Few rookies in National Hockey League history have ever entered the league with higher expectations on their shoulders than Eric Lindros did when he joined the Flyers for the 1992-93 season. Despite missing 23 games due to knee injuries, Lindros set a franchise rookie goal-scoring record on this day in 1993 as he racked up his third hat trick of the season to record his 33rd, 34th and 35th goals of the season.
Lindros' game-winning goal at 16:11 of the third period completed the hat trick and led the Flyers to a dramatic 5-4 comeback win at the Spectrum over the New York Rangers. The Flyers trailed, 4-2, at the second intermission before Lindros started the comeback early in the third period as he beat goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck to narrow the game to one goal.
With his 35th goal of the season, Lindros eclipsed the previous franchise record set by Brian Propp in 1979-80. Lindros would go on to score six more goals before the end of the season to finish with 41. The mark still holds as the most goals scored by a Flyers' rookie.
TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: MARCH 24
- 1974: Future Flyers goaltender Wayne Stephenson makes 33 saves in a losing cause as Philly downs the visiting St. Louis Blues, 4-1. Bernie Parent earns the win by stopping 19 of 20 shots and goals by Andre "Moose" Dupont (power play), Orest Kindrachuk (power play), Rick MacLeish (30th of the season) and Bill Clement seal the three-goal win.
- 1984: In a 6-5 home victory over the New York Rangers, Flyers rookie center Dave Poulin contributes four points (one goal, three assists). The goal is Poulin's 31st of the season. Philadelphia also gets a two-goal (35th and 36th) and one-assist effort from Brian Propp.
- 1985: Riding the goaltending of Pelle Lindbergh, a rare but timely goal by defensive defenseman Brad Marsh and the emotion of a mid-game fight between team captain Dave Poulin and Alfie Turcotte, the Flyers earn a 4-3 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Lindsay Carson (20th goal of the season), Tim Kerr (53rd) and Ilkka Sinisalo (35th also score for the Flyers).
- 1998: The Flyers make a major trade, sending second-season defenseman Janne Niinimaa to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Dan McGillis and a 1998 second-round pick (Jason Beckett). On the same day, the Flyers acquire veteran defenseman Dave Babych from the Vancouver Canucks for a 1998 third-round pick (Justin Morrison). The Flyers also receive their own previously traded 1998 fifth-round pick (Garrett Prosofsky) back in the deal.
- 2012: A pair of second period goals by Danny Briere proves to be the difference in a 4-1 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Kimmo Timonen gives Philly an early lead before the Habs tie it up at 1-1. After Briere forges a 3-1 edge, rookie forward Matt Read (21st goal of the season) adds some third-period insurance.
MARCH 24: FLYERS BIRTHDAY
- Towering defenseman Oliver Lauridsen was born in Gentofte, Denmark, on March 24, 1989.