The continuation of a weekly series here at Flyers Faithful, “This Week in Flyers History” aims to provide historical information on Flyers games of the past with some kind of significance, using pictures and videos where appropriate.
February 26, 1997 Flyers 8, Senators 5 — John LeClair scores two goals and Eric Lindros picks up three assists in the first period alone, but it ends 4-4 thanks to questionable defense and goaltending all around. Philly goes down 5-4 early in the second, but Lindros, Rod Brind’Amour, Mikael Renberg and LeClair all hit the net before the end of the night to cap a wild win at Ottawa.
February 27, 1982 Flyers 9, Flames 8 — Fans at the Corral in Calgary were treated to the highest-scoring game in Flyers history until this past October. It was 4-4 after one, 7-7 after two. Brad Marsh capped the madness on a breakaway goal with just over five minutes left in regulation. Brian Propp scored twice, Ken Linseman added a goal and three assists, while Pete Peeters stopped 34-of-42 shots.
February 27, 1988 Flyers 8, Kings 6 — Rick Tocchet notched his second hat trick in three games, a four-goal effort to help Philly get by LA at the Forum. While Scott Mellanby picked up the game-winner with 15 seconds left, Tocchet completed his impressive night with a bank-shot empty-netter in the final second.
February 28, 1990 Flyers 7, Canucks 7 — Another wild one, this time at the Pacific Coliseum. Vancouver led 2-0 early but blew the lead and trailed 5-3 after one. Philly blew that 2-goal lead and trailed 7-6 after two. Tim Kerr rescued the visitors thanks to his goal with 31 seconds left in regulation.
February 28, 1995 Flyers 4, Capitals 2 — Don’t f*** with the Jedi Master, son…
February 28, 1999 Rangers 6, Flyers 5 — Not quite yet a member of the Orange and Black, Petr Nedved recorded the hat trick, getting the game-winner at the 13:32 mark of the final period as the Blueshirts eked out a victory at Madison Square Garden. It overcame goals from Lindros, LeClair, Renberg, Keith Jones and Daymond Langkow and was an unusually high-scoring game for the era.
March 1, 1988 Flyers 7, Canucks 3 — Tocchet finished off a record-setting pace of 13 goals in five games by denting Frank Caprice and Kirk McLean at Pacific Coliseum. His final tally, coming with 1:27 remaining and providing the eventual 4-goal margin, put him over the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career.
March 1, 1997 Flyers 5, Bruins 5 — Trent Klatt, stuck on 17 goals for several weeks, decides to hit the 20-goal mark all in one game during this Saturday matinee at Fleet Center by recording his first career trifecta. His final score, coming short-handed against Bill Ranford with over 8 minutes left, gave the Flyers a 5-3 lead. Bob Beers and Ray Bourque scored in a 56-second span inside the final 2 minutes to salvage the tie.
March 2, 1982 Jets 7, Flyers 6 — For the third time in 1981-82, the Flyers allow an opposing player to score five goals in one contest, and this time it was Willy Lindstrom, who led his nascent Winnipeg club to a narrow victory at the Spectrum. Previously, Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky and Bryan Trottier from the Islanders turned the trick.
March 2, 1993 Flyers 5, Penguins 4 — Garry Galley picked up the winner late in regulation.
But the night belonged to Mario Lemieux, who chose this night at the Spectrum to make his return after a 2-month absence from non-Hodgkins lymphoma treatments. He scored his 40th goal of the season and helped the Pens reverse a 3-1 deficit. The score drew a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 17,380, as did his first appearance on ice before the puck drop.
March 2, 2002 Rangers 6, Flyers 5 — In his first season with New York, Lindros only distinguished himself against his former team during this Sunday afternoon game in Manhattan. He finished off a hat trick before 23 minutes were played. But Simon Gagne added a hat trick of his own as the comeback effort fell short.
March 3, 1974 Flyers 6, Canadiens 0 — Perhaps a signpost on the road ahead, Bernie Parent stops 24 shots and “Cowboy” Bill Flett adds a pair of first-period goals in the home rout of the defending Stanley Cup champions.