On February 20, 1990, the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and host Vancouver Canucks skated to a 7-7 tie. The game was every bit as wide-open as the final score suggested.
Vancouver jumped out to an early 2-0 first-period lead, before the Flyers scored the next three goals of the game. Three more goals were scored in the first period, two by the Flyers, to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead entering the first intermission. The Canucks scored four second-period goals before Pelle Eklund closed out the second-period scoring with a goal at 19:18 to cut the Flyers' deficit to one goal, 7-6, as the two teams entered the second intermission.
Tim Kerr's goal in the final minute of regulation, at 19:29, tied the game at 7-7. A scoreless overtime ended with the game still tied 7-7. That was how it stood in the era before the NHL's adoption of the shootout to resolve tied games in the regular season.
Kerr (two goals), Ilkka Sinisalo (two goals), Keith Acton (one goal) and Eklund (2G) were the Flyers' goal scorers. Eklund (two goals, one assist) and defenseman Jiri Latal (three assists) led the Flyers with three points each. Trevor Linden led the Canucks with two goals and an assist in the contest.
The 7-7 tie stands as the highest scoring tie in Flyers history; a permanent single-game franchise record because of the NHL's elimination of regular season ties in 2005. The eight first-period goals scored by the clubs fell one short of the Flyers' franchise record for most goals in a period by both teams.
February 28: Through the Years
- 1970: A 33-save performance by Bernie Parent backstops the Flyers to a 6-2 home win over the Minnesota North Stars. Jim Johnson leads the way offensively with two goals and an assist.
- 1981: Rick St. Croix stops 39 of 41 shots in a 4-2 Flyers road win over the Minnesota North Stars. Reggie Leach, Ron Flockhart, Ken Linseman and T.J. Gorence provide the goal support.
- 1995: The Flyers grind out a 4-2 home win over the Washington Capitals. The game is tied 2-2 entering the third period before Shjon Podein and Eric Lindros (empty net) put Philly ahead to stay. Jim Montgomery and Eric Desjardins also score. Ron Hextall makes 24 saves to earn the win.
- 1996: Trailing the host Dallas Stars, 4-2, at the second intermission, the Flyers rally in the third period to salvage a 4-4 tie on goals by Pat Falloon and Craig MacTavish. Earlier in the game, Eric Lindros tallies his 40th and 41st goals of the season.
- 1998: Trailing the New York Rangers, 1-0, at the second intermission, the Flyers explode for three goals to leave Madison Square Garden with a 3-1 win. Trent Klatt, Eric Lindros and Colin Forbes score the goals to make a winner of Ron Hextall (26 saves on 27 shots).
- 2008: A pair of third period goals by Mike Knuble snap a 1-1 tie and make 3-1 victors of the Flyers against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Jim Dowd's second period goal ties the score at 1-1 to set the stage for Knuble's late-game heroics.
February 28: Flyers Birthdays
- Hockey Hall of Fame and Flyers Hall of Fame center and one-time Flyers captain Eric Lindros was born on February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario.
- Selected by the Flyers in the first round (14th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft, right winger Dan Lucas was born on February 28, 1958 in Powell River, British Columbia.
- Hard-nosed defenseman Ryan McGill was born on February 28, 1969, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
- Two-way Austrian winger Andreas Nodl was born in Vienna on February 28, 1987.