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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 13

BLIZZARD HALTS FLYERS-KINGS GAME: MARCH 13, 1993

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

On the afternoon of March 13, 1993, the Flyers hosted the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum with a blizzard raging outside. A crowd of roughly 2,000 Flyers fans braved the heavy snow and gale-force wind gusts to attend the game.

Late in the first period, the elements forced their way indoors as the winds shattered a large window in the concourse of the northeast side of the build, sending glass flying. There were no serious injuries. With the swirling wind blowing directly into the arena, the inside temperature at the Spectrum began to drop rapidlyArena security cleared the section where the glass hit and immediately blocked off the area with yellow police tape.

At the conclusion of the first period, with the game tied at 1-1, the game was postponed. It was the first time in NHL history that a game was halted in progress due to weather.

"We just couldn't take the chance with an injury," Flyers' chief operating officer Ron Ryan told the media.

The game was replayed in its entirety on April 1, with the Kings winning by a 3-1 score.

 

March 13: Through the Years

  • 1975: Bernie Parent notches his 34th career shutout as a Flyer, stopping all 22 shots he faces in a 6-0 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Six different players tally for the Flyers: Gary Dornhoefer, Bill Barber, Reggie Leach, Ed Van Impe (first and only goal of the season and the 19th and final goal of his 617-game NHL career), Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Bill Clement.

 

  • 1977: Don "Big Bird" Saleski tallies his second career hat trick to spur the Flyers to a 4-0 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wayne Stephenson earns the shutout; his sixth as a Flyer.

 

  • 1986: Bob Froese's sixth career shutout is a 19-save effort against the visiting Washington Capitals. A first-period tally by Ilkka Sinisalo (32nd goal of the season) stands up until Dave Poulin adds an empty net goal in the final 12 seconds

 

  • 1991: Murray Baron's overtime power play goal lifts the Flyers to a 5-4 road overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks as the Flyers storm back from a 4-1 deficit. Chris Jensen, Pelle Eklund, Norm Lacombe and Scott Mellanby tally in regulation.

 

  • 1994: A goal and an assist by rookie Mikael Renberg and a last-minute tally by Eric Lindros enable the Flyers to salvage a 5-5 home time with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

  • 1997: The Flyers earn a seesaw 5-4 overtime win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Each member of the Legion of Doom scores once, with Mikael Renberg forcing OT as he scores with 3:19 remaining in the third period. Eric Lindros tallies the game winner in overtime. Late in the second period John LeClair's 45th goal of the season forges a 3-3 tie after the Oilers erased an early 2-0 deficit. Paul Coffey (shorthanded) and Joel Otto get the Flyers off to a fast start before Edmonton's three-goal outburst.

 

  • 2001: The Flyers acquire Dean McAmmond in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. In return, Philadelphia sends its 2001 third-round draft pick (later flipped to Toronto and used on the selection of Nicolas Corbeil).

 

  • 2012: In a 3-0 home win over the Ilya Bryzgalov earns his third straight shutout, moving to within 31:28 of matching John Vanbiesbrouck's franchise record for consecutive shutout minutes (227:40). Bryzgalov will go on to set a new record in the Flyers' next game.

 

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