After needing a final-game shootout victory to get into the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Peter Laviolette's Philadelphia Flyers were a relaxed and confident team despite facing a longtime playoff nemesis - the New Jersey Devils and future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur in his final Vezina Trophy season.
In Game One of the series, Chris Pronger broke a scoreless tie to put the visitors ahead, 1-0, with a power play goal midway through the first period. Mike Richards adds to the lead late in the period.
Philly got outshot 24-14 for the game but made their shots count. Brian Boucher (23 saves) flirted with a shutout for 57 minutes and then slammed the door after the Devils finally got on the board with a late Travis Zajac goal. Boucher earned first-star honors.
April 15: Through the Years
- 1975: The Flyers blank the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 at the Spectrum to take a two games to none lead in their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series. Bernie Parent faces only three tough shots in a 13-save shutout, while a pair of goals by low-scoring checking center Terry Crisp and one from Andre "Moose" Dupont additional goal support. The Flyers go on to sweep the series.
- 1976: The Flyers lose a brawl-filled 5-4 decision at Maple Leaf Garden to fall behind in their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series, two games to one. Referee Dave Newell awards a staggering 16 power plays (5-for-16) to Toronto to just three for the Flyers (1-for-3). This massive disparity contributes not only to the final score of the game but also to the final 52-28 shot total in favor of the Leafs. Bernie Parent still manages to stop 47 shots. Philly goes on to win the series, four games to three.
- 1977: Trailing 2-0 in their first-round series to the Toronto Maple Leafs and seemingly distracted by other issues such as the rapidly declining health of leukemia-stricken former teammate and assistant coach Barry Ashbee, the Flyers did deep to win a 4-3 overtime at Maple Leaf Garden. The Flyers actually trail 2-0 at the first intermission before roaring back for goals by Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk to tie the game at 2-2. After Toronto forges ahead again with 4:09 left in the third period and the Flyers pull Wayne Stephenson (25 saves) for a 6-on-5 attack, Rick MacLeish forces overtime with 38 ticks left on the clock. MacLeish then scores again at 2:55 of overtime. The Flyer go on to win four games in a row to take the series.
- 1993: Kevin Dineen's hat trick and six-point night make a late-season tilt with the Buffalo Sabres memorable. The visiting Flyers earn a 7-4 win.
- 2008: Philadelphia grabs a two games to one lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Washington Capitals with a home-ice 6-3 win in Game Three. Two goals by Danny Briere and a successful penalty shot conversion by Mike Richards lead the way.
- 2012: The underdog Flyers seize a three games to none stranglehold on their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh players become unglued in the 8-4 Flyers blowout win, leading to the suspensions of James Neal (one game) and former Flyers forward Arron Asham (rest of the series). Danny Briere, rookie Matt Read and former Penguins forward Max Talbot score twice apiece, while Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell add single tallies.
April 15: Flyers Birthdays
- Speedy and feisty center Keith "Woody" Acton was born April 15, 1958 in Stouffville, Ontario.
- Longtime NHL defenseman Pavel Kubina was born April 15, 1977 in Celadna, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).
- Left wing power forward Kevin Stevens was born April 15, 1965 in Brockton, Massachusetts.
- Smallish skilled forward Jordan Weal was born April 15, 1992 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Depth call-up forward Jason Zent was born April 15, 1971 in Buffalo, NY.