BEST FLYERS GAME OF THE PAST 15 YEARS?
It is certainly one of the best playoff games they've ever been a part of, but for his talk radio purposes, he wanted to limit it to the past 15 years. He asked for a top 10 list.
Like the Big 10, I gave him 11.
Let me know if you agree:
1. 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Boston Game 7 win 4-3 -- pretty simple, history on top of history.
2. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Game 3 win 4-3 -- Again backs against the wall, again they find a way on the biggest stage of all.
3. 2004 Eastern Conference finals vs. Tampa Bay Game 6 win 5-4 -- Primeau scores with 1:49 to play to tie the score passing the puck to himself through the crease and skating around behind the net to tap it in on the other side. Then, Simon Gagne scored the game-winner at 18:18 of overtime to force Game 7.
4. 1997 Eastern Conference finals vs. New York Rangers Game 4 win 3-2 -- With the Rangers having just tied the game on a Brian Leetch goal with two minutes to play, the game seemed destined for overtime, but Eric Lindros struck with a power play goal with seven seconds to play to win the game and take a 3-1 series lead.
5. 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Toronto Game 6 win 3-2 -- Jeremy Roenick scores the overtime game-winner to send the Flyers to the Conference finals. Earlier in the same sequence of play, Darcy Tucker crushed Sami Kapanen against the boards and Kapanen couldn't stand up. Primeau had to hook him to the bench with his stick like Kapanen was a bad vaudeville performer, allowing Roenick to hop over the boards to score the series-winning goal.
6. 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. Washington Game 7 win 3-2 -- Joffrey Lupul scores the power play game-winner in overtime to help the Flyers pull off the upset and head to the second round. The bigger story was Marty Biron though, who made 39 saves in the game and was remarkable in a third period where Washington outshot the Flyers 16-5. Biron stopped all 16 of those shots to keep the game tied and force overtime.
7. 1995 Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey Game 3 win 3-2 -- After losing the first two games at home, the Flyers were down 2-1 at Brendan Byrne Arena with time melting away. But Rod Brind'Amour tied it with six minutes to play and Lindros bested Martin Brodeur in overtime to keep the Flyers alive in the series.
8. 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. New York Rangers Game 1 win 5-4 -- It was the upstart Flyers, making their first playoff appearance in six years, vs. the defending Stanley Cup champions. In a wild Game 1, New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead and were ahead 3-2 after two periods. But John LeClair completed a playoff hat trick to tie the score with eight minutes to play and Eric Desjardins gave the Flyers the lead with a goal with five minutes to go. However Pat Verbeek tied the game with 19 seconds left to force overtime. Desjardins provided the answer again in the extra session to give the Flyers the win after taking the best punch the champs had to offer.
9. 2003 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. Toronto Game 4 win 3-2 -- Trailing the series 2-1 the Flyers had a must-win Game 4 in Toronto. They dominated play the entire game, but found themselves headed to overtime because Leafs goalie Ed Belfour was otherworldly. He had 35 saves through regulation and with the score knotted 2-2, it was a war of attrition to see which goalie would blink first. The first overtime was a track meet, but both Belfour and Ron Hextall were awesome. Belfour stopped 15 more shots and Hextall 12. The second overtime was nearly as frantic with Belfour stopping 14 more and Hextall nine. Finally, in the third overtime, Mark Recchi slid a slow roller through Belfour's pads to get the win and even the series 2-2. Belfour finished with 72 saves to Hextall's 36.
10. 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Pittsburgh Game 4 win 2-1 -- The five-overtime game. Keith Primeau. You know the rest. Save totals:Brian Boucher 57, Ron Tugnutt 70.
11. 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. New York Rangers Game 2 win 4-3 -- Just like Game 1, the Rangers took a 2-0 lead, the Flyers fought back to go in front and the Rangers tied it late to force overtime. This extra period didn't last long however as Kevin Haller scored just 25 seconds into the extra period to win the game and virtually bury the Rangers. The Flyers would win the next two in New York rather handily and advance to the Conference finals.