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Flyers Earn Fourth Trip to Cup Final: May 8, 1980

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers clinched the fourth trip to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history, earning a 7-3 blowout win over the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum in Game Five of the semifinals on May 8, 1980.

The holdover players from the Broad Street Bullies' heyday led the way. Bill Barber (10th and 11th goals of the playoffs) and Reggie Leach scored twice apiece, while Bobby Clarke collected three points (one goal, two assists). Rick MacLeish notched a goal and assist.

In the meantime, defenseman Bob "the Count" Dailey continued his torrid playoff run with a goal and a helper of his own. Winning netminder Phil Myre made 22 saves.



May 8: Through the Years

  • 1987: The Flyers take a two games to one lead in the Wales Conference Final with a 4-3 win over the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. Philly trails 2-0 at the first intermission before Pelle Eklund -- playing the series of his NHL life -- scores twice in the second period to turn the tide and then sets up Rick Tocchet's go-ahead goal. After the Habs rally to tie the game at 3-3, Brian Propp scores the game-winner with 3:09 left on the clock. Ron Hextall stops 36 shots in a game where Philly gets outshot by a 39-18 margin.


  • 1995: Playing without injured captain Eric Lindros, the Flyers nevertheless win for a second straight time at the Spectrum to take a two games to zero lead over the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. Goals by Rod Brind'Amour, Rob DiMaio and Anatoli Semenov (playing in Lindros' spot on the top line) key the 3-1 win. Ron Hextall stops 29 of 30 shots to outduel Dominik Hasek.

May 8: Flyers Birthday

  • Nicknamed "Jet," smooth-skating Eddie Joyal was born May 8, 1940 in Edmonton, Alberta.


  • Depth right winger Darren Reid was born on May 8, 1983 in Lac La Biche, Alberta.
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