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Flyers Defeat North Stars, Earn First Playoff Series Win: April 12, 1973

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In the Philadelphia Flyers' sixth season of existence, the franchise advanced to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the first time in the franchise's young history. On April 12, 1973, the Flyers closed out their quarterfinal series with a 4-1 road victory over the Minnesota North Stars in Game 6.

Minnesota led, 1-0, at the first intermission. The Flyers took control of the game in the second period with unanswered goals by Terry Crisp, Ross Lonsberry (three-point game). Lonsberry later tacked on an empty-netter late in the third period. Winning goalie Doug Favell stopped 37 of 38 shots.

The Flyers would go on to face the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals.


April 12: Through the Years


  • 1974: The Flyers put a three-games-to-zero stranglehold on their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the Atlanta Flames as they capture a 4-1 road win. The Flyers grab a 2-0 lead within the first 5:02 of the game on goals by Don Saleski and Bobby Clarke (power play). After Atlanta cuts the gap to 2-1 early in the second period, Rick MacLeish restores the two-goal lead. Bill Barber puts the game out of reach early in the third period. Bernie Parent stops 27 of 28 shots. The game is perhaps most noted for a bench-clearing brawl at 13:31 of the second period. Sixteen seconds after the game resumes, MacLeish scores to make it a 3-1 game.


  • 1976: The Flyers open their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by cruising to a 4-1 win at the Spectrum in Game One. Reggie Leach, Orest Kindrachuk, Bobby Clarke and Gary Dornhoefer (power play) tally for Philadelphia. Bernie Parent stops 23 of 24 shots.


  • 1993: The Flyers nip the New York Rangers, 1-0, for the team's second straight shutout victory. Greg Hawgood's first period goal is the lone marker for either team. Dominic Roussel stops all 24 shots he faces.


  • 1995: Recovering from a sluggish start that sees the team yield a goal in the opening minute of the game and a shorthanded goal late in the first period, the Flyers claw back to defeat the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 3-2. Mikael Renberg scores the game-winner at 6:30 of the third period.


  • 2014: The Flyers earn an important but costly 4-3 road overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jakub Voracek (two goals, one assist) and Claude Giroux (one goal, two assists) lead the way offensively and Mark Streit scores the winning goal in overtime on a routine-looking shot that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury whiffs on to end the game. Steve Mason (21 saves on 22 shots) is forced to leave the game after two periods with what turns out to be a concussion suffered in a collision at the net, Mason subsequently misses the first two games of the playoffs.




  • Well-liked checking winger Kent Manderville was born April 12, 1971 in Edmonton.


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