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Lindbergh Blanks Islanders in Series Opener: April 17, 1985

by @NHLFlyers

Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh was even better during the postseason than he had been in backstopping the youngest team in the NHL to the league's top regular season record in the 1984-85 campaign. In the midst of the NHL's highest-scoring era, Lindbergh posted a 2.50 goals against average and .914 save percentage during the 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the opening game of the Patrick Division Finals (Wales Conference Semifinals), Lindbergh played brilliantly in shutting out the New York Islanders; the first of three shutouts he posted during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Final. Although Lindbergh didn't see a high volume of shots (22) in Game One, he had to make several tough saves along the way.

Overall, the Flyers outskated and outchanced the former four-time Stanley Cup champions for most of the game. For the game, Philly held a 38-22 shot edge including a 17-6 advantage in the first period. However, the match remained scoreless until early in the second period.  

Brian Propp set up Rick Tocchet to open up the scoring at 4:10 of the second period. At 10:43, after blocking a Gord Dineen shot and speeding up the ice on the counterattack, Propp fed Todd Bergen for a scoring chance. Islanders goaltender Kelly Hrudey made the first save but Tim Kerr (6th goal of the playoffs) immediately pounced on the rebound and deposited it into net for a 2-0 Flyers lead. In the 3rd period, Tocchet stole the puck from superstar defenseman and Ron Sutter scored for a put-away insurance goal with 3:36 left in the game.

April: 17: Through the Years

  • 1995: The Legion of Doom leads the Flyers to a 3-1 road win over the Florida Panthers. Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg lead the way with a goal and an assist apiece. Kevin Dineen rounds out the scoring and Ron Hextall stops 16 of 17 shots.


  • 2006: Trailing 1-0 after two periods, the Flyers explode for four unanswered goals in the final stanza -- R.J. Umberger (20th), Jeff Carter (23rd), Simon Gagne (47th) and Michal Handzus (11th, ENG) -- to down the New York Islanders, 4-1, in an end-of-regular season game.


  • 2010: Dan Carcillo's goal at 3:35 of overtime, sends the Flyers to a 3-2 victory and a two games to one lead over the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. With a New Jersey penalty about to expire, Mike Richards won a left circle faceoff cleanly, and the puck was sent around to Simon Gagne behind the net. Gagne furthered it to Richards, who was denied by Martin Brodeur on a stuff-in try reaching around to the left post. Flyers captain Richards kept the play alive, poking the puck to a wide-open Carcillo at the opposite post for a tap-in goal to win the game. Claude Giroux and Richards scored in regulation. Brian Boucher made 17 saves in earning the victory.


  • 2011: The Flyers take a two games to one lead in their first-round playoff series with the Buffalo Sabres. Brian Boucher stops 35 of 37 shots in the 4-2 victory. Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Nikolay Zherdev and Kimmo Timonen (empty net) provide the goal support.


APRIL 18: Flyers Birthdays

  • Sturdy center Blake Dunlop was born April 18, 1953 in Hamilton, Ontario.


  • Fan favorite power forward Scott Hartnell was born April 18, 1982 in Regina, Saskatchewan.


  • Depth forward Boyd Kane was born April 18, 1978 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.


  • Hulking enforcer defenseman and winger Dan Kordic was born April 18, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta.
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