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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 20

Back-to-back hat tricks for Lindros: March 20, 1995

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Legendary goaltender Patrick Roy's longtime woes against the Flyers continued in an 8-4 Flyers blowout win at the Spectrum. Team captain Eric Lindros, on his way to winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, racked up a hat trick and an assist for a four-point game. 

Lindros' big night gave him six goals and eight points over a two-game span. He had done the same thing in a 4-3 overtime victory two nights earlier against the Florida Panthers.

Furthering the Habs' misery on this night, John LeClair and Kevin Dineen (three points) each scored a pair of goals. Mikael Renberg contributed three assists while Rod Brind'Amour notched a shorthanded goal and an assist.

March 20: Through the Years

  • 1968: The Flyers take control early and go on to earn a 5-1 road win over the California Golden Seals. Goals by Bill Sutherland (23rd), Forbes Kennedy, John Miszuk and Andre Lacroix give the Flyers a commanding lead and Don Blackburn closes out the scoring midway through the third period. Bernie Parent stops 21 of 22 shots.

 

  • 1969: Jean-Guy Gendron's 20th goal of the season and a goal and an assist apiece by linemates Andre Lacroix and Leon Rochefort spearheard the Flyers in a 5-2 win at the Spectrum against the Minnesota North Stars. Bernie Parent saves 30 of 32 shots.

 

  • 1976: The Flyers' 23-game unbeaten streak comes to an end in a 4-2 road loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

 

  • 1978: After being hooked on a clean breakaway at 6:20 of the first period, Rick MacLeish successfully converts a penalty shot against New York Islanders goaltender Billy Smith. It is the second penalty shot goal in franchise history on the fifth attempt and the first penalty shot attempt of MacLeish's career. The Flyers go on to down the Isles, 4-2.

 

  • 1981: The Flyers erase a 2-0 deficit to the Hartford Whalers (future Hall of Famers Ron Francis and Mark Howe figure in both Whalers goals) and storm back for a 5-2 road win. Bill Barber notches his 40th goal of the season and the Flyers get a three-point effort from Al Hill (one goal, two assists).

 

  • 1986: Tim Kerr hits the 50-goal plateau for the third consecutive season, tallying power play markers for his 49th and 50th goals of the 1985-86 campaign. The Flyers defeat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1.

 

  • 1989: The Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs are tied at 6-6 when Vincent Damphousse and Daniel Daoust take back-to-back penalties late in the third period. Power play goals by Brian Propp (28th goal of the season) and Rick Tocchet (43rd) seal an 8-6 win at the Spectrum. Propp finishes with a four-point night (one goal, three assists) as does Tocchet (two goals, two assists). Pelle Eklund has three points (one goal, two assists).

 

  • 1990: A shorthanded goal and a power play assist by Pelle Eklund and a 26-save effort by Ken Wregget lead the Flyers to a 3-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils.

 

  • 1999: The Flyers acquire tough right winger Sandy McCarthy and veteran checking forward Mikael Andersson from the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange, the Flyers send winger Colin Forbes and a 1999 fifth-round pick (Michal Lanicek) to the Bolts.

 

  • 2003: Two goals and an assist by John LeClair erase an early 2-0 deficit and lift the Flyers to a 4-2 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Eric Desjardins and Tony Amonte also score.

 

  • 2004: Robert Esche blanks the New York Rangers on 24 shots, making early goals by Claude Lapointe and Simon Gagne stand up for the duration of the game. Mattias Timander adds a late-game shorthanded empty netter to seal a 3-0 victory for the home team.

 

  • 2009: Two goals by Danny Briere against his former team highlight a 6-4 Flyers road win over the Buffalo Sabres. After missing a first-period penalty shot, Mike Richards scores the game's first goal less than a minute later on a late first period power play goal. Jeff Carter later tallies his 39th goal of the season.

 

  • 2014: Despite a pair of goals by Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, the Flyers defeat the visitors by a 4-2 count. Wayne Simmonds scores twice for Philly, who also gets single tallies by Mark Streit and Michael Raffl.

 

March 20 Flyers birthday

  • Power forward Paul Healey was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on March 20, 1975.

 

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