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Rick Tocchet, Keith Jones had Marathon at the Movies before Flyers-Penguins Marathon on Ice

Rick Tocchet, Keith Jones had Marathon at the Movies before Flyers-Penguins Marathon on Ice

When Rick Tocchet, Keith Jones and the Flyers went to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, they ended up playing six overtimes.

Trailing in the series, 2-0, the Flyers picked up a huge Game 3 victory, needing just one overtime to beat the Penguins, 4-3. The theatrics and heroics of that outcome paled in comparison to the Flyers' historic Game 4 win, a 2-1 drainer which famously lasted five overtimes and ended at 2:35 a.m. ET.

It wasn't only six extra periods for Tocchet and Jones. On May 3, the off day between those games, Tocchet and Jones still couldn't avoid overtime.

At the movies.

The day prior, Jones had a three-point effort and an assist on the game-winning goal, while Tocchet played 21:30 minutes. In an attempt to relax prior to resting up for Game 4, Tocchet and Jones decided to catch a flick.

It was the longest movie of their lives.

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Toch and I rented a car because we wanted to go to the movies," Jones recalled during the Sports Uncovered: Marathon on Ice podcast. "And so, I go watch this entire movie, I don’t even know what movie it was. We watched the whole movie. We come back out of the movie theater, we’re like, 'Man, the car's still running.' Toch was the driver and he goes, 'Oh, that’s crazy, I think I left the keys in.' He didn’t just leave them in, we were locked out. Like it’s almost impossible to lock a car with the keys in it while it’s running.

A bad omen for Game 4? Jones said he remembers getting back to the hotel around 10 p.m. after a tow truck eventually came to pop off the lock on the car.

"That two-hour movie turned into an eight-hour ordeal," Tocchet said. "I think we were about to have pregame in the parking lot the night before. I know it was eight hours. I felt so bad that I left the keys in the car. I guess I was nervous [the night before the game]."

Game 4 finished in just under seven hours. Tocchet played 46:58 minutes and Jones 37:50.

An eight-hour trip to the movies and six overtimes later, Tocchet, Jones and the Flyers were headed back to Philadelphia all even with Pittsburgh.

Something tells us Tocchet and Jones slept instead of watching a movie on the way home.

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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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