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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: May 6

Leach's Five Goals Propels Another Trip to Stanley Cup Final: May 6, 1976

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The 1975-76 season was a magical one for Flyers Hall of Fame right winger Reggie Leach. The "Riverton Rifle" recorded a franchise single-season record 61 goals during the regular season and then tallied 19 additional goals in the postseason to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Forty-one years later, the latter mark remains tied for an NHL single-playoff year goal record.

On May 6, 1976, Leach picked an ideal time to set a still-standing franchise playoff game record as he strafed the Boston Bruins for five goals. Leach almost did not play in the game, as he had been out late the night before and was not still fit to play until shortly before game time. Only some lobbying of head coach Fred Shero by team captain Bobby Clarke and some day-of-game assistance by Clarke and other teammates enabled Leach to go out on the ice for what became the greatest game of his career.

The two-time defending champions were on their way back to Final for the third straight year. Leach's five goals were his 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th of the 1976 playoffs. He would add four more against the Montreal Canadiens in the Final.

Leach's five-goal game tied an NHL record set by Maurice "Rocket" Richard, and extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games, which broke a "Rocket" Richard record.

May 6: Through the Years

  • 1980: The Flyers grab a commanding three games to one lead in their Stanley Cup semifinal series with the Minnesota North Stars, earning a 3-2 win in Minneapolis in Game Four. The LCB Line does all the scoring for the Flyers, as Bill Barber scores twice and Reggie Leach tallies once. Phil Myre stops 30 of 32 shots in a game where the Flyers went 12-for-12 on the penalty kill.

 

  • 1987: The Flyers suffer a 5-2 setback to the Montreal Canadiens at the Spectrum in Game Two of the Wales Conference Finals, as the Habs knot the series at one game apiece with the series heading to Montreal. Derrick Smith and Doug Crossman score third-period goals for Philly in a losing cause.

 

FLYER ALUM BIRTHDAY

  • Wilmington native and former Philadelphia Little Flyers player Mark Eaton was born May 6, 1977.

 

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