On May 13, 1975, the Philadelphia Flyers finally put away the New York Islanders in the seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup semifinals with a 4-1 win at the Spectrum. After recovering from three games to zero deficit to win their quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Isles nearly do the same in the semis against the defending champion Flyers.
Rick MacLeish (hat trick) and company were not about to let it happen. Gary Dornhoefer set the tone, giving Philly a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game. Philly held the Isles to just 15 shots for the game, and Bernie Parent stopped 14.
Prior to the game, Flyers' good luck charm Kate Smith sang a live rendition of "God Bless America."
May 13: Through the Years
- 1976: Playing without injured Bernie Parent and playoff scoring ace Rick MacLeish, the Flyers suffer their third straight one-goal loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 Stanley Cup Final. The score is 3-2. Reggie Leach scores his 17th and 18th goals of the playoffs in a losing cause.
- 1980: The Flyers lose a 4-3 overtime decision to the New York Islanders at the Spectrum in Game One of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final. Denis Potvin nets the winner. The loss is particularly frustrating because Philly held a pair of leads in the hard-fought game, including a 3-2 lead in the latter stages of the third period.
- 2004: Continuing what will become a series-long pattern of alternating-game wins, the Flyers fall behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, two games to one, in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. The Bolts skate off with a 4-1 win in Philadelphia, setting up a virtual must-win for the Flyers in Game Four.
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS
- Pesky forward Kris Versteeg was born May 13, 1986 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
- Left winger Jamie Wright was born May 13, 1976 in Kitchener, Ontario.