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Gamble Finishes, Wins Game Despite Heart Attack: February 8, 1972

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On February 2, 1972, the Philadelphia Flyers earned a 3-1 road win over the Vancouver Canucks. During the game, Flyers goaltender Bruce Gamble suffered a mild heart attack, unbeknownst to the player. He continued to play, finishing and winning the game as he stopped 30 of 31 shots.

The player did not complain of symptoms after well after the game, and was then hospitalized. The player's heart condition would prematurely end his playing career.

Gamble retired with a 10-14-4 record and 3.09 goals-against average in 35 games over two seasons with the Flyers (1970-71 and 1971-72).


February 8: Through the Years

  • 1976: The Flyers win an action-packed and fight-filled 4-2 game at the Spectrum against the New York Islanders. Ross Lonsberrry leads the way offensively with two goals and an assist. Philly also gets goals by Don Saleski and Moose Dupont. Wayne Stephenson outduels Chico Resch in net.


  • 1981: Reggie Leach compiles his final NHL hat trick, tallying the second, fourth and fifth Flyers' goals in a 6-6 home tie with the Hartford Whalers. The game is actually scoreless through the first period. In a wild second period, the Flyers take a 2-0 lead on goals by Bill Barber and Leach. Hartford answers back for three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. Barber then ties the game at 3-3 only for the Whalers to re-take the lead a minute later. In the third period, Leach scores a pair of goals spaced 2:05 apart to give the Flyers a 5-4 lead. The Whalers then strike back again for two goals to grab a 6-5 edge over Philly. Finally, Paul Holmgren ties the game yet again at 6-6 with 4:56 left to play.


  • 1992: Ron Hextall blanks the Quebec Nordiques on 30 shots in a 3-0 win at Le Colisée. Dale Kushner, Mark Pederson and Mark Freer tally for the Flyers while native Quebecois and 1998 first-round draft pick Claude Boivin has two assists for his third multi-point game in an eight-night span. Boivin would only have three more multi-point games for the rest of his 114-game Flyers career.


  • 1994: The Flyers come out flat against the lowly Ottawa Senators but rookie standout Mikael Renberg wills the club to a 3-3 road tie, tallying two goals on strong individual efforts. Bob Wilkie gets the other Philadelphia tally. Pelle Eklund's assist on Renberg's second goal proves to be the final point the crafty little Swede will register in his Flyers career (452 points in 589 regular season games).


  • 2006: Mike Richards notches his first NHL hat trick, while Robert Esche makes 20 saves in a 5-2 Flyers home win over the New York Rangers. Fellow rookies R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter tally power play goals. Richards' first goal is a shorthander that opens the scoring. In addition to being the winning goalie, Esche earns an assist on the Carter goal.


  • 2010: The Flyers come back to defeat the visiting New Jersey Devils, 3-2 in regulation, after trailing 2-0. Mike Richards' third period power play goal with 7:58 remaining caps the Philadelphia comeback.
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