On this night in 1985, the Flyers earned a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum. Scored by Ron Sutter, the Flyers' second goal of the game was a milestone in franchise history: the 5,000th tally in franchise history up to that point.
Pelle Lindbergh (25 saves on 26 shots) erased several early mistakes by the team as the Flyers got sloppy after quickly building a 2-0 lead over the Maple Leafs on goals by Doug Crossman (third goal of the season) and Sutter (12th).
The Flyers dominated the second period, exploding for tallies by Ilkka Sinisalo (32nd goal), Peter Zezel (14th) and rookie Todd Bergen (5th) to extend the lead to 4-0 by the second intermission. The lead grew to 5-0 in the third period on rookie Rick Tocchet's 13th goal of the season. Mark Howe and Brian Propp each had two assists for Philly.
Todd Gill subsequently broke up Lindbergh's shutout bid but the outcome was long since sealed.
March 16: Through the Years
- 1974: The Flyers down the host Minnesota North Stars, 4-2. First period goals by Tom Bladon (10th goal of the season) and Bill Barber (26th) establish a 2-1 lead that carries over into the third period. In the final stanza, Rick MacLeish (27th goal) and Terry Crisp (10th) provide some insurance for Bernie Parent (40 saves on 42 shots).
- 1975: The 35th shutout of Bernie Parent's Flyers career is a 26-save effort in a 3-0 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Tom Bladon (ninth goal of the season) opens the scoring with the lone tally of the first period. Bobby Clarke sets up second-period even strength goal by Andre "Moose" Dupont (11th goal) and a power play goal by Ross Lonsberry (16th) to expand the lead to three goals.
- 1980: Bill Barber notches his fourth career hat trick in an otherwise disappointing 4-4 home tie with the lowly Colorado Rockies. Barber scores his 37th, 38th, and 39th goals of the season, along with Reggie Leach's 45th tally of the season as the Flyers build a 4-0 lead they will be unable to protect. A pair of third-period goals by Lanny McDonald forge a tie.
- Ed Snider, Keith Allen and Bill Barber are inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame.
- 1993: Al Conroy breaks a 3-3 tie in the third period with a game-winning goal to lift the host Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota North Stars. Rookie Eric Lindros hits the 30-goal milestone in the second period, while Rod Brind'Amour (32nd goal) and Keith Acton also score for Philly.
- 1995: The Flyers use balanced scoring to erase an early 1-0 deficit on go on to earn a 3-1 road win over the lowly Ottawa Senators on a night where Hart Trophy winner Eric Lindros is held off the scoresheet. Craig MacTavish, John LeClair (15th goal since his acquisition from Montreal) and Rod Brind'Amour tally for the Flyers.
- 1996: Ron Hextall breezes to a 17-save shutout as the Flyers enjoy a 43-17 shot disparity in a 3-0 home win over the Winnipeg Jets. John LeClair (34th goal of the season), Shjon Podein (11th) and Pat Falloon (21st goal) provide the goal support. Playing through a sports hernia, Mikael Renberg returns to the lineup to notch a game-high seven shots on goal after missing 18 of the previous 20 games. However, he struggles with the injury again in the third period and misses 13 of the next 14 games.
- 2014: In the back end of a weekend home-and-home set, the Flyers supplement a Saturday home shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-3 road win in Pittsburgh the following afternoon. Philly jumps out to a quick 3-0 lead on two goals by Wayne Simmonds (20th and 21st of the season) after he assists on Brayden Schenn's 17th goal of the season. Penguins starter Marc-Andre Fleury is chased after the third goal. A second-period shorthanded goal by Matt Read proves to be the game-winner after the Penguins storm back in the second period. Steve Mason makes 11 saves in the third period to nail down the win.
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS
- Muscular tough guy Riley Cote was born March 16, 1982 in Winnipeg.
- Two-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner Kim Johnsson was born on March 16, 1976 in Malmo, Sweden.
- Longtime NHL forward Al MacAdam, who broke into the league with the Flyers in 1973-74, was born March 16, 1952 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.