5 most notable Eric Lindros Flyers moments
Flyers to retire Lindros' No. 88
Eric Lindros is set to have his No. 88 retired by the Flyers Thursday night.
Before the ceremony for "Big E," tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia Wednesday at 10 p.m. to watch "The Case for 88" special looking back on Lindros' career with the Flyers.
In honor of his special night, let's also recall his five most notable moments as a Flyer (in no particular order). (AP Images)
Lindros' first career home goal
Talk about starting with a bang. Lindros, heralded for his unique blend of size and skill, put all the hype on display when he netted his first career home goal. Back on Oct. 9, 1992, in a game against the Devils at The Spectrum, Lindros swiped the puck from Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer and zipped his way toward the net. Goalie Chris Terreri had no chance to stop the breakaway as Lindros put on a highlight-reel deke for the tally, announcing his arrival. (AP Images)
Lindros' hat trick in 1997 Eastern Conference Finals
Against Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the Rangers in the 1997 Eastern Conference Final, Lindros delivered a hat trick in a series-shifting Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers won, 6-3, to take a 2-1 edge before winning Games 4 and 5 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. The final goal of the Game 3 hat trick came on an empty net as Lindros muscled past Messier for a loose puck. Lindros also scored the Game 4 winner in the final seconds. (AP Images)
Lindros loses stick, still dominates
Lindros was known for often looking like a man among boys on the ice. One of those moments came in Game 1 of the Flyers' 1997 first-round playoff series against the Penguins. Lindros lost his stick while skating hard and battling along the boards with Pittsburgh defenseman Ian Moran. Incredibly, Lindros still got the puck and held possession by using his skates and big build. Lindros finished the game with a goal and three assists in an impressive playoff opener. (AP Images)
Lindros scores 2 goals in 1st game vs. Nordiques
Despite a 6-3 loss for the Flyers, Lindros registered the first two-goal game of his career in memorable fashion. After refusing to sign with the Quebec Nordiques, who drafted him first overall in 1991, Lindros was eventually traded to the Flyers. In his first game at Quebec Coliseum, Lindros potted two goals, including a game-tying shorthanded marker during the third period before the Flyers unraveled late to finish off an intense, animosity-filled contest. (AP Images)
Lindros' final game with Flyers
It's hard not to mention how Lindros' time in orange and black came to a close. His final game with the Flyers was the 2000 Eastern Conference Final Game 7 in which Lindros played only 2:05 because of a concussion he suffered off a huge hit from Devils defenseman Scott Stevens. Ultimately, concussions and injuries cut his career short, but Lindros was a sight to see when healthy and in his prime. He's now in the Hockey Hall of Fame and his number will be in the Flyers' rafters forever. (AP Images)