In the final game of the 1985-86 regular season, Flyers Hall of Fame left winger Brian Propp enjoyed one of the most dominating games of a career that saw him play in five NHL All-Star Games, enjoy four seasons of 40-plus goals and eight years of 30-plus goals.
Completing one of the most torrid stretch drives in franchise history after returning to the lineup from an eye injury that cost him eight games, Propp closed the regular season out with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the final seven games. Five of the points came in a 5-3 win at the Spectrum over the Washington Capitals in the last game of the regular season.
Propp notched his seventh career hat trick on even strength and shorthanded goals within the first 121 ticks of the second period clock and an empty net goal late in the third period. The final goal gave him 40 for the 1985-86 season. He also assisted on a pair of Tim Kerr goals (57th and 58th of the season) and finished the season with 97 points in 72 games.
April 6: Through the Year
1968: The Flyers earn the first playoff win in franchise history, evening their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the St. Louis Blues at 1-1 with a 4-3 home win in Game 2. Doug Favell stops 26 of 29 shots to get the win over Hall of Fame netminder Glenn Hall (37 saves on 41 shots). Leon Rochefort's goal at 6:51 of the third period breaks a 3-3 deadlock. Pat Hannigan, Don Blackburn and Claude Laforge get the Flyers off to a fast start with first-period goals that send the team to intermission with a 3-1 lead.
1978: Bernie Parent earns the 52nd shutout (combined regular season and playoff) of his Flyers career in a 3-0 home win over the New York Rangers. Ross Lonsberry (18th), Jimmy Watson (5th) and Don Saleski (27th) provide the goal support.
1989: The Flyers even up their first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals with a dramatic comeback 3-2 win in Game 2. Trailing by a 2-0 score early in the third period after a second-period buzzer beater by Dino Ciccarelli and Geoff Courtnall goal early in the third period, the Flyers rally for three unanswered goals to win the game. Keith Acton cuts the gap to 2-1 at 7:04. At 11:25, Brian Propp scores a power play goal to the tie game. With Dale Hunter in the box late in regulation for slashing, Propp notches another power play goal with 51 ticks left on the clock to win the game. Tim Kerr earns assists on the tying and winning goals while Pelle Eklund sets up Propp on the game winner.
1995: The Legion of Doom is held to "just" two goals -- Mikael Renberg's 20th and John LeClair's 21st of the lockout-shortened campaign -- but supporting offense from Rod Brind'Amour (7th), Brent Fedyk (6th) and defenseman Kevin Haller (first goal as a Flyer) enable the Flyers to prevail in a high-scoring 5-4 final in Tampa Bay.
2008: Martin Biron (20 saves) earns the fifth shutout of his Flyers career in a tight-checking game 2-0 win at the Wachovia Center over the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins. A late second period goal by Scottie Upshall (14th) stands up until Mike Knuble (29th goal, assist on Upshall goal) seals the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation. Jeff Carter assists on both Flyers' goals.
2010: Brian Boucher records the ninth shutout of his three-stint Flyers career as he stops all 23 shots he faces in a 2-0 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. A mid-first period power play goal by Claude Giroux (16th) stands as the game's only goal until Giroux sets up Mike Richards (29th) for a late-game empty netter.
2014: Brayden Schenn's 19th and 20th goals of his second full NHL season highlight a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center. Matt Read (21st), Vincent Lecavalier (19th) and Zac Rinaldo (2nd) also scored for Philadelphia. Steve Mason saw just 19 shots for the game.
APRIL 6: FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- Mid-1980s Flyers forward Bo Berglund was April 6, 1955 in Sjalevad, Sweden.
- Longtime NHL defenseman Hal Gill was born April 6, 1975, in Concord, Massachusetts.
- Big-framed and rugged right winger Jeff Harding was born April 6, 1969 in Toronto.
- The late Michel "Bunny" Larocque, a longtime NHL backup goaltender, was born April 6, 1952 in Hull, Quebec.
- Local product David Sloane, a defenseman, was born April 6, 1985 in Ambler, PA.