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 15, 1975 Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 0 — Bernie Parent needs to make just 13 saves as Philly takes Game 2 of this Quarterfinal series from the Spectrum.
April 15, 1977 Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 3 — Rick MacLeish scored at 2:55 of overtime as the Broad Street Bullies pulled one out in Game 3 of a Quarterfinal series at Maple Leaf Garden. Philly was down 2-0 after one and trailed 2-0 in the series after losing both at home.
April 15, 1986 Rangers 5, Flyers 2 — A bitter end to the 1985-86 season as New York won a deciding Game 5 in this Patrick Division Semifinal at the Spectrum. Trailing 3-2 with time ticking away in regulation, John Vanbiesbrouck made a blind stab at a Brad McCrimmon point drive and came down with the puck, symbolizing his stellar play in the series. The visitors scored twice into the empty net in the final minute to seal it.
April 15, 1993 Flyers 7, Sabres 4 — As Bill Dineen’s club made a mad dash in the final 2 1/2 weeks of the regular season to try and snag a playoff spot, several players made their case to stay on the roster or prove their worth. Kevin Dineen was no exception. He totaled his Philly best of six points (3G, 3A) on this night at the Aud.
April 15, 2008 Flyers 6, Capitals 3 — Mike Richards netted his first career playoff goal on a penalty shot with 2:59 remaining, helping the hosts take a 2-1 series edge in an Eastern Quarterfinal.
April 16, 1968 Flyers 2, Blues 1 (OT) — Don Blackburn tallied at 11:18 of the extra session in St. Louis, to force a deciding Game 7 back at the Spectrum in a West Division Semifinal. Andre Lacroix rescued Philly from elimination, scoring on Hall of Famer Glenn Hall with 15 seconds left in regulation.
April 16, 1987 Flyers 5, Rangers 0 — Ron Hextall recorded his second shutout of this Patrick Semifinal series in a deciding Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, turning away all 34 Blueshirt shots.
April 16, 1988 Capitals 5, Flyers 4 (OT) — The first time in Flyers history they blew a 3-1 series lead came in the terminal contest of the Patrick Semis on this Saturday night at Capital Centre. Philly led 3-0 early in the second, let the Caps take a 4-3 lead early in the third, but Brad Marsh tied the game a little more than a minute after Dale Hunter put the hosts ahead.
Hunter wasn’t done, capping an overtime whose ice was clearly tilted down near Hextall by netting the biggest goal to that point in Washington’s 14-year history. The following is the Capitals feed, including heavy action which preceded the score. At the start, the Flyers are at the tail end of killing off a penalty to Mark Howe for dragging down Mike Gartner on a breakaway:
That high-pitched and energetic color man? None other than a young Joe Beninati.
April 16, 1993 Flyers 5, Whalers 4 (OT) — Dmitri Yushkevich scores at 1:15 of overtime in the season finale at Hartford Civic Center, in a game that was rescheduled from the Storm of the Century which hit the East one month prior. It capped a year-ending eight-game win streak which left the team one game below .500 and four points out of the playoffs. It also marked the final game of the elder Dineen behind the bench.
April 16, 1995 Flyers 3, Penguins 2 (OT) — On Easter Sunday at the Spectrum, Mikael Renberg scores on a power play with 20 seconds left, and Rod Brind’Amour tips in the winner on another advantage 90 seconds into the fourth period.
April 16, 1996 Flyers 7, Lightning 3 — There aren’t many better ways to open up a playoff series, much less one where you are the #1 seed in the conference, playing against a team only four years old and coached by one of your former title-winning players. But that’s what happened in Game 1 of the Eastern Quarterfinals on home ice:
This was the first time Jim Jackson called Flyers playoff action on television, having been elevated from radio after two years with the retirement of Gene Hart.
April 16, 2003 Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (3OT) — Mark Recchi gives the Black and (slightly Orange) a victory and a 2-2 tie heading back to Philadelphia in Game 4 of this Eastern quarterfinal:
April 17, 1977 Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT) — Down 5-2 in the third period of Game 4 in this Quarterfinal set at MLG, Mel Bridgman, Tom Bladon and Bobby Clarke score to tie the game. Reggie Leach won it with 50 seconds in the first overtime, evening the series at two games apiece.
April 17, 2002 Flyers 1, Senators (OT) — Roman Cechmanek and Patrick Lalime battled to a scoreless draw to open Game 1 of the East Quarterfinals. But it was Ruslan Fedotenko who provided the winner at 7:47 of overtime, with an assist from Adam Oates.
April 18, 2010 Flyers 3, Devils 2 OT) — Dan Carcillo, one in a long line of players not called upon to use their skills who end up playing playoff hero, if only for one game. This goal, coming at 3:35 of overtime, put the hosts up two games to one in this Eastern quarterfinal:
April 19, 1975 Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) — Fred Shero’s defending champs finish off a four-game first-round sweep of Toronto as Moose Dupont beat Gord McRae at 1:45 of the extra session.
April 19, 1989 Flyers 4, Penguins 2 — Tim Kerr records his 20th career hat trick as the visitors take Game 2 of the Patrick Finals from Pittsburgh.
April 20, 1995 Flyers 2, Islanders 1 — For the first time since 1989, Philadelphia will head to the postseason. Eric Lindros scored early in the second period to tie and Renberg won it with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third.
April 21, 1985 Flyers 5, Islanders 2 — Brian Propp’s second career playoff hat trick fueled a win in Game 2 of the Patrick Finals, and gave the hosts a 2-0 seriTes edge.
April 21, 1997 Flyers 5, Penguins 3 — Terry Murray’s club sets a new road playoff record with 53 shots on goal in Game 3 of the Eastern quarters from Mellon Arena: