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Flyers Win Brawling Tilt in Buffalo: March 29, 1996

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On March 29, 1996, the Flyers captured a 6-5 overtime road decision against the pugnacious Buffalo Sabres. Checking line center Bob Corkum netted the game winner for the Flyers, while John LeClair and Eric Lindros each scored their respective 44th goals of the season. Rod Brind'Amour, Dan Quinn and Trent Klatt also scored for the Flyers. Klatt's goal halted a Buffalo third-period rally of three straight unanswered goals and forced overtime.

While the high-scoring game was memorable in its own right, the game's lasting legacy was a wild late-second period brawl triggered by the antics of Buffalo pest Matthew Barnaby in front of the Philadelphia net. During stoppage of play at the 19:36 mark after being cross-checked by Shawn Antoski, Barnaby lay on the ice, feigning an injury. Flyers goaltender Garth Snow prodded him with his stick and taunted the Buffalo player. Barnaby then sprang up, completely unhurt, and jumped Snow.

Pandemonium ensued. There were multiple fights and game misconducts, including the expulsions of Rod Brind'Amour and Antoski for the Flyers and Barnaby and Brad May for Buffalo.

Snow, who wrestled Buffalo goaltender Andrei Trefilov to the ground as the melee continued, remained in the game. Despite an unsightly stat line for the night (18 saves on 23 shots), Snow got the last laugh as he was the winning goaltender in the end. Trefilov (30 saves on 36 shots) took the loss.

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Instead of giving into frustration on a night where they dominate early (17-6 shot advantage in the first period) but find themselves trailing 1-0 on an early second period goal by rising young superstar Steve Yzerman, the Flyers stayed with the program and went on to earn a 3-1 home win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 28, 1985.

Rich Sutter tied the game six minutes after Detroit took the lead, and the teams went to the second intermission tied at 1-1. In the third period, closely spaced goals by Derrick Smith and Todd Bergen put the Flyers ahead to stay. The goal is Bergen's seventh in just his 11th NHL game.

Pelle Lindbergh stops 18 of 19 shots to earn the win over Carrado Micalef (38 saves on 41 shots).

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The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers boasted not just one but three of the most formidable lines in the National Hockey League. Pat Quinn's team, which set a still-standing North American professional sports record with a 35-game unbeaten streak and then gut-wrenchingly came within two wins of the Stanley Cup, featured both the revived LCB line of Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber as well as the "Rat Patrol" trio of Ken "the Rat" Linseman, rookie left wing sniper Brian Propp and rawhide tough right winger Paul Holmgren.

Propp started out the season on a line with Clarke but, when Quinn later placed him with Linseman and Holmgren, the Flyers developed multiple lines who could carry the load on any given night.

On March 27, 1980, the Rat Patrol was collectively at the top of its game in a 5-2 win at the Spectrum against the Quebec Nordiques. Propp tallied his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season while Holmgren notched his 28th goal. Linseman set up Holmgren's goal to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Holmgren assisted on Propp's first goal. Propp, who finished with four points, later set up Dennis Ververgaert on what proved to be the game-winning tally.

By the end of the season, Propp set a Flyers franchise record for rookie scoring (since broken) with 34 goals and 75 points while dressing in all 80 regular season games. Linseman led the Flyers in scoring with 79 points (22 goals, 57 assists). Holmgren enjoyed the first 30-goal, 65-point season of his NHL career in addition to compiling 267 penalty minutes.

The second period of the March 27th game featured multiple fights breaking out at the 11:42 mark. The main events were bouts between Behn Wilson and Paul Baxter and a spirited bout between Flyers defenseman Jack McIlhargey and Quebec winger Paul Stewart; a University of Pennsylvania graduate who later became a longtime NHL referee.

On the same night, Clarke collected three points (one goal and two assists). For the season, Clarke had 57 assists; the eighth and final time in his Hall of Fame career that he topped the 50-assist mark. Leach had a big bounceback season with the second 50-goal season of his career. Barber had a 40-goal, 72-point season.

Rounding out the Flyers' formidable top-seven group of forwards, veteran Rick MacLeish enjoyed a 31-goal, 66-point season. In the meantime, team captain Mel Bridgman anchored the third line and chipped 47 points and 136 penalty minutes while checking wingers Bob "the Hound" Kelly hustled up 15 goals and Al Hill scored 16 goals respectively.

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On March 26, 1975, the defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers had little trouble dispatching the host California Golden Seals by a 6-2 count in Oakland. Bernie Parent stopped 26 of 28 shots to earn the win in goal.

With the victory, Parent earned his 40th win of the 1974-75 season. He became just the second goaltender in NHL history to record back-to-back 40-win seasons, joining the late Terry Sawchuk.

In the same game, Reggie Leach recorded the third hat trick of his initial season with the Flyers, tallying for the 40th, 41st and 42nd (power play) times of the season. Leach's linemate Bobby Clarke collected four assists in the game. Ross Lonsberry and rookie defenseman Larry "Izzy" Goodenough had a goal and an assist apiece, while Bob "the Hound" Kelly chipped in one goal.

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Back-to-back shutouts for Hextall: March 25, 1996

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On March 25, 1996, Ron Hextall became the first Flyers' goaltender since Bernie Parent to record shutouts in back-to-back games; a feat that has been duplicated by several Philadelphia goaltenders since that time.

Hextall turned back all 21 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at the Spectrum over the Hartford Whalers. On the same night, Eric Lindros became the fifth Flyers player to record 100 points in a season, joining Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, and Mark Recchi.

The game is scoreless for two periods before a pair of John LeClair goals - his 41st and 42nd goals of the season -- are sandwiched around Lindros' 43rd of the season.

Two nights earlier, Hextall breezed to a 13-save shutout in a 4-0 road victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The shutouts against Toronto and Hartford were the 10th and 11th he'd record among his 20 shutouts (combined 19 regular season and one playoff) he'd notch in his two-stint Flyers career.

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Lindros hat trick sets Flyers rookie goal record: March 24, 1993

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Few rookies in National Hockey League history have ever entered the league with higher expectations on their shoulders than Eric Lindros did when he joined the Flyers for the 1992-93 season. Despite missing 23 games due to knee injuries, Lindros set a franchise rookie goal-scoring record on this day in 1993 as he racked up his third hat trick of the season to record his 33rd, 34th and 35th goals of the season.

Lindros' game-winning goal at 16:11 of the third period completed the hat trick and led the Flyers to a dramatic 5-4 comeback win at the Spectrum over the New York Rangers. The Flyers trailed, 4-2, at the second intermission before Lindros started the comeback early in the third period as he beat goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck to narrow the game to one goal.

With his 35th goal of the season, Lindros eclipsed the previous franchise record set by Brian Propp in 1979-80. Lindros would go on to score six more goals before the end of the season to finish with 41. The mark still holds as the most goals scored by a Flyers' rookie.

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Parent Outduels Dryden in Spectrum classic: March 23, 1975

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 In a classic duel between two Hall of Fame goaltenders, Bernie Parent's defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers topped Ken Dryden and the Montreal Canadiens by a 2-1 score at the Spectrum on March 23, 1975. 

Both goalies were at the top of their respective games. Parent turned back 19 of 20 shots; not a high quantity but there were multiple high-quality chances generated by the Habs along the way. Dryden stopped 33 of 35 as the Flyers pressured heavily in all three zones and were able to forecheck effectively even against Montreal's vaunted defense corps.

Only an unstoppable late first period power play goal by the legendary Guy LaFleur, which tied the game at 1-1, got past Parent. For the Flyers, a first-period Rick MacLeish goal (35th of the season) and a mid-game Ross Lonsberry tally (20th) were just enough to win.

Philly clamps down defensively in the third period, limiting the deadly Canadiens attack to seven shots. In his second of back-to-back Vezina Trophy winning seasons, Parent took care of the rest

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Flyers Play Penguins: March 22, 1984

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In one of the most lopsided games in franchise history, the Flyers destroyed the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins by a 13-4 margin at the Spectrum on March 22, 1984.

In this game, Tim Kerr (two goals) reached the 50-goal milestone for the first of four straight seasons and both Ilkka Sinisalo and Dave Poulin (hitting the 30-goal milestone on the third goal) recorded hat tricks. The Flyers led 4-1 after the first period and 6-4 after the second before racking up seven unanswered goals in the third period. Philly owned a 3-0 lead before the game is even five minutes old.

Pittsburgh failed to compete. In the seven-goal third-period, the goals became so frequent that the Flyers players stopped celebrating and the Spectrum crowd barely reacted. Veteran Penguins goaltender Denis Herron was left in net to absorb the entire beating.

As the worst team in the NHL, the Penguins drafted the heralded Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick of the 1984 NHL Draft.

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Dornhoefer and Ashbee inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame: March 21, 1991

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Two of the hardest working players in franchise history became the eighth and ninth inductees in the Flyers Hall of Fame on March 21, 1991: defenseman Barry Ashbee (posthumously) and right winger Gary Dornhoefer.

Dornhoefer, who was a member of the inaugural 1967-68 team and played in Philadelphia until he retired at the end of the 1977-78 season, played 725 games as a Flyer. In his decade as a Flyer, he scored 202 goals, 518 points and accumulated 1,256 penalty minutes.

"Dorny" embodied the work ethic, competitive drive and personal integrity the team has valued from the time of its foundation in 1967.oals, 518 points and accumulated 1,256 penalty minutes.

Ashbee, who passed away in 1977 at age 36 after a bout with leukemia, was an everyman player who epitomized the competitive drive of the Broad Street Bullies-era Flyers. Whatever he lacked in natural talent he made up for in work ethic and hunger to win.

Ashbee possessed as much character and inner strength as anyone who has ever been a professional athlete. A key blueline cog in the Flyers 1973-74 Stanley Cup championship squad until an eye injury prematurely ended his career, Ashbee was an assistant coach in 1974-75 as the team repeated as champions.


March 21: Through the Years

1974: With the score tied 1-1 midway through the third period, Rick MacLeish breaks free for a shorthanded goal. Later, he adds an insurance goal to seal a 3-1 home win over the Vancouver Canucks. Bill Barber's second power play goal stands as the lone goal for either team through the opening 40 minutes.

1976: In a game that features a bench-clearing brawl at the end of the first period, the Flyers erase a 1-0 deficit over the final 40 minutes to down the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Maple Leaf Gardens. A pair of goals by Bill Barber (42nd and 43rd of the season) and Terry Crisp (fifth and sixth) enable the Flyers to double up a two-goal effort by Toronto's Ian Turnbull.

1982: Returning to his familiar left wing position after a stint filling in on an injury-racked defense corps, Bill Barber scores the game winning goal with 2:25 to play then adds an empty netter to seal a 5-3 home win for the Flyers against the Hartford Whalers. The two teams combine for 95 shots (51 for the Flyers, 44 for the Whalers) to tie a Flyers regular season franchise record.

1994: The Philadelphia Flyers career of former Bobby Clarke Trophy winner Pelle Eklund comes to an end. The team trades him to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 1994 eighth-round pick (future NHL defenseman Ray Giroux). 

1999: The Flyers earn a comeback 5-4 home win over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Philadelphia wins in regulation after trailing by scores a 1-0 (first period), 3-1 (second period) and 4-2 (third period). Mikael Renberg's backhander knots the game at 4-4 about six 

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Back-to-back hat tricks for Lindros: March 20, 1995

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Legendary goaltender Patrick Roy's longtime woes against the Flyers continued in an 8-4 Flyers blowout win at the Spectrum. Team captain Eric Lindros, on his way to winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, racked up a hat trick and an assist for a four-point game. 

Lindros' big night gave him six goals and eight points over a two-game span. He had done the same thing in a 4-3 overtime victory two nights earlier against the Florida Panthers.

Furthering the Habs' misery on this night, John LeClair and Kevin Dineen (three points) each scored a pair of goals. Mikael Renberg contributed three assists while Rod Brind'Amour notched a shorthanded goal and an assist.

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