|Eric Lindros' goal on a penalty shot was the first successful attempt in Flyers playoff history. |
On this date in 1997, the Flyers defeated the Sabres in Buffalo, 6-3, in Game Five of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. With the win, the Flyers won the series, four games to one, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers started the scoring in the game with three straight goals over a four-minute span of the second period. John LeClair (5:27) and Eric Lindros (8:32) each scored a goal. Lindros scored his second goal of the game at 9:13 on a penalty shot attempt against Sabres goaltender Steve Shields to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.
Buffalo responded by scoring three of the next four goals in the second period to cut the Flyers lead to one goal as the teams entered the second intermission.
The Flyers Shjon Podein scored at 6:00 of the third period to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead and then Dainius Zubrus scored his second goal of the game into an empty net to secure the Flyers 6-3 win.
Flyers center Rod Brind Amour posted three assists in the contest, while Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall stopped 21 of 24 shots faced to record the win.
Eric Lindros goal on a penalty shot attempt was the first, and only, successful attempt in franchise playoff history. The Flyers were unsuccessful on their first three attempts in a playoff game and have been successful on just one of six attempts in a playoff game in team history.