MasterGame Theater

It’s time for another trip down the Orange-and-Black-flecked memory lane as we all drip with sweat from the heat of August in the city or the salt of the ocean at the Jersey shore…think about it, we’re less than two months from the start of the regular season…

So, to get us all riled up and to recall the deep-seated hatred of our enemies, I thought I’d dip back into the playoff pool for this installment of MasterGame Theater.

It is our honor to present to you Game 3 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals between the Flyers and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


  • Gary Thorne actually has a lucid call of the game. Of course, 95 percent of the names are North American and he managed not to call Philly’s #44 as Jonnie Neemina for once.
  • Eric Lindros gets a hat trick, scoring his third goal with an obviously illegal hook on Mark Messier.
  • How the clip conveniently skips over the second Flyers goal and gets straight to the third period. If anyone remembers what it is, please let us know. I have no recollection who scored it and when.
  • How at the time there were some fans actually scared a bit of the Rangers’ veteran prowess. After Gretzky, Messier, Robitaille, Leetch and Richter, there were such luminaries on the roster as Ken Gernander, Mike Eastwood, Russ Courtnall, Bruce Driver and Dallas Eakins. No friggin’ wonder we won in five games.
  • Rod Brind’Amour’s sure-handed breakaway chance…raise your hand if you called him “Hands of Stone” at some point when he played here (hand raised).
  • Trent Klatt. That is all.