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In a dominate performance down in South Philadelphia, John LeClair and the Philadelphia Flyers dismantled the Vancouver Canucks, 6-2. It was quite a game for LeClair, who netted four goals including three in the final frame. Continue reading
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In the 1978-79 season, the Flyers were left scrambling after the tragic eye injury to Bernie Parent. Robbie Moore made his Flyers' debut in a call-up from the Maine Mariners (AHL) on March 6, 1979, recording a shutout, stopping all 22 shots in a 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. Continue reading
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By Mike Watson, Sports Talk Philly staff writer As the Flyers organization and the thousands of faithful fans celebrate the 50th anniversary season of this great franchise, let’s look back on some of the notable and memorable moments along the way. First, it all started with the vision of the... Continue reading
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One game, 40 minutes. That was the entire regular season career in the NHL for Swedish goalie Johan Backlund as a Flyer, tagged with the loss in a 4-1 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Continue reading
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The Lindros-Clarke relationship in Philadelphia over No. 88's career was an icy one, to put it mildly. In this episode, Lindros was still out of the lineup from a concussion from a March 4 game at Boston. When pressed by reporters and one local beat writer in general, Clarke snapped back and dispelled the claims regarding Lindros' health and treatment since the Boston game. Continue reading
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The Flyers would take on the Vancouver Canucks in British Columbia on this night, a game which saw the teams combine for 10 goals, a bushel of fights and a bench-clearing brawl late in the third period. Nothing like Old Time Hockey, eh? Continue reading
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February 14, 2004: Flyers hammer Rangers in Valentine's Day matinee This Saturday afternoon game featured the Flyers hosting Mark Messier and the New York Rangers on a national telecast on ABC. Like many games prior in this rivalry, Valentine's Day or not, there was no love between these two teams. The Flyers took the first game of a "home and home" series two days prior up in New York, winning 2-1. The game was costly for the Flyers as star Jeremy Roenick had his left jaw broken in multiple places from a shot from Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov. A rising... Continue reading
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February 5, 1980: 7 Flyers represent team at NHL All-Star Game The 1979-80 NHL All Star game was held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Representing the Campbell Conference, were seven Philadelphia Flyers. Goalie Pete Peeters, defenseman Jimmy Watson and Norm Barnes along with forwards Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, Brian Propp and Reggie Leach. Although the Campbell Conference lost the game 6-3 to the Wales Conference, Leach was voted the game's MVP. He recorded a goal and an assist in the game. This All-Star game also marked the first of 18 for a young superstar by the name of Wayne... Continue reading
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January 31, 1974: A memorable tilt with Buffalo The Flyers were on home ice at the Spectrum to take on the Buffalo Sabres, led by "The French Connection." The nicknamed line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert, all French-Canadian, were the offensive leaders of the Sabres. The Flyers would prevail in this game, 4-3, but not without a dogged fight from the Sabres and a few notable things occurred in this tilt. The first period was everything you would want in a "Broad Street Bullies" matchup, a Flyers lead and three fights. Ross Lonsberry scored the only goal... Continue reading
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January 11, 1999 It was a night in which the Flyers showed the NHL they would continue to be at top of their game. Eric Lindros led the Flyers with a four-point evening as they handed the Nashville Predators an 8-0 bludgeoning. Flyers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck picked up the win, facing just 24 shots as the Flyers dominated the Predators, scoring four times on the power play. It was the Flyers third consecutive shutout, outscoring their opponents, 15-0, in the three games. In the first period, the lack of discipline did the Predators in as the Flyers slammed home three... Continue reading
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December 21, 1986 At the Spectrum, the Flyers defeated the St. Louis Blues, 7-6, in a game that saw the Flyers allow five goals in the second, only to come roaring back to win it in the third. Led by Tim Kerr’s hat trick and the game-winner by captain Dave Poulin, the Flyers overcame a 5-3 deficit heading into the third period to snatch victory from the hands of defeat. The first period saw just one goal, the ninth of the season by Derrick Smith at 11:44, however in the second period, the game would open up and seven goals... Continue reading
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December 11, 1999 It was a heavyweight tilt between two teams that were put together to make a run at the Stanley Cup later in the spring. These rosters had loads of talent, both young and old and the enforcers that protected that talent. Among those dressed in Blue and White was an old nemesis of the Flyers, the gasoline to any flame, Tie Domi. All of it was on display as 10 goals were scored and an old fashioned “donnybrook” broke out between the Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two star veteran goalies started the evening – John... Continue reading
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November 15, 1992 It was a night where the “Crazy Eights” were simply overpowering. The Flyers blitzed the visiting Ottawa Senators 7-2 as rising star Eric Lindros picked up his first career hat trick as a Flyer. Lindros started off the scoring just 41 seconds in, slamming home a rebound, assisted by Mark Recchi and defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich. Just over 10 minutes later, left winger Mark Pederson scored his third of the year, making it 2-0. With Flyer defenseman Garry Galley in the box for tripping, Ottawa’s Neil Brady cut the lead in half with a power-play goal and the... Continue reading
Thanks Matt.... I'm glad you had the chance to read this, since you are one of his biggest fans. I remember that day up at Acme also.... Total disbelief... He had his whole life ahead of him... What could have been....so sad...
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November 10, 1985 As we mark the 30-year anniversary of the death of Flyers All-Star goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, many a column has been written to the memory of this budding NHL superstar and the events leading to his tragic passing at just 26 years of age. With his many contributions to the Flyers, Lindbergh’s NHL career included a Vezina Trophy and two All-Star appearances in just 180 regular season and playoff games. It also included his place in hockey history before ever becoming a Flyer. On February 12, 1980, a 20-year-old Lindbergh and Team Sweden was just 27 seconds away... Continue reading
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October 16, 2007 The Flyers blanked the visiting Atlanta Thrashers, 4-0, in which goaltender Martin Biron recorded his first shutout as a Flyer. Three first-period goals set the tone for the game as the Flyers jumped out to an early lead at 1:21 on a goal by Mike Richards. At 12:56, Jeff Carter got into the act followed by a Sami Kapanen tally just 34 seconds later. Although there were no goals in the second, the Flyers kept the pressure on Atlanta and their netminder Johan Hedberg, out-shooting them 14-10 in the middle period. In the third, defenseman Randy Jones... Continue reading
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June 7, 1995 Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals for the Flyers against the New Jersey Devils could be summed up in three words: a must win. After dropping the first two games to Martin Brodeur and Co. on home ice, the Flyers traveled north and had to make a series out of it to avoid a 3-0 deficit. And it was the captain, Eric Lindros, who would step up. Just 1:32 into the game, arch nemesis Claude Lemieux would get the Devils on the board. As a Flyers fan, you had that "oh no" feeling as the Devils... Continue reading
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June 7, 1997 In Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, the Flyers were up against the machine that was the Detroit Red Wings. Having been outscored, 14-5, in the first three games, the Flyers were staring at a three games to none deficit. The Flyers were prepared to play better defense and not get embarrassed in the Motor City. The Red Wings, with arguably one of the best teams of the decade, featured a half-dozen Hall-of-Famers including Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Viacheslav Fetisov. It was Lidstrom who scored on the Flyers Ron Hextall with under a minute... Continue reading
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May 28, 1987 It’s Game 6 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers at the Spectrum. The Flyers were down three games to two and needed a win on home ice to force a Game 7 back in Edmonton. To get there, the Flyers would need contributions from everyone to beat the high-flying Oilers and not see them parade the Cup around on their home ice. One would expect a star of the team to step forward and be the hero - Rick Tocchet, Brian Propp or even smooth-skating defenseman Mark Howe. On this... Continue reading
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May 20, 1974 It was the day after the Philadelphia Flyers won their first ever Stanley Cup. In defeating the Boston Bruins, 1-0, in Game 6 of the Finals, the Flyers became the first team of the 1967 NHL expansion to win the Stanley Cup. The city of Philadelphia was ecstatic and so very proud of this hard nosed group of Canadian men that they adopted as their own. Some of the nicknames are simply legendary in Flyers History. The Hound, the Hammer, Moose, Clarkie, Big Bird, Cowboy Bill and the Rifle. They all wore the Orange and Black proudly... Continue reading
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May 12, 1977 We celebrate the life of a Flyers legend, Barry Ashbee, who passed this week in 1977. Ashbee was a solid, rugged defenseman for the Flyers who left the world far too soon, however he left a legacy to all Flyers and their fans with his will to compete, unwavering courage and undeniable spirit. Born in 1939, Ashbee played seven seasons for the AHL's Hershey Bears starting in 1962 and had a brief stint with the Boston Bruins - 14 games - in the 1966 season before joining the Flyers. In his first season in Philadelphia as a... Continue reading
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May 5, 1974 When a playoff series goes the full seven games, it is a win or go home situation. In the case of the Philadelphia Flyers, that one win would mean the berth into the first Stanley Cup Finals in team history against the Boston Bruins. They needed to play their best 60 minutes in front of 17,077 rabid fans at the Spectrum to once and for all dispose of the New York Rangers and achieve that goal. The Flyers fell behind 1-0 halfway through the first period on a Rangers goal by Bill Fairbairn, but the New York... Continue reading
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May 2, 1999 It was Game 6 of the 1998-99 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Flyers down three games to two, they were on home ice trying to force a Game 7 back in Toronto. One of the bigger topics of this series was the officiating. Some of the calls seemed to be inconsistent, to say the least. Unfortunately, for Flyers fans, it was a call late in Game 6 that would prove to be crucial in the outcome of the game - and the series. Both Curtis Joseph of the Leafs... Continue reading
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April 25, 1989 In one of the highest scoring games in Flyers playoff history, the Tuesday night tilt between the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins was big on offense and short on defense. A certain Hall-of-Famer wearing number 66 would have a lot to do with that too. Mario Lemieux’s four-goal first period, along with 3 more assists, took out the Flyers, 10-7, in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Finals. Even before the first cup of beer got warm, Super Mario had three goals past goaltender Ron Hextall, one of those on the power play. The Penguins Bob Errey... Continue reading
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April 11 & 13, 1978 In the 1977-78 NHL Season, the league adopted a new playoff format which included a first round best-of-three series. For the Flyers, who finished with a record of 45-20-15, their "preliminary round" opponent would be the lowly Colorado Rockies. The Rockies were just in their second year in Denver, having moved from Kansas City following two dismal seasons. In a weak Smythe division, the Rockies finished second, despite only having 19 wins and 59 total points. They had a promising 20-year-old defenseman in Barry Beck, who scored 22 goals from the back line along with... Continue reading