The Flyers and Sabres built up quite a history in the late 1990s, thanks to four yearly regular-season meetings and four playoff matchups (1995, 1997-98, 2000).
Tensions often flared up into that thing which Commissioner Bettman hates the most, and the entertainment value between these two skilled clubs escalated.
The genesis of this simmering discord between the teams can be traced to a late-season game at the old Aud in Buffalo in 1996. The Flyers are up by two late in the second period, and Matthew Barnaby decides to interject himself into a scuffle in a rather unusual manner.
When all was said and done, the players were cleared from the ice and the final portion of the second had to be tacked onto the beginning of the third period.
Fueled by all the mayhem, the Sabres turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead early in the third, only to see former unpaid “Breathe-Right” spokesperson Trent Klatt tie the game and Bob Corkum win it in overtime.
Enjoy this version of “Masterbrawl Theater,” from 15 years ago today, brought to you by the unique homer-ish stylings of Jim Jackson early in his TV career.