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 22, 1976 Maple Leafs 8, Flyers 5 — Darryl Sittler ties and NHL record with five goals and Toronto forces a deciding Game 7 in this Quarterfinal series thanks to a high-scoring affair at Maple Leaf Gardens.
April 22, 1981 Flyers 9, Flames 4 — Brian Propp nets a natural hat trick in a five-goal first period — his first career three-goal effort — and Pat Quinn’s club emphatically staves off elimination in the Quarterfinals with a Game 5 Spectrum rout. Ken Linseman added four assists and Bill Barber netted a pair of scores and a helper.
April 22, 1987 Islanders 2, Flyers 1 — On a power play created thanks to a bench minor against the hosts, Mikko Makela beats Ron Hextall with three seconds remaining to steal Game 2 of this Patrick Division Semifinal and even the series at 1-1.
April 22, 1995 Flyers 4, Devils 3 (OT) — Just two days after clinching their first playoff berth in 6 years, the Orange and Black wrap up their first division title since 1987. John LeClair tucked one inside the right post at 54 seconds of overtime, shaking off a Jersey comeback from a 3-1 third-period deficit.
April 22, 2003 Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 1 — The hosts close out a grueling seven-game series by blitzing Toronto early and often, leaving no doubt who was in control from the outset:
April 22, 2008 Flyers 3, Capitals 2 (OT) — Joffrey Lupul’s lone goal of the series was a huge one, coming at 6:06 of overtime, and sending Philly to the second round thanks to a Game 7 victory at Verizon Center:
April 23, 1985 Flyers 5, Islanders 3 — In Game 3 of this Patrick Division Final at Nassau Coliseum, the Flyers led 2-0 in the series and 3-1 in the second period, facing a heavy New York attack. But Propp did his damage to give the visitors a three-goal edge:
Despite unloading 27 shots on Pelle Lindbergh in the second, the Isles only got within a goal, wilted late, and ended up down 0-3.
April 23, 1997 Penguins 4, Flyers 1 — Down 0-3 and facing the prospect of it being the last home game in Mario Lemieux’s career, Pittsburgh snapped to attention and won Game 4 of this Eastern Quarterfinal at Mellon Arena. Number 66 put the capper on the successful evening:
April 24, 1987 Flyers 4, Islanders 1 — Philadelphia wins Game 3 of the Patrick Finals with a ragtag lineup that includes Al Hill, Tim Tookey, Don Nachbaur and Ed Hospodar. Hill scored the first goal of the night — his first NHL playoff tally since 1981 — while taking a 40-stitch cut across his face from a Denis Potvin high stick, and Hextall’s first playoff bid for a goal was thwarted by the swift Gord Dineen in the final seconds.
April 24, 2006 Sabres 8, Flyers 2 — J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville record hat tricks as Buffalo snags a 2-0 series lead in this Eastern Quarterfinal. Rick Jeanneret on the call:
April 25, 1976 Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 3 — Mel Bridgman scores twice in a five-goal second period and the Bullies advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a convincing home victory.
April 25, 1989 Penguins 10, Flyers 7 — A game that had to be seen to be believed. Lemieux was questionable for Game 5 of this Patrick Final after a hit left him with a sore neck and limited range of vision. He apparently had no trouble dissecting the defense, racking up a hat trick before seven minutes elapsed, scoring four times in a 6-goal first period and tying NHL records with five goals and eight points when it was all over:
Here’s the melee that erupted late in the second period, the Pens holding a 9-3 lead and the Flyers releasing a lot of pent-up emotion:
And the Channel 57 post-game interview with the Star of the Game:
April 26, 1997 Flyers 6, Penguins 3 — We send Mario packing for the first time (but not the last) with a victory at home in Game 5 of the Eastern quarters. Rod Brind’Amour steals the show with his first-period short-handed shenanigans, and the vicious, evil Philadelphia fans give Lemieux a well-deserved send-off:
April 27, 1996 Flyers 6, Lightning 1 — The Legion of Doom finishes off the pesky Bolts in Game 6 from what is now Tropicana Field, then known as the Thunderdome. Shawn Antoski scores, and Eric Lindros puts the capper on a series-long feud with Igor Ulanov.
April 28, 1985 Flyers 1, Islanders 0 — Lindbergh makes 25 saves for his second shutout in the series, and Ilkka Sinisalo nets the lone goal in the second period as Philly advances to the Wales Conference Finals.