Under normal circumstances, we would be prepping for a Flyers playoff run. However, as the last two weeks have shown us, our way of life at the present time is anything but normal.
With the playoffs in mind, let’s look at the Flyers' top 10 playoff goals.
10. Lindros 1997 hat trick
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden and No. 88 put on a show.
Capping off a hat trick with a backhanded seed from the left circle that beat Mike Richter, this Eric Lindros goal gave the Flyers the upper hand in the series. The Flyers went on to win the series before losing to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final.
9. Roenick sends the Leafs home
Game 7 of the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals was a drama-filled affair at the Air Canada Center. Jeremy Roenick provided a storybook ending silencing an electric Maple Leafs crowd as he flew down the right wing and beat goalie Ed Belfour in OT to send the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final. It was J.R.'s signature moment in orange and black.
8. Haller OT magic vs. Rangers
The 1995 playoff run was the last at the Spectrum and it was the first Flyers playoff run in five years. This was the peak of the Lindros era, however, the signature moment of the playoffs came from a Kevin Haller wrist shot in overtime of Game 2 that nearly took the roof off the Spectrum ... again.
This gave the Flyers control of the series and they went on to sweep the Rangers just a year after the Blueshirts won the Stanley Cup.
7. Poulin shorthanded goal vs. Quebec
With the Flyers on the brink of the 1985 Stanley Cup Final, they found themselves shorthanded by two players, clinging to a one-goal lead at the Spectrum.
Dave Poulin set sail on a breakaway and scored, essentially closing out the Nordiques and sending the Flyers to the Cup Final for the first time in five years.
6. Primeau 5-overtime winner in Pittsburgh
They were eating pizza between overtimes to keep energy up in a game that seemed like it would never end at the igloo in Pittsburgh during 2000. That is until Keith Primeau cut to the middle of the ice and found the back of the net with a wrist shot, ending a marathon that stretched into the next morning.
This is the definition of a “where were you when?” moment and at the expense of the rival Penguins — an all-timer.
5. Daigneault forces Game 7
Many say this was the loudest moment in the history of the Spectrum. Game 6 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Final against one of the greatest dynasties in the history of sports the Edmonton Oilers.
The team was littered with Hall of Famers, but on this night, the Flyers forced a Game 7 by virtue of a J.J. Daigneault slap shot from the point that beat Grant Fuhr and pushed the series back to Edmonton.
When you say the name J.J. Daigneault and everyone already knows what play you’re talking about, you know it’s one of the biggest goals in franchise history.
4. Gagne caps historic comeback vs. Bruins
Simon Gagne’s return from injury during the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals infused some much-needed offense into a Flyers team that had dug a 3-0 series hole for itself.
The team was looking to be just the third in history to fight its way back to win the series after that deficit. Gagne scored the game-winning goal in the third period, in a game that the Flyers trailed 3-0, and it was clear that Gagne’s goal finished the Bruins and their sold-out crowd at TD Garden.
The Flyers went on to beat Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final and moved onto the Stanley Cup Final before losing to Chicago.
3. Kelly clinches 2nd straight Stanley Cup title
Bob Kelly scored the first and game-winning goal 11 seconds into the third period of Game 6 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final. Bill Clement added a second goal and the Flyers won their second straight Stanley Cup.
2. MacLeish clinches Flyers' first-ever Stanley Cup
Rick MacLeish tipped Moose Dupont’s point shot into the back of the net for the only goal in Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final, giving the Flyers' franchise their first-ever Stanley Cup title.
1. Clarke scores the biggest goal in Flyers history
Game 2 1974 Stanley Cup Final.
Goal No. 2 on this countdown likely doesn’t happen without arguably the most important goal in Flyers history off the stick of captain Bobby Clarke in overtime of Game 2 in Boston. The Flyers trailed the series 1-0 and could not afford to fall down two games to the vaunted Bruins.
Clarke in OT makes the whole play happen, starting with a tenacious forecheck, then a backhanded shot is stopped but No. 16 gets his own rebound and scores to even the series.
Honorable mention: Gagne OT winner in Game 6 of 2004 Eastern Conference Final
If not for goal No. 4 in this countdown, this is arguably Gagne’s biggest goal of his career, forcing a Game 7 against the eventual Stanley Cup champions in front of a raucous home crowd.
Here’s hoping to add to these memories in the near future.
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