Game Six of the 1987 Finals would go down as one of the crowning achievements in Flyers history. The Edmonton Oilers dominated most of the play, but the Philadelphia Flyers simply refused to die, and earned a second straight comeback victory to force a deciding game in Edmonton after the Oilers had once led the series, three games One.
Early in the first period of Game Six at the Spectrum, a disputed Kevin Lowe shorthanded goal on a clearly kicked puck was allowed to stand. On the play, Mark Howe made a rare defensive mistake and was beaten badly by Gretzky. Later, a clean faceoff win by Craig MacTavish against Murray Craven led to a Kevin McClelland goal.
In the second period, Edmonton controlled the vast majority of play. Goalie Ron Hextall kept the game manageable and the Flyers' fourth line gave the team a huge lift. Dave Brown slid a nifty pass between the legs of All-Star defenseman Lowe and Lindsay Carson converted for his third goal of the playoffs. The Flyers trailed 2-1 after the second stanza, despite being outshot 24 to 13.
The Flyers' power play had done precious little all game long, but finally broke through in the third period. At the 13:04 mark, Brian Propp found open space in the slot, took a feed from Eklund and ripped a perfect shot upstairs over Grant Fuhr to tie the game. The Spectrum crowd roared with a deafening ovation.
Two shifts later, seldom-used young Flyers defenseman J.J. Daigneault stepped into the limelight for one of the most famous goals in team history. Jumping off of the bench, he gained the blue line just in time to collect a failed clearing attempt by Kurri, and ripped the puck past Fuhr as utter bedlam ensued in the Spectrum.