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Stanley Cup Final Prelude: November 11, 1984

by @NHLFlyers

In a preview of two of the next three Stanley Cup Finals matchups, the young Philadelphia Flyers faced off against the emerging Edmonton Oilers dynasty team at the Spectrum. On this night, the Flyers emerge victorious in a 7-5 track meet that was a combined 72-shot goalie's nightmare for Pelle Lindbergh and Andy Moog but was thrilling to spectators.

Offsetting the brilliance of Wayne Gretzky (two goals, two assists) and Jari Kurri (two goals), the Flyers get big nights from Brian Propp (two goals, one assist), Mark Howe (one goal, one assist, five shots on goal, approximately 35 minutes of ice time), Dave Poulin (one goal, one assist), Tim Kerr (power play goal, one assist) and Brad McCrimmon (one assist, five shots, approximately 33 minutes of ice tme).

Despite icing the NHL's youngest roster, the Flyers would go on to post the best record in the NHL during the 1984-85 regular season.

November 11: Through the Years

  • 1973: The Flyers skate to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum, spurred by goals from Bobby Clarke (power play), Bill Barber, Rick MacLeish and Don Saleski. Bernie Parent faces just 17 shots for the game.


  •  1979: Rick MacLeish notches his 14th career hat trick. The Flyers down the Vancouver Canucks, 5-4, and extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1).


  • 1981: In a swap of team captains, the Philadelphia Flyers acquire sturdy defenseman Brad Marsh from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Mel Bridgman. Marsh goes on to play seven seasons for the Flyers and is both a team leader and effective defensive defenseman on clubs that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1985 and 1987.


  • 1985: The ventilator keeping Pelle Lindbergh breathing after a devastating car accident in Somerdale, NJ, is turned off and the Vezina Trophy winning goaltender is pronounced dead. Lindbergh's organs are successfully transplanted into awaiting patients at multiple area hospitals. Flyers head coach Mike Keenan says, "Pelle died making one final save."


  • 1990: Second-stint veteran goalie Pete Peeters records his sixth shutout as a Flyer, turning back all 31 shots he sees in a 2-0 win at the Spectrum over the Vancouver Canucks. Rookie center Mike Ricci and veteran defenseman Kjell Samuelsson provide the goal support.


  • 1997: The Flyers limit the visiting Ottawa Senators to just 16 shots as Ron Hextall records a shutout and Philly skates off with a skinny 1-0 victory. An early second period unassisted goal by Paul Coffey is the lone tally for either side. Damian Rhodes stops 26 of 27 shots for Ottawa in a losing cause.


  • 2010: A natural hat trick by Jeff Carter, two tallies by Danny Briere and a four-goal Flyers explosion in the third period are the main ingredients in an 8-1 road blowout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Scott Hartnell and Nikolay Zherdev strike for third period goals.


November 11: Flyers Birthday

  • Talented forward Martin Hostak was born on Nov. 11, 1967 in Hradec Kralove, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).


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