On April 5, 1973, The Flyers knotted up their franchise-landmark Stanley Cup quarterfinal series with the Minnesota North Stars at one game apiece with a 4-1 win at the Spectrum.
Don Saleski opened the scoring at 5:48 of the first period before a three-goal outburst in the middle frame by Bill Flett, Bill Barber and Terry Crisp. Flyers defenseman Barry Ashbee, normally more of a stay-at-home defender, assisted on all three goals.
Ashbee's three helpers set a new Flyers franchise record for most assists in one period of a playoff game and tied the NHL record for most assists in a period of a playoff game. Ashbee is still tied for the NHL record. It has happened 86 times in NHL history, through 2015.
Doug Favell (31 saves) earned the win in goal for the Flyers. He took a shutout into the third period before a power play goal by 41-year-old North Stars forward Dean Prentice provides Minnesota's lone goal.
APRIL 5: Through the Years
- 1975: A 29-save effort from Bernie Parent keys a 4-1 win at the Nassau Coliseum over the pesky New York Islanders, who will soon give Philly quite a scare in playoffs before the Flyers prevail en route to their second straight Stanley Cup. Don Saleski (10th), Bill Barber (34th, power play), Gary Dornhoefer (17th) and Rick MacLeish (37th) provide the offense as the Flyers erase an early 1-0 deficit.
- 1986: The Flyers overcome deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to capture a 4-3 road overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins after Illka Sinisalo scores his second goal of the game (38th and 39th of the season) to nail down the win in a game the Flyers never led in regulation. Rich Sutter (14th) and Dave Brown (10th goal, fighting major, two-thirds of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick) also score in regulation.
- 1987: Brian Propp's sixth career NHL hat trick is one of the few bright spots in an ugly 9-5 home loss to the New York Islanders. Rookie goalie Ron Hextall goes the distance for Philly, yielding nine goals on 30 shots after Propp's first two goals of the game stake the Flyers to a 2-0 lead within the opening 6:27 of the first period.
- 2012: Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, courtesy of a rare Sabres goal by ex-Flyers forward Ville Leino, Philly rallies for a pair of goals in the final stanza to win by a 2-1 count. Rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon ties the game with his fourth NHL goal before rookie winger Matt Read scores the game winner at 15:39 with his 24th goal of the season.
- 2015: The Flyers complete a season series sweep of the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Jakub Voracek scores a power play in the final minute of the first period to knot the score at 1-1. Philly then goes on to get unanswered goals by Brayden Schenn, Ryan White and Michael Del Zotto. The first star of the game is goaltender Steve Mason, who turns back 46 of 47 shots as Philly gets outshot by a 47-20 margin.
April 5 Flyers Birthdays
- Longtime original Flyer goaltender Doug Favell was born April 5, 1945 in St. Catherine's, Ontario.
- The late John Hanna, an early post-expansion era Flyers defenseman, was born April 5, 1935 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.