A well-liked and colorful player from the Philadelphia Flyers inaugural season, Rosaire "Rosey" Paiement holds the distinction of scoring the first playoff hat trick in franchise history. He accomplished the feat at the Spectrum in Game 5 of the 1968 Stanley Cup quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues.
Although he only played parts of two seasons with the Flyers, Paiement was a popular figure locally from his time with the Cherry Hill based Jersey Devils (for whom he racked up 61 goals, 125 points and 175 penalty minutes in 72 games in 1966-67), Previously, Paiement was a member of the Memorial Cup champion Niagara Falls Flyers, where his teammates included goaltenders Bernie Parent and Doug Favell.
After being called up from the AHL's Quebec Aces, with whom he spent most of the 1967-68 campaign, Paiement went on to have a major impact in sending the Flyers' first-ever playoff series to seven games. The team faced elimination coming back to the Spectrum for Game 5 on April 13, 1968.
Shortly after Leon Rochefort put the Flyers on the board first, Paiement scored his first goal of the game at the 13:18 mark. Later, Rochefort put the game out of reach for St. Louis with a pair of third-period power play tallies.
Favell earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots. The lone St. Louis goal was a shorthanded tally by Gerry Melnyk (who later became one the best scouts in Flyers' history and was the man most responsible for the Flyers drafting Bobby Clarke, Pelle Lindbergh and Ron Hextall, among other notables).
At 9:03 of the third period, a brawl erupted. St. Louis roughneck Noel Picard blind-sided and viciously assaulted Flyers finesse forward Claude Laforge, leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood. Flyers owner Ed Snider privately vowed that he'd never again see a Philadelphia team manhandled in that manner. In the years to come, the Flyers assembled the team that became known as the "Broad Street Bullies."
April 13: Through the Years
- 1985: Tim Kerr is a one-man wrecking crew against the New York Rangers. The virtually unstoppable power forward scores four consecutive goals in the second period of the Flyers' series-clinching 6-5 win at Madison Square Garden over the New York Rangers. Kerr's three power goal goals and one even-strength tally are compiled over just eight minutes and 16 seconds of game-clock time. He set an NHL record that still stands.
- 1997: In the final game of the 1996-97 regular season, the Flyers trail the New Jersey Devils by a 4-1 score after two periods. In the third period, however, the home team stuns the usually stingy Devils by exploding for four unanswered goals. John LeClair's tally at 15:53 of the third period ties the game at 4-4 and gives him 50 goals for the second straight season. Eric Lindros (32nd), Rod Brind'Amour (27th) and Trent Klatt (game-winning marker with 1:34 left in regulation for his 24th goal of the season) also score in the late rally.
- 1998: John LeClair reaches the 50-goal mark for the third straight season. His goal is the lone Flyers score in a 2-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
- 2008: The Flyers bounce back from a blown multi-goal lead in Game One of their first round series with the Washington Capitals to blank the Caps in Game Two by a 2-0 score. First period goals by R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter are enough goal support for Martin Biron (24 saves on 24 shots).
April 13: Flyers Birthdays
- Tough and aggressive right winger Arron Asham was born April 13, 1985 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
- An early Flyers call-up player from the Quebec Aces, center Keith Wright was born April 13,1944 in Aurora, Ontario.