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23-Game Unbeaten Streak, Barber Joins Flyers 100-Point Club: MARCH 18, 1976

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Hockey Hall of Fame left winger Bill Barber became the third Flyers player to record 100 points in a season on this date in 1976, joining teammates Bobby Clarke (1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76) and Rick MacLeish (1972-73).

In a 3-2 home win over the Vancouver Canucks, the Flyers trailed 2-0 in the second period. Barber assisted on second period goals by Jack McIlhargey and Reggie Leach (54th goal of the season) before Dave "the Hammer" Schultz's 12th goal of the season put the Flyers ahead to stay.

The victory extended the Flyers' unbeaten streak to 23 straight games (17-0-6); a franchise record at the time that was subsequently shattered by the team's 35-game unbeaten run (25-0-10) in 1979-80.

March 18: Through the Years

  • 1971: Cliff Schmautz puts the Flyers ahead just 14 seconds after the opening faceoff and an early third-period goal by Bobby Clarke proves to be the game-winner in a 2-1 home victory over the New York Rangers. Bruce Gamble stops 30 of 31 shots to earn the win in goal.


  • 1975: The Flyers punish the lowly Washington Capitals, 7-2. Rick MacLeish racks up five points, including his 32nd, 33rd and 34th goals of the 1974-75 season.


  • 1979: A three-goal outburst in the third period lifts the Flyers to a 5-3 home win over the St. Louis Blues. Late third-period goals by Rick MacLeish and Blake Dunlop (two-goal night) supplement earlier tallies by Paul Holmgren, Dunlop and Bill Barber.


  • 1990: The Flyers erupt for four goals in the third period -- Keith Acton, Murray Craven, Craig Berube and Rick Tocchet (empty net) -- to earn a 7-4 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the game, Ron Sutter tallies his 20th and 21st goals of the season after Murray Craven erases an early 1-0 deficit.


  • 1993: The Flyers trade veteran forward Greg Paslawski to the Calgary Flames for a 1993 ninth-round pick (E.J. Bradley).


  • 1994: The Flyers trade enforcer Jim Cummins to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for undersized but scrappy role-playing winger Rob DiMaio. The Flyers also send Tampa a 1995 fifth-round pick, later returned to the Flyers in exchange for the rights to Alexander Selivanov. The Flyers use the pick to select Slovakian forward Radovan Somik.


  • 1995: Eric Lindros finishes off his sixth career hat trick in grand fashion, as the Flyers capture a 4-3 overtime victory. The Legion of Doom dominates the game, supplying all the offensive firepower for the Flyers. Lindros has three goals and one assist, and scores the winning goal in OT. On the final sequence, Lindros tosses aside a Florida defender with one arm, continues skating up ice and scores to end the game. Mikael Renberg records one goal and two assists. John LeClair earns a pair of assists.


  • 2006: A goal and an assist by Mike Knuble key a 4-2 road win for the Flyers over the Atlanta Thrashers. Rookies Jeff Carter and R.J. Umberger also score for the Flyers, along with recent acquisition Niko Dimitrakos.


  • 2012: Scott Hartnell's overtime goal completes a dramatic Flyers home comeback victory against the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Flyers trailing 2-0 at the second intermission, Kimmo Timonen notches a power play goal at the 31-second mark of the third period to cut the deficit in half. Less than four minutes later, Hartnell's first goal of the night ties the score. His subsequent OT goal is his 35th tally of a career season. Ilya Bryzgalov earns the win with 38 saves on 40 shots.


  • 2014: Two first period goals by Scott Hartnell erase an early 2-0 deficit in a thrillingly fast-past game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. After scoreless deadlocks in the second and third periods. With fve ticks remaining on the overtime clock, Kimmo Timonen scores to send the Flyers to victory. Ray Emery earns the win with 23 saves.



March 18 Flyers birthdays

  • Tough right winger Brantt Myhres was born on March 18, 1974, in Edmonton.


  • A five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy, a two-time NHL All-Star as a Flyer and a participant in two Olympic tournaments during his years as a Flyer, Kimmo Timonen was born in Kuopio, Finland on March 18, 1975.




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