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Dailey 'Counts' Five in Romp Over Minnesota: May 1, 1980

by @NHLFlyers

One of the best - but least-often mentioned - postseason runs by a Flyers player was the performance of Bob "the Count" Dailey in the 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs. In 19 games, the 6-foot-5 defenseman with the booming slap shot racked up 17 points on four goals and 13 assists while playing some of the best two-way hockey of his nine-season NHL career.

On May 1, 1980, Dailey tied a Flyers franchise record by compiling five points in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the Minnesota North Stars. Dailey scored a second-period power play goal. He also assisted on tallies by Bill Barber (shorthanded), Bobby Clarke (power play), Al Hill and Reggie Leach.

By the end of the night, the Flyers went 4-for-4 on the power play and blanked Minnesota by a 7-0 score. The victory set a new franchise record for the largest margin of victory in a playoff game. The win knotted the series at one game apiece. Paul Holmgren and Brian Propp also scored power play goals for the Flyers, while Phil Myre recorded a 27-save shutout.

The Flyers went on to win the series in five games and advance to the fourth Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

May 1: Through the Years

  • 1975: After breezing to a 4-0 win in Game One, the Flyers take a two games to zero lead in their Stanley Cup Semifinal series with the pesky New York Islanders as Philly earns a 5-4 overtime win at the Spectrum in Game Two. A pair of late goals by the Isles force overtime before Bobby Clarke scores to win the game at 2:56 of the extra frame. Gary Dornhoefer, Reggie Leach, Tom Bladon and Bill Barber score in regulation for Philly.


  • 1989: The Flyers open the Wales Conference Finals with a 3-1 win at the Forum over the Montreal Canadiens. Shorthanded goals by Derrick Smith in the first period and Ilkka Sinisalo in the third period provide the pivotal plays, while Rick Tocchet responds within a minute of a Shayne Corson power play goal in the third period to restore a two-goal lead. Ken Wregget (24 saves on 25 shots) outduels Patrick Roy (23 saves on 26 shots) and earns first-star honors in back-to-back starts, dating back to his Game 7 heroics against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


  • 2003: Roman Cechmanek posts a 28-save shutout (second of the series) and a first-period goal by Michal Handzus stands as the lone tally in a 1-0 Flyers home win in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Flyers tie their series with the Ottawa Senators at two games apiece. As it turns out, this is the last hurrah for Cechmanek and the Flyers as the wheels fall off in Games Five and Six.


  • 2010: The Flyers open the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Boston Bruins with a 5-4 overtime loss on the road. Late third period goals by Mike Richards and Danny Briere force OT.


May 1: Flyers Birthday

  • Depth forward Eric Meloche was born on June 1, 1976 in Lachute, Quebec. 
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