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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: April 9

Flyers Win Emotional Playoff-Spot Clincher: April 9, 2016

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

In the home finale of the 2015-16 regular season, the Flyers clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers finished the campaign with 54 points at home (23-10-8);

Wayne Simmonds, who dedicated the game beforehand to Flyers co-founder and chairman Ed Snider, scored two goals including the game-winner.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare sealed the victory with a breakaway goal to an empty net. Steve Mason made 18 saves on 19 shots; none bigger than a spectacular glove save on Kael Mouillierat on a point-blank chance with Pittsburgh leading 1-0 late in the first period.

 

 

April 9: Through the Years

  • 1974: The Flyers start their march to their first Stanley Cup championship with a 4-1 win at the Spectrum against the Atlanta Flames in the Game One of the Quarterfinals/ A shorthanded goal by Gary Dornhoefer breaks a scoreless deadlock with five seconds left in the first period. After a Tom Bladon power play goal midway through regulation extends the lead to 2-0, Orest Kindrachuk put the game out of reach with a pair of third period tallies. Bernie Parent starts his Conn Smythe Trophy winning run with 31 saves on 32 shots.

 

  • 1980: The Flyers grab a commanding 2-0 series lead in their best-of-five miniseries with the Edmonton Oilers in the preliminary round of the playoffs. The Flyers trail early and hold just a 2-1 lead (goals by Behn Wilson and Bobby Clarke) heading into the third period. The home side pulls away with unanswered goals in the final period by Paul Holmgren, Reggie Leach and Tom Gorence (power play). Pete Peeters stops 23 of 24 shots in the 5-1 win.

 

  • 1981: Bill Barber registers a playoff hat trick (the seventh combined between his regular season and postseason careers) in an 8-5 Flyers win in Game 2 of their miniseries with the Quebec Nordiques. Philly grabs a 2-0 lead in the series.

 

  • 1987: After stumbling to a 3-0 home loss in Game One of their quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, the Flyers knot the series with an 8-3 blowout in a nasty, fight-filled game at the Spectrum. After Brad Marsh scores a rare goal to finally get the Flyers on the board and establish a 1-0 lead late in the first period, the floodgates pour open for Philly. Rick Tocchet scores twice, including a shorthanded goal. Scott Mellanby, Tim Kerr, Dave Poulin, Derrick Smith and Peter Zezel also light the lamp while Mark Howe collects two assists.

 

  • 1989: A four-goal explosion by the Flyers in the second period gives the home team a commanding lead en route to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Wales Conference Quarterfinals. The victory knots the series at 2-2.Tim Kerr, Dave Poulin, Rick Tocchet, Scott Mellanby and Gord Murphy score the goals. Ron Hextall stops 30 of 32 shots and earns first-star honors.

 

  • 2011: The Flyers collect a 7-4 home victory over the New York Islanders. Scott Hartnell tallies twice, while Danny Briere notches his 34th goal of the season.

 

  • 2016: In the home finale of the 2015-16 regular season, the Flyers clinch a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center. Wayne Simmonds, who dedicated the game beforehand to Flyers co-founder and chairman Ed Snider, scored two goals including the game-winner. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare sealed the victory with a breakaway goal to an empty net. Steve Mason made 18 saves on 19 shots; none bigger than a spectacular glove save on Kael Mouillierat on a point-blank chance with Pittsburgh leading 1-0 late in the first period.

 

FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS

  • The first American-born player to suit up for the Flyers, right winger Wayne Hicks was born on April 9, 1937, in Aberdeen, Washington.

 

  • Center Ben Holmstrom was born April 9, 1987 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

  • Speedy forward Michel Parizeau was born April 9, 1948 in Montreal.

 

  • One of the toughest power forwards of his era, two-stint Flyers right winger Rick Tocchet was born April 9, 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario.

 

 

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