In route to winning their second straight Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers closed out a quarterfinal round road sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-3 road victory in overtime of Game Four on April 19, 1975.
After getting shut out by Bernie Parent in Games 2 and 3 of the series, the Leafs stuck early in the first period before a pair of first-period goals by Reggie Leach set up by Bobby Clarke -- once at even strength and once on the power play - sendt the game to the first intermission tied at 2-2.
LCB linemate Bill Barber gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead in the second period but Toronto's Ron Ellis forced overtime with his second goal of the game, knotting the score at 13:23 of the third period. The Flyers made short work of OT.
Off a setup from behind the net by Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, a wide-open Andre "Moose" Dupont scores the series-clincher at 1:45 on the first shot of the extra frame. Dupont launched into his celebratory "Moose Shuffle" and was mobbed by teammates. Parent finished with 28 saves.
April 19: Through the Years
- 1977: After winning two straight road games in overtime to knot the series at two games apiece, the Flyers shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum, 2-0, for their third straight win. First and third period goals by Reggie Leach are all the goal support that Wayne Stephenson (22 saves) needs.
- 1980: The Flyers blank the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, 3-0, to grab a three games to zero stranglehold on their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series. A shorthanded goal by defenseman Bob "the Count" Dailey opens the scoring. Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish add insurance in the third period. Pete Peeters earns a 29-save shutout.
- 1989: The Flyers knot their Patrick Division Final series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at one game apiece with a 4-2 road win highlighted by a natural hat trick by Tim Kerr in the first period, a Brian Propp goal in the closing minute of the second period and a 28-save performance by Ron Hextall. Mark Howe registers a pair of assists and is plus-two playing against Mario Lemieux's line.
- 1997: The Flyers jump out to a two games to zero lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal as they down the Pens by a 3-2 score at what was then known as the CoreStates Center. A Mario Lemieux goal assisted by Jaromir Jagr stands as the lone tally for two periods. In the third period, Joel Otto ties the game early only for Jagr to restore a Penguins lead just 1:21 later. The Flyers return the favor as John LeClair ties the game at 2-2 a mere 1:08 after the Jagr goal. Finally, at 13:40 of the third period, Trent Klatt puts Philly ahead to stay.
- 2001: Roman Cechmanek (25 saves) outduels legendary countryman Dominik Hasek in goal as the Flyers force a Game Six in Buffalo in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Power play goals by Simon Gagne and Mark Recchi give the Flyers a 2-1 lead entering the third period. Chris Therien adds some insurance in the final stanza.
- 2003: After each of the two previous games went to double overtime (Game 3) or triple overtime (Game 4), the Flyers earn a 4-1 regulation win at home over the Toronto Maple Leafs to grab a three games to two advantage in their war of an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. A pair of Sami Kapanen power play goals and even strength tallies by Simon Gagne and Dmitri Yushkevich lead the way. Roman Cechmanek stops 22 of 23 shots to earn the win.
- 2006: In exchange for the Flyers releasing scout Dean Lombardi from his contract in order to become the Los Angeles Kings' general manager, LA sends a 2006 second-round Draft pick as compensation. The Flyers later use the pick to select offensive defenseman Mike Ratchuk.
- 2009: Shrugging off a pair of Evgeni Malkin goals, the Flyers earn a 6-3 victory on home ice to cut the deficit in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to two games to one against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Claude Giroux earns first-star honors with his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal as well as spring Simon Gagne for a shorthanded goal. Gagne later adds an empty net goal. Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Jared Ross also score for the Flyers, while Danny Briere collects a pair of assists. Martin Biron (26 saves) earns the win in goal.