In need of a Game Two win to knot the 1997 Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece before the scene shifted to Joe Louis Arena, the Philadelphia Flyers did not get the hoped-for fast start against the Detroit Red Wings.
Early goals by Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman forged a 2-0 lead for the Red Wings before the first period reached the halfway point. Undaunted, the Flyers rallied to square the game at 2-2 by the first intermission as Rod Brind'Amour converted penalties on Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov into power play markers at 17:42 and 18:51. Rookie defenseman Janne Niinimaa assisted on both goals.
The Flyers partisans packing the Wells Fargo Center (then called CoreStates Center) went bonkers when Brind'Amour knotted the game. Unfortunately, a turnover high in the offensive zone by Eric Lindros created a counter-attack for Detroit early in the second period and a Kirk Maltby slap shot from just inside the right point eluded Flyers goalie Garth Snow (24 saves on 28 shots) to restore a 3-2 lead for Detroit just 2:39 into the second period.
Shanahan scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to secure a 4-2 win for Detroit.
June 3 in Flyers History
1995: Poor first and third periods doomed the Flyers to a 4-1 home loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final. Craig MacTavish broke Martin Brodeur's shutout bid in the final 1:54 of the game.
June 3: Flyers birthday
Skilled forward Jason Akeson was born on June 3, 1990.