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This Date In Flyers History...April 8

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
April 8, 1980...Flyers Defeat Oilers, 4-3 in overtime



On this date in 1980, the Flyers defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the Spectrum, 4-3 in overtime, in Game One of their Preliminary Round series.

The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Paul Holmgren and Reggie Leach.

The Oilers responded by scoring two first-period goals to tie the score at 2-2 after the first period.

After a scoreless second period, Edmonton took their first lead of the game on a goal by Don
                      Wayne Gretzky                                 Murdoch at 8:09 of the third period. With less than
                                                                                     two minutes to play in the third period (18:41), the Flyers' Rick MacLeish scored a goal to tie the game at 3-3.

Bobby Clarke scored the game-winning goal at 8:06 of the first overtime period to give the Flyers a 4-3 win and a one-game-to-none lead in the series.

The Flyers outshot the Oilers, 51-17.

In the contest, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky would record his first NHL playoff goal and his first NHL playoff assist.

The Flyers would win the series, three games to none.
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