Things looked bleak for the Flyers late in the second period of Game One of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinal s against the Buffalo Sabres. Philadelphia trailed by a 3-1 score with time about to expire in the middle frame.
As the final moments ticked down and the Flyers attacked on the power play, Legion of Doom right winger Mikael Renberg stashed the puck into the net just as the clock hit 0.0 and the horn sounded. Referee Don Koharski emphatically waved his arms to wash out the goal, ruling that the clock had expired. The teams returned to the locker room thinking Buffalo still led by two goals.
As intermission began, however, the play was reviewed by the video judges. It was discovered that 0.1 second remained on the clock at the point the puck crossed the goal line. The call was reversed and Renberg's goal counted.
The score remained 3-2 until Rod Brind'Amour tied the game at the 10:00 mark of the third period. The match seemed headed for OT before Shjon Podein put the Flyers ahead with 38 seconds left in regulation. Brind'Amour then added an empty-net goal to seal a 5-3 win.
The stunned Sabres filed off the ice in dismay. Garth Snow earned the win with 29 saves on 32 shots. Steve Shields (42 saves on 46 shots) took the loss despite receiving third-star honors. There would be plenty of roller coaster moments to come but the Flyers would prevail in five games.