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MacLeish Notches First Four-Goal Game in Flyers History: February 13, 1973

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En route to recording the first 50-goal season in Flyers' franchise history, Rick MacLeish tallied four goals - his 31st (power play), 32nd (power play), 33rd and 34th of the 1972-73 campaign - as the Flyers overcame an early 2-0 deficit and went on to punish the visiting New York Islanders, 8-2, at the Spectrum on February 13, 1973.

At the time, MacLeish set several team records that were later matched or surpassed.

His four goals set a new team record for most goals in a game and his two goals scored 27 seconds apart would be a new team record for fastest two goals by one player. His three second-period goals tied the team record for most goals by a player in one period.

Flyers defenseman Jean Potvin (later traded to the Islanders) scored a pair of goals in the same game, while rookie Bill Barber and fellow young forward Don Saleski scored once apiece.


February 13: Through the Years

  • 1974: Shorthanded and power play goals by Rick MacLeish stake the Flyers to a 2-0 lead as the Flyers go on to enjoy a 3-1 win over Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. Simon Nolet adds a second period goal before Borje Salming ends a Bernie Parent shutout bid (43 saves on 44 shots) with a power play goal in the latter stages of the third period. The game play is chippy throughout and spills over into multiple fights in the third period as well as a spearing incident involving Flyers defenseman Ed Van Impe. Flyers lead enforcer Dave "the Hammer" Schultz collects 19 minutes worth of penalties.


  • 1975: After a scoreless first period, the floodgates open for the Flyers in the second period of a 4-1 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks. A Pit Martin power play goal is the lone tally yielded by Bernie Parent (26 saves on 27 shots). Chicago counterpart Tony Esposito is beaten for goals by Gary Dornhoefer, Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish and Bobby Clarke.


  • 1976: The LCB Line runs rampant in Madison Square Garden as Bill Barber (32nd and 33rd goals of the season) and Reggie Leach (38th and 39th) each tally a pair of goals. Orest Kindrachuk rounds out the scoring in the Flyers' 5-3 win over the New York Rangers.


  • 1986: The Flyers trail the New York Islanders, 2-0, at the first intermission at the Spectrum. However, the Flyers roar back to earn a 6-3 win. Ilkka Sinisalo, Tim Kerr (40th and 41st goals of the season, both on the power play), Lindsay Carson and Murray Craven score for the Flyers. Mark Howe collects even strength and power play assists.


  • 1988: Murray Craven registers a hat trick in a losing cause. The Flyers fall, 7-4, to the host Toronto Maple Leafs.


  • 1992: Defenseman Kerry Huffman scores a pair of goals to spur the Flyers to a 3-2 home win over the Quebec Nordiques in a rowdy game at the Spectrum. The Flyers successfully kill off 8 of 10 shorthanded situations, while limiting the Nords to 16 shots for the game.


  • 1995: The Swedish duo of Mikael Renberg and rookie Patrik Juhlin help the Flyers get an early jump amid a four-goal first period that also sees rookie defenseman Chris Therien score his first NHL goal and Rod Brind'Amour open the scoring. The Flyers build a 5-0 lead on a Craig MacTavish tally and go on to defeat the visiting Washington Capitals at the Spectrum, 5-3. A second-period brawl features Flyers goalie Ron Hextall and Washington's Robert Pearson battling near the zamboni gate.


  • 2010: Danny Briere scores a hat trick - including a successful penalty shot against Carey Price - in a 6-2 Flyers road win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers also get a shorthanded goal from Blair Betts, a power play tally by Mike Richards and an even strength goal by Jeff Carter. Michael Leighton stops 26 of 28 shots to earn the win in net.


  • 2016: Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere's third period power play goal is the lone Flyers tally in a 2-1 overtime home loss to the New Jersey Devils. Michal Neuvirtih stops 22 of 24 shots in a losing cause.


February 13: Flyers Birthday

  • Rugged winger Todd Fedoruk was born in Redwater, Alberta, on February 13, 1979.


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