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Flyers Finish off Tampa: April 27, 1996

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers close out their brawl-filled six-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 6-1 road blowout win. Karl Dykhuis, Shawn Antoski, Trent Klatt (third goal of the series), Bob Corkum, Eric Lindros (third of the series) and Kjell Samuelsson scored for the Flyers. Ron Hextall stopped 27 of 28 shots.

With 2:04 left in the game and both the game and series outcome no longer in doubt, Lindros fought and thrashed series-long nemesis Igor Ulanov. The fight put an exclamation point on a physically intense, and often nasty, series.

From a hockey standpoint, however, Philadelphia dominated. Despite two losses (both in OT in Games 2 and 3), the Flyers only trailed for seven minutes, 30 seconds in regulation for the entire series; entirely within the first period of Game 3. Nevertheless, the series took a heavy physical toll on the top-seeded Flyers heading into a second-round series with the Florida Panthers.

April 27: Through the Years

  • 1989: Two goals apiece by Tim Kerr and Derrick Smith and one by Brian Propp power the Flyers to a 6-2 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to force a seventh and deciding game in the Wales Conference Semifinals. Ron Hextall stops 20 of 22 shots to earn the win.


  • 2000: The Pittsburgh Penguins take a two games to zero lead on the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals as they capture a 2-0 shutout win in Philadelphia, despite getting outshot 28-14. Ron Tugnutt stops all 28 shots he sees, while Jaromir Jagr and Jan Hrdina score for the Penguins. The Flyers will go on to win four games in a row, including back-to-back overtime epics in Games 3 and 4.


  • 2003: Roman Cechmanek records a 33-save shutout (one of two shutouts he earns in the series) in a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. Goals by Simon Gagne and Mark Recchi supply just enough offense for the Flyers to knot their Eastern Conference Semifinal series at 1-1.


  • 2013: The Flyers end the 48-game 2012-13 season with a 2-1 matinee road victory over the Ottawa Senators. Given the opportunity to make his NHL debut and skate on a line with Claude Giroux, Ottawa native Jason Akeson scores on his second shift and first shot.



  • Rugged checking forward Ian MacNeil was born April 27, 1977 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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