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Flyers Take Series Lead on Bruins: May 12, 1974

by @NHLFlyers

On May 12, 1974, the Philadelphia Flyers took a two games to one lead in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins with a 4-1 win at the Spectrum.

After yielding a goal to John Bucyk barely a minute into the first period, Bernie Parent blanked Boston the rest of the way on the next 24 shots. First period goals by Tom Bladon (power play) and fourth-line center Terry Crisp gave Philly a 2-1 by the first intermission.

After a scoreless middle frame, Orest Kindrachuk and Ross Lonsberry provided some third-period insurance. Flyers leading playoff scorer Rick MacLeish assisted on Philly's first and fourth goals.

May 12: Through the Years

  • 1995: The Flyers grab a commanding three games to one lead in their first-round playoff series with the Buffalo Sabres, skating off with a 4-2 road win. Eric Lindros, unable to play in the first three games due to an eye injury, makes his Stanley Cup Playoff debut and assists on goals by Eric Desjardins (power play) and John LeClair. Philly also gets goals by Rod Brind'Amour and Brent Fedyk as it builds a 4-0 lead. Ron Hextall (25 saves) takes a shutout into the third period before yielding tallies to Alexander Mogilny and Pat Lafontaine.


  • 1996: In a game that does grave damage to their Stanley Cup aspirations, the Flyers drop their second straight overtime decision -- this time in double OT -- to the underdog Florida Panthers to fall behind three games to two in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Eric Lindros' 5-on-3 power play goal in the second period, assisted by Petr Svoboda and Mikael Renberg, stands as the Flyers lone tally. Stu Barnes ties the game early in the third period. Ron Hextall plays brilliantly in giving Philly a chance to come back -- Florida outshoots the Flyers 12-4 in the first overtime and 5-1 in the second OT -- but finally gets beaten by Mike Hough at 8:05 of the second overtime.


  • 2010: Continuing their historic comeback from a three games to zero deficit in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Flyers earn a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Six at the Wachovia Center. Goals by Mike Richards and Danny Briere give the Flyers a 2-0 lead after two periods. After Ville Leino is denied by Tuukka Rask on a penalty shot attempt at 12:35 of the third period, Michael Leighton (30 saves on 31 shots) takes a shutout into the final minute of the game. Milan Lucic breaks up the shutout bid with 60 seconds left in the game and cuts the Flyers lead to one goal but the Flyers hold on for the win.


May 12: Flyers Birthday

  • Russian forward Dmitry Afanasenkov was born May 12, 1980 in Arkhangelsk, USSR.


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