January 26, 1969 -- Dick Cherry (2-0-2) scored a SHG with 1:07 to play then added an ENG with 14 seconds left in the Flyers' 5-3 home win. Cherry, whose brother is Don Cherry, was in his first season with the Flyers and last played in the NHL during the 1956-57 season with Boston. Pittsburgh led 3-0 past the game's midway stage but Andre Lacroix tied the score with the Flyers' first goal of the third period. Dick Sarrazin (0-4-4) assisted on the last four goals and became the first Flyer to have four assists in a game. Myron Stankiewicz (0-2-2), who was in the box when the winning goal was scored, recorded two assists (he ended his career with seven assists in 35 career NHL games). Doug Favell made 26 saves. Fights included Jean-Guy Gendron vs. Dunc McCallum and Forbes Kennedy vs. Ken Schinkel.
FLYERS-PENGUINS' 2011-12 SERIES:
2011 -- December 8 -- The Flyers ended the night on top of the Eastern Conference after a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh. Danny Briere, who was struggling with the flu, scored in the first period on a goal deflected off two Penguins. Later in the opening period, the Penguins failed to score during a 5-on-3 for 1:10 while two Flyers' defenders played without sticks for part of the play. Wayne Simmonds (1-1-2) and Scott Hartnell added second period goals which gave Philly a 3-0 lead. James Neal and Evgeni Malkin (1-1-2) scored for the Penguins. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves. The Flyers had a 29-27 shots despite Pittsburgh's 14-7 advantage in the third period. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0P0mJD8oNA
2011 -- December 29 -- Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot, two ex-Penguins, scored in the Flyers' 4-2 win at Pittsburgh. Jagr scored the go-ahead goal and Talbot had an ENG. Kimmo Timonen tied the game with his first goal of the season and Matt Read snapped a 9-game drought to make it 3-1. Sergei Bobrovsky, who improved to 4-0 at the Consol Energy Center, made 24 saves and his only allowed goal came 44 seconds into the game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mADsQXuRywA .
2012 -- February 18 -- Matt Cooke (2-1-3) scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in the Penguins's 6-4 win at Philly. Cooke and Jordan Staal (1-1-2) scored SHGs 1:43 apart to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead, Cooke's coming on a 2-man advantage which led to Sergei Bobrovsky (14 saves, 17 shots) replacing Ilya Bryzgalov (10 saves, 13 shots) with 3:03 left in the second period. Less than two minutes later, Eric Wellwood scored his first NHL goal to make it 3-3. Dustin Jeffrey scored in the opening minute of the second period for the go-ahead goal and the Penguins scored three times in the opening 9:02 to take a 6-3 advantage. Jaromir Jagr (2-0-2) scored twice in 18 seconds to give Philly a 2-1 lead. Nick Grossman(n) played in his first game with the Flyers. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8q735Tuctw
2012 -- March 18 -- Scott Hartnell's goal with 0.9 seconds left in OT, the latest OT GWG in team history, gave the Flyers a 3-2 home win and snapped the Penguins' 11-game win streak. Hartnell tied the score 2-2 4:47 into the third period. Kimmo Timonen (1-1-2), who celebrated his 37th birthday, got Philly on the board 31 seconds into the third period. Ilya Bryzgalov made 38 saves. The Penguins led 2-0 through two periods and held a 27-10 shots advantage (40-27 in the game). Craig Adams (1-1-2) and Kris Letang (0-2-2) factored into both goals. Hartnell and Chris Kunitz had a confrontation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3B7Qt_bu9E). Zac Rinaldo got five stitches to the mouth from an errant Hartnell stick ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojd3uftjnR8 ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRibW2XYRNw
2012 -- April 1 -- at Pittsburgh
2012 -- April 7 -- at Pittsburgh, 4:00 PM (ET), NBC Sports (former VERSUS).
It's a conspiracy by the league (with the help of NBC) to have the Penguins win!!!!!
Flyers played yesterday, Penguins haven't played since Friday. An extra 7 hours of rest would have made a difference for the Flyers legs... not so for the Penguins. Flyers at a disadvantage there.
Also, league obviously looked at the Flyers' afternoon record and decided they couldn't chance the Flyers playing well at night, so they moved it up.
Now obviously there's no conspiracy, but both the above remain disadvantages, so it sucks that the game got moved up. I expect the Flyers to get outworked early in this, and hopefully the significance of the game wakes them up after that.
Also, if they lose, would anyone like to see them lose most or the rest of their games so they can have Florida in the first? I think if they go down 5 points on the Penguins with only three games to play after today, there's no way they can reach 4th.