Goaltender Sean Burke spent two short stints with the Flyers during his 820-game NHL career. Burke joined the Flyers for the latter portions of the 1997-98 and 2003-04 seasons before moving on to other destinations.
On March 4, 1998, the Flyers traded goaltender Garth Snow to the Vancouver Canucks in a one-for-one exchange for the 31-year-old Burke. Joining with Ron Hextall to form a veteran goaltending duo, Burke appeared in 11 regular season games. He posted a 7-3-0 record, 2.56 goals against average and .913 save percentage, including a 29-save home shutout of the Los Angeles Kings. Burke played regularly down the stretch and was tabbed by new head coach Roger Neilson to be the team's playoff starter in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Buffalo Sabres.
After the season, Burke departed as an unrestricted free agent. He returned to Philadelphia six years later in a Feb. 2004 in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he was reunited with former Coyotes teammate and good friend Robert Esche for the rest of the season. Esche wound up becoming the playoff starter for Ken Hitchcock's team, backstopping the club within one win of the Stanley Cup Final.
March 4: Through the Years
- 1973: A four-goal outburst from Rick MacLeish brings him to 42 goals on the season. MacLeish also adds a pair of assists to complete a six-point night in a 10-0 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum. Doug Favell earns a 29-save shutout, while Gary Dornhoefer scores twice and Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Andre "Moose" Dupont and Ross Lonsberry tally once apiece.
- 1980: A three-goal first period spearheads the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Bob "the Hound" Kelly, Bill Barber, Dave Gardner and Andre "Moose" Dupont (third period) score for Philly. Rookie goalie Pete Peeters earns the win with 19 saves.
- 2000: Rookie goaltender Brian Boucher earns his second career NHL shutout in a 3-0 whitewashing of the host Boston Bruins, making 21 saves in the process. Rookie Simon Gagne opens the scoring in the first period, with Legion of Doom members Eric Lindros (one goal, one assist), Keith Jones (one goal, one assist) and John LeClair (two assists) building a three-goal cushion in the middle frame.
- 2003: Czech netminder Roman Cechmanek earns his 19th career NHL shutout; a 41-save effort in a 3-0 home win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Flyers get first period goals by Michal Handzus (two-point game), Donald Brashear and Radovan Somik (two-point game), while Todd Warriner earns a pair of assists. The second and third period see several fights break out, including bouts between Keith Primeau and Ed Jovanovski and, later, between Brashear and Darren Langdon.
- 2009: The Flyers made two trades ahead of the trade deadline. Needing to free up some salary cap space, the club deals Scottie Upshall and a 2011 second-round draft pick (Lucas Lessio) to the Phoenix Coyotes for left winger Dan Carcllo. The Flyers also acquire veteran defenseman Kyle McLaren from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2009 sixth-round draft pick. The McLaren deal is voided by the NHL after the player fails a physical.
- 2012: The Flyers got outshot (34-23) and also outchanced by the host Washington Capitals but a stellar performance in goal by Ilya Bryzgalov backstops Philly to a 1-0 win. After a scoreless first period, rookie forward Eric Wellwood tipped home a Kubina point shot for what proved to be the only goal of the night for either team.
- 2014: The Flyers acquire defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders in exchange for minor league forward Matt Mangene, a 2014 third-round draft pick (Ilya Sorokin) and a 2015 second-round pick.
March 4 Flyers Birthdays
- Offensively gifted winger Ray Allison was born on March 4, 1959 in Cranbrooke, British Columbia.
- Goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier was born on March 4, 1978. Although born in Atlanta, he was raised in Quebec.