One of the wildest games in Philadelphia Flyers regular season history took place on February 27, 1982, when the team traveled to Calgary, Alberta to take on the Flames in what became known as the "Shootout at Stampede Corral," the Flames home arena at the time.
The Flyers opened the game with a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Brian Propp (twice) and Tim Kerr. Calgary responded by scoring the next three goals of the contest. The first period ended in a 4-4 tie.
The second period saw six goals scored with each team posting three goals.
A 7-7 third-period tie was broken by Flames sniper Kent Nilsson scoring his fourth goal of the game, giving the Flames an 8-7 lead. Eighteen seconds later, Flyers forward Tom "T.J." Gorence scored to tie the game at 8-8.
Finally, Flyers defensive defenseman and former Flames captain, Brad Marsh, scored his first goal of the season at 14:49 of the third period to give the Flyers the 9-8 lead which they would hold on to for the victory. Earlier in the season, the Flyers had acquired Marsh from the Flames in a one-for-one exchange for Philadelphia's then-captain Mel Bridgman.
Eight different Flyers registered multiple-point games on this night, including Propp (2G), Kerr (1G,3A), Bob Hoffmeyer (1G,1A), Ilkka Sinisalo (1G,1A), Ken Linesman (1G,3A), Ray Allison (3A), Marsh (1G,1A) and Gorence (1G,1A).
The combined 17 goals scored in the game set a new Flyers record for most goals in a game. On October 27, 2011, the Flyers and Winnipeg Jets would combine for 17 goals in a 9-8 home loss for Philadelphia.
February 27: Through the Years
- 1968: The Flyers trade Wayne Hicks to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Art Stratton.
- 1981: Bill Barber records his sixth career hat trick as the Flyers down the host Winnipeg Jets, 5-3. Barber's final goal is his 40th of the 1980-81 season. The Flyers also get goals by Reggie Leach, Ken Linseman and Paul Holmgren.
- 1983: The Flyers blank the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders, 2-0, in Uniondale. Bob Froese sees just 17 shots in a strongly played defensive game by the Flyers. Brian Propp opens the scoring with his 30th goal of the season, while Miroslav "Cookie" Dvorak (one goal, one assist) later provides an insurance goal. Darryl Sittler assists on both Philly tallies.
- 1988: Rick Tocchet racks up four goals and an assist to spur the Flyers to an 8-6 road win over the Los Angeles Kings. The final goal is an empty netter, Scott Mellanby scores twice for the Flyers, while Mark Howe chips in a goal and an assist and Pelle Eklund collects a pair of helpers.
- 1992: Dominic Roussel (20 saves) earns the first shutout of his NHL career, the Flyers go to Alberta and topple the Calgary Flames, 3-0. A second period goal by Keith Acton stands as the lone tally before Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen add to the lead in the second period. Mark Pederson earns primary assists on his linemates' goals.
- 1992: The Flyers reacquire defenseman Moe Mantha from the Winnipeg Jets in a future considerations deal.
- 1996: The Flyers trade goaltender Dominic Roussel to the Winnipeg Jets for goaltender Tim Cheveldae and a 1996 third-round pick (Chester Gallant).
- 2002: Simon Gagne's mid-second period goal is the lone shot to elude former Flyers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck (31 saves on 32 shots) but it's all that Roman Cechmanek needs in a 1-0 road shutout of the New Jersey Devils. Cechmanek's 22-save performance is his 14th shutout since coming over to the NHL at age 29 to join the Flyers.
- 2007: The Flyers acquire goaltender Martin Biron from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2007 second-round pick (T.J. Brennan).
- 2015: The Flyers trade soon-to-retire defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2015 second-round pick (a selection later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and used for Jeremy Bracco) and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick (Wade Allison).
February 27: Flyers Birthdays
- Long-tenured Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn was born on Feb. 26, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta but raised in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.
- Longtime NHL defenseman Jaroslav Modry was born in Ceske Budejovice in the former Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) on Feb. 26, 1971.