The best game I ever saw in person was Game 2 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Flyers and Rangers. It was the last year of the Spectrum, emotions were high, the peak of the Eric Lindros era teams.
The Flyers, on their first playoff run after a long drought, took a 2-0 lead in the series that night, but this was much bigger. Lindros wheeled out in front of the net to score a game-tying goal which set the stage for the most dramatic finish I’ve ever seen in person.
In OT, the lesser-known of the legion of doom line, Mikael Renberg, picked up the puck in the defensive zone and set sail on a 2-on-1 break. As they crossed the blue line he slid a perfect pass over to defenseman Kevin Haller for a one-timer that beat Rangers goalie Mike Richter and sent the Spectrum into a frenzy.
It was the last Flyers game I ever saw in the Spectrum, and it felt like the building was going to come down that night from the shaking inside. My ears were ringing until the next day. My dad and I were in the first row of the upper deck behind the net where the goal was scored. He taught me about the Flyers and that, by far, was our best memory together.
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