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Lupul Lifts Flyers in Game 7 OT in Washington: April 22, 2008

by @NHLFlyers

In the seventh and deciding game of their 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Washington Capitals, Joffrey Lupul's power play rebound goal at the 6:06 mark of overtime won the 3-2 game and series for the Flyers.  

On the series-winning goal, scored with nine seconds left on a To Lupul got open in front of the net and put a backhanded shot past goaltender Cristobal Huet on a Kimmo Timonen rebound.

During regulation, Scottie Upshall and Sami Kapanen sandwiched goals in between tallies by Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. Martin Biron made 39 saves to earn the win. Danny Briere, who assisted on the game-winning goal, had a series-high 11 points in the seven games.

The Flyers trailed early. Ovechkin set up Backstrom to give the Caps a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. They battled back to knot the score on Upshall's power play goal at 15:38 of the first period. Philly took the lead at 9:47 of the middle frame on a disputed Kapanen goal. Washington claimed it should have been disallowed for goaltender interference. Ovechkin scored at 15:29 of the second period to forge a 2-2 tie.

The Capitals controlled the third period, outshooting the Flyers by a 16-5. In the final six minutes, Biron produced a near-miracle: an open Alexander Semin was poised to stash home a rebound, but Biron flung himself backward and contorted his body to beat Semin and cover the puck for a desperately needed stoppage. Biron would go on to play brilliantly in the Flyers' second-round series against Montreal.

The match was the thirtieth Game 7 in NHL History to go overtime, including a previous Flyers vs. Capitals series (1988, won by Washington). 

APRIL 22: Through the Years

  • 1980: The Flyers wrap up their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory at the Spectrum in Game Five. Goals by Al Hill, Behn Wilson and Paul Holmgren build a 3-0 lead before the midpoint of regulation. Rookie goalie Pete Peeters (25 saves on 26 shots) takes it from there.


  • 1995: John LeClair's rebound put-in of a Mikael Renberg shot at the 54-second mark of overtime gives the Flyers a 4-3 road win over the New Jersey Devils. Rob DiMaio, Kevin Dineen and Eric Lindros score in regulation before a third-period rally by the Devils forces OT.


  • 1999: The Flyers get their ill-fated first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs off to a promising enough start, securing a 3-0 shutout victory in Game One in Toronto. John Vanbiesbrouck posts a 25-save shutout, which includes a crucial penalty shot save on superstar center Mats Sundin. Moments before the penalty shot attempt, Sundin's Swedish countryman, Mikael Renberg, gives Vanbiesbrouck a word of advice to expect Sundin to try to use a quick shot release and score high. Valeri Zelepukin, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins post a picket fence on the period-by-period scoreboard.


  • 2006: A dramatic Flyers comeback -- featuring a stellar 55-save performance by goalie Robert Esche, a dominant third period by Peter Forsberg and a tying goal by Simon Gagne with 1:51 left in regulation -- goes to waste in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres prevail 3-2 in double overtime.


  • 2016: A 44-save shutout masterpiece by Michal Neuvirth enables the Flyers to steal a 2-0 road victory over the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to avert elimination and send the series back to Philadelphia. The Flyers get outshot 44-11 but goals by Ryan White (a fortunate bounce off the skate of Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney) and Chris VandeVelde (empty net goal) are enough to win.


April 22: Flyers Birthdays

  • Versatile utility forward and longtime Flyers scout Al Hill was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on April 22, 1955.


  • Offensive-minded defenseman Milos Holan was born in Bilovec, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) on April 22, 1971.


  • A one-time NHL All-Star defenseman who later had a brief Flyers stint, Zarley Zalapski was born on April 22, 1968 in Edmonton Alberta.  


  • One of the biggest fan favorites of the 1980s, the late Peter Zezel was born April 20, 1965 in Toronto to Serbian immigrant parents.



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