In a St. Patrick's Day blowout win at the Spectrum, the Flyers roughed up third-string San Jose Sharks goaltender Geoff Sarjeant and an injury-depleted lineup to the tune of 8-2.
A hat trick by John LeClair (goals 35, 36 and 37 on the season) and two power play goals by former Sharks right winger Pat Falloon (22nd and 23rd of the season) led the attack. Dale Hawerchuk, Joel Otto and Shjon Podein also joined the scoring parade.
The game was never close, and the Flyers went a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play. Philadelphia led 4-1 by the time the first period was over and the lead was 7-2 by the second intermission. The game also featured a fight between Flyers defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and Sharks enforcer Jeff Odgers.
Sarjeant stopped just 16 of the 24 shots fired on his net. Winning goalie Garth Snow turned back 18 of 20 San Jose salvoes.
March 17: Through the Years
- 1968: With the Spectrum closed for roof repairs, the Flyers' scheduled home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs is moved to Le Colisee in Quebec City, home of the Quebec Aces. The Flyers capture a 7-4 victory, punctuated by a pair of late-game shorthanded goals into an empty net. French-Canadian Flyers players Andre Lacroix, Jean Gauthier and Claude Laforge all score in the third period, along with Bill Sutherland.
- 1979: A three-goal third period lifts the Flyers to a 5-3 home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Ken Linseman, Blake Dunlop, Dennis Ververgaert, Bill Barber (27th goal of the season) and Rick MacLeish (24th) score for Philly.
- 1983: Darryl Sittler's 40th goal of the 1982-83 season highlights a 6-4 home win over the star-studded Montreal Canadiens. Sittler also assists on third-period goal by Ilkka Sinisalo. Mark Howe tallies a pair of assists and plays a stellar two-way game to earn second-star honors.
- 1985: Pelle Lindbergh outduels Billy Smith in a wide-open slugfest of a game at the Spectrum, won 5-3 by the Flyers. Goals by Brad McCrimmon (eighth of the season), Murray Craven (shorthanded, 23rd) and Dave Poulin (25th) get the Flyers off to a roaring start. Doug Crossman and Lindsay Carson add insurance that proves vital.
- 1987: Tim Kerr reaches the 50-goal plateau for the fourth straight season; a franchise record. A 32-save performance by Ron Hextall and closely spaced first period goals by Kerr (50th and 51st of the season) stake the Flyers to a lead they will not relinquish to the visiting New York Rangers. The Flyers earn a 4-1 win as Brian Propp (power play, 27th goal of the season) and Lindsay Carson (empty net shorthanded goal) score in the third period. Hextall flirts with a shutout for 54:19.
- 1992: A third-period goal by former Montreal Canadiens left winger Mark Pederson proves to be the winning tally in a 4-3 Flyers win at the Forum. Rod Brind'Amour (one goal, two assists), Mark Freer (one goal, one assist) and Garry Galley also score for Philly. Veteran defenseman Mark Howe chips in a pair of assists, including the primary helper on the game-winning goal. Ron Hextall (33 saves) earns the win in goal.
- 2002: The Flyers trade checking forward Kent Manderville to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for controversial forward Billy Tibbetts.
- 2003: A 27-save performance by Roman Cechmanek backstops the Flyers to a 4-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers only have 20 shots for the game against Martin Brodeur but make them count. First period goals by Sami Kapanen (three-point game, first-star honors) and Eric Desjardins open up a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Tony Amonte and Eric Weinrich score to send the Flyers to intermission leading 4-1. Patrik Elias narrows the gap back to one goal early in the third period but the Devils cannot find an equalizer.
MARCH 7 FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- Depth forward David Laliberte was born on March 17, 1986 in St. Liboire, Quebec.
- Defenseman Ryan Parent was born March 17, 1987 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
- The late Cliff Schmautz, a right winger for the Flyers in 1969-70, was born March 17, 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Aggressive forward Ryan White was born March 17, 1988, in Brandon, Manitoba.