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Keith Jones' memento and what we forget from the Marathon on Ice

Keith Jones' memento and what we forget from the Marathon on Ice

Remember that time pizza played a huge role during a hockey game? I think it’s happened once: May 4, 2000, at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. 

The longest game in modern day NHL history clocked in at 152:01 (and that’s just game time), but what went on when that clock wasn’t counting has provided some of the more legendary game stories in the history of this league — stories you can hear on the Sports Uncovered: Marathon on Ice podcast.

By the end, I thought my knees were going to blow out on the ice, and then we scored two minutes later.

- Chris Therien 

What began with an Alex Kovalev goal in the first period ended seven periods later early the next morning with Keith Primeau scoring one of the most memorable goals in franchise history.

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Over the years, I’ve talked to several players involved in that 2-1 five-overtime win for the Flyers over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The consistent theme of those conversations is that former Flyers winger and current color analyst Keith Jones provided much of the comic relief, including walking through the locker room with a slice of pizza hanging out of his mouth sometime between one of the four completed overtime periods.

Over the last 20 years, stories have continued to emerge, each one more entertaining than the next, from stacks of pizza boxes outside the Flyers' locker room to running out of energy drinks to running short on clean laundry. One such story comes from the aforementioned "Jonesy," who played 46 shifts during this marathon on ice, and what he has to show for it — a plus-1 — occurred while he was skating to the bench to change shifts when Primeau scored the game-winner in the fifth overtime. It’s a point of pride for Jones, who has the box score framed and hanging in his house. 

When thinking back on this game, it’s almost as if it took place in a vacuum. It’s easy to forget this was the same Flyers playoff run that ended in the Eastern Conference Final with Scott Stevens sending Eric Lindros off the ice for the last time in a Flyers uniform with a devastating hit. Or that the low feeling in the East Final came on the heels of one of the most memorable wins in franchise history. 

It’s also easy to forget that the Flyers trailed this series to the Penguins, 2-0, losing the first two games on home ice before winning four straight, the second of which was the five-overtime marathon that changed the complexion of the whole series. This game only tied the series at 2-2, but talk to any of the Flyers players and they all agree — the series was over after the marathon on ice. You’ll get very little argument from the Pittsburgh side on that statement either.

This game was the series.    

Two decades later, you can’t mention this game to a Flyers player from that team without a big smile emerging on their face, followed by a few stories. Stories that will live on forever, much like the game that seemed like it would go on forever.

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Flyers Talk podcast: NHL hub cities, free agency, more

Flyers Talk podcast: NHL hub cities, free agency, more

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze the team's decisions for free agency and the playoffs.

From roster talk to the latest on the 24-team tournament, let's dive in:

0:45 — The latest on where the Flyers might play

4:15 — July is much different this time around

7:00 — Will the Flyers re-sign Derek Grant and Justin Braun?

21:20 — Keep an eye on Morgan Frost

26:00 — What to expect from Nate Thompson

30:15 — Appreciating Sean Couturier's faceoff excellence

36:35 — Katie's birthday is Monday, July 6!

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A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

Alain Vigneault marveled at Oskar Lindblom's selflessness and strength.

Back in December, the Flyers' head coach told a story about Lindblom checking in on teammate Travis Konecny, who suffered a concussion that month from a hard hit.

Lindblom was in the middle of undergoing tests at the University of Pennsylvania.

"With everything that is going on, he texted T.K. to find out how his head was going because of the concussion," Vigneault said Dec. 17. "That’s just the type of young man that we have — strong, he’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

On Thursday, we saw a culmination of the strength and support. A little over six and a half months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones, Lindblom rung a bell on the 5th floor of the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital to signify the completion of his radiation treatments.

The Flyers' 23-year-old forward hugged his girlfriend Alma Lindqvist, who shared pictures on her Instagram account with the caption: "MY LOVE IS CANCER FREE."

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Lindblom, a humble native of Sweden with a bright smile, thanked all the medical professionals and gave them a signed jersey. He expressed his gratitude for everyone who has supported his fight.

From family to friends to fans, I can't even explain how much that meant to me," Lindblom said to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "Especially in the start, it was a rough time and I got all those kind words, it made me feel so much better and calm — it was a real help along the way, that's for sure.

"I can't even explain how I feel. It feels like I'm having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time. It just feels awesome to be done. I can't wait to just get back to normal life again and start to feel like I'm living.


I can't say enough about this young man. Everyone can see the talent and impact that Oskar has had for us on the ice, but he is an outstanding teammate in our locker room and a genuinely good person. His attitude and strength through all of this is a tremendous inspiration for us all. Today is a great day. Congrats to Oskar. We look forward to having him rejoin our team in the near future.

- Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher

Oskar Lindblom with nurses at Penn Medicine. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Oskar Lindblom with his head nurse Laetitia Simeral. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

The Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the entire hockey community has rallied behind Lindblom since his diagnosis in December. "Oskar Strong" shirts by Biscuit Tees have been worn around the world. During a game in January, Lindblom received a heartwarming standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center.

Everyone was standing for him as he rang that bell on Thursday. Lindblom was left smiling — and saying thank you.

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