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Ron Tugnutt, Brian Boucher remember craziness of Flyers-Penguins Marathon on Ice

Ron Tugnutt, Brian Boucher remember craziness of Flyers-Penguins Marathon on Ice

Ron Tugnutt played 11 postseason games for the Penguins in the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He lost more pounds in one of those appearances than the actual number of games he played throughout that postseason.

During the 1999-00 regular season, the netminder played only seven games for the Penguins, compiling 374:19 total minutes on the ice and 182 saves.

On one night (and morning) during the postseason, May 4, 2000, at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Tugnutt played 152:01 minutes and converted 72 saves. He was the losing goaltender in the Flyers' unforgettable 2-1 five-overtime win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

In that odyssey of a hockey game, Tugnutt said he shed 12 pounds. Twelve pounds.

"I remember needing help going up the stairs by my legs, just I had nothing left," he said on the Sports Uncovered: Marathon on Ice podcast. "I was drained."

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Brian Boucher, the opposing goalie, was also superb in earning the victory for the Flyers, making 57 saves through 151:48 minutes.

I honestly don’t know if I could’ve played another period," Boucher said.

"When I came out for the start of the fifth [overtime], I think this was when I was getting near the end. My legs were seizing up, my calves were seizing up, my fingers were cramping, my wrists and my forearms. I remember I was scraping the crease and my hips were like starting to cramp up so I stopped scraping the crease. I was like, 'I'm not going to do that.'

"Then I would try and go stretch one part of my hip, and when I did that, something else cramped up. So I was like you know what, 'I’m not even going to stretch either, because I don’t want to end up seizing right here before the period starts.' So I kind of just winged it.

It's probably safe to assume Boucher lost double-digit pounds, as well.

"I'm not really sure how much weight I lost during that game," Boucher said in May on the Flyers Talk podcast, "but I could remember when I got done taking my gear off, I took my skate and I could pour water out of my skate, which was pretty disgusting. But that's how much sweat that I had. I mean, sometimes in a practice I could lose seven pounds."

As both goalies were in the midst of the ultimate weight-loss workout, Tugnutt's mother needed a mental break. To her surprise, she made it back with plenty of time to spare.

"My mom couldn't watch the game anymore at around 11:30 p.m. She goes, 'That's it, I can't take this stress,'" Tugnutt said. "So she turned it off and she woke up at 1:30 a.m. She goes, 'I've got to go find out the score.' She turned it on and the game was still going. They ran out of beer in the Pittsburgh arena, people were sleeping in the stands — it was crazy."

Crazy for everyone — especially those goalies.

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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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