a Kjell Samuelsson minor. Ilkka Sinisalo missed his second straight game due to a left knee injury. In the third period, with the Oilers up 4-1, Ron Hextall was called for a five-minute major for slashing Kent Nilsson. Mike Keenan said "It wasn't called for. It was a response to a slash from Anderson (8:50 of the third period, to Hextall's midsection) that was not called. It was a penalty out of frustration." Hextall, The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year, said "If I let Anderson do that, what's he going to do next time, break my arm?" Gretzky said "He's not the first guy to try something like that. It is the Stanley Cup Finals. Emotions run high." Prior to the game, the Oilers' Lowe shot the puck at Hextall during warmups but a near-repeat of the events that preceded Game 6 in Montreal was averted. Lowe said "It was me. I aimed at putting it behind him off the boards. I do it in the regular season all the time, sometimes just flip it to the other goalie." Earlier, Esa Tikkanen brushed Hextall in the pregame skate resulting in a get-together of players. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXUrExDZkl0
May 26, 1987 -- In Game 5 of the Finals, the Flyers, who faced elimination but used the impending celebration and hype as a bonding effort, rallied for an impressive victory 4-3 in Edmonton. Rick Tocchet's stunning GWG came 5:26 into the third period completing a rally from a 3-1 deficit. Marty McSorley's second goal gave the Oilers a 3-1 lead. Mike Keenan decided to reunite the line of Tocchet (2-1-3)-Pelle Eklund (1-2-3)-Brian Propp (0-4-4) at that stage and the trio combined for 10 of the 11 individual points. Doug Crossman was the exception to the 11 points, and his goal made it 3-2 followed by Eklund's tying goal. Both goalies made 31 saves but Ron Hextall stopped both Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky on breakaways and made several key stops as the game progressed. Prior to the game, the Stanley Cup was brought to the Flyers' dressing room after the Flyers asked for its presence to which Frank Torpey of the NHL said "It is the first time in my 17 years a team has asked for it." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUhf8GNQhwA
May 28, 1987 -- In Game 6 of the Finals, the injury-riddled Flyers rallied from a 2-0 hole and recorded a staggering 3-2 victory led by the goaltending of Ron Hextall and an ear-splitting, raucous reaction from a blast by Jean Jacques Daigneault. Edmonton led 2-0 after one (15-5 shots) and 2-1 (24-13 in shots) after 40 minutes. Lindsay Carson had the lone Flyers' goal on assists by Dave Brown and Brad Marsh. Then the stunning swing of momentum began when Glenn Anderson took a high-sticking minor (his fifth penalty of the game) with 7:39 remaining. Brian Propp's PPG (which also set a team record for most points in a PO, 28) tied the game with 6:56 remaining in regulation and led to an ecstatic response from the home crowd. While still celebrating, the fans then witnessed little-used Daigneault drill a one-timer from the left point, off a weak clear by Jari Kurri, and the frenzied Flyers' faithful became what many veteran observers called the loudest in Spectrum history. Daigneault later said ''I'm surprised because it was a pretty long shot, but the most important thing is that I had a good screen (Scott Mellanby who some thought deflected the shot)." In the waning seconds, Hextall's clearing attempt was knocked down by Mark Messier and the result was almost cataclysmic but the goalie recovered to block the shot. Hextall was superb with 30 saves and earned top star honors as he broke the NHL record for most games played in a season by a goalie with his 91st appearance (Bernie Parent held the mark for the 1973-74 season). After the game, Wayne Gretzky said "He's (Hextall) probably the best goaltender I've seen. The best I have ever played against" an also said ''I would say we are pretty disappointed." Mark Howe said "We don't have the words for it. We are dumbfounded." Glen Sather said "The game was decided by the referee tonight. It's a series that is being decided by (their) miscues. I know sitting here is not very professional but we have to start making some noise." Prior to the game, the Stanley Cup was brought to the Flyers' dressing room after the Flyers asked for its presence for the second straight game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ-fzIsKTKQ
May 31, 1987 -- In Game 7 of the Finals, the first since 1971, the Oilers recorded a 3-1 win in the decisive game of the Finals. Philly led 1-0, for the first time in the series, on a 5-on-3 goal by Murray Craven 1:41 into the game. Mark Messier tied the game later in the first period. Jari Kurri scored with five minutes to play in the second period. Glenn Anderson's shot with 2:24 to play in the third period closed the scoring. Edmonton outshot Philadelphia 43-26. Rookie goalie Ron Hextall was named the game's top star by making 40 saves and was chosen the Conn Smythe winner. For the third straight game, the Flyers asked for the presence of the Stanley Cup to be delivered to the dressing room; however, unlike the prior two games, the NHL didn't provide the Cup. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-QWL-G4ZA4 . SERIES RECAP: In one of the most entertaining series ever played, the Flyers ralled from two-goal deficits in all three victories. The Flyers set a record by playing 26 PO games. Edmonton's leading scorers were Gretzky (2-9-11), Kurri (5-5-10), Coffey (2-4-6), Anderson (4-1-5) and Messier (2-3-5). The Flyers leaders were Propp (4-5-9), Eklund (1-7-8), Tocchet (3-4-7) and Ron Sutter (0-4-4). Gretzky and Kurri were the only players to score in all seven games; Propp scored in all but Game 7. Messier had just one point in the last four games. Coffey had zero points in the last four games. Anderson had zero points in Games 4, 5 and 6. Hextall, Fuhr and Tocchet were the only players chosen as top three stars more than twice. Gretzky and Hextall were the only players selected as the top star more than once (twice each). The injury-riddled and exhausted Flyers got a terrific defensive contribution from captain Dave Poulin in the Finals as he played a large role in keeping Gretzky without a goal in the last five games. Poulin, hampered by injuries, played despite missing 11 PO games; Tim Kerr missed 14 PO games and the entire Finals; Ron Sutter missed 10 PO games in earlier rounds; Ilkka Sinisalo missed eight PO games and two in the Finals; Murray Craven missed 14 PO games including the Finals' opener.
December 30, 1987 -- In their first meeting since the epic 1987 Finals, the Oilers ended the Flyers' 14-game (12-0-2) unbeaten streak with a 6-0 home win. Wayne Gretzky (1-3-4) had three assists in the first 9:43 and his 30th goal with 1:15 remaining, which tied him with Mike Bossy for fifth place on the all-time scoring list; however, Gretzky suffered a severely strained ligament in his right knee during the celebration and missed the next 13 games. Grant Fuhr made 23 saves in what would be his only shut out against the Flyers in 30 regular season games. Ron Hextall, out earlier in the week with the flu, had won his last nine decisions and picked up a minor penalty in each period. Rick Tocchet was ejected for fighting with Kevin McClelland who picked up a 12 PIMs including a 5-minute kneeing major ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ6N7yR4cco ).
January 21, 1988 -- Ron Hextall made 22 saves and the Flyers got two late third period goals in a 3-1 home win. Ilkka Sinisalo scored 1:27 after Mike Krushelnyski evened the game then Murray Craven finished the scoring 2:03 later at 13:36. Brian Propp gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period. Rick Tocchet and Kevin McClelland, who fought in the last game, were issued 10-minute misconducts in the second period. Scott Mellanby battled Kelly Buchberger ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-tTtAGlgWI ) and Greg Smyth fought Marty McSorley ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6iLwrJt0_o ).
March 4, 1988 -- Edmonton recorded a 7-4 home win against a Flyers' team that was absent eight players including Tim Kerr, Mark Howe, Rick Tocchet, Dave Poulin, Brad Marsh and Pelle Eklund. Glenn Anderson (4-0-4), Wayne Gretzky (0-5-5) and Craig Simpson (2-2-4) combined for 13 points (6-7-13) and the Oilers' PP was 5-for-8 including four goals in the first period. Anderson, who had eleven shots on goal (12 total) through two periods, scored a natural hat trick in a span of 3:12 in the second period to make the score 7-1. Flyers goalie' Mark Laforest (20 saves, 25 shots), who started and finished, was relieved for 1:32 by Ron Hextall (3 saves, 5 shots) who gave up the last two goals in the first period. Grant Fuhr (14 saves, 16 shots) was pulled with the Oilers leading 7-2 and Darryl Reaugh (9 saves, 11 shots). The Flyers' PP was 3-for-8. The game had four fights: Dave Brown vs. Kevin McClelland -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSWushZzWfc , Craig Berube-Jeff Beukeboom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3VNlBSpOdo ), Don Nachbaur-Steve Smith ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OWMhGEEizw ) and Greg Smyth vs. McClelland; McClelland tossed a water bottle from the penalty box at the Flyer -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1gka5qo_Rg.
January 20, 1989 -- Charlie Huddy and Rick Tocchet swapped PPGs in a 1-1 tie in Edmonton. Bill Ranford made 31 saves. Ron Hextall made 23 saves. Craig Berube and Kelly Buchberger fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Mu6dnGUtc
February 7, 1989 -- Dave Brown was traded to the Oilers for Keith Acton and Edmonton's 6th round choice (Dmitry Yushkevich) in the 1991 Entry Draft.
February 10, 1989 -- Grant Fuhr made 37 saves and Craig Simpson scored twice in the Oilers' 3-1 road win. The Flyers won the previous eight regular season games played in Philadelphia between the teams; Edmonton last won in 1982.
March 8, 1989 -- Tim Kerr scored the quickest goal in Flyers' history in an eventual 4-4 tie in the Spectrum. Kerr's (1-1-2) goal, his 40th, came on a breakaway just 8 seconds into the game and snapped the prior mark of 9 seconds by Ross Lonsberry in 1977. The Flyers led 4-2 through the first period. Scott Mellanby and Kelly Buchberger fought seven seconds after Rick Tocchet made it 4-2. The Oilers tied it on Jari Kurri's SHG late in the second period. The Flyers' PK was 8-for-9 and added a SHG. Grant Fuhr made 31 saves. Ron Hextall, wo started the last 20 games, made 24 saves but suffered a pulled hamstring and missed action until March 22. The Flyers pre-game music was changed from Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" to Pat Benatar's "Invincible."
November 24, 1989 -- The line of Rick Tocchet (0-3-3), Ron Sutter (1-1-2) and Murray Craven (2-0-2) had seven points in the Flyers' 5-1 home win. The victory was the 900th in the Flyers' regular season history. Ken Wregget (23 saves, 24 shots) departed due to a troubled left knee with 7:16 left and was replaced by Pete Peeters (5 saves, 5 shots). Bill Ranford (20 saves, 23 shots) was temporarily replaced by Grant Fuhr (3 saves, 4 shots) before returning. Sutter scored an ENG with one second remaining during an Edmonton 6-on-3 advantage.
December 27, 1989 -- Esa Tikkanen broke a scoreless tie 1:15 into the third period and Bill Ranford made 21 saves in Edmonton's 2-1 home win. Adam Graves made it 2-0. Kjell Samuelsson scored for the Flyers. Kelly Buchberger, who fought Jeff Chychrun in the first period, received a game misconduct/high sticking major penalty nine seconds after the first goal. Ron Sutter was tossed late in the game with a high stick major. The Oilers held a 12-2 shots advantage in the first period and 31-22 overall. Ken Wregget made 29 saves for the Flyers.
January 5, 1990 -- Normand Lacombe was sent to the Flyers for a 1990 fourth round pick (Oilers selected Joel Blain). The next month Lacombe was suspended by the Flyers for not accompanying the team on a road trip. Eventually a hearing involving the NHL, Glen Sather and Bobby Clarke, among others, took place because Lacombe, unknown to the Flyers, suffered from a pre-existing condition of chronic shin splints and required postseason surgery on both legs to correct chronic exertional compartment syndrome. He played in March 1990 the same month NHL President John Ziegler ruled in favor of the Oilers. Lacombe played the following season but the Flyers bought out the 1991-92 part of his contract.
March 3, 1990 -- Mark Messier (4-0-4) scored four goals for the third time in his career lifting the Oilers to a 5-3 home win. Messier scored two SHGs and one PPG. In the first period, Messier was penalized for using an illegal stick. The Flyers' PP was 1-for-8. Grant Fuhr played for the first time since mid-December (injury) and made 35 saves. Scott Mellanby was ejected 2:01 into the game for a spearing major. Craig Berube and Jeff Beukeboom fought. The day before, the Flyers traded Brian Propp to the Bruins.
December 2, 1990 -- Mark Messier's third period PPG lifted the Oilers to a 6-3 win in Philadelphia. The goal came six seconds into the Oilers' lone PP attempt. Edmonton led 3-0 through two periods but the Flyers tied the game with less than 10 minutes remaining. Bill Ranford made 27 saves. Esa Tikkanen (2-1-3), Joe Murphy (1-2-3) and Steve Smith (0-3-3) led Edmointon.
January 13, 1991 -- Esa Tikkanen scored twice and Glenn Anderson had three points in a 3-goal Edmonton eruption, after the Flyers took a 3-2 third period lead, in the Oilers' 5-3 win in Philly. In that flurry Mark Messier had two assists and the trio combined for all seven individual points. Tikkanen and Anderson both finished with three points. Bill Ranford made 35 saves.
March 8, 1991 -- The Oilers out-scored the Flyers 4-0 in the second period and skated to a 5-4 win in Edmonton. The Flyers led 2-0 after the first period but the Oilers took a 5-2 lead in the third period. Peter Klima scored twice, Steve Smith (0-3-3) had assists on three consecutive goals and Grant Fuhr made 23 saves. Normand Lacombe had (1-2-3) three points for the Flyers. Craig Berube and Jeff Beukeboom fought for the third time in three years.
May 30, 1991 -- As part of a three-way trade involving Los Angeles, Edmonton and Philadelphia, Dave Brown, Corey Foster and the rights to Jari Kurri were traded to the Flyers by the Oilers for Scott Mellanby, Craig Berube and Craig Fisher. The Flyers dealt the rights to Kurri (playing in Italy but a FA under contract to Edmonton) and Jeff Chychrun to the Kings for Steve Kasper, Steve Duchesne and a fourth-round draft pick (Aris Brimanis). In the end: Edmonton received Mellanby, Berube and Fisher for Kurri, Brown and Foster. L.A. received Kurri and Chychrun for Kasper, Duchesne and a fourth-round pick (Brimanis). Philly received Kasper, Duchesne, Foster, Brown and a fourth-round pick (Brimanis) for Mellanby, Chychrun, Berube and Fisher.
November 14, 1991 -- Ken Wregget made 19 saves and Andrei Lomakin and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. Mike Ricci assisted on both goals. Kevin Dineen, in his Flyers' debut, finished the scoring with an ENG at 19:59 of the third period. The Flyers dominated the third period with a 12-4 shots advantage. The win halted the Oilers five-game win streak in this series. The Flyers' Steve Kasper missed the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in right knee leading to arthroscopic surgery, a result of being checked into the boards by Josef Beranek.
February 15, 1992 -- The Flyers scored five times in the first period and ended Edmonton's six-game win streak with an 8-5 home win. Mike Ricci (1-4-5) and Mark Pederson (1-3-4) combined for nine points and Kevin Dineen (2-0-2) scored twice. Philly led 5-1 after one period and 6-2 through two periods but Anatoli Semenov's (2-0-2) second goal brought Edmonton to within 6-5 with 5:44 to play. The Flyers called a timout and during a tripping minor to David Maley, Kerry Huffman (1-2-3) scored a PPG with 2:35 to play. In the opening period, Maley beat Claude Boivin in a fight the first of two fight for Boivin who also battled Louie DeBrusk. The Flyers had three PPGs and one SHG while Edmonton had two SHGs. The Flyers improved to 7-1-1 in the last nine games.
February 28, 1992 -- Bill Ranford made 21 saves and the Oilers rallied from a two-goal first period deficit to win 4-2 at home. Norm Maciver got the Oilers on the board with eleven seconds left in the opening period. Craig Simpson and Bernie Nichols scored within 25 seconds late in the second period to put Edmonton on top 3-2. The Oilers held a 3-2 lead and a 28-12 shots advantage through two periods. Ron Hextall made 34 saves.
January 3, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom made 31 saves and Rod Brind'Amour (1-1-2) factored in two third period goals in a 2-2 tie at Edmonton. The Oilers took a 2-0 lead early in the third period but Andrei Lomakin got Philly on the board with 10:10 to play then Brind'Amour scored a PPG with 4:59 remaining. The Flyers' PK was 7-for-7. Oilers' captain Craig MacTavish had his consecutive games streak end at 518 due to a sore back.
January 10, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom recorded his first NHL shutout by making 29 saves and Mark Recchi (2-0-2) and Kevin Dineen (2-0-2) scored twice in the Flyers' 4-0 home win. It marked the first shutout by a Flyers' goalie in this series. The game was scoreless through the first period but the Flyers scored twice in the first two minutes of the second period and led 3-0 on consecutive goals by Recchi despite being outshot 16-7 in the middle period. Recchi's goals came off assists by Brent Fedyk (0-2-2) and Greg Paslawski (0-2-2). Rick Nattress fought ex-Flyer Scott Mellanby.
January 16, 1993 -- Brian Benning was sent to the Oilers for Josef Beranek and Greg Hawgood.
December 1, 1993 -- Bill Ranford made 24 saves and Jason Arnott's (2-0-2) goal with 2:44 to play gave Edmonton the lead in an eventual 3-1 home win. Arnott initially was not credited with the goal but a video replay showed that goalie Tommy Soderstrom's glove was over the goal line. Arnott gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead 1:25 into the game. Shayne Corson added an ENG.
December 12, 1993 -- Bill Ranford made 33 saves in Edmonton's 2-1 win in Philly. Ilya Byakin's PPG snapped a 1-1 early in the third period. Josef Beranek scored for the Flyers, his team-high 20th of the season.
October 15, 1995 -- The Flyers scored the last seven goals of the game, including 5-0 in the third period, and skated to a 7-1 home win. The Flyers went 4-for-7 on the PP and added a SHG. The Oilers were on their fourth PP of the third period, trailing 3-1, when it was aborted by a minor to Bryan Marchment with 5:44 to play. The Flyers scored three times in a span of 1:20 to make the score 6-1 with 2:59 to play. John LeClair (1-3-4), Mikael Renberg (2-1-3) and Eric Desjardins (0-3-3) led the offense and Ron Hextall made 17 saves. Shawn Antoski fought ex-Flyer Luke Richardson ( http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xag...rdson-oi_sport ). Prior to the game, Renberg signed a four-year contract with the Flyers.
December 27, 1995 -- Kelly Buchberger scored with 4:14 to play in the third period to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 home win. Former Oiler Craig MacTavish gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the game's opening minute. Chris Therien knotted the game 2-2 3:01 prior to the game-winner. Bill Ranford made 27 saves.
December 27, 1996 -- John LeClair (2-1-3) scored consecutive goals, Garth Snow made 325 saves and the Flyers recorded a victory in Edmonton, 6-4. Paul Coffey (1-1-2), Danius Zubrus (1-1-2) and Eric Lindros (0-2-2) each had two points. Edmonton outshot Philly 18-7 in the middle period (39-31 in the game) and each team scored twice. Dale Hawerchuk moved into 20th place on the NHL's all-time list with 513 goals with his 1,399th career point. The last snapped an 0-11-2 skid in Edmonton covering the last 13 regular season visits. The Flyers were also 1-17-2 (20 games) in combined regular season and PO action from January 1985 until this contest.
March 13, 1997 -- In an emotionally charged game, Eric Lindros scored with 44 seconds left in OT to give Philly a 5-4 home win. Mikael Renberg tied the score with 3:19 left in regulation. The Flyers led 2-0 on a SHG by Paul Coffey, set up perfectly by Joel Otto (1-1-2), who later scored to make it 2-0 8:59 into the game. Edmonton rallied to take a 3-2 lead when, with Shjon Podein already on the box, Chris Therien was given a 5-minute major and ejected for checking Ryan Smyth from behind. The questionable call was met with boos from the Flyers' home crowd and after a successful and energetic kill of both the 5-on-3 (for 1:18) and the 5-minute major, LeClair scored to even the game 3-3. Lindros, Otto and Coffey shined on the kill and throughout the game. After the game, Lindros said of the penalty "He had a bloody nose and we lose a defenseman." Mariusz Czerkawski gave Edmonton a 4-3 advantage in the third period. In OT, with Paul Coffey serving part of offsetting minors, with Therien ejected and Petr Svoboda out from an injury earlier in the game, the Flyers' d-group was down to three men. Lindros' OT goal was protested by the Oilers who felt a hooking minor should have been called prior to the winner and which led to a misconduct penalty issued to Kelly Buchberger. Curtis Joseph made 31 saves in the loss.
November 6, 1997 -- The Flyers' PP went 4-for-5 and the trio of John LeClair (2-3-5), Chris Gratton (1-2-3) and Dainius Zubrus (1-2-3) combined for 11 points in a 6-2 home win. In a four-goal span, the trio accounted for 10 of the 11 points awarded including six points on two goals scored in 63 seconds. The Flyers took a 2-0 lead on two PPGs scored 1:38 apart when Edmonton's Dan McGillis was issued a double-minor for high-sticking.
December 30, 1997 -- Garth Snow made 29 saves and John LeClair scored twice in the Flyers' 3-1 win in Edmonton. Both of LeClair's goals were setup by Pat Falloon who was playing in his 400th NHL game. There were two fights in the first period involving two-thirds of the Flyers' "Left Hook Line" while the third player, Dan Kordic, picked up a misconduct: Brantt Myhres vs. Georges Laraque ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8is9MliKdRM ) and Daniel Lacroix bloodying Sean Brown.
March 24, 1998 -- Dan McGillis was traded to Philadelphia with Edmonton's 2nd round choice (Jason Beckett) in the 1998 Entry Draft for Janne Niinimaa.
October 5, 1998 -- Valeri Zelepukin was traded to the Flyers for Daniel Lacroix who was exposed but not selected in the waiver draft. Zelepukin said "Maybe I expected a trade or something like that, but I did not expect a team like the Philadelphia Flyers to pick me up. I am very happy, and I think that it's a big honor for me to be part of the Flyers' organization.''
December 13, 1998 -- The game ended in a 2-2 OT tie in Philadelphia with three of the four goals scored in the final six minutes of regulation time. Boris Mironov scored with 6.5 seconds to play in the third period to counter Eric Desjardins' (1-1-2) goal with 23.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Marty McSorley tied the game 1-1 with 5:26 to play. Marc Bureau gave Philly a 1-0 lead midway in the game. An apparent GWG by Keith Jones was disallowed in OT because Jones made contact with goalie Mikhail Shtalenkov. Edmonton went 0-for-7 on the PP.
January 3, 1999 -- The game ended in a 3-3 OT tie in Edmonton. The Flyers held a 3-1 lead until the Oilers scored twice in 64 seconds in the final six minutes of the third period. Roman Hamrlik scored then assisted on Boyd Devereaux's tying goal. Hamrlik also played a game-high 29:24. The Oilers held a 10-4 shots advantage in the third period and OT combined. JVB made 26 saves. Philadelphia's top line of John LeClair, Rod Brind'Amour and Keith Jones combined for five points.
January 29, 1999 -- Andrei Kovalenko was traded to Philadelphia for Alexandre Daigle who was then traded that same day to Tampa Bay for Alexander Selivanov. Flyers' GM Bob Clarke said Daigle was acting "like a spoiled little girl" about two days prior to the trade after Daigle refused to accept a deal to Edmonton. which included the Oilers' desire to add an option year to an existing contract. Kovalenko had one assist in 13 games with the Flyers before being traded to Carolina (scored in debut) about five weeks later.
February 10, 2000 -- Tommy Salo made 35 saves and Bill Guerin (2-0-2) had two second period goals in Edmonton's 3-2 win in Philadelphia. Sean Brown (1-1-2) had two points. Daymond Langkow missed an empty net with about 15 seconds remaining which could have tied the score. Eric Desjardins (0-2-2) assisted on goals by Simon Gagne and John LeClair. Gagne also had a goal waved off when it was determined he interfered with Salo. Keith Primeau fought Guerin 1:39 into the game. Edmonton forward Mike Grier checked Primeau into glass which shattered and delayed the game for nearly 10 minutes with 1:35 to play.
November 9, 2000 -- Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves and Simon Gagne and Paul Ranheim scored in the Flyers' 2-0 home win. Cechmanek recorded his second straight shutout in his fourth career NHL start (sixth game played). The Flyers' second goal was started by Chris McAllister who exited the penalty box and fed Ranheim who scored on a breakaway.
March 19, 2001 -- Brian Boucher made 25 saves and Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins scored late second period goals in the Flyers' 4-2 win in Edmonton. In an 11-minute second period flurry, the teams combined for five goals. The Flyers added a third period insurance goal from the stick of Andy Delmore. Boucher ailed throughtout the game and tried to stay hydrated through a constant supply of liquids and even ate a banana in the third period to record his first win since January 25. "He was cramping up a bit in the third, and rightfully so. He hasn't played for a while. But he persevered and I'm glad he got through it," said Bill Barber. Todd Fedoruk fought Georges Laraque -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8-9V7lkV9M
December 16, 2001 -- Tommy Salo made 21 saves and Mike Comrie scored twice in the first period leading Edmonton to a 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The game's key moment was in the final 1:21 of the third period when Edmonton held the Flyers without a shot during a 6-on-4 power play advantage. Todd Fedoruk bloodied Sean Brown in a fight at 6:53 of the opening period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8yi5nzByHM ).
October 10, 2002 -- In the Flyers' season opener, Georges Laracque and Anson Carter scored late third period goals and Edmonton rallied for a 2-2 tie at home. The tying goal came with under four minutes remaining and via the PP; Edmonton's ninth attempt after eight failures (finished 1-for-9). John LeClair scored both Flyers goals. Philly extended their unbeaten streak in Edmonton to five games (3-0-2). Keith Primeau fought Steve Staios. It was the first game for the Flyers under new head coach Ken Hitchcock.
December 16, 2003 -- Mike Comrie was traded to Philadelphia for Jeff Woywitka, Philadelphia's 1st round choice in 2004 (Rob Schremp) and 3rd round choice in 2005 (Danny Syvret). "Mike is a very skilled, competitive player. He's an offensive player who pays the price to score goals, and the way our team is set, he brings a lot of assets," said Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock. Comrie had four goals and five assists in 21 games for the Flyers prior to being dealt the following February to Phoenix for Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevic and Ben Eager.
January 10, 2004 -- Mike York (1-1-2) had two points and Tommy Salo made 26 saves for his 35th career shutout in Edmonton's 3-0 win in Philly. The Flyers entered the game with the NHL's top power play but went 0-for-5 including a pair of 5-on-3's. After the game, Flyers' head coach said of his team "It is very frustrating for the coaching staff when you need people to pay the price and some guys are just quite frankly not doing it, and that is disappointing." While no player was specifically mentioned, Jeremy Roenick said "I've been threatened before. Threats don't mean spit. We have to go out and do it." Robert Esche said of Hitchcock's comment "I agree with him. I'm not going to get into who did and who didn't [pay the price]. It's unfortunate at this time of year. You have to be able to look into someone's eyes on the bench and feel you are going to win. You have to come to the rink and feel that you are going to win. You have to come to the pre-game skate and feel you are going to win … We're not going to play 82 great games, but it has to come from within. I should be able to look in the eyes of 19 guys, and they should be able to look at me, and we should feel that confidence."
December 8, 2005 -- Ethan Moreau scored two SHGs and Mike Morrison made 30 saves in Edmonton's 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers were without leading scorer Peter Forsberg (groin), captain Keith Primeau (concussion), starting goaltender Robert Esche (groin) and defensemen Eric Desjardins (shoulder) and Joni Pitkanen (sports hernia).
July 1, 2007 -- Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a 2009 3rd round pick (Cameron Abney) were dealt to Edmonton for Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith. Pitkanen had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing after the Flyers requested one. He earned $2 million the prior season and later in the month signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $2.4m with Edmonton.
October 6, 2007 -- Joni Pitkanen's goal 1:10 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie and Edmonton skated to a 5-3 home win. Geoff Sanderson (2-0-2) evened the scored 3-3 with five seconds left in the second period and he added the insurance tally in the third period. Mathieu Garon made 22 saves. The Oilers held a 33-25 shots advantage. Martin Biron stopped all 16 first period shots while the Flyers were outshot 16-4. The Oilers honored fomer captain Jason Smith with a video presentation before the game. It was just the second time in the last 11 games in this series that the home team claimed the victory. Edmonton's prior home win in this series came in December 1995.
June 6, 2008 -- Ryan Potulny was traded to Edmonton for Danny Syvret.
November 2, 2008 --Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves and Ales Hemsky (2-1-3) scored for the first time in the last 19 games to back Edmonton in a 5-4 afternoon victory at Philadelphia. Tom Gilbert (0-3-3) also had three points. The Flyers were 3-for-6 on the PP. Jeff Carter extended his point streak to seven games (7-3-10). The Oilers led 5-2 in the second period. Riley Cote fought Steve MacIntyre -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0b5Iud8L0M
February 3, 2010 -- Ryan Potulny scored a PPG with 17 seconds to play and Jeff Deslauriers made 33 saves in the Oilers' 1-0 shutout win at Edmonton. The goalies were selected top two stars. Michael Leighton made 26 saves. Jeff Carter was an incredible 15-1 (.938) on faceoffs. Ian Laperreiere fought Zack Stortini in the opening period. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LBcjXXQ_BQ
March 8, 2011 -- Jeff Carter (2-0-2) scored twice, Danny Briere (1-1-2) had two points and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves in the Flyers' 4-1 home win. Philly entered the game with 32 more points than Edmonton and snapped a season-high four-game losing streak. The Flyers held a 17-1 shots advantage after the opening period but were outshot 24-10 the remainder of the contest. The Oilers were unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven games against the Flyers and hadn't lost in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 2000. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOaGHyx7Wvk
THIS DATE IN FLYERS' HISTORY: April 27, 1989 -- Pittsburgh 2 at Flyers 6
Derrick Smith (2-0-2), who provided his usual tenacious forecheck and was named the game's top star, and Tim Kerr (10-4-14 through six games), who picked up his 14th point in this series, both scored twice and the Flyers evened the best-of-seven series at 3 games apiece with a 6-2 home win. Mario Lemieux was held to two shots, zero points and was a minus-3 as he was continually frustrated by the Flyers' checking line of Smith-Dave Poulin-Scott Mellanby. Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren said "You know what you get from Derrick Smith. He's a tremendous forechecker and a hard worker and it's nice to see his work get rewarded."
I just want to see a defensive game. The Flyers need to learn how to play those type of games because when the playoffs start there is no way they can score so much because the penalties will be down and they other teams tighten up a lot.
For some reason we never seem to do well there. But with all our youth on this team I think you can throw records out the door.
Thanks MSE. I still remember Propp coming out and congratulating Don Gillen after he scored. I had big hopes for the kid but it just did not work out.
They were teammates in Junior hockey with Brad McCrimmon. I don't remember too much about him, other than he was a big winger, then was part of a blockbuster trade with Hartford but never really developed there.
Does Edmonton still have one of the best if not the best ice surfaces in the league? Just curious....always remember that when we would play the dynasty Oilers and how crisp a skating game would be played there. At least the Flyers are a skating team these days...
Does Edmonton still have one of the best if not the best ice surfaces in the league? Just curious....always remember that when we would play the dynasty Oilers and how crisp a skating game would be played there. At least the Flyers are a skating team these days...
The ice has hit the skids in recent years. The ice plant is too old and needs to be replaced.
Expect the puck to be bouncing like a tennis ball at times.