Welcome to another weekly edition of This Week in Flyers History, which seeks to fill in the gaps in fans’ collective memories and to give them a hand up when their friends question their hockey knowledge.
March 11, 1976 Flyers 6, Sabres 1 — Bobby Clarke picks up his 100th point of the season — for the third and last time in his career — during this Spectrum rout of Buffalo. He finished the game with two helpers.
March 11, 1979 Flyers 6, Kings 3 — Marcel Dionne nets his 50th goal and the hosts tally three times in the third period for the win. But before the game was decided, the score was settled. Philly led 1-0 after one, and that’s when all Hell broke loose as it did during that period. The brawl stood as an NHL record, and as a Flyers record until the Senators brawl in 2004. Randy Holt of the Kings simply goes nuts. He sets the NHL single-game record for penalty minutes with 67, which includes fighting Paul Holmgren twice. Mel Bridgman drops the gloved to kick the whole thing off. Here it is, in its entirety:
March 11, 1992 Flyers 5, Flames 4 (OT) — Mark Freer, Mark Recchi, Steve Duchesne and Claude Boivin score in a 4-goal second period that wipes out a 3-0 deficit. Rod Brind’Amour gets the winner at 1:54 of overtime.
March 12, 1983 Bruins 5, Flyers 2 — Dave Brown’s first NHL fight, against fellow rookie Gord Kluzak at the Boston Garden.
March 12, 1994 Flyers 4, Canadiens 4 — One of the craziest goals against the club in its history gets the Habs a point at the Forum. Against Frederic Chabot, a Vincent Damphousse shot which was bunted from behind the net caroms off the top of the net, off Chabot’s back and in the net with 1:16 left in regulation. Earlier on, Josef Beranek snaps an epic 28-game goal drought, dating back to mid-December. On the Channel 17 broadcast, Gene Hart exclaims “And the nightmare is over” for the goal which brought the Flyers within 2-1 early in the second period.
March 12, 2000 Avalanche 3, Flyers 1 — At Pepsi Center in Denver, Eric Lindros plays in his final regular-season game with Philly. Despite having his bell rung eight days earlier by Bruins defenseman Hal Gill in Boston, Lindros soldiers on until admitting he felt totally out of sorts in this game, at the high altitude of Colorado. Lindros would not return, under a cloud of controversy, until late May.
March 12, 2011 Thrashers 5, Flyers 4 (OT) — Ville Leino records his first career hat trick, but blow leads of 3-0 early and 4-2 in the final three minutes of regulation. Ron Hainsey won it for Atlanta at 1:17 of overtime.
March 13, 1975/77 Flyers 6, Penguins 0/Flyers 4, Penguins 0 — Exactly two years apart at the Spectrum, the Broad Street Bullies made life miserable for their cross-state rivals. Bernie Parent makes 22 saves in the first contest, and Wayne Stephenson turns away 22 shots in the second. In the latter game, Don Saleski picks up a hat trick.
March 13, 1993 — During the “Storm of the Century,” a Saturday matinee game between the Flyers and Kings at the Spectrum is postponed after high winds during a blizzard cause a pane of glass in the concourse to break. The contest is made up several weeks later and played in its entirety.
March 13, 1999 Penguins 4, Flyers 0 — Jaromir Jagr posterizes Ron Hexall and the Philly defense, following up his initial shot by batting in the rebound out of mid-air while sliding towards the crease. In this game, Hextall gets the start and assumes the all-time franchise lead in games played at 487, topping Bernie Parent’s old mark.
March 13, 2003 Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3 — Tony Amonte celebrates his first game in Halloween colors by scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the late stages of the third period.
March 15, 1986 Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT) — Glenn “Chico” Resch’s Flyers debut isn’t one to remember, as he allows five goals on 12 shots through two periods of play. Bob Froese spells him and Doug Crossman gets the winner 2:43 into the extra session.
March 15, 1996 — A shrewd deal by Bob Clarke nets veteran scorer Dale Hawerchuk from the St. Louis Blues for Craig MacTavish. Stuck in third place in the Atlantic behind the Rangers and Panthers and without Mikael Renberg due to a stomach muscle issue, the trade vaults the Flyers into first overall in the East after a 13-3-0 stretch to end the season.
March 17, 1984 Flyers 6, Rangers 4 — Trailing 4-1, the hosts roar back to claim victory thanks to Bobby Clarke’s final two-goal game in his career, coming roughly three minutes apart in the third period and bringing his team from a 4-2 deficit into a 4-4 tie. Bob Froese did his part to aid the comeback effort as well:
March 17, 1996 Flyers 8, Sharks 2 — John LeClair records a hat trick, Eric Lindros adds four assists and Hawerchuk nets his first goal with Philly in the Spectrum rout of hapless San Jose.