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Fired June 6, , after new GM Jim Rutherford took over. Head coach for Team USA at Sochi Olympics. Has interest in the Flyers. He leads the Flyers in 3-point shooting percentage ) — out of players The team's “Best Defender” award winner has taken on a. The Flyers–Penguins rivalry, also known as the Battle of Pennsylvania, is a National Hockey League (NHL) rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey clubs. Both teams compete in the NHL's Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division. The two teams met again in the playoffs, in the Eastern Conference.
During that same season, the Flyers won the Eastern Conference's crown by one point in the standings, despite Pittsburgh having 49 wins to Philadelphia's The two teams met again in the playoffs, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Flyers won in five games, and Lemieux subsequently retired for the first time at the end of the series.
After Game 5, Lemieux skated around the ice and received a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd. He had previously received a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd in March after returning from radiation treatments.
One of the most memorable moments of the rivalry occurred during the — season, when the two teams met in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. A season after the Penguins joined the Atlantic Division, the Flyers had won the Division and the first seed in the East, while the Penguins snuck into the playoffs as the seventh seed.
Despite this, the Penguins jumped out to a 2—0 series lead, winning both games in Philadelphia. Tied at 1—1, the game stretched to five overtime periods and set the record for the longest game played in the modern era of the NHL. Keith Primeau 's goal at the Rivalry in the 21st century[ edit ] The rivalry between the two teams lost its luster in the years leading up to the —05 NHL lockoutas the Penguins struggled on-and-off the ice, dropping to the bottom of not only the League standings, but the attendance rankings as well.
The Flyers have swept the season series three times, winning all four games during the —81 season, all seven games during the —84 season and all four games during the —15 season. During the —08 season, the Flyers won five games and the Penguins won three in the season series. The series was highlighted by an 8—2 win by the Flyers and a 7—1 win by the Penguins.
The Penguins and the Flyers faced off in the Eastern Conference Finalswon by the Penguins in five games for the Penguins' first-ever playoff series win against the Flyers. A year later, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinalsthe Penguins beat the Flyers again, winning the series 4—2 on their way to winning the Stanley Cup. In the —11 season opener, Philadelphia traveled to Pittsburgh to open the Penguins new arena, the Consol Energy Centeron October 7.
One proposal would have resulted in separating the Penguins and Flyers into different divisions and lowering their in-season matchups from six to two.
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Members of both organizations actively spoke against breaking up the two teams, citing the importance of the rivalry to the teams, the fans, as well as the state of Pennsylvania. As of the —16 seasonthe Flyers hold a 13— record against the Penguins at Consol Energy Center. The teams met again in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinalstheir third meeting in five seasons.
The Flyers won the series in six games, surprising the hockey world, as the Penguins were heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup that year.
The rivalry once again received significant attention by the end of the s with two NHL Stadium Series matches between the two teams in  and  to celebrate both teams' 50th anniversaries, plus another playoff series between the two teams during the Eastern Conference First Round.
The first four games of the series were all lopsided, including a 7—0 win by Pittsburgh in Game 1, a 5—1 win by Philadelphia in Game 2, a 5—1 win by Pittsburgh in Game 3, and a 5—0 win by Pittsburgh in Game 4. Game 3, played in Buffalo, went down in hockey lore as The Fog Game due to an unusual May heat wave in Buffalo that forced parts of the game to be played in heavy fog, as Buffalo's arena lacked air conditioning. The Flyers lost Games 3 and 4, but won Game 5 at home in dominating fashion, 5—1.
On the road for Game 6, Bob Kelly scored the decisive goal and Parent pitched another shutout a playoff record fifth shutout as the Flyers repeated as Stanley Cup champions. Enforcer Dave Schultzthe most notorious Broad Street Bully, set the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a single season during the —75 season. The highlight of the —76 season had no bearing on the season standings. As the Bullies had put intimidation to good use the past three years, the Flyers' rugged style of play led the Soviets to leave the ice midway through the first period, protesting a hit on Valeri Kharlamovwhom Clarke had slashed on the ankle in the famous Summit Series '72by Ed Van Impe.
After some delay, the Soviets returned after they were warned that they would lose their salary for the entire series.
The Flyers went on to win the game rather easily, 4—1, and were the only team to defeat the Red Army outright in the series. After that win, the Spectrum became known as the "most intimidating building to play in and has the most intimidating fans. If they had won, they would have been world champions.
We beat the hell out of a machine. Clarke, on his way to a third Hart Trophy, set a club record for points in one season with Heading into the playoffs, the Flyers squeaked past Toronto in seven games and defeated Boston in five games, with Game 5 featuring a five-goal outburst by Leach, the " Riverton Rifle ", to head to a third-straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.
However, the Flyers did not come close to a third straight championship without an injured Bernie Parent, as they ran into an up-and-coming dynasty in Montreal, and were swept in four-straight games.
Despite the loss, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for scoring a record 19 goals in 16 playoff games. Dethroned, the heyday of the Broad Street Bullies began to come to an end, as prior to the —77 seasontough-guy Dave Schultz was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
Despite a slight drop-off in performance, the Flyers dominated the Patrick Division with what proved to be their fourth-straight division title. After disposing of Toronto in six games, the Flyers found themselves in the Semi-finals for the fifth consecutive season. Pitted against Boston, the Flyers lost Games 1 and 2 at home in overtime and did not return home as they were swept in four-straight games.
The Flyers lost their hold on the Patrick Division in —78 and settled for second place. After sweeping the Colorado Rockies in two games in the preliminary round, the Flyers moved on to beat Buffalo in five games. They then faced Boston in the Semi-finals for the second consecutive season, and lost again, this time in five games. Following the season, the Flyers were stunned when Head Coach Shero left to become general manager and head coach of the Rangers.
As compensation for Shero, the Flyers received the Rangers' first-round draft pick in Adding to the problems, Bernie Parent suffered a career-ending eye injury. The Flyers rallied under Quinn and finished in second place. Matched-up against the Vancouver Canucks in the preliminary round, the Flyers won the series in three games. A new generation takes over — [ edit ] The Flyers began the —80 season with a somewhat controversial move by naming Clarke a playing assistant coach and giving the captaincy to Mel Bridgman.
While Clarke was against this initially, he accepted his new role. The Flyers went undefeated for a North American professional sports record straight games 25—0—10before losing 7—1 to the Minnesota North Stars, a record that still stands to this day.
Their regular-season success continued into the playoffs, as the Flyers swept a young Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers in the first round, then went on to get revenge against Fred "The Fog" Shero and his Rangers by beating them in five before disposing of Minnesota in five to lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Facing the Islanders for the Cup, the Flyers ultimately lost in six games on Bob Nystrom 's overtime Cup-winning goal. The end result of the series was marred by controversy, as the Islanders were offside on the play that resulted in their second goal, but the call was not made. Linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.
The Flyers made early playoff exits the next four years, including three first round exits in a row. After a tough, five-game preliminary round series win against the Quebec Nordiquesthe team's —81 season came to an end as they lost in the Quarterfinals to the Calgary Flames in seven games.
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They then lost to the Rangers two years in a row in —82 and —83 and then were swept by the Washington Capitals in — It was after the latter of these playoff losses that Bobby Clarke retired and was named vice-president and general manager of the team.
Ron Hextall emerged as the Flyers' starting goaltender in the —87 season. His rookie performance earned him the season's Vezina Trophy. Mike Keenana relative unknown at the time, was hired in to coach the team, and named second-year player Dave Poulin team captain. Behind the goaltending of Pelle Lindbergh who led the NHL with 40 wins and was the first European to win the Vezina Trophy the Flyers won a franchise-record 53 games — best in the League — during the —85 season.
The Flyers rolled through the playoffs by sweeping the Rangers in three games, defeating the Islanders in five and beating Quebec in six to return to the Stanley Cup Finals. Though they defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers in Game 1 by a score of 4—1 at home, Edmonton won the next four games and the series. A month into the —86 seasonPelle Lindbergh was killed in a car accident.
The team rallied and showed perseverance by garnering the best record in the Wales Conference and matching their win total 53 from the previous year. Jennings Trophy with teammate Darren Jensen. Despite their regular season success, an emotionally-exhausted Flyers team lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Rangers in five games.
Inthe Flyers were rejuvenated by the ascension of year-old goaltender Ron Hextall. With Hextall providing the critical stops at crucial times, the Flyers captured a third-straight Patrick Division title, and were able to gain revenge on the Rangers by beating them in six games, as well as surviving a tough seven-game test from a gritty Islanders club.
The Flyers then defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens in a fiery six game series notable for a famous bench-clearing brawl during the Game 6 warmup to win the Wales Conference and return to the Stanley Cup Finals. As was the case two seasons prior, the Flyers became decimated by injuries, the most significant of which was losing Kerr for the remainder of the playoffs.
After falling behind three games to one in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit on the road in Game 5 to extend the series, then won Game 6 at home with another late-game comeback.
However, they could not overcome the odds a third time and eventually succumbed to the Oilers, 3—1, in Game 7. Hextall became the first NHL goaltender to score a goal by firing the puck into an empty net in a December 8 game against Boston.
In their first round playoff series with Washington, the Flyers blew a 3—1 series lead as Washington forced a Game 7. They then blew a 3—0 lead in Game 7 as Washington won in overtime 5—4. It was because of this playoff collapse that "Iron Mike" was fired.
Paul Holmgren was named Keenan's replacement, the first time a former Flyer was named the club's head coach. Despite finishing at the. Facing first-place Washington in the first round, the Flyers pulled off the upset in six games. Ron Hextall managed to score another empty-net goal in the waning moments of Game 5, becoming the first NHL goalie to score a goal in the playoffs. The Flyers then defeated Pittsburgh in seven games to make the Wales Conference Finals before bowing out to Montreal in six games.
It was the Flyers' last playoff appearance until Rebuilding a winning team — [ edit ] The —90 season got off to a bad start for the Flyers, and continued to get worse. Hextall missed all but eight games due to suspension, contract holdout issues and injury, the suspension given for attacking Chris Chelios at the end of the Montreal playoff series the previous spring. As a result, the Flyers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since Bob Clarke, having been with the Flyers organization since he was drafted inwas fired and replaced as general manager by Russ Farwell ; Clarke resurfaced with the Minnesota North Stars.
Hextall continued to be hampered by injuries during the —91 season. He only played in 36 games and as a result the Flyers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, finishing fifth in the Division and three points short of a playoff spot after a late-season collapse.
Brind'Amour led the Flyers in goals 33assists 44 and points 77 in his first season with the club. With Ron Sutter gone to St. Louis in the Brind'Amour trade, Rick Tocchet was named team captain. On February 19, the Flyers and Pittsburgh made a major five-player deal which featured Tocchet — who never grew comfortably into the role of captain — heading to Pittsburgh and Mark Recchi coming to Philadelphia.
Recchi recorded 27 points in his first 22 games as a Flyer, but the team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year, due in large part to an awful road record 10—26—4. With Tocchet traded, the Flyers remained without a captain until Kevin Dineen was named to the post in —94and instead went with three alternate captains. In Junethe Flyers persuaded Clarke to return to the team as senior vice president after Jay Snider won the hard-fought arbitration battle for first overall pick Eric Lindros against the Rangers.
It was determined that Quebec had made a deal with the Flyers before making a deal with the Rangers. While Lindros became a preeminent star in Philadelphia, the trade proved heavily lopsided in favor of the Nordiques — soon to become the Colorado Avalanche — providing the core of their two Stanley Cup teams and an unprecedented eight-straight division championships, with Forsberg becoming a franchise player. In —93Recchi set the franchise record for points in a season with 53 goals and 70 assists and Lindros scored 41 goals in 61 games.
After struggling early, the Flyers made a run at the playoffs, but came four points short of the last spot. Head coach Bill Dineen was fired at the season's end, while Clarke left town again to become general manager of the expansion Florida Panthers. Following the —94 season, owner Ed Snider took over day-to-day operations, and began courting Bobby Clarke to return as general manager.
For —94Terry Simpson was hired as the new head coach in hopes of returning the Flyers to the playoffs after four consecutive off-years. Recchi recorded points 40 goals and 67 assists and Lindros 97 44 goals and 53 assistswhile Mikael Renberg set a Flyers rookie record with 82 points. Offense was generated yet the Flyers still failed to clinch a playoff berth, again falling four points short of the final playoff spot.
Jay Snider stepped down as president, forcing his father Ed Snider to take over day-to-day operations. The elder Snider had decided he had seen enough of Farwell as general manager, and began courting Bob Clarke to leave his general manager post with Florida to return to Philadelphia.
Farwell's last move as general manager was firing Simpson after a lackluster performance. Bob Clarke returned to the general manager position prior to the lockout-shortened —95 season and immediately began putting his stamp on the team.
New head coach Terry Murray replaced Kevin Dineen as team captain with Lindros prior to the start of training camp. In order to shore up the defense, Ron Hextall was re-acquired from the Islanders and high-scoring winger Recchi was traded to Montreal for Eric DesjardinsGilbert Dionne and John LeClair early in the abbreviated season.
The Flyers initially struggled out of the gate, going only 3—7—1 through their first 11 games while being outscored 34— Lindros and LeClair then teamed with Renberg to form the Legion of Doom line, a mix of scoring talent and physical intimidation. In their 37 games including the 3—1 victory on February 11,against the New Jersey Devilsthe Flyers went 25—9—3 and outscored their opponents —98 en route.
The playoff drought came to an end as the Flyers won their first division title in eight years and clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Lindros eclipsed the point mark for the first time in —96gathering points, and LeClair scored 51 goals, as the Flyers repeated as Atlantic Division champs and clinched the top seed in the East.
Facing the eighth-seeded Tampa Bay Lightningthe Flyers dropped two of the first three games. They rallied by winning three straight games to win the series. After taking two of the first three games against their second-round opponent, Florida, the Flyers were defeated in overtime in Game 4 and double-overtime in Game 5.
An upstart Florida club with stellar goaltending from John Vanbiesbrouck ended the Flyers' season in Game 6. The Flyers said goodbye to the Spectrum and prepared to open a new arena — the CoreStates Center — for the next season. The —97 season started off slowly, as Lindros missed 30 games, but LeClair still managed to score 50 goals for the second consecutive year.
The mid-season acquisition of then-defenseman scoring leader Paul Coffey gave the Flyers a veteran presence. Despite having home ice advantage, the Flyers were swept in four-straight games by the Detroit Red Wings. The goaltending tandem of Hextall and Garth Snow fared poorly in the Finals, as both conceded soft goals, and Murray's strategy of alternating starters in goal was criticized.
After Game 3 which was a 6—1 loss, Murray blasted his team in a closed-door meeting and then described to the media that the Flyers were in a "choking situation", a remark which angered his players and likely cost Murray his job, as his contract was not renewed.
The trio of Lindros, LeClair and Renberg scored a combined total of points in regular season games. From highs to lows — [ edit ] The man picked to replace Murray as coach, Wayne Cashmanwas deemed ill-suited for the job as the Flyers played inconsistently throughout the —98 season. With 21 games to go in the season, Roger Neilson took over as coach while Cashman was retained as an assistant.
John LeClair was able to score at least 50 goals for the third consecutive year netting 51the first time for an American-born player, and goaltender Sean Burke was acquired at the trade deadline. Burke proved ineffective in net, as the Flyers were eliminated in the first round by Buffalo in five games. In the off-season, the Flyers went looking for a new goaltender.
Burke was let go and Hextall was about to enter his final season as a backup. The —99 season was marred by a life-threatening injury sustained by Eric Lindros on April Fools' Day during a game against the Nashville Predatorsa season-ending injury later diagnosed as a collapsed lung.
Up until that point, Lindros was having an MVP-type season with 40 goals and 53 assists in 71 games. Without Lindros, the Flyers had trouble scoring in the playoffs even after having re-acquired Mark Recchi at the trade deadline.
Although Vanbiesbrouck allowed nine goals to Joseph's eleven allowed, the Flyers lost their first round series with Toronto in six games. In the span of a few days in July, longtime broadcaster Gene Hart died due to illness and defenseman Dmitri Tertyshnycoming off his rookie season, was fatally injured in a freak boating accident. In January, longtime Flyer and fan favorite Rod Brind'Amour was shipped to the Carolina Hurricanes for Keith Primeauwith the intention of acquiring a big center to complement Lindros.
Meanwhile, the strife between Flyers management particularly Clarke and Lindros, continued to worsen. Less than a month after Ramsay took over, Lindros suffered his second concussion of the season.
He played several games after the initial hit and afterwards criticized the team's training staff for failing to initially diagnose the concussion after it happened. It was after this that the Flyers' organization decided to strip Lindros of the captaincy on March 27 and name defenseman Eric Desjardins the team's captain.
With Lindros out indefinitely, the Flyers rallied to overcome the distractions and a point deficit in the standings to win the Atlantic Division and the top seed in the East on the last day of the regular season. They easily defeated their first round opponent, Buffalo, in five games. Primeau's goal in the fifth overtime of Game 4 against the team's second-round opponent, Pittsburgh, turned that series in the Flyers' favor as they won in six games, coming back from a 2—0 series deficit.
After dropping Game 1 to New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Flyers peeled off three-straight wins to take a 3—1 series lead. But New Jersey refused to give up.