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 25, 1996 Flyers 3, Whalers 0 — Ron Hextall turns in a shutout with 21 saves and Eric Lindros reaches 100 points for the first and only time in his career with a goal and assist in the Spectrum victory.
March 26, 1975 Flyers 6, Golden Seals 2 — Reggie Leach collects his third career hat trick in a victory at Oakland.
March 26, 1988 Flyers 6, Jets 0 — Tim Kerr, who missed nearly the entire 1987-88 season, picks up his only hat trick of the campaign by recording his first three scores. Mark Laforest stops 31 shots in Philly’s lone shutout victory that season.
March 27, 1979 Rangers 4, Flyers 4 — Pat Quinn’s club falls behind 4-0 late in the second period, before goals from Bill Barber, Jim Watson, Reggie Leach and Mel Bridgman allow them to steal a point.
March 27, 1982 Flyers 4, Capitals 4 — Trailing 4-1 early in the third period at the Capital Centre, Bobby Clarke scores twice and Al Hill once to allow Philly to escape with a tie. The deadlock assures the Orange and Black their first-ever losing season against Washington (3-4-1) since its 1974 inception.
March 27, 1994 Mighty Ducks 3, Flyers 2 (OT) — Philadelphia loses its first-ever home game to the new Ducks franchise, but Mark Recchi hits 100 points for the second straight season and for the last time in his career thanks to assisting on both goals.
March 28, 1985 Flyers 3, Red Wings 1 — Derrick Smith and Todd Bergen score 1:42 apart early in the third period to salt away this win over Detroit that locked up an improbable Patrick Division title. Down 11 points to the Capitals in early February, the Flyers clinch on this date with five games remaining and with a 10-point margin.
March 29, 1996 Flyers 6, Sabres 5 (OT) — In the franchise’s final game at the Aud in Buffalo, all hell breaks loose with 23.7 seconds remaining in the second period and Philly leading 4-2. Matthew Barnaby does what he always did and chaos reigns. First, the Rick Jeanneret call:
Then, the Jim Jackson/Dorny side of the ledger:
The scrum caused the final seconds of the middle period to be played just prior to the start of the third. It momentarily spurred Buffalo to take a 5-4 lead, but Trent Klatt tied the score and Bob Corkum won it with 1:10 remaining in overtime.
March 30, 1981 Flyers 0, Rangers 0 — Steve Baker and Rick St. Croix battle to a scoreless draw at Madison Square Garden. The former stopped 36 shots and the latter 26. This still stands as the last scoreless tie between the teams.
March 30, 1984 Flyers 6, Devils 2 — Clarke scores his 17th goal of the season — his 358th and final regular-season score of his career — in this victory at the Meadowlands.
March 31, 1973 Flyers 10, Islanders 2 — The Bullies set a still-standing record for most goals in one period with eight in the second of this Spectrum rout of the expansion Isles. Rick MacLeish scored twice, while Bill Flett, Bob Kelly, Simon Nolet, Bill Clement, Don Saleski and Bill Barber lit the lamp once.
March 31, 1992 Penguins 6, Flyers 5 — The final game for both teams before a brief strike pushed back the last few regular-season contests league-wide features former Flyer Rick Tocchet picking up a goal and assist while former Penguin Dan Quinn posts two goals and a helper.
March 31, 1996 Flyers 4, Penguins 1 — The Flyers get the last laugh on Pittsburgh in their final Spectrum meeting. John LeClair picks up the hat trick and the Lemieux-less Pens push only 17 shots on Ron Hextall.