Heading into Game Two of the 1995 Eastern Conference Final, getting the Legion of Doom line untracked after being held quiet in the series opener was one of the Philadelphia Flyers' biggest keys to knotting the series against the New Jersey Devils. That objective was met, but the Flyers nevertheless went down to 5-2 loss at the Spectrum to fall behind two games to zero.
Flyers captain Eric Lindros got the Flyers on the board first. After a Randy McKay power play goal evened the game at 1-1, Mikael Renberg restored the one-goal lead less than two minutes later as the home crowd went wild.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, the night went downhill after the fast start. John MacLean notched a power play goal in the final 12 seconds of the opening period to send the teams to intermission tied at 1-1. The second period was disastrous for the Flyers as Neal Broten, Bobby Holik and even low-scoring defensive defenseman Ken Daneyko scored for New Jersey to open up a 5-2 lead.
The Flyers managed just five third period shots and 20 overall against Martin Brodeur and the stifling New Jersey neutral zone trap. Ron Hextall stopped 11 of 16 shots before Dominic Roussel (eight saves on eight shots) came in to finish out the game after the Daneyko goal.
June 5 in Flyers History:
1997: The visiting Flyers were on the wrong side of a 6-1 blowout at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings took a three games to zero lead in the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
June 5: Flyers birthdays
One of the most popular Flyers during the early years of franchise history, center Andre Lacroix was born June 5, 1945.
Rugged defenseman Radko Gudas was born June 5, 1990.