Welcome to another installment 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 18, 1976 Flyers 3, Canucks 2 — For the only time in his illustrious career, Bill Barber reaches the 100-point plateau in this victory over Vancouver at the Spectrum.
March 18, 1995 Flyers 4, Panthers 3 (OT) — Eric Lindros posts the first of back-to-back hat tricks, with a four-point effort which included the game-winning goal 2:13 into overtime as the pre-rat Florida club falls at Miami Arena.
March 19, 1981 Flyers 5, Bruins 3 — Tim Kerr records his first career hat trick, but the night belonged to Bobby Clarke. The 31-year-old center earned his 1,000th point, but not before dodging the injury bullet — Clarke stayed in the game despite taking a glancing blow from a Reggie Leach slapshot in the forehead.
March 19, 1988 Penguins 7, Flyers 0 — In Mario Lemieux’s fourth year, the long suffering Pittsburgh franchise began to come around and push back against the Orange and Black. On this Saturday night at Civic Arena, the black and gold gave Philly a taste of beatings to come. At the time, it was the worst loss the Flyers ever suffered in the Steel City and the worst by shutout. Here are some lowlights:
March 19, 1994 Whalers 5, Flyers 3 — Brian Propp’s last professional appearance at the Spectrum sees him score a pair of goals in a Hartford victory.
March 19, 1997 Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 3 — Lindros goes nuts in Toronto, registering four goals — three in the third period alone — and two assists to fuel a comeback victory at Maple Leaf Gardens. It marked the third time in 1996-97 that Big E totaled at least 5 points in one game.
March 19, 2002 — Bob Clarke throws caution to the wind, shipping Maxime Ouellet and two draft picks to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Adam Oates. Oates totaled 10 points in 14 regular-season games but zero in a first-round playoff loss to Ottawa.
March 20, 1986 Flyers 5, Penguins 1 — Tim Kerr scores twice to reach the 50-goal plateau for the third straight season, making him the first player in franchise history to score at least 50 more than twice.
March 20, 1989 Flyers 8, Maple Leafs 6 — After blowing leads of 4-1, 5-4 and 6-5, Brian Propp and Rick Tocchet score in a 34-second span late in the third period to allow the hosts to slink away with a victory. Former Leaf Ken Wregget’s Philly home debut doesn’t go as planned, but he wins despite allowing six goals on 33 shots.
March 20, 1992 Flyers 7, Capitals 6 — Philly was up 2-1 after one, then fell behind 6-3 after two. But Steve Duchesne, Kevin Dineen, Brian Benning and Mark Recchi scored in the third period, the latter coming with 54 seconds remaining in regulation, and the visitors walked out of the Capital Centre with heads held high.
March 20, 1995 Flyers 8, Canadiens 4 — Lindros continues his domination with the second of back-to-back hat tricks and another four-point game as Philly got its mid-to-late ’90s torture of Montreal underway in earnest in a Monday afternoon game at the Spectrum. John LeClair and Kevin Dineen added two goals apiece.
March 21, 1999 Flyers 5, Red Wings 4 — A team-record 12-game winless streak (0-8-4) comes to an end in South Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon. Mark Recchi, Mikael Renberg and Lindros score in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit.
March 22, 1973 Flyers 9, Canucks 0 — Ross Lonsberry records his first career hat trick and a career high five points, while Rick MacLeish scores twice and Doug Favell stops all 31 Vancouver shots for the shutout.
March 22, 1975 Flyers 4, North Stars 0 — Clarke hits the 100-point plateau for the second time in his career in a home win over Minnesota.
March 22, 1984 Flyers 13, Penguins 4 — Heading for the first-overall pick in the draft, the Pens allowed their rivals to jump out to a 6-1 second period lead, then allowed them to turn a 6-4 game into the final score via a 7-goal third period. Dave Poulin and Ilkka Sinisalo register hat tricks, Tim Kerr scores twice to reach 50 goals for the first time, and a new franchise record for goals in one game is set in the Spectrum. The previous record was 12 goals, in 12-2 rout of Detroit on February 2, 1974.
March 22, 1996 Jets 4, Flyers 1 — Philadelphia’s last game against the original Winnipeggers turns into an exercise in revenge, as Dominic Roussel — edged out for the backup job at the start of the year by Garth Snow — gets the start and the win, with 25 saves, against his former mates.
March 23, 1991 Flyers 7, Rangers 4 — Pelle Eklund registers his lone career regular-season hat trick and Rick Tocchet scored twice to hit the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career.
March 24, 1993 Flyers 5, Rangers 4 — Lindros posts another three-goal game, cancelling out an Ed Olczyk trifecta, and netting the deciding goal with 3:49 left in regulation to stun the Madison Square Garden faithful.