In one of the most lopsided games in franchise history, the Flyers destroyed the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins by a 13-4 margin at the Spectrum on March 22, 1984.
In this game, Tim Kerr (two goals) reached the 50-goal milestone for the first of four straight seasons and both Ilkka Sinisalo and Dave Poulin (hitting the 30-goal milestone on the third goal) recorded hat tricks. The Flyers led 4-1 after the first period and 6-4 after the second before racking up seven unanswered goals in the third period. Philly owned a 3-0 lead before the game is even five minutes old.
Pittsburgh failed to compete. In the seven-goal third-period, the goals became so frequent that the Flyers players stopped celebrating and the Spectrum crowd barely reacted. Veteran Penguins goaltender Denis Herron was left in net to absorb the entire beating.
As the worst team in the NHL, the Penguins drafted the heralded Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick of the 1984 NHL Draft.
TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: MARCH 22
- 1973: Doug Favell earns the 16th and final regular season shutout of his Flyers career (he'll get one more in the 1973 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals), as Philly pummels the Vancouver Canucks, 9-0. Rick MacLeish (three points) and Ross Lonsberry (19th and 20th goals of the season) each score twice, while Bill Barber has a goal and an assist. Former Flyers goalie Dunc Wilson is strafed for all nine goals on 40 shots. Favell stops all 31 shots he sees.
- 1975: Bobby Clarke attains the 100-point milestone for the second time in his NHL career and Bernie Parent enjoys arguably the easiest shutout of his career in a 4-0 home win over the Minnesota North Stars. The Flyers outshot the North Stars by a 38-10 margin for the game, including a 14-2 disparity in the first period. Clarke assists on goals by Reggie Leach (power play), Larry Goodenough (power play) and Ross Lonsberry (even strength) as the Flyers build a 3-0 lead. Lonsberry then tallies again for his 19th goal of the season and a four-goal margin of victory.
- 1995: The Legion of Doom continues to roll but the rest of the club has an off-night as the Flyers fall, 4-3, to the host Hartford Whalers. John LeClair and Mikael Renberg supply the offense for the Flyers on this night.
- 1998: The Flyers aren't able to protect a late third-period lead as Wayne Gretzky (two goals) scores late in regulation to force overtime. However, Philly rescues a 5-4 victory in overtime courtesy of Shjon Podein's game winning goal with 21 seconds left on the clock. Mike Sillinger and Rod Brind'Amour (31st goal of the season) each have a goal and an assist in regulation. Alexandre Daigle also scores for Philly. Janne Niinimaa has two assists.
- 2006: Jaromir Jagr dominates for the New York Rangers, recording a hat trick, but the visiting Flyers still leave Madison Square Garden with a 6-3 victory. The Flyers top line trio of Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble offsets Jagr's big night with Knuble scoring his 29th and 30th goals of the season and Gagne tallying his 41st. The Flyers also get a first-period goal by Michal Handzus and and third-period markers by rookie Jeff Carter and veteran Sami Kapanen (empty net) for their final margin of victory.
- 2012: Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin and Flyers superstar Claude Giroux trade off one regulation goal apiece before Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds covert shootout attempts to bring Philly a 2-1 shootout victory at the Wells Fargo Center. Ilya Bryzgalov makes 30 saves, including a penalty shot stop on Marcus Johansson, before stopping three of four in the skills competition.
MARCH 22 FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- The elegant skating and supremely skilled playmaker Per-Erik "Pelle" Eklund was born in Stockholm, Sweden on March 22, 1963.
- Free-spirited goaltender Dunc Wilson was born in Toronto on March 22, 1948.