7th-seeded ’96-’97 Flyers Blow 3-1 Series Lead as 2nd-seeded ’73-’74 Flyers Win in Seven Games

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Fred Shero, also known as “The Fog,” is a legend in Flyers hockey lore. (Photo via phillysportshistory.com)

The 2nd-seeded ’73-’74 Flyers got off to a hot start with four goals in the first period of Game 1, including two from Ross Lonsberry. They won the game 5-1 while only allowing 17 shots on goal. The 7th-seeded ’96-’97 Flyers would win the next three games of the series, though, beginning with a 4-3 win in Game 2. They trailed 3-2 after two periods, but a goal each from John LeClair and Vinny Prospal in the third led them to a 4-3 win. In Game 3, goaltender Ron Hextall posted a 35-save shutout to lead the ’96-’97 Flyers in a 2-0 win. Then, in Game 4, Eric Lindros opened the scoring with just his second point of the series so far early in the third to give the ’96-’97 Flyers a lead. Then, later in the period, Orest Kindrachuk scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game and eventually force overtime.

Trent Klatt played the role of hero when he scored the game-winner 12 and a half minutes into OT to give the ’96-’97 Flyers a commanding 3-1 series lead. The ’73-’74 Flyers fought off elimination in Game 5 as they scored three unanswered goals in the final 13 minutes of the game to win 4-2. Hextall stopped 47 of 51 shots against while three players registered a multi-point game for the ’73-’74 Flyers. Captain Bobby Clarke then led the ’73-’74 Flyers to a 5-2 win in Game 6, forcing a Game 7, with a goal and three assists. Lonsberry also had a solid game with two goals. Game 7 turned out to be no contest as the ’73-’74 Flyers outshot the ’96-’97 Flyers 51-26 on their way to a 5-2 win. Lonsberry, again, helped lead the way as his three points (1G, 2A) led the ’73-’74 Flyers through to the Semifinal.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Flyers 0 0 1 1
’73-’74 Flyers 4 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’73-’74 PHI – 5   ’96-’97 PHI – 1   (1-0   ’73-’74 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Bill Barber (’73-’74 PHI) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: RW – Ross Lonsberry (’73-’74 PHI) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’79-’80 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Flyers 1 1 2 4
’73-’74 Flyers 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHI – 4   ’73-’74 PHI – 3   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Vinny Prospal (’96-’97 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: G – Ron Hextall (’96-’97 PHI) – W   3.00 GAA   .940 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Trent Klatt (’96-’97 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’73-’74 Flyers 0 0 0 0
’96-’97 Flyers 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHI – 2   ’73-’74 PHI – 0   (2-1   ’96-’97 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ron Hextall (’96-’97 PHI) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (35 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Mikael Renberg (’96-’97 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   6 S

3rd Star: D – Eric Desjardins (’96-’97 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’73-’74 Flyers 0 0 1 0 1
’96-’97 Flyers 0 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 PHI – 2   ’73-’74 PHI – 1   (OT)   (3-1   ’96-’97 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ron Hextall (’96-’97 PHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .977 SV% (42 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Bernie Parent (’73-’74 PHI) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .946 SV% (35 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Orest Kindrachuk (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   1 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Flyers 1 0 1 2
’73-’74 Flyers 1 0 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’73-’74 PHI – 4   ’96-’97 PHI – 2   (3-2   ’96-’97 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Tom Bladon (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: G – Ron Hextall (’96-’97 PHI) – L   4.00 GAA   .922 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Ross Lonsberry (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   9 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’73-’74 Flyers 1 2 2 5
’96-’97 Flyers 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’73-’74 PHI – 5   ’96-’97 PHI – 2   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: RW – Ross Lonsberry (’73-’74 PHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   8 S

3rd Star: LW – Bill Barber (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   8 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Flyers 1 0 1 2
’73-’74 Flyers 2 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’73-’74 PHI – 5   ’96-’97 PHI – 2   (4-3   ’73-’74 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Ross Lonsberry (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: LW – Bill Barber (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’73-’74 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

Up next in the 3-6 matchup is the ’75-’76 Flyers and the ’86-’87 Flyers!

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