Two of the three members of the Philadelphia Flyers' fabled LCB line tallied milestone goals in the team's 5-2 win at the Spectrum over the Buffalo Sabres on April 3, 1976. The match was the penultimate game of the 1975-76 regular season and the final home game of the campaign.
In this game, Hockey Hall of Fame left winger Bill Barber became the third member of the team's single-season 50-goal club, joining Rick MacLeish (1972-73) and LCB linemate Reggie Leach (who surpassed the 50-goal mark earlier in the 1975-76 campaign). Barber hit the mark when he converted a pass from linemate Bobby Clarke to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead at 4:30 of the second period.
Earlier, Leach scored a late first period goal for his 61st and final tally of the regular season. That mark, as well as the 19 he would go on to score in the Stanley Cup playoffs, still stand as franchise single-season goal records. The latter is still tied for an all-time NHL playoff year record.
Bernie Parent stopped 18 of 20 shots to earn the win. Defenseman Larry "Izzy" Goodenough (eighth goal) opened the scoring with a power play marker before the Barber and Leach goals. Rookie center Mel Bridgman (23rd) and checking winger Bob "the Hound" Kelly (12th) added some extra insurance in the final period.
April 3: Through the Years
- 1980: The Riverton Rifle. Reggie Leach hits the 50-goal milestone for the second time in his Flyers career, and do so in grand fashion. Leach records a hat trick in a 4-2 comeback win at the Spectrum against the Washington Capitals. LCB linemate Bobby Clarke assists on all four Flyers goals, including a late second-period goal by defenseman Jimmy Watson (fifth of the season) that sends the game to third period tied at 2-2 before Leach scores twice more in the final stanza.
- 1983: Brian Propp reaches the 40-goal mark for the second straight season, tallying twice in a 4-2 home win over the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders. Veteran forwards Darryl Sittler (43rd) and Bill Barber (27th in an injury-riddled season limited to 66 games played) also score and rookie goaltender Pelle Lindbergh earns third-star honors with a 29-save performance.
- 1993: The Flyers crush the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning at the Spectrum, 6-2, taking a 3-0 lead before the first period is even halfway over and never looking back. Rookie center Eric Lindros scores his 37th goal of the season and also chips in an assist as Philly goes 4-for-7 on the power play. Mark Recchi (51st), Terry Carkner (third), Greg Hawgood (ninth), Al Conroy (third) and Josef Beranek (13th) round out the scoring.
- 2009: It's not pretty, but the Flyers gladly take a home 8-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Philly score the game's first six goals over a span of less than 27 minutes. Jeff Carter notches his first career hat trick (42nd, 43rd and 44th goals of the season) amid a four-point night, and linemate Scott Hartnell hits the 30-goal plateau for the first of two times in his Flyers career. Danny Briere (one goal, two assists) enjoys a three-point night, and Simon Gagne (32nd), rookie Claude Giroux (eighth) and defenseman Randy Jones (fourth) also tally.
- 2013: On the day of the 2013 NHL trade deadline, the Flyers acquire goaltender Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets for backup goalie Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round draft choice. Former Calder Trophy winner Mason will soon go on to claim the Flyers' starting job and revitalize his career.
April 3: Flyers Birthdays
- Hockey Hall of Fame and Flyers Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent was born April 3, 1945 in Montreal.
- The late Andrei Lomakin, the first Soviet-trained player to appear for the Flyers, was born April 3, 1964, in Voskresensk, USSR (now Russia).
- Two-stint Flyers right winger Steve Downie was born April 3, 1987 in Newmarket, Ontario.