Forever staying true to the fearless style of play that brought him three Hart Trophies and a pair of Stanley Cup rings, Hall of Fame center Bobby Clarke became the 15th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. He accomplished the feat with a third period follow-up of his own rebound from the right circle to score the fifth Flyers goal in a 5-3 win at the Spectrum over the Boston Bruins.
Earlier in the game, Clarke stationed himself in front of the net as linemate Reggie Leach fired a shot from the right circle. The rising puck grazed the unhelmeted Clarke near the left temple. Thankfully, Clarke was OK but the shot caused a stream of blood to flow from near Clarke's left temple, down the side of his face and onto his uniform. Clarke remained in the game, waiting until intermission to receive stitches.
With his uniform still covered in now-dried blood, Clarke hit the 1,000-point milestone at the 31-second mark of the third period.
In the same game, young Flyers forward Tim Kerr compiled his first NHL hat trick, tallying his 19th, 20th and 21st goals of the season. Nineteen more hat tricks (combined regular season and playoffs) followed in his brilliant but injury-riddled career. Kerr also assisted on a goal by Ken Linseman, who enjoyed a three-point game. The spirited game featured some rough stuff, too: a pair of fights between Flyers defenseman Behn Wilson and veteran Boston tough guy Terry O'Reilly.
March 19: Through the Years
- 1977: A four-goal outburst by the Flyers in the third period -- Bobby Clarke's 23rd and 24th goals of the season, Gary Dornhoefer's 24th and Rick MacLeish's 44th -- lifts the club to a 5-3 road win over the Los Angeles Kings after LA takes a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. In the first period, a goal by Harvey Bennett (13th) trims an early 2-0 deficit in half. Bernie Parent stops 30 of 33 shots as the Flyers get held to 13 shots through two periods before their third-period onslaught.
- 1996: Ed Snider, Pat Croce and Comcast announce the formation of Comcast-Spectacor. After the merger, Comcast-Spectacor will own and operate the Flyers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the CoreStates Spectrum and the brand new CoreStates Center. The transaction will be finalized on July 17, 1996.
- 1996: The Flyers make three moves ahead of the NHL trade deadline. The team re-acquires defenseman Kerry Huffman from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a a1 1996 ninth-round pick (used by the Senators to select defenseman Sami Salo). The Flyers also acquire John Druce and a 1997 seventh-round pick (Todd Fedoruk) from the Los Angeles Kings for a 1996 fourth-round pick (Mikael Simons). With Druce and recent acquisition Bob Corkum adding depth to the lineup, the Flyers trade veteran center Anatoli Semenov and the rights to offensive defenseman Mike Crowley to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for prospect forward Brian Wesenberg.
- 1997: The Legion of Doom line, especially Eric Lindros, tortures the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-3 Flyers road win. Lindros sets a career high with four goals and assists on two others to tie a career-best six points. Mikael Renberg notches two goals and adds two assists for four points. John LeClair has three assists. The Flyers trail 3-2 in the third period before Lindros scores his second, third and fourth (empty net) goals of the game. Renberg's second goal of the game makes the score 5-3.
- 2002: With both Keith Primeau and Jeremy Roenick injured, the Flyers acquire prolific veteran playmaker and faceoff master Adam Oates from the Washington Capitals. The asset cost of acquiring the future Hall of Famer, who is 39 years old and an impending unrestricted free agent, is steep. The Flyers send top goaltending prospect Maxime Ouellet, a 2002 first-round pick (later flipped to Dallas and used on the selection of Martin Vagner), 2002 second rounder (Maxime Daigneault) and 2002 third-round pick (Derek Krestanovich) to the Capitals.
- 2011: The Flyers prevail in a six-round road shootout against the Dallas Stars as Sergei Bobrovsky (28 saves on 30 shots in regulation and overtime, 5-for-6 in the shootout) outduels Kari Lehtonen (28 saves on 30 shots in regulation/OT 4-for-6 in the shootout). Ville Leino scores the winning shootout goal, drawing Lehtonen out of position and tucking the puck into a gaping net. Jeff Carter (33rd goal) and Mike Richards (20th) score in regulation.