Instead of giving into frustration on a night where they dominate early (17-6 shot advantage in the first period) but find themselves trailing 1-0 on an early second period goal by rising young superstar Steve Yzerman, the Flyers stayed with the program and went on to earn a 3-1 home win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 28, 1985.
Rich Sutter tied the game six minutes after Detroit took the lead, and the teams went to the second intermission tied at 1-1. In the third period, closely spaced goals by Derrick Smith and Todd Bergen put the Flyers ahead to stay. The goal is Bergen's seventh in just his 11th NHL game.
Pelle Lindbergh stops 18 of 19 shots to earn the win over Carrado Micalef (38 saves on 41 shots).
March 28: Through the Years
- 1968: Doug Favell records his third shutout of the team's inaugural season, stopping all 28 shots he faces as he outduels Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall in a 2-0 Flyers win.Gary Dornhoefer's mid-second period tally stands as the lone goal until Andre Lacroix adds an empty-netter in the final minute of the game. Two nights earlier in St. Louis, the Blues had shut out the Flyers, 3-0.
- 1974: Playing their eventual first-round playoff opponent in a hard-fought road game, the Flyers skate to a 3-3 tie with the Atlanta Flames courtesy of a stellar performance by Bobby Clarke. The team captain notches a hat trick on two shorthanded goals and one power play goal -- the latter two goals coming in the third period -- as Philly fights back from a pair of one-goal deficits. The first period features a bout between Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Bryan Hextall Jr. (the father of Flyers Hall of Famer and current general Ron Hextall); a subsequent rematch in the playoffs will be one of the most memorable of Schultz's career.
- 1992: The Flyers' red-hot top line trio of Rod Brind'Amour (30th goal of the season, two assists), Kevin Dineen (two goals) and Mark Pederson (one goal, one assist) spark a narrow 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. The rest of the offense comes from the Mike Ricci line. Ricci notches his 19th goal of the season, and Mark Recchi picks up three assists over the course of the game.
- 2009: Trailing the New York Islanders by a 2-0 count entering the third period, the Flyers strengthen their push for the playoffs with a three-goal explosion that results in a 4-3 road shootout win. After Joffrey Lupul nets a pair of goals, sandwiched around a tally by linemate Scott Hartnell, future Flyers defenseman Mark Streit scores for the Islanders to force overtime. The Flyers prevail in the shootout.
- 2010: The Flyers cruise to a 5-1 home win over the New Jersey Devils, chasing Martin Brodeur from the net after two periods. Matt Carle (fifth goal of the season), Ville Leino (sixth), Kimmo Timonen (fifth), Lukas Krajicek (first) and Simon Gagne (17th) provide the goals. Danny Briere notches two assists. Ilya Kovalchuk breaks up Brian Boucher's shutout bid in the third period but Boucher earns the win with 32 saves on 33 shots.
- 2014: A goal and two assists by Claude Giroux lead the Flyers to a 4-2 home victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Scott Hartnell (power play goal, one assist), Kimmo Timonen (two assists), Vincent Lecavalier (power play goal) and Wayne Simmonds (one goal) also chip in. Giroux and Simmonds each hit the 25-goal mark on the season while Hartnell's goal is his 20th. Steve Mason earns the win, turning aside 32 of 34 shots.
March 28 Flyers Birthday
- The younger brother of Hockey Night in Canada icon Don Cherry, defenseman Dick Cherry was born March 26, 1937 in Kingston, Ontario.