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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 26

PARENT TIES SAWCHUK RECORD, LEACH TORCHES FORMER TEAM: March 26, 1975

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

On March 26, 1975, the defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers had little trouble dispatching the host California Golden Seals by a 6-2 count in Oakland. Bernie Parent stopped 26 of 28 shots to earn the win in goal.

With the victory, Parent earned his 40th win of the 1974-75 season. He became just the second goaltender in NHL history to record back-to-back 40-win seasons, joining the late Terry Sawchuk.

In the same game, Reggie Leach recorded the third hat trick of his initial season with the Flyers, tallying for the 40th, 41st and 42nd (power play) times of the season. Leach's linemate Bobby Clarke collected four assists in the game. Ross Lonsberry and rookie defenseman Larry "Izzy" Goodenough had a goal and an assist apiece, while Bob "the Hound" Kelly chipped in one goal.

March 26: Through the Years

  • 1972: Both Ross Lonsberry and linemate Gary Dornhoefer contribute one goal and one assist to provide half the Flyers' offense in a 4-1 win at the Spectrum over the Vancouver Canucks. Simon Nolet notches his 23rd goal of the season. Skating on a line with Bobby Clarke and "Cowboy" Bill Flett, Bob "the Hound" Kelly scores his 12th of the season. Doug Favell stops 20 of 21 Vancouver shots as the Flyers enjoy a 46-21 shot disparity. Former Flyers goalie Dunc Wilson takes the loss.

 

  • 1987: Team captain Dave Poulin caps off an exciting 3-2 home overtime win against the Quebec Nordiques, scoring the winning goal with 1:38 left on the clock. Ron Hextall earns the win with 28 saves, while Lindsay Carson (ninth goal) and Tim Kerr (55th) score in regulation. Michel Goulet scores twice for Quebec.

 

  • 1988: Goalie Mark "Trees" Laforest earns his first and only shutout as a Flyer while Tim Kerr makes a dramatic return from season-long shoulder problems by tallying his 16th career hat trick. The Flyers blank the visiting Winnipeg Jets, 6-0.

 

  • 1995: On a rare night where the entire Legion of Doom line is held off the scoresheet, the Flyers still find a way to earn a 3-1 home win over the Buffalo Sabres (their eventual first-round playoff opponent). Goals by Kevin Dineen (power play), Dmitri Yushevich (4th) and Eric Desjardins (4th) are enough for Dominic Roussel (23 saves on 24 shots) to nail down a victory.

 

  • 2000: After a fight-filled and scoreless first period, the Flyers come back from a brief 1-0 deficit to earn a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the First Union Center. Fourth line left winger Craig Berube scores a rare goal to knot the score before Keith Primeau's power play goal (his fifth goal as a Flyer after coming over in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes) put the Flyers ahead to stay. Mark Recchi ices the win with a third-period empty netter set up by Simon Gagne in the final 45 seconds of the game. John Vanbiesbrouck turns aside 27 of 28 shots to get the win.

 

  • 2009: The Flyers sign free agent Swedish goaltender Johan Backlund to a two-year contract for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

 

  • 2011: James van Riemsdyk records his first career hat trick, with two of the goals coming in the opening period. The Flyers down the host New York Islanders, 4-1.

 

  • 2014: Steve Mason turns in a strong 26-save effort but the Flyers are unable to overcome the New York Rangers and go down to a 3-1 loss at Madison Square Garden. Jakub Voracek scores in the final two minutes of the game to break up Henrik Lundqvist's shutout bid.

 

 

March 26: Flyers Birthdays

  • A rugged defensive defenseman, Luke Richardson was born March 26, 1969 in Ottawa.

 

  • Feared for his physical style that sometimes bordered on ruthlessness, defensive defenseman Ulf Samuelsson was born March 26, 1964 in Fagersta, Sweden.

 

 

 

 

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