On March 29, 1996, the Flyers captured a 6-5 overtime road decision against the pugnacious Buffalo Sabres. Checking line center Bob Corkum netted the game winner for the Flyers, while John LeClair and Eric Lindros each scored their respective 44th goals of the season. Rod Brind'Amour, Dan Quinn and Trent Klatt also scored for the Flyers. Klatt's goal halted a Buffalo third-period rally of three straight unanswered goals and forced overtime.
While the high-scoring game was memorable in its own right, the game's lasting legacy was a wild late-second period brawl triggered by the antics of Buffalo pest Matthew Barnaby in front of the Philadelphia net. During stoppage of play at the 19:36 mark after being cross-checked by Shawn Antoski, Barnaby lay on the ice, feigning an injury. Flyers goaltender Garth Snow prodded him with his stick and taunted the Buffalo player. Barnaby then sprang up, completely unhurt, and jumped Snow.
Pandemonium ensued. There were multiple fights and game misconducts, including the expulsions of Rod Brind'Amour and Antoski for the Flyers and Barnaby and Brad May for Buffalo.
Snow, who wrestled Buffalo goaltender Andrei Trefilov to the ground as the melee continued, remained in the game. Despite an unsightly stat line for the night (18 saves on 23 shots), Snow got the last laugh as he was the winning goaltender in the end. Trefilov (30 saves on 36 shots) took the loss.
March 29: Through the Years
- 1973: Two goals apiece by Simon Nolet and Bobby Clarke lead the Flyers to a 4-2 home win over the Atlanta Flames. Doug Favell turns back 22 of 24 shots. Clarke becomes the first Flyer, and 9th player in NHL history, to record 100 points in a season.
- 1975: The LCB Line dominates in a 5-2 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Reggie Leach (43rd goal of the season), Bill Barber (power play and even strength goals, 31st and 32nd of the season), Bobby Clarke (shorthanded goal, 25th goal of the season, two assists) all light the lamp. Dave Schultz adds an empty netter.
- 1979: Diminutive minor league callup goalie Robbie Moore continues his improbable run of success with the Flyers; posting his second shutout since his recall in a 5-0 whitewashing of the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum. The 5-foot-5 Moore stops all 22 shots he faces, while Reggie Leach's 32nd and 33rd goals of the season plus an assist on a Jimmy Watson goal pace the attack. Bobby Clarke collects three assists.
- 1986: The Flyers crush the New York Rangers at the Spectrum, 8-2. Tim Kerr scores his 53rd and 54th goals of the season for his sixth goal and seventh point in five games. The Flyers also get tallies from Ilkka Sinisalo (36th), Dave Poulin (25th), Brian Propp (37th), Rick Tocchet (13th), Brad McCrimmon (13th) and Ron Sutter (18th).
- 1997: The Legion of Doom strikes four times - Eric Lindros twice and Mikael Renberg and John LeClair (49th of the season) once apiece - in a 5-3 road win over the Washington Capitals. Rookies Dainius Zubrus (one goal, one assist) and Vaclav Prospal (two assists) also chip in offensively. The red-hot Renberg also contributes an assist for his 12th point (six goals, six assists) in his last seven games.
- 1998: After a scoreless and evenly played first period, the Flyers start to pull away from the host Carolina Hurricanes in what turns out to be a 3-1 win. John LeClair (power play, 44th goal of the season), Dainius Zubrus and Shjon Podein supply the goals. Sean Burke turns back 31 of 32 shots.
- 2003: In the front end of a home-and-home set with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Roman Cechmanek (20 saves) and the Flyers breeze to a 3-0 win in the 20th shutout of Cechmanek's NHL career. Jeremy Roenick (one goal, one assist) earns first-star honors.
- 2012: The first two-goal game of Brayden Schenn's NHL career sparks the Flyers to an early 2-0 lead as the team blows out the host Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-1. Later, Wayne Simmonds tallies his 24th and 25th goals of the season and Jaromir Jagr racks up three assists.
March 29: Flyers Birthdays
- The late Brad McCrimmon, who served as half of a dominant mid-1980s Flyers defense pairing alongside Mark Howe, was born March 29, 1959 in Dodsland, Saskatchewan.
- Hard-nosed defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was born March 29, 1984 in Oslo, Norway.