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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 11

CLARKE's Third 100-POINT SEASON: MARCH 11, 1976

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On this day in 1976, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers cruised to a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum. With assists on a Gary Dornhoefer power play goal in the first period and a Bill Barber even strength goal in the third period, team captain Bobby Clarke reached the 100-point mark for the third time in his Hall of Fame career.

Ever the consummate team player, Clarke downplayed the personal significance of his accomplishment.

"The credit should go to our whole team," Clarke said to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We've been playing good hockey as a team, and that's what matters more than to have individual success."

In the same game, Reggie Leach notched his 49th goal of the season, Orest Kindrachuk scored shorthanded for his 23rd marker of the season and winning goaltender Wayne Stephenson turned back 29 of 30 shots.

The win ran the Flyers' unbeaten streak to 19 straight games (13-0-6). The streak would eventually grow to 23 consecutive games (17-0-6) before it is snapped in Detroit on March 20. Four seasons later, the Flyers would set a North American professional sports record with a 35-game unbeaten streak.

Clarke went on to record a career-high 119 points for the 1975-76 season; winning his third Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and setting a franchise single-season point record that would stand until Mark Recchi broke the mark with a 123-point season in 1992-93. 

 

March 11: Through the Years

  • 1980: The Flyers shake off an early goal by former teammate Orest Kindrachuk and go on to earn a 4-3 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ken Linseman sets up goals by Brian Propp and Bob Dailey, while Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach connect for Leach's 44th goal of the season. Al Hill rounds out the scoring. Pittsburgh's George Ferguson scores a pair of third period goals to narrow the final deficit.

 

  • 1984: A three-goal outburst by the Flyers in the first period -- Dave Poulin, Len Hachborn and Glen Cochrane -- is enough for Philly to hold off the visiting Calgary Flames, 3-2. Bob Froese stops 36 of 38 shots, while the Flames' Reggie Lemelin makes 38 saves in a losing cause.

 

  • 1986: Looking for a veteran backup to starter Bob Froese, the Flyers acquire Glenn "Chico" Resch in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. Philadelphia sends a 1986 third-round pick (Marc Laniel) to complete the deal.

 

  • 1992: The Flyers rally back from a 3-0 deficit in the second period to ultimately earn a 5-4 overtime win after Philly scored four times in the middle frame to get the game to the third period tied at 4-4. Rod Brind'Amour nets the winning goal in overtime.

 

  • 1997: The Flyers sustain a frustrating 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on an OT power play goal by Mike Peca. After the game, Flyers center Rod Brind'Amour and head coach Terry Murray exchange words on the bench after the center expresses his frustration about not being on the ice for the faceoff that leads to Peca's winning goal. The game is scoreless over the final 40 minutes of regulation after first period goals by defensemen Eric Desjardins and Petr Svoboda send the teams to the first intermission tied at 2-2.

 

MARCH 11 FLYERS BIRTHDAYS

  • Better known as T.J. to teammates and Flyers fans, forward Tom Gorence was born March 11, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

  • Two-way center Michal Handzus was born on March 11, 1977 in Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). 

 

  • A former NHL first-round selection and 2009-10 Flyers waiver claim pickup, defenseman Lukas Krajicek was born March 11, 1983 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic.

 

  • Best known as the center of the pugnacious Dan Line, Daniel Lacroix was born March 11, 1969 in Montreal.

 

  • Power forward Kirby Law was born March 11, 1977 in McCleary, Manitoba.

 

  • Best known as the center of the pugnacious Dan Line, Daniel Lacroix was born March 11, 1969 in Montreal. 
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