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.
March 4, 1973 Flyers 10, Maple Leafs 0 — Doug Favell makes 29 saves for the shutout, but the offense was clearly the star of the game. The 10 goals tied a franchise high and the 10-goal margin was the largest in team history to that point. Rick MacLeish tallied four times and added three assists, while Gary Dornhoefer lit the lamp twice.
March 4, 1986 Sabres 6, Flyers 4 — Down 4-0, the Orange and Black rally to tie only to see Buffalo surge to victory. Late in the second period, with the Flyers trailing 4-2, Sabres forward Lindy Ruff high sticks Brian Propp in the face, causing a fairly-serious eye injury which costs him a shot at his first 100-point season. Ruff is given a major and Propp wore a visor from the time of his return until the end of his career.
March 4, 1994 Flyers 3, Capitals 3 — Garry Galley ties the game with 1:07 remaining, capping a comeback from a 3-1 first-period deficit at USAir Arena. Late in that first period, Eric Lindros makes Al Iafrate and Don Beaupre look like bowling pins:
March 5, 1975 Flyers 9, North Stars 2 — Rick MacLeish records his fifth career hat trick, scoring two of his three goals in a first period which saw Philly emerge with a 5-2 advantage at the Met Center. Clarke scored twice and added a pair of helpers.
March 5, 1985 Flyers 5, Islanders 4 (OT) — Propp’s hat trick wasn’t nearly enough as the Islanders fought back from deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 to force overtime at Nassau Coliseum. But Propp fed Dave Poulin for the breakaway winner 2:18 into the extra session, and Mike Keenan’s club halted a three-game losing streak. This win kicked off a 16-1-0 stretch to end the year and send Philly to the top of the NHL standings.
March 5, 1993 Flyers 3, Capitals 0 — Mark Recchi snapped a scoreless tie in the middle portion of the third period, and both Rod Brind’Amour and Eric Lindros added insurance tallies to back a 36-save performance by Tommy Soderstrom at Capital Centre.
March 5, 2004 Flyers 5, Senators 3 — 419. That is all. Enjoy the destruction.
March 6, 1986 Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 4 — Recently-retired Bill Barber is honored with his first “night” at the Spectrum, and his old club repaid him by unleashing a 53-shot barrage on Toronto goaltender Don Edwards. Mark Howe led the way with two goals and four assists and the Sutter twins combine for five points. Poulin was also stoned by Edwards on a penalty shot.
March 6, 1999 – Islanders 3, Flyers 3 — Down 3-0 in the final 3:08 of regulation on home ice, the Orange and Black roar back to earn a point thanks to goals from Dave Babych, Valeri Zelepukin and Eric Lindros — whose tying score came with 51 seconds remaining.
March 7, 1985 Flyers 9, Capitals 6 — In a see-saw game between two of the best defensive teams in the NHL in the opener of a home-and-home series which determined first place in the Patrick Division, the hosts emerge victorious thanks to five unanswered goals in the second and third period which turned a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead. Philly led 2-0 in the game’s first 49 seconds, then let Washington back into the contest. Tim Kerr scored an insurance goal with over 9 minutes remaining and Derrick Smith hit the empty net to seal it. Kerr and Poulin both ended the night with hat tricks.
March 7, 1998 Penguins 6, Flyers 4 — The genesis of Lindros’ concussion issues happened in this game, where Darius Kasparaitis does what he always did. Deflated, the Flyers waste a 4-2 second-period lead and lose their captain until the very end of the regular season to a Grade III concussion.
March 8, 1985 Flyers 4, Capitals 2 — In the back-end of the home-and-home down in Landover, Ilkka Sinisalo and Derrick Smith score in the first 9 minutes and the visitors never trail en route to seizing first place for good. At the end of the first period, tempers flare and the animosity boils over. Gene Hart and Bobby Taylor on the call for Channel 6:
March 8, 1986 Devils 7, Flyers 3 — With his goal late in the first period, Kerr set a new NHL record for power-play markers in one season at 29. He eventually finished with 34, still a single-season league record.
March 8, 1997 Penguins 3, Flyers 2 (OT) — Fredrik Olausson won it for the Black and Yellow just 19 seconds into OT, but Vinny Prospal recorded his first two NHL goals in the second period.
March 8, 1998 Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (OT) — Alexandre Daigle scores a spectacular goal to give the Orange and Black the win on a Sunday night in front of a local audience on CSN and national audience on ESPN. It capped a wild final moments which saw Shjon Podein score the go-ahead goal and then Jaromir Jagr tie the game in the waning seconds of regulation:
But following the game, despite holding second place in the Atlantic Division behind New Jersey, head coach Wayne Cashman was unceremoniously fired, to be replaced by Roger Neilson. Here’s a better quality version of Daigle’s winner with Jim Jackson on the call:
March 10, 1985 Flyers 11, Penguins 4 — A seven-goal second period turns a 3-2 lead after one into a 10-3 laugher after 40 minutes and paces this rout of Mario Lemieux and hapless Pittsburgh. It still stands as the last time Philly has reached double digits in a home game. Sinisalo and Len Hachborn score twice, Murray Craven adds a goal and two assists, Rick Tocchet picks up a career-best four helpers.
March 10, 1994 Flyers 8, Senators 2 — Brind’Amour scores twice in a four-goal opening period, Lindros racks up career-best six points on a goal and five assists and Dominic Roussel makes 26 saves.