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 29, 1976 Flyers 2, Bruins 1 (OT) — Reggie Leach’s white-hot playoffs continue, as he scored at the 13:38 mark of the first extra session to give the Flyers a win in Game 2 of this Semifinal. The goal evened the series at one game apiece.
April 29, 1980 North Stars 6, Flyers 5 — Ken Linseman scored twice, while Al Hill and Tom Gorence added scores in the four-goal opening stanza, but Minnesota rallies to win Game 1 of the Semifinals at the Spectrum. Steve Payne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second, adding an insurance tally early in the third.
April 29, 1989 Flyers 4, Penguins 1 — To this date, Ken Wregget’s finest performance as a professional. Pressed into service after Ron Hextall’s torn groin prevented him from walking without severe pain, he stopped 39-of-40 shots to help Philly win Game 7 of the Patrick Division Finals on the road.
April 30, 1995 Rangers 2, Flyers 0 — In the penultimate contest of the lockout-shortened season, Eric Lindros suffers yet another misfortune, this one in front of a national audience on a Sunday:
The eye injury cost him the final game of the regular season and the first two playoff games. It also cost him a shot to win the Art Ross Trophy outright, as Jaromir Jagr took it on the basis of more goals despite a tie in total points.
April 30, 2008 Flyers 4, Canadiens 2 — While Danny Briere didn’t “blow the roof off” the arena as the video title suggests, his power-play goal late in regulation gave the hosts the lead, and John Stevens’ club claimed a commanding 3-1 series edge:
May 1, 1975 Flyers 5, Islanders 4 (OT) — Fred Shero’s team goes 2-up on the upstart Islanders as Bobby Clarke scores 2:56 into overtime. J.P (father of Zach) Parise and Denis Potvin scored to tie the game in a 14-second span late in the third.
May 1, 1980 Flyers 7, North Stars 0 — The most decisive playoff shutout victory in team history saw seven different goal scorers and Phil Myre make 27 saves to even this series at one game apiece.
May 1, 1989 Flyers 3, Canadiens 1 — The opener to the Wales Conference Finals at the Forum was not without controversy. Derrick Smith scores on a short-handed breakaway in the first period to give the underdogs the lead, then, Chris Chelios happens. First, the gory aftermath and then the actual replay:
Unpenalized, unsuspended. Propp later woke up in the hospital and reportedly thought he was still in Pittsburgh.
May 1, 2003 Flyers 1, Senators 0 — Roman Cechmanek stopped 28 shots and Michal Handzus scored late in the first period and this Eastern Semifinal series was knotted 2-2.
May 1, 2010 Bruins 5, Flyers 4 (OT) — Brian Boucher made an incredible 14 saves in overtime, but couldn’t corral Marc Savard’s blast from the right circle on a delayed penalty with 6:08 remaining. Boston took Game 1 of the Eastern semis but at a cost: Marco Sturm was lost for the remainder of the playoffs with a knee injury, and the dominoes started to fall…
May 2, 1987 Flyers 5, Islanders 1 — Philadelphia advances to the Wales Conference Finals thanks to a convincing win in this Game 7 at the Spectrum. Brian Propp and Brad Marsh scored on the same New York power play 44 seconds apart in the first period, Ilkka Sinisalo added two third-period tallies and Hextall narrowly missed a shutout, stopping 22 pucks. Captain Dave Poulin returns from cracked ribs to pick up a pair of assists.
May 2, 1999 Maple Leafs 1, Flyers 0 — Sergei Berezin scores the game and series winner with 60 seconds left in regulation on a questionable elbowing call to John LeClair. Toronto scored nine goals in the series but won in six games.
May 2, 2000 Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (OT) — Andy Delmore’s second of the game came at 11:01 of overtime in Pittsburgh, and saved the Orange and Black from falling into an 0-3 series hole.
May 2, 2004 Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 2 — Game 5 of this Eastern semifinal set was owned by Keith Primeau, who picked up a hat trick:
May 3, 1997 Flyers 5, Sabres 3 — Game 1 of the Eastern Semifinals in Buffalo finds a brawl and a spirited comeback by the visitors:
May 3, 2008 Flyers 6, Canadiens 4 — R.J. Umberger’s One Shining Moment as a Flyer is complete, as he aided a comeback from a 3-1 deficit to close out Les Habs and their 100th Anniversary celebration in Game 5:
May 4, 1975 Flyers 1, Islanders 0 — Bernie Parent made 14 stops and Leach scored 30 seconds into the third, as Philadelphia assumed a 3-0 series edge thanks to this win at Nassau Coliseum.
May 4, 1987 Flyers 4, Canadiens 3 (OT) — Sinisalo was credited with the winner at 9:11 of overtime as Mike Keenan’s club took Game 1 of the Wales Finals at home.
May 4, 2004 Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT) — Jeremy Roenick sends his club to the Eastern Conference Finals with his famous extra-session goal in Game 6. While millions in the Delaware Valley remember the score, Sami Kapanen probably still doesn’t: