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.
April 1, 1973 Penguins 5, Flyers 4 — Despite losing at the Igloo, Rick MacLeish becomes the first man in club annals to score 50 goals and reach 100 points.
April 1, 1976 Flyers 11, Capitals 2 — An avalanche of stats highlighted the usual rout of Washington in the franchise’s infancy. Bill Barber netted a hat trick to get to 49 goals, Reggie Leach tallied to hit 60 for the only time in his career, Bobby Clarke picked up five assists and the Bullies riddled Ron Low with 62 shots on goal.
April 1, 1978 Flyers 4, Kings 2 — At the Forum in Inglewood, MacLeish suffers a horrific, near-fatal injury when Marcel Dionne’s skate blade slashes his throat. He needed 88 stitches to close the wound and quipped, per Full Spectrum, “When I took a drag of a cigarette and smoke came out of my neck I knew it was serious.”
April 1, 1993 Kings 3, Flyers 1 — In the continuation of the game which was postponed several weeks earlier due to the “Storm of the Century,” Mark Recchi nets his 50th of the season but that’s all the offense the hosts mustered in defeat.
April 1, 1999 Flyers 2, Predators 1 – We won’t rehash all the drama, but Eric Lindros suffers a collapsed lung during this game, the first-ever in Nashville.
April 2, 1983 Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 3 — Undrafted free agent Dave Poulin makes his NHL debut in his hometown and scores twice in this decision at Maple Leaf Gardens. The 24-year-old Notre Dame graduate spent most of the season in Sweden, playing for future Flyers assistant coach Ted Sator.
April 2, 1994 Flyers 6, Whalers 5 — Despite a five-goal first period which included typical dominant play from Lindros, Terry Simpson’s club hung on late to win at the Hartford Civic Center.
April 2, 1996 Flyers 6, Islanders 2 — Shjon Podein and Joel Otto score short-handed goals 69 seconds apart on the same New York power play in the second period to fuel this victory at Nassau Coliseum.
April 3, 1989 Penguins 6, Flyers 5 (OT) — Needing a win to assure themselves of third place in the division, Paul Holmgren elects to pull Ron Hextall in overtime to try and win the game. Instead, Mario Lemieux deposits his 85th and final goal of the year into the empty net at 3:38 of OT, knocking the hosts into fourth. Ironically, it was a move Pittsburgh lived to regret.
April 3, 2009 Flyers 8, Maple Leafs 5 — Nearing the end of a career year three seasons ago, Jeff Carter recorded his first career hat trick. Helping the high-scoring victory was a five-goal first period and a lead of 6-0 early in the second.
April 4, 1968 Blues 1, Flyers 0 — Glenn Hall needed to make just 14 saves as St. Louis blanked Philly at the Spectrum in the first-ever playoff game for both franchises.
April 4, 1973 North Stars 3, Flyers 0 — More bad luck at home for the Flyers, as Cesare Maniago makes 33 saves to kick off the West Division Semifinals.
April 4, 1982 Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 1 — Tim Kerr’s second career hat trick highlighted this rout, in the final game of a turbulent regular season. Philly racks up a 22-1 shot edge in the first period alone and 59-18 for the contest.
April 4, 1985 Flyers 3, Islanders 0 — Pelle Lindbergh makes 34 saves for his second shutout of the year, leading the Orange and Black to a new franchise record of 52 wins Kerr, Ed Hospodar and Todd Bergen each tally in the second period.
April 4, 1996 Flyers 4, Rangers 1 — Vying for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference, the rising Flyers and slumping Rangers squared off at the Spectrum:
April 5, 1987 Islanders 9, Flyers 5 — Brian Propp’s hat trick is wasted as the Islanders tally the final six goals of the game after facing a 5-3 second-period deficit. The defensive breakdown costs Philly a shot at the Jennings Trophy for least goals allowed in a season, That honor went to the Montreal Canadiens, who gave up 241 while the Flyers’ goals-against ballooned to 245.
April 5, 2007 Devils 3, Flyers 2 — Martin Brodeur snags the win in Philadelphia, his 48th of the season, snapping Bernie Parent’s long-standing NHL record of 47.
April 6, 1975 Flyers 6, Flames 2 — For the second straight season, Philly hits 50 wins, and in the final regular-season contest, sets a new team record for victories with their 51st. Still hungry despite a comfortable division lead, the hosts rack up a 43-18 edge in shots.
April 6, 1986 Flyers 5, Capitals 3 — Propp nets a hat trick and Kerr produces the other two goals as Mike Keenan’s squad clinches the Patrick Division title on the final night of the regular season, and matches a franchise record with their 53rd win of the year.
April 6, 1989 Flyers 3, Capitals 2 — Trailing 2-0 in the final 13 minutes of regulation, Keith Acton scores and Propp nets the next two — with the game-winner coming at the 19:09 mark — allowing Philly to even up their Patrick Division Semifinal series at one game apiece.
April 7, 1974 Flyers 6, North Stars 2 — Flyers reach the 50-win mark for the first time in team history, coming in the final regular-season game. Bill Barber gets a hat trick, Bobby Clarke adds three assists.
April 7, 1984 Capitals 5, Flyers 1 — An odd chapter in franchise history ends with Washington completing a three-game sweep in the Patrick Semifinals. The contest marked the final appearance of Clarke as an NHL player, and was the last one in the coaching/GM tenure of Bob McCammon. It was the third consecutive season the Flyers were eliminated in the first round.
Here are some examples of the Flyers basically gooning it up with the game out of reach:
April 7, 1985 Flyers 6, Devils 1 — Bergen scores twice and the visitors claim their franchise-best 53rd win of the year in a rout of lowly New Jersey at the Meadowlands.
April 7, 1997 Flyers 2, Senators 1 — Another incident from the gruesome injury department…Mikael Renberg’s mouth sliced open by Randy Cunneyworth’s skate.
Though it doesn’t look like much in the video, the third member of the Legion needed 100 stitches inside and 100 outside his mouth to sew up the wound.
April 7, 2001 Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (OT) — Down 3-0 at home, Barber’s boys embark on an electric comeback: