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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 21

Dornhoefer and Ashbee inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame: March 21, 1991

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Two of the hardest working players in franchise history became the eighth and ninth inductees in the Flyers Hall of Fame on March 21, 1991: defenseman Barry Ashbee (posthumously) and right winger Gary Dornhoefer.

Dornhoefer, who was a member of the inaugural 1967-68 team and played in Philadelphia until he retired at the end of the 1977-78 season, played 725 games as a Flyer. In his decade as a Flyer, he scored 202 goals, 518 points and accumulated 1,256 penalty minutes.

"Dorny" embodied the work ethic, competitive drive and personal integrity the team has valued from the time of its foundation in 1967.oals, 518 points and accumulated 1,256 penalty minutes.

Ashbee, who passed away in 1977 at age 36 after a bout with leukemia, was an everyman player who epitomized the competitive drive of the Broad Street Bullies-era Flyers. Whatever he lacked in natural talent he made up for in work ethic and hunger to win.

Ashbee possessed as much character and inner strength as anyone who has ever been a professional athlete. A key blueline cog in the Flyers 1973-74 Stanley Cup championship squad until an eye injury prematurely ended his career, Ashbee was an assistant coach in 1974-75 as the team repeated as champions.

 

March 21: Through the Years

1974: With the score tied 1-1 midway through the third period, Rick MacLeish breaks free for a shorthanded goal. Later, he adds an insurance goal to seal a 3-1 home win over the Vancouver Canucks. Bill Barber's second power play goal stands as the lone goal for either team through the opening 40 minutes.

1976: In a game that features a bench-clearing brawl at the end of the first period, the Flyers erase a 1-0 deficit over the final 40 minutes to down the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Maple Leaf Gardens. A pair of goals by Bill Barber (42nd and 43rd of the season) and Terry Crisp (fifth and sixth) enable the Flyers to double up a two-goal effort by Toronto's Ian Turnbull.

1982: Returning to his familiar left wing position after a stint filling in on an injury-racked defense corps, Bill Barber scores the game winning goal with 2:25 to play then adds an empty netter to seal a 5-3 home win for the Flyers against the Hartford Whalers. The two teams combine for 95 shots (51 for the Flyers, 44 for the Whalers) to tie a Flyers regular season franchise record.

1994: The Philadelphia Flyers career of former Bobby Clarke Trophy winner Pelle Eklund comes to an end. The team trades him to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 1994 eighth-round pick (future NHL defenseman Ray Giroux). 

1999: The Flyers earn a comeback 5-4 home win over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Philadelphia wins in regulation after trailing by scores a 1-0 (first period), 3-1 (second period) and 4-2 (third period). Mikael Renberg's backhander knots the game at 4-4 about six 

minutes after Mark Recchi gets the comeback started. With 1:53 left in regulation, Eric Lindros scores the game-winning goal. Earlier in the game, Keith Jones ties the score at 1-1 midway through the first period. John LeClair cuts a second-period deficit to 3-2.

2000: Rookie goaltending standout Brian Boucher turns back all 27 shots he faces in a 2-0 road shutout win over the Nashville Predators. Fellow rookie Simon Gagne scores his 19th goal of the season shortly after veteran John LeClair notches a second-period power play goal for his 37th tally of the season. Rick Tocchet's third-period fight with Marc Moro brings his Flyers career total over two stints to 1,700 PIM; the first player in franchise history to reach that mark.

2006: The Flyers top line of Peter Forsberg (one goal, one assist), Simon Gagne (one goal) and Mike Knuble (two assists) accounts for all the scoring Antero Niittymaki (21 saves) will need to hold off the visiting New Jersey Devils, 2-1. Gagne's goal is a milestone; his 40th of the 2005-06 season. With the win, Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock becomes the fifth-fastest in NHL history to reach 400 career head coaching wins.

2008: The Flyers claim a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting New York Rangers. Danny Briere's 27th and 28th goals of the season, both scored in the third period, give Philly a 3-2 lead before Jaromir Jagr scores late in regulation to force OT.

2015: Philadelphia suffers a 5-4 overtime road loss to the Edmonton Oilers, won at the 2:46 mark by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. In a wild first period that sees the teams go to intermission tied at 3-3, Flyers captain Claude Giroux scores twice and Ryan White once. Michael Raffl's early third period goal knots the score at 4-4. Ray Emery stops 29 of 34 shots.

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