The Philadelphia Flyers' road to the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals was anything but an easy one. Each and every series went six or seven games and each was a war of attrition. On May 2, 1987, the Flyers wrapped up their Patrick Division Final (Wales Conference Semifinal) series with a decisive 5-1 win at the Spectrum over the New York Islanders.
A pair of third period goals by Ilkka Sinisalo put the game out of reach after the Flyers got three scores in the opening period from Dave Brown, Brian Propp (shorthanded) and Brad Marsh (also shorthanded). Rookie goaltender and eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ron Hextall (22 saves) blanked the Islanders' attack until the final minute of the third period before Denis Potvin scored an otherwise meaningless goal to end the shutout bid. Peter Zezel and Dave Poulin collected a pair of assists apiece.
The Flyers led the series three games to one after four games but the four-time Stanley Cup champion Islanders showed resolve in posting 2-1 and 4-2 victories over the next two games. Game Six was especially costly to the Flyers, as they lost more than the game. The club also lost perennial 50-plus goal sniper Tim Kerr for the rest of the playoffs with a serious shoulder injury. He would go on to endure five shoulder operations in a 14-month period and missed all but a handful of games the next season.