On March 25, 1996, Ron Hextall became the first Flyers' goaltender since Bernie Parent to record shutouts in back-to-back games; a feat that has been duplicated by several Philadelphia goaltenders since that time.
Hextall turned back all 21 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at the Spectrum over the Hartford Whalers. On the same night, Eric Lindros became the fifth Flyers player to record 100 points in a season, joining Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, and Mark Recchi.
The game is scoreless for two periods before a pair of John LeClair goals - his 41st and 42nd goals of the season -- are sandwiched around Lindros' 43rd of the season.
Two nights earlier, Hextall breezed to a 13-save shutout in a 4-0 road victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The shutouts against Toronto and Hartford were the 10th and 11th he'd record among his 20 shutouts (combined 19 regular season and one playoff) he'd notch in his two-stint Flyers career.
March 25: Through the years
- 1972: A 26-save shutout by veteran netminder Doug Favell and a two-goal effort (31st and 32nd of the season) by rising young star center Bobby Clarke spark the Flyers to 3-0 home win over the California Seals. Fellow young forward Bill Clement also scores for the winning side.
- 1984: Tim Kerr's 53rd goal of the season and a three-point (two goals, one assist) effort by Brian Propp highlight a 4-1 home win over the New Jersey Devils. Len Hachborn also tallies while Bob Froese turns back 24 of 25 shots.
- 1990: Not much goes right for the Flyers in an ugly 7-3 road loss to the New York Rangers. One thing that clicks: Flyers checking center Keith Acton scores a penalty shot goal against John Vanbiesbrouck. Ken Linseman and Terry Carkner also score in a losing cause.
- 1995: The Legion of Doom figures in both Flyers goals in a hard-fought 2-2 road tie with the Washington Capitals. Rookie defenseman Chris Therien opens the scoring with his second career NHL goal; Mikael Renberg and Eric Lindros earn the assists. Later, Lindros and John LeClair assist on second-year NHLer Renberg's 16th goal of the lockout-shortened season.
- 2006: Balanced scoring carries the day in a 6-3 home romp over the Ottawa Senators. The Flyers get goals by Peter Forsberg, Petr Nedved, Niko Dimitrakos, Jeff Carter, Michal Handzus and Donald Brashear and enjoy an insurmountable 4-0 lead by the first intermission.
- 2008: Trailing 1-0 in the third period at Madison Square Garden to the host New York Rangers, the Flyers get a game-tying tally by Danny Briere (30th of the season) to eventually force overtime. Mike Richards nets the game-winner at 2:17 of the extra frame to spur the Flyers to a 2-1 victory. Martin Biron (31 saves on 32 shots) earns the win.
- 2015: A spectacular 34-save goaltending performance by Steve Mason and a good overall 60-minute effort by the entire team lifts the Flyers to a 4-1 home win over the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Longtime Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen receives a standing ovation from the 19.831 fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia gets goals by Wayne Simmonds (28th of the season), Ryan White (5th), Claude Giroux (22nd) and Michael Raffl (19th).
MARCH 25 FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- Swift-skating mid-1990s enforcer Shawn Antoski was born March 25, 1970 in Brantford, Ontario.
- Early 1970s defenseman Jean Potvin was born in Ottawa on March 25, 1949.
- Late-1980s to early-1990s Flyers goaltender Ken Wregget was born March 25, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba.