FLYERS vs. PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY: Current and Miscellaneous:
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record in this series is 37-21-7-2 (regular season only).
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record at home is 15-11-6-2.
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record away is 22-10-1-0.
Florida won the 1996 PO series 4-2 (2-1 record home and away)
March 1, 1993 -- Flyers' Senior Vice President Bob Clarke left the organization and became the Panthers' Vice President and General Manager. "It was really a hard decision for me because of feelings about Philadelphia and the Flyers." In the 1993-94 season, Clarke was chosen The Sporting News' and The Hockey News' Executive of the Year.
November 2, 1993 -- In the initial series meeting, the Flyers recorded a 4-3 win in Miami Arena. Philly overcame a 2-0 first period deficit with four goals in the second period. The second line of Rod Brind'Amour(1-2-3), Kevin Dineen (1-1-2) and Josef Beranek (1-1-2) scored three times in a span of 3:35 to put Philly on top 3-2. The last two goals of the four were SHGs including an insurance goal by Eric Lindros. Dominic Roussel made 27 saves for the win. The first goal scored in this series was by Florida's Jesse Belanger.
February 10, 1994 -- In the first meeting in Philadelphia, the Flyers won 4-3 when Eric Lindros' (2-1-3) scored his second goal of the game just 50 seconds into OT. Lindros said afterwards that Mikael Renberg should have been awarded the goal scored in a crease scramble. All three Flyers' goals in regulation came on special teams' including a SHG by Dave Tippett. Florida scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation to even the score including the tying goal with 1:19 to play when netminder Dominic Roussel erred on a clear behind his goal and left the front of his net unprotected. Mark Fitzpatrick made 34 saves for the Panthers. Bob Clarke was in attendance in his role as a Panthers' employee.
March 20, 1994 -- JVB made 45 saves leading the Panthers to their first win in the series, 5-3 in Miami. Philly outshot Florida 36-14 over the last two periods but the Panthers held a 4-2 goals edge. Rod Brind'Amour scored twice on PPs. Brian Benning had three assists for the Panthers. The win gave Florida 73 points tying them with the 1967-68 Flyers and 1979-80 Hartford Whalers for the most points earned by a first-year NHL team.
March 24, 1994 -- Philly skated to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 win at home. Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had three points including his 42nd goal. Tommy Soderstrom made 19 saves for the victory. The Panthers scored twice in the third period.
April 7, 1994 -- Florida's Gord Murphy (1-1-2) soft back-hander from 40-feet out beat goalie Tommy Soderstrom and the 3-3 result in Philadelphia damaged the Flyers' playoff hopes. The Panthers held a 42-23 shots advantage. Soderstrom, who made 39 saves, said "You don't expect a backhand from the blue line, but I saw it when he shot it. That was not the problem. I lost it on the way."
June 15, 1994 -- Bob Clarke returned to the Flyers as President and General Manager and in exchange Philadelphia traded a 1994 second round pick (used to select Ryan Johnson). Clarke was the Vice-President and General Manager of the Panthers. Clarke became the first person to win The Hockey News' Executive of the Year in successive years with different franchises as he accomplished the feat with the Panthers for 1993-94 and with the Flyers for the 1994-95 season. The Flyers failed to make the playoffs in the previous five years then advanced to the 1995 Conference Finals under his leadership. Clarke was with the Minnesota North Stars for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, including when the team played in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, and then returned to the Flyers for one season, 1992-93, in a non-hockey operations role.
February 9, 1995 -- JVB stopped 26 Flyers' shots in the Panthers' 3-0 victory in the Spectrum. Florida led 3-0 after one, scoring three times in about seven minutes. Dave Lowry gave Florida a 1-0 lead. The Panthers held an 18-7 shots advantage in the first period; the Flyers had a 19-10 edge the rest of the game. The game marked the debut of Eric Desjardins and John LeClair after a trade with Montreal earlier in the day. Coach Terry Murray took LW Mikael Renberg off Rod Brind'Amour's line and put him with center Eric Lindros and LW John LeClair on a newly formed unit eventually termed the "Legion of Doom Line."
March 2, 1995 -- Florida's John Vanbiesbrouck made 35 saves while each member of The Legion of Doom line had two points in a 2-2 tie at Philly. The Flyers outshot Florida 37-17 including 27-12 after two periods when the Panthers held a 2-1 lead. With the Flyers trailing 2-0, Mikael Renberg (1-1-2) scored with under two minutes left in the second period on a PPG then Eric Lindros (1-1-2) scored in the third period. John LeClair added two assists.
March 18, 1995 -- Eric Lindros (3-1-4) completed the hat trick with an OT goal in a 4-3 win at Florida. The Legion of Doom line (Lindros 4, Mikael Renberg 3 and John Leclair 2) had nine of the team's 11 points. Lindros scored his 101st career goal in his 152nd game. The Flyers limited Florida to 11 shots over the last 42+ minutes and Dominic Roussel made 25 saves for the victory. It was the Flyers' seventh straight win.
April 18, 1995 -- Eric Lindros (1-2-3) and Mikael Renberg (1-1-2) combined for five points in a 3-1 win in Miami Arena. In the opening minute, Florida's Jody Hull stole the puck from Kevin Dineen and had a clear breakaway but was thwarted by Ron Hextall. The Flyers led 3-0 after two periods with a shot advantage of 23-7 after 40 minutes. It was the Flyers' seventh straight win, the second time that season they reached that figure after a win against the Panthers.
November 2, 1995 -- JVB made 21 saves and sparkled in the third period of Florida's 2-1 win in Philly. Rob Niedermayer scored in the first period then Radek Dvorak made it 2-0 in the second period. The Panthers held a 15-3 shots advantage after one period. Upset with the performance, coach Terry Murray bench Legion of Doom linemates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg for much of the second period and he elevated Rob DiMaio and Shjon Podein. Philadelphia held a 19-6 shots advantage over the last two periods including 12-3 in the third period much of the dominance due to the reunited Doom trio. Eric Lindros scored the lone Flyers' goal but he suffered a strained MCL in his left knee when he was low-bridged by Jason Woolley (who received a clipping penalty) on his final shift and missed the next seven games; Lindros had 11 goals and 11 assists in the Flyers' first 12 games and was named the NHL Player of the Month for October 1995. Afterwards, Murray thought the hit was an illegal attempt to injure but later Lindros said "I know Jason ... he doesn't play that way." Rod Brind'Amour was ejected with 2:22 remaining due to a checking-from-behind major. The Flyers entered the game with a 7-1-2 record through 10 games. After the game, Renberg was asked of the benching and he said "We deserved it. Nobody is above the team. I wasn't helping the team." LeClair was asked a smiliar question and he responded "It's not my place to say that. I'm a player, he's the coach."
November 7, 1995 -- Florida scored three times in the last 7:45 of the game en route to a 4-2 home win. Radek Dvorak scored his second goal of the game with 3:16 to play. JVB made 14 saves in the win. The Panthers held a 27-16 shots advantage. Garth Snow made 23 saves in the loss. Kevin Dineen fought Scott Mellanby in the first period.
November 29, 1995 -- Kevin Haller's shot deflected off the back of Paul Laus and past goalie JVB with 30 seconds left in OT and the Flyers beat the Panthers 2-1 in Florida. Brent Fedyk tied the game 1-1 1:02 into the third period. Philly did not have a shot on goal for the opening 16 minutes but each team finished with 28 and the Flyers held a 20-7 advantage covering the third period and OT combined. Ron Hextall made 27 stops. JVB made 26 saves for Florida. The Panthers' team-record seven game home win streak was snapped. Joel Otto made quick work of Rob Niedermayer -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTeITuMuTMs
January 22, 1996 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored with 2:39 left in the third and the game ended 1-1 in Philadelphia. Jody Hull snapped a socreless tie 6:58 into the third to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. JVB made 30 saves for Florida and Ron Hextall stopped 23 shots for the Flyers including a game-saver with with 38.5 seconds to play in overtime when Mike Hough beat defender Kevin Haller and had a breakaway shot denied. Mikael Renberg left the ice due to an abdominal strain, originally suffered in late December, and would miss 30 of the final 36 regular season games.
February 14, 1996 -- Ron Hextall made 28 saves, including several key stops in the third period, leading Philly to a 4-2 victory in Florida. John LeClair (1-1-2) scored with 16 seconds remaining on the Flyers' only PP attempt and it was the go-ahead goal at 2-1. Anatoli Semenov also scored in the middle period to put Philly ahead 3-1. Paul Laus made it 3-2 early in the third period and that is when Hextall rose to the challenge. The Panthers went 0-for-5 on the PP.
May 2, 1996 -- In Game One of the East Semis in Philadelphia, JVB recorded the shutout as the Panthers' strong team defense limited the Flyers in a 2-0 win. The result of the tight-checking game was a combined total of 33 shots (Flyers 18, Panthers 15) on goal, the lowest figure in any Flyers' PO game. Stu Barnes (1-1-2) and Dave Lowry scored goals, the first coming on a 2-on-1 break with Kerry Huffman the sole Flyer back, and the second coming with just over four minutes left and with Kjell Samuelsson in the box. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ3RNW5cyWc
May 4, 1996 -- In Game Two, Eric Lindros' (1-2-3) third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and provided the Flyers with a 3-2 victory in the Spectrum. Lindros was a key factor throughtout the game including some plays that infuriated the Panthers' brass like knocking off the mask of goalie JVB and cutting Stu Barnes (five stitches) near his eye. John LeClair (1-2-3) also had three points. The Flyers scored twice in the second period, goals by Karl Dykhuis and LeClair, to take a 2-1 lead but Dave Lowry evened the score with a third period PPG. JVB made 44 saves for Florida. Philly outshot the Panthers 47-26 but goalie Ron Hextall made huge saves in the third period. After the game, Florida head coach Doug MacLean verbally attacked referee Mark Faucette and then he and Panthers' GM Bryan Murray contacted other NHL execs to complain that Lindros' stickwork was not whistled. The Panthers were issued a gross misconduct penalty at the 20:00 mark. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJxgY3M55a4
May 7, 1996 -- In Game Three, the Flyers recorded a 3-1 victory in Miami. Dan Quinn (1-1-2) and Eric Lindros (GWG) scored on consecutive first period PPs with Brian Skrudlund off on a double minor for high-sticking. The Flyers outshot the Panthers 17-2 in the first period and led 2-0. The game finished with multiple penalties including a Lindros-Ed Jovanovski confrontation when the Flyers' captain tried to score into the empty net. Scott Mellanby, according to Flyers' head coach Terry Murray, punched Lindros while Bill Lindsay came in and jumped him. Philly outshot Florida 34-25 and Ron Hextall made 24 saves. The game began with the Panthers' faithful chanting "Lindros Sucks" throughtout the National Anthem and then tossing plastic rats at him while he stood on the ice. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lw6y...eature=related
May 9, 1996 -- In Game Four, Dave Lowry's controversial goal 4:06 in OT gave Florida a 4-3 victory. Lowry's goal came as the net was lifted off its moorings by Scott Mellanby but a video replay called by referee Rob Schick was done to see if the puck was kicked into the goal, which it wasn't. Rob Niedermayer scored twice in the first period, including on the game's first shot, to give Florida a 2-0 lead at 8:23, the second of which came with two Flyers' defensemen in the box and on a 5-on-3. Mikael Renberg (2-0-2) and Rod Brind'Amour (1-1-2) scored second period goals within 78 seconds to tie the game but a crucial error cost the Flyers as defenseman Kerry Huffman, subbing for the injured Kevin Haller, made a terrible gaffe and Stu Barnes capitalized with 5.5 seconds to go in the middle period when he batted a Paul Laus shot. The Flyers dominated the second period 24-11 in shots and held a 46-32 advantage for the game. With the Miami Arena crowd sensing victory, Renberg temporarily silenced them when he jammed in his own rebound with 1:07 left in regulation. JVB made 43 saves for the Panthers. An odd moment: after the first period was over the Flyers complained that there was a clock malfuntion at the end of the first period, which was verified; the teams played the lost time of 3.6 seconds to start the second period. Rob DiMaio returned to the Flyers' lineup after missing the prior 17 games with a knee injury. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0jpvQhYxKo
May 12, 1996 -- In Game Five, Mike Hough scored 8:05 into the second OT to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory on Mother's Day in Philadelphia. Ron Hextall, highly praised afterwards by Terry Murray, made 40 saves and was one of the few bright spots in a dismal effort. At the 2:27 mark, the Flyers were given a five-minute PP for a Paul Laus elbow but managed just one shot on goal. Eric Lindros scored a PPG with one second left on a 5-on-3 in the second period but Stu Barnes tied the score early with a deflection off Dale Hawerchuk's skate 2:39 into the third period. The Panthers outshot the Flyers 17-5 in the two overtimes. It turned out to be the last Flyers' game played at the Spectrum (until two preseason games in 2008). No penalties were called after the 12:54 mark, meaning 55:11 was played without a call. The game drew the highest NHL rating ever for South Florida, an 8.2, beating the 4.9 and previous high for Game One of the series. Lindros said "We're coming back here. We're going to win." Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGYHEpIXMc0
May 14, 1996 -- In Game Six, Florida clinched the series with a 4-1 victory played in Miami Arena backed by JVB's 34 saves. Bill Lindsay scored a SHG in the first period and that 1-0 lead held until Rob Niedermayer scored a PPG early in the third. Florida took a 3-0 lead before John LeClair scored a late goal to cut the gap to 3-1. Kevin Haller returned to the Flyers' lineup for his first action all series (broken thumb). Florida's Scott Mellanby said "I kind of feel a little numb right now. I really didn't see this series going this way." Terry Murray said "JVB was the best player of the series. He was tremendous." Mikael Renberg said "We had control of the series and we let it slip away. You have to give Florida credit for the way they played. They played really good. They are a good team. Maybe we were trying to do too much as individual players." A Miami Herald writer named Greg Cote said Murray was "annoyingly stubborn, that or a dunce of enormous gall... a poor delusional fellow..." for thinking the Flyers were the better team.
October 5, 1996 -- In the first regular season game played in the Flyers' new CoreStates Center, the Panthers won 3-1. Florida's Brad Smyth scored the first regular season goal in the building, his only goal of the season. Dainius Zubrus, at 18 years and 3 months, was the youngest Flyer to score a goal 13 seconds later to even the game 1-1. Scott Mellanby scored the eventual GWG. JVB made 31 saves for Florida.
October 27, 1996 -- Scott Mellanby snapped a scoreless tie 29 seconds into the second period and Florida led the rest of the game en route to a 3-2 win in Philadelphia. JVB made 21 saves for the victory. Ron Hextall made 25 saves and Daniel Lacroix had two points in the defeat.
November 2, 1996 -- Joel Otto scored the GWG with 1:02 left in the third period in Philly's 3-2 road win. The Flyers had 44 shots including 22 in the third when they scored twice. There were three fights in the game including two by Paul Laus (Shjon Podein and Dan Kordic) in the first period.
December 10, 1996 -- The Flyers held off a Florida rally for a 5-4 home win shown on ESPN2. Philly led 4-1 after two periods. Joel Otto, Eric Lindros and John LeClair each had a goal and an assist. The Panthers went 3-for-6 on the PP including their final goal on a 6-on-4 with JVB pulled. In the third period, there were two fights within 26 seconds: Scott Daniels vs. Rhett Warriner ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Bb2SYq8CI ) and Daniel Lacroix vs. Ed Jovanovski ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZU56hspxpU ). At the 10:04 mark of the final period, all ten skaters were penalized including eight for roughing minors and two with misconducts. Eric Desjardins received a minor 1:10 later, leading to a congested penalty box. It was a tough game for John Druce who suffered a strained right shoulder and 12 stitches over his right eye after being checked into the boards; he missed the following five games.
February 22, 1997 -- Eric Lindros (2-1-3) had three points and scored with 57.6 seconds left in OT to lift Philadelphia to a 4-3 win in Miami. Lindros won a key faceoff then passed back to Eric Desjardins whose shot was deflected by Lindros. The Flyers won an incredible 53 of 75 faceoffs. Philly also held a 40-34 shot advantage, 5-1 in overtime, including 15 combined from Lindros and Rod Brind'Amour who gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead when he stole Bill Lindsay's drop pass and scored a SHG breakaway. Garth Snow made 31 saves in the win, JVB made 36 saves in the loss. At the 15:04 mark, Michel Petit was eventually suspended two games for a knee-on-knee hit to Johan Garpenlov. Paul Laus attempted to fight Petit but was issued a minor-misconduct while Petit was given a major-misconduct. After the penalty was served, the Panthers' Scott Mellanby got to Petit and he also was issued a misconduct. Said Garpenlov "I don't think he tried to hurt me but he did."
October 1, 1997 -- Ron Hextall made 23 saves and the Flyers' PP scored twice in a 3-1 win in Philly. While the Flyers went 2-for-5 on the PP, the Panthers went 0-for-6. Chris Gratton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead and after the game was tied 1-1 in the second period, the Flyers got PPGs from Dainius Zubrus and Pat Falloon. Eric Lindros' highstick to the head of Rob Niedermeyer resulted in a concussion and 10-game absence from the lineup which drew the ire of Panthers' coach Bryan Murray. Scott Niedermeyer, then of the New Jersey Devils, was asked of the play and he said "I only saw the play once on a highlight. I didn't think it was all that bad. He had his hands and stick up. Maybe when a guy is that big, you don't need to do that. But I don't think it was that dirty a hit. I think maybe it was just unfortunate how he got hit." Florida's Gord Murphy suffered a 15-stitch cut after an accidental high stick by John LeClair. JVB made 26 saves for the Panthers including one on a feeble penalty shot attempt by Trent Klatt; afterwards, teammate Dan Lacroix had a chalkboard drawing of Klatt's shot by showing the puck exploding after the pad save to which Klatt laughed and said "If you can't laugh at yourself, you can't make fun of others."
November 14, 1997 -- John LeClair's (2-1-3) second goal snapped a 2-2 third period tie in a 5-2 win at Florida. The Flyers scored two PPGs in the second period and then scored three times in about four minutes midway in the third after Florida's Dave Gagner scored his 300th career goal to make it 2-2. Eric Lindros had three assists and Garth Snow made 22 saves. Prior to the game, the Panthers acquired Viktor Kozlov from San Jose (for Dave Lowry) and after an eight hour fight he committed a costly turnover which led to the Flyers' fourth goal. Afterwards, with much hype surrounding the events of October 1, 1997, Florida's Scott Mellanby said of Lindros "To be honest, the hit on Robbie (Niedermeyer) may be a penalty but it is not dirty. He's big, what is he supposed to do, play soft?" Fifty seconds into the game, Niedermeyer shadowed Lindros, checked him to the ice and then poked him with a stick; he was penalized. Afterwards, Niedermeyer said "I just wanted to send a message, and I did that, but I think ultimately he (Lindros) made us look foolish. He was the one who set up the two goals." Florida head coach Doug MacLean said "He wanted to get it out of his system...I'm proud of him."
December 20, 1997 -- Garth Snow recorded his third career shutout by making 14 stops and Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Lindros netted PPGs in the Flyers' 2-0 home win. Brind'Amour (1-1-2), Lindros (1-1-2) and Paul Coffey (0-2-2) were the only players to register points in the game. Lindros fought Rob Niedermeyer as the game ended: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ-d6pgfkK0
April 4, 1998 -- JVB made 37 stops for Florida in a 4-1 win in Philly. The Flyers scored 2:08 into the game but were held off the scoreboard the remainder of the game. Steve Washburn and Kirk Muller scored within 20 seconds in the first period and the Panthers led 2-1 before six minutes were played. Daniel Lacroix and Peter Worrell fought. The Flyers had a 15-5 shots advantage in the third period but the Panthers scored the only goal. Philly went 0-for-7 on the PP.
April 9, 1998 -- Bill Lindsay scored late in the second period to snap a 2-2 tie in the Panthers' 3-2 home win. In the final nine seconds of the second period, there were three separate stoppages in play for fighting majors including a healthy scrap between Chris Gratton and Dallas Eakins. There were 142 PIMs whistled in the period (160 PIMs in the game). In another fight, Florida's Scott Mellanby battled Chris Joseph because he thought the Flyer cut Dino Ciccarelli. Dan Kordic battled Paul Laus in another fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJYd9mbCO7E ). The final .7 seconds had to be played at the start of the third period because of the clashes. Kirk McLean made 23 saves. A sellout crowd of 14,703 saw (Flyers' coach) Roger Nielsen's first visit to Miami Arena since his departure from the Panthers (53-56-23 mark).
April 16, 1998 -- In the last NHL game played at Miami Arena, John LeClair (1-3-4), Eric Lindros (2-1-3), Trent Klatt (1-2-3) and Sean Burke (33 saves) led Philadelphia to a 7-3 win. The Flyers went 3-for-8 on the PP and took a 3-1 lead on three PPGs, including two by Lindros who played in his second game since being sidelined March 7 with a concussion; the Panthers were 0-for-8 on the PP. LeClair's 51st goal of the season gave Philly a 5-3 lead in the third period and he had three points in the final eight minutes. The Flyers scored twice in the last minute including Rod Brind'Amour's tally with four seconds to play -- the last NHL goal in Miami Arena. Kirk McLean (14/18) was replaced after the second period by JVB. Two Flyers' defensemen were ejected: Dan McGillis (elbowing) in the first period and Petr Svoboda (misconduct) in the third period.
November 12, 1998 -- Kirk McLean made 39 saves and Mark Parrish scored two first period goals in Florida's 2-1 win in Philly. With 1:17 to play, Peter Worrell and Chris Gratton got fighting majors while Gratton also received an instigator minor and a misconduct. The Flyers had a 40-15 shots advantage and Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Dan McGillis combined for (17) more shots than the entire Panthers' roster. JVB played for the Flyers against his former team.
November 22, 1998 -- Keith Jones (1-1-2) scored 26 seconds into OT and the Flyers recorded a 2-1 victory in the Panthers' new arena, the National Car Rental Center, in Sunrise, Florida. Eric Lindros also had 2 points including a perfect setup, after stealing the puck from Robert Svehla, to Jones for the GWG. The Flyers' JVB made 25 saves, including several key stops in the third period, and earned top star honors in his return to Florida. Beezer was beaten only by a Ed Jovanovski breakaway with 19 seconds left in the opening period, seven seconds after he exited the penalty box. John LeClair gave the Flyers a 1-0 advantage. The Panthers outshot Philly 26-16 including the low total of 13-9 after the opening period.
January 26, 1999 -- Newly acquired Pavel Bure (six goals in three games) scored a hat trick for Florida in a 3-3 OT tie in Philadelphia. The Flyers outshot the Panthers 11-1 and led 2-0 about seven minutes into the game. Bure's second goal tied the score in the third period. Eric Desjardins gave Philly a 3-2 lead. Philly held a 30-19 shots advantage, including 5-0 in OT. Goalie JVB suffered an injury after Rob Niedermayer and Eric Desjardins collided in his crease, landing Beezer awkwardly into the goal post. JVB was replaced with 23 seconds remaining in regulation by Ron Hextall and missed the next game. "My right leg got into somewhat of a spasm, and it wouldn't release," Vanbiesbrouck said. "My rear end hit the post." Alexander Daigle was benched after nixing a trade that would have sent him to Edmonton for Andrei Kovalenko. GM Bob Clarke said Daigle is "not part of the team anymore. He made that decision."
February 24, 1999 -- Florida prevailed 5-3 at home. After a scoreless first, Philly took a 2-0 lead in the second but the Panthers went up 3-2 and took that lead into the third. After Eric Desjardins' PPG, Mark Parrish's PPG gave Florida a 4-3 lead.
October 24, 1999 -- JVB recorded his third consecutive shutout as he stopped 22 shots in Philly's 2-0 home win. The three shutouts came in five nights. Jody Hull scored in the first period, the game's only goal until Eric Lindros scored into an empty net. Sean Burke made 31 saves in the defeat. Adam Burt-Paul Laus fought.
November 24, 1999 -- Eric Lindros scored twice, JVB made 21 saves and the Flyers crushed the Panthers 6-1 in Florida. Lindros scored the 20th time in his career against the Panthers which was more than any Florida opponent. Lindros' first goal of the game came 37 seconds after Valeri Zelepukin made it 1-0; less than three minutes later, Mikael Renberg made it 3-0. Trevor Kidd was replaced less than 13 minutes into the game after giving up the three goals on 11 shots. Philly held a 38-22 shots edge and led 3-0 after one and 5-0 after two. Luke Richardson vs. Paul Laus in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrDW1KQyeZc
January 17, 2000 -- Mike Vernon made 30 saves and Robert Svehla scored twice in the third period (including an ENG) in Florida's 3-1 home win. The game was tied 1-1 entering the final period. The Panthers, winners of five straight, improved to 16-3-2 at home that season.
January 27, 2000 -- Keith Primeau made his debut, in one of the few games that he teamed with Eric Lindros, and Philly skated to a 4-2 win at home. Lindros, who missed the prior four games (Flyers had zero wins), returned to the lineup after his third concussion in 22 months. Philly led 3-1 after one period on goals by Simon Gagne, Lindros and Mark Recchi; the Panthers closed to within 3-2 in the final minute of regulation but Chris Therien added an ENG. There were three fights in the game including Primeau and Todd Simpson, Lindros and Simpson ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3xYem4-rtw ) and Sandy McCarthy vs. Todd Worrell who battled each other at many points in the game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry2p48_hMk8). Adam Burt was penalized for retaliating against a questionable Simpson hit to the head and eventually suffered a concussion resulting in two lost games. Jody Hull of the Flyers suffered a knee injury, costing him the next 10 games, on another play that some Flyers thought should have been penalized, too. Mike Vernon made 37 stops in the loss.
January 13, 2001 --Roman Cechmanek stopped 24 shots to extend his personal unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3) in Philly's 4-1 win at the Panthers.
The Flyers outshot the Panthers 41-25. Twelve Flyers recorded a point and none had more than one. Justin Williams and Mark Recchi scored first period goals and then Paul Ranheim made it 3-0 in the third period with a short-handed breakaway. Todd Fedoruk-Peter Worrell had a fight in the first with each getting in some decent blows. Daymond Langkow and Olli Jokinen fought with about five minutes to play.
January 20, 2001 -- Keith Primeau (2-2-4) had two consecutive goals and points on each of the first three goals in the third period to lift the Flyers to a 5-3 win in Philadelphia. Roman Cechmanek made 27 saves. Philly held a 47-30 shots edge, including 18-8 in the first period. There were three fights in the middle period including Todd Fedoruk and Joey Tetarenko in a feisty battle. The Panthers led 2-1 after two periods but the Flyers scored four in the final period. Pavel Bure's second goal of the game cut the Flyers' lead to 4-3 with about six minutes left but Langkow's PPG with one second remaining finished the scoring. Trevor Kidd made 42 saves.
April 3, 2001 -- Trevor Kidd made 39 stops and Len Barrie scored in the third period to lead Florida to a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 40-19 shots edge, including 32-11 after two periods. Kidd made 19 saves on 20 shots in the second period. Pavel Bure's 59th goal of the season, a short-handed breakaway, came 1:18 after Michael Sykora gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a PPG.
June 23, 2001 -- Jiri Dopita was dealt to Philadelphia for a 2001 second round pick which was eventually sent to Calgary who chose Andrei Medvedev.
October 4, 2001 -- Justin Williams (2-1-3), Jeremy Roenick (1-2-3), in his Flyers' regular season debut, and Eric Weinrich (1-2-3) led Philly to a 5-2 season-opener home win. Roman Cechmanek made 32 saves. The score was 1-1 after two periods. The Flyers scored three straight to open the third and Williams tallied twice in the final period. Kate Smith's "God Bless America" was played during which Lauren Hart joined in the singing and the team's all-time record improved to 64-15-3 when the song was played. Two-thirds of the newly formed Czech Line suffered damaging injuries: Pavel Brendl missed the following seven games with a sprained right ankle and Jiri Dopita, who made his NHL debut, suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee due to a low hit by Dan Boyle and missed the next 15 contests.
October 13, 2001 -- The Flyers had a 53-25 shot advantage in a 5-2 win in Florida. It was the most shots any team had against Florida in a Panthers' home game. The Flyers also set a record for the fastest two goals against the Panthers, 17 seconds, when John LeClair and Ruslan Fedotenko scored. The Flyers led 4-1 and held a 38-18 shots advantage after two periods. Thirty-nine seconds after Pavel Bure scored in the third to make it 4-2, the Panthers' star violently slashed Dan McGillis resulting in a Flyers' PP on which they scored and regained the momentum. Bure was benched after the play. Trevor Kidd made 48 saves in a loss. There were eight fights in the contest. In the early third, Peter Worrell defeated Todd Fedoruk in a fight, then Paul Laus and Rusty Fedotenko battled about four minutes later. At 48:17, Luke Richardson whipped Bill Lindsay, Mark Recchi fought Kevyn Adams and Keith Primeau clashed with Lance Ward. In the third, Fedoruk-Worrell (part 2) in a limited fight while later Eric Weinrich was jumped by Jason Wiemer and Jeremy Roenick-Olli Jokinen fought.
November 10, 2001 -- John LeClair scored with 42.1 seconds left in OT in a 3-2 win at Florida. Simon Gagne (2-0-2), Mark Recchi (0-2-2) and Eric Desjardins (0-2-2) all had two-point efforts. The Flyers doubled Florida on the shot board 36-18, including 15-4 in the third period and OT (4-0) combined. Roberto Luongo made 33 saves in the loss. Luke Richardson missed the next ten games due to a fractured right foot suffered in this game.
April 8, 2002 -- Pierre Dagenais scored his second goal of the game with 16.6 seconds left in the third to lift Florida into a 4-4 tie in Philly. Simon Gagne gave Philly a 4-3 lead with 4:27 remaining. Mark Recchi had three points as did the Panthers' Kristian Huselius. Keith Primeau pummeled Igor Ulanov in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2ed5XEGYeY
November 13, 2002 -- Each team scored in the second period of a 1-1 tie. Pavel Brendl gave Philly a 1-0 lead. Jani Hurme stopped 29 shots while Robert Esche made 28 saves. The crowd of 18,834 at the First Union Center was the Flyers' smallest home crowd since 1996. Jeremy Roenick won 12 of 14 faceoffs.
December 10, 2002 -- Robert Esche made 24 saves and Simon Gagne scored consecutive unassisted goals on his only two shots of the game in Philly's 5-2 win in Florida's renamed Office Depot Center where attendance was limited to 12,622. The five-goal total ended the Flyers' team-record streak of 16 games without scoring more than three goals. Olli Jokinen, who made two costly turovers in the game, scored the Panthers' 1,000th regular season goal at home. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.
February 22, 2003 -- Roberto Luongo was brilliant with 43 saves in the Panthers' 4-2 win in Philly. The Flyers had 17 shots in the first period and 16 more in the second but the score was 1-1 after 40 minutes. Afterwards, Ken Hitchcock said "To me, we gave them all the enthusiasm they needed after two periods by not being able to bury it.''
April 6, 2003 -- In the season finale, Radovan Somik (2-1-3), Keith Primeau (1-2-3) and Todd Fedoruk (0-3-3) led Philadelphia to a 6-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Florida. Robert Esche made 25 saves. In the first period, Philly led 3-0 and dominated the shots 18-3. Justin Williams returned to the Flyers' lineup after missing the prior 36 games due to a knee injury. Jani Hurme made 33 saves in the loss and afterwards teammate Peter Worrell said "We left this guy (Hurme) out to dry the first two periods. It's too bad we didn't show up. We got our butts kicked.''
October 29, 2003 -- For the first time in the last eight meetings, a home team won as the Flyers prevailed 5-1 in Philadelphia. Five Flyers had multiple-point efforts and five different players scored including Michal Handzus and Joni Pitkanen who each had a goal and an assist. Philly went 3-for-9 on the PP and killed all six Florida PPs. Mark Recchi played in his 1,100th game and John LeClair played in his 800th. Robert Esche made 21 saves. Steve Shields replaced Roberto Luongo in the Panthers' net 9:08 into the game with the Flyers owning a 2-0 lead. With 34 seconds remaining, a minor line brawl ensued which included minors to both goalies for leaving the crease.
January 2, 2004 -- Mike Comrie scored twice in the second period, both goals assisted by Justin Williams and Simon Gagne, and Philadelphia recorded a 2-1 win at Florida. Gagne had 17 points in as many games in his career against the Panthers. Jeff Hackett made 29 saves. It was the Flyers' seventh consecutive road victory against the Panthers. A Jay Bouwmeester slapshot hit Keith Primeau resulting in a broken thumb for the Flyers' captain.
January 8, 2004 -- Valeri Bure scored 2:56 into OT in Florida's 4-3 road win. Roberto Luongo was sensational with 46 saves. Philly outshot the Panthers 49-19 in the game including 33-11 after the first period; however, Florida scored three of the game's four goals. Nathan Horton (2-1-3) scored the Panthers first and second goals and he became the youngest player (18 years, 224 days old) in NHL history to score a goal on a penalty shot which made the score 2-2.
January 28, 2004 -- Joni Pitkanen scored twice but Roberto Luongo made 44 saves in a 3-3 tie at Florida. The Flyers scored twice in 30 seconds midway in the third period to take a 3-2 lead but less than a minute after falling behind the Panthers evened the score 3-3. Michal Handzus had two assists and won 16 of 22 faceoffs. Mark Recchi, who also had two assists, said afterwards "He (Luongo) was the No. 1, 2 and 3 stars out there." Philadelphia outshot Florida 47-25. Road teams were now 7-1-3 in the last 11 played in this series.
July 30, 2005 -- A draft day swap of first round picks resulted in the Flyers drafting Steve Downie in the 1st round (29th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
October 27, 2005 -- Joni Pitkanen scored 1:13 into OT to lift Philly in a 5-4 home win. The Flyers trailed 4-2 in the third period but goals by Simon Gagne (2-1-3) and Peter Forsberg (1-2-3) sent the game to OT. It was Forsberg's first goal with the Flyers, earlier he was stopped on a penalty shot. Jeff Carter's first NHL regular season goal tied the game in the second period at 1-1. Eric Desjardins assisted on the tying and winning goals. Philly outshot Florida 40-34. The Panthers were successful on 3 of 8 PPs. Keith Primeau had two assists; the next night was his last NHL game.
November 12, 2005 -- Mike Knuble thrilled the home crowd by scoring a SHG with four seconds left in the third period and the Flyers prevailed 5-4. Knuble had just arrived on the ice after a shift change and blasted a slapper past a stunned Jamie McLennan to lead the Flyers to their sixth straight win. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaALPyrZoJk Robert Esche made 26 saves and assisted on the GWG. Knuble had two goals in the game. Simon Gagne scored in the game's opening minute and the Flyers led 2-0 2:58 into the game. The Panthers rallied to tie from three different deficits. Kim Johnsson played over 27 minutes. Out of the lockout, the Flyers improved to 11-3-1.
December 26, 2005 -- Michael Handzus scored the only goal in the four-round shootout and Ben Eager scored twice in regulation in the Flyers 3-2 win at the Panthers' renamed BankAtlantic Center. Eager's goals were the first two of his NHL career. Roberto Luongo (42 saves) and Antero Niittymaki (34 saves) also played particularly well.
March 15, 2006 -- Robert Esche made 27 saves and had an assist in a 4-0 shutout victory played in Florida. Simon Gagne gave the Flyers a 1-0 first period lead then Petr Nedved and R.J. Umberger (1-1-2) added second period goals. Joni Pitkanen was chosen first star of the game with two assists. Philadelphia completed a four-game season sweep of the Panthers though this game didn't have the dramatic finishes as the previous three. Roberto Luongo was replaced by Jamie McLennan for the third period. Donald Brashear and Jamie Allison received fighting majors 15 seconds after Jeff Carter made it 4-0 late in the third period -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_qYhNvxL_Q
October 20, 2006 -- Ed Belfour made 25 saves and Mike van Ryn assisted on the last two goals, including Olli Jokinen's GWG late in the second period, and the Panthers won 3-2 at home. Simon Gagne scored both Flyers' goals. Philadelphia began the season 1-6-1 and two days later GM Bob Clarke resigned while head coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. The Flyers were 9-0-1 in their prior 10 games at Florida.
November 23, 2006 -- Jon Sim was sent to the Panthers for a 2007 6th round pick used to select Patrick Maroon.
December 27, 2006 -- The Flyers dropped their tenth consecutive game, a 3-1 defeat at Florida. Rostislav Olesz gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead thirty seconds into the game and assisted on Josef Stumpel's goal which made it 2-0 in the second period. Mike van Ryn was a +3 and scored in the third period to make it 3-1. Antero Niittymaki left the game after the second period due to a hip injury; he was replaced by Robert Esche who returned to the lineup after missing 11 games because of a groin injury. Ed Belfour made 23 saves and won for the 465th time. The Panthers held a 33-24 shots advantage.
March 8, 2007 -- Chris Gratton (1-1-2) was credited with the GWG when Martin Biron's (35 saves) attempted clear deflected off teammate Randy Jones and the Panthers won 2-1 in Philadelphia. -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS48_4wY84s . Ed Belfour made 26 saves for his 478th victory. Scott Upshall and Lasse Kukkonen both hits posts in the second period.
March 20, 2007 -- Ed Belfour made 24 saves for his 481st victory and Florida recorded a 4-1 win in Philly. Belfour went 4-0-0 against the Flyers. Entering the season, his lifetime mark against Philadelphia was 7-10-8. Mike Richards suffered a separated left shoulder and missed the next seven games (returned for the final two). The Panthers killed all six Flyers' PPs. Florida led 2-1, each goal scored in the second period, then added two late third period goals. Martin Biron made 30 saves in the loss.
October 24, 2007 -- Olli Jokinen and Greg Campbell each scored twice in Florida's 4-3 home win. Jokinen's goals, which helped establish him as the Panthers' all-time leader in goals (158) and points (355), gave Florida leads of 1-0 and 2-0 while Campbell's goals gave his squad leads of 3-2 and 4-2. The Panthers' outshot the Flyers 42-23. Martin Biron made 38 saves. Simon Gagne played just 2:48 because he was hit by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and was later diagnosed as suffering a concussion which kept him out of the next four games and limited his play for the remainder of the season. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTIetGJHHJ8
December 30, 2007 -- Derian Hatcher scored the game's lone goal and Antero Niittymaki had a brilliant 38-save shutout in the Flyers' 1-0 win in Florida. Niittymaki's shutout was the third of his career and among his saves was a stop on a penalty shot by Radek Dvorak. Florida outshot Philly 38-20. The victory snapped Philly's five-game skid in this series. The ice condition in the game was poor and Danny Briere said afterwards "It's not an excuse to win or to lose because both teams have to play on the same ice. But for the fans, they should be allowed to watch a better show than what was put on the ice tonight, and I feel bad for them and I apologize."
February 23, 2008 -- Olli Jokinen scored on the PP with 1:17 left in OT and sent the Flyers to a shocking defeat 2-1 in Philadelphia. Jay Bouwmeester's slapper tied the game with 3.7 seconds left in regulation; Steve Montador made a key play as he managed to keep an attempted clear in the zone and passed to Bouwmeester. Philly lost for the 10th straight time (0-8-2); however, after this game, the Flyers picked up 28 out of a possible 40 points the remainder of the schedule and advanced to the post-season. Danny Briere scored on the PP with 3:40 left in the second to make it 1-0. Jeff Carter played over 26 minutes but goalie Craig Anderson, who made 40 saves, stopped his breakaway attempt with about 3:30 left in the third period. Philly outshot Florida 41-25. Mike Richards suffered a torn left hamstring in the game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl6c2ggUsD4
January 16, 2009 -- Simon Gagne, who gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with a PPG, scored the lone shootout goal in the 3-2 win at Florida. Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves and stopped all three Panthers' shootout attempts. Florida erased a two-goal deficit with a pair of PPGs in the last 5:13 of the second period. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgNCyvo7U1g
January 27, 2009 -- Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves and Michael Frolik (1-2-3) led the offense as the Panthers recorded a 3-2 home win. Florida improved to 7-2-1 in the last 10 games against the Flyers. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSQuTQRP8sw
March 26, 2009 -- Craig Anderson made 40 saves and Brett McLean's early third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie in Florida's 4-2 win in Philly. Radek Dvorak, who scored an ENG, gave Florida a 2-1 lead 23 seconds after Jeff Carter made it 1-1 in the latter half of the second period. The Flyers outshot the Panthers 42-28. A promotion involved Scott Hartnell's hair. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTIetGJHHJ8
April 7, 2009 -- Martin Biron made 29 saves and the Flyers clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. Jeff Carter scored an unassisted third period goal and became the 20th player in Flyers' history to reach 45 goals. Joffrey Lupul evened the game 1-1 with 4:15 left in the second period. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6lNtIhveYk
October 16, 2009 -- Radek Dvorak's SHG 7:02 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie in Florida's 4-2 home win. Scott Clemmensen stopped 25 shots in his Panthers' debut. Stephen Weiss (1-1-2) had two points. Florida added an ENG with 1:20 to play.
October 24, 2009 -- Danny Briere (2-1-3) led the Flyers to a 5-1 home win. Jeff Carter, who had two assists, had 11 shots. Arron Asham gave Philly a 2-1 lead when he scored in the third straight game, a first in his 11-year career. Simon Gagne and Briere scored PPGs to make it 4-1. JVR (1-1-2) finished the scoring with his first NHL goal. The Flyers held a 38-18 shots advantage including 15-2 in the second period and 28-7 over the last 40 minutes. Late in the second period, Mike Richards was issued a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for intent to injure David Booth who left the game on a stretcher after several minutes motionless on the ice. Booth scored in the first period to make it 1-1. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POfWf...rom=PL&index=6