Entering the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs as a favorite over the Buffalo Sabres, the defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in dire straights in Game 6 of the series. Philadelphia was on the brink of elimination and stared at a pair of multi-goal deficits.
Danny Briere scores twice in regulation to lead a comeback after the Flyers trail by scores of 2-0 and 3-1. James van Riemsdyk cuts the gap to 3-2 in the opening minute of the second period and Scott Hartnell forces overtime with a goal midway through the third period.
Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher (24 saves on 25 shots) held the fort in relief of surprise starter Michael Leighton (five saves on eight shots). At the other end of the ice, the Flyers peppered Ryan Miller with 49 shots. Finally, Ville Leino's second-effort rebound goal at 4:43 of overtime off a deflected Kris Versteeg shot capped the 5-4 road win and forced a seventh and deciding game in Philadelphia.
April 24: Through the Years
- 1981: After trailing their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the Calgary Flames by a three games to one margin, the Flyers come back to force a Game Seven at the Spectrum with a 3-2 road win in Calgary. After a scoreless first period, Ken Linseman sandwiches a pair of goals around a Bobby Clarke tally and one by the Flames' Guy Chouinard (whose son, Eric, later plays for the Flyers). The Flyers hang on the third period to win by one goal. Winning goalie Rick St. Croix stops 34 of 36 shots.
- 1987: The Flyers put a three games to zero stranglehold on the Patrick Division Final series against the New York Islanders with a 4-1 win at Nassau Coliseum. Mark Howe (one goal, two assists, plus-three) leads the way along with goals by Brian Propp. Al Hill and Pelle Eklund (empty net). Ron Hextall turns aside 23 of 24 shots.
- 1998: John LeClair's power play goal with 3:32 remaining in regulation lifts the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Buffalo had come back from a 2-0 third period deficit to knot the game before an Alexei Zhitnik cross-checking penalty opens the door to LeClair's winning goal. Eric Lindros (one goal, one assist) and Chris Gratton score respective first-period and second-period goals to build the 2-0 lead. The Flyers go just 1-for-10 on the power play but make the one they get count. Winning goalie Sean Burke stops 25 of 27 Buffalo shots while Dominik Hasek turns back 35 of 38 Flyers offerings. A frustrated Sabres team takes a slew of penalties after the LeClair goal, including a Michal Grosek butt-ending incident and misconducts to Rob Ray and Matthew Barnaby.
April 24: Flyers Birthday
- Skilled winger Patrik Juhlin was born in Huddinge, Sweden on April 24, 1970.