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Goaltending legends battle to scoreless deadlock: March 14, 1968

by @NHLFlyers

On March 14, 1968, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted a fellow first-year expansion team, the Los Angeles Kings, at the Coliseum in Quebec City (home of the Flyers' American Hockey League farm team, the Quebec Aces) while the Spectrum underwent repairs to fix damage to the roof.

A crowd of 4,116 came out to the 10,034 seat Le Colisée for the game between the top two regular season teams in the NHL's new Western Conference. Those who did turn out got to witness a classic goaltending duel between a pair of Hockey Hall of Fame goalies: 22-year-old Bernie Parent for the Flyers and 38-year-old Terry Sawchuk for the Kings.

Parent entered the game in a good groove, having posted a 30-save shutout of the Minnesota North Stars in his previous start on March 10 and then stopping all 13 shots he faced in 27:30 worth of duty in a rematch with the North Stars three nights later.

On this night, Parent was a busier netminder than Sawchuk but both played flawlessly.  

The Kings threw an early barrage on his net, and Parent turned back 13 shots in the opening period before Sawchuk stepped to the forefront late in the period as LA got through its first penalty kill of the night. LA dominated the second period, holding a 10-4 shot advantage but still could not solve Parent. The third period was more evenly played but the goal lamps remained unused as the game finished in a 0-0 tie.

Parent was credited with a 32-save shutout, to run his shutout minutes streak to 161:15, going back to a third period Gary Doak goal in the Flyers' 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on March 7. Sawchuk earned a 20-save shutout.

March 14: Through the Years

  • 1976: Reggie Leach joins the Flyers' 50-goal club and later adds his 51st goal of the season as the Flyers claim a 6-1 home win over the Atlanta Flames.


  • 1979: The Flyers hold the Chicago Blackhawks to a mere 15 shots in a 4-0 road win at Chicago Stadium as Wayne Stephenson earns the shutout win. Reggie Leach, Bill Barber, rookie Ken Linseman and enforcer Dave Hoyda score for Philly.


  • 1998: Alexandre Daigle racks up a hat trick in a nationally televised afternoon home game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers enjoy a 6-1 blowout win.


  • 1999: Looking to lift the team out of a slump, Flyers captain Eric Lindros drops the gloves with Dallas Stars defenseman Derian Hatcher in the opening minute of the first period. The game ends in a 1-1 tie.


  • 2000: The Flyers trade enforcer Sandy McCarthy to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for checking forward Kent Manderville. In a separate trade the same day, the Flyers acquire AHL power forward Kirby Law from the Atlanta Thrashers for sixth-round picks in the 2000 (Jeff Dwyer) and 2001 (Pasi Nurminen) NHL drafts.


  • 2007: After having had the interim tag removed from his job title back on Nov. 11, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren signs a two-year contract extension to oversee the team's bounceback from the toughest season in franchise history.


  • 2009: A pair of third-period goals by tough guy Arron Asham lifts the Flyers to a 4-2 road win over the New York Rangers.


  • 2015: A four-goal onslaught in the third period elevates the Flyers to a 7-2 home blowout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Brayden Schenn leads the way with two goals, while Wayne Simmonds (power play), Nicklas Grossmann, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Read (power play) and even agitator forward Zac Rinaldo (first and only goal of the season) get into the goal scoring parade. Steve Mason stops 31 of 33 shots to earn the win.


March 14 Flyers birthdays

  • Big-framed defenseman Aris Brimanis was born March 14, 1971 in Cleveland, OH.


  • Speedy winger Pat Kavanagh was born March 14, 1979 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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