Propp Leads 6th-seeded ’86-’87 Flyers in Upset of 3rd-seeded ’75-’76 Flyers in Four Games

(Photo via bleacherreport.com)

Brian Propp posted five goals and four assists over the final two games of the series to lead the ’86-’87 Flyers to the upset. (Photo via bleacherreport.com)

The opening game of the series was tied at one heading into the third period. Reggie Leach scored on the PP for the 3rd-seeded ’75-’76 Flyers with about three and a half minutes left. Then, with less than two minutes left, Peter Zezel scored on a 5-on-3 PP for the ’86-’87 Flyers to tie the game at two. The ’86-’87 Flyers remained on the PP after Zezel’s goal and Tim Kerr scored to give the ’86-’87 Flyers a 3-2 lead with a minute and a half left. They held on to that 3-2 lead for a 1-0 series lead. There was a similar ending in Game 2 when the ’75-’76 Flyers led 4-2 with nine plus minutes left, but the ’86-’87 Flyers scored twice in the final five minutes to force an overtime. Almost nine minutes into overtime, defenseman Andre Dupont, or “Moose,” was given a 5-10-a game for checking from behind to shorten the ’75-’76 Flyers’ bench. It wasn’t until 52 seconds into the second overtime when Zezel potted his second goal of the game to give the ’86-’87 Flyers a 5-4 win and a 2-0 series lead. This is where Brian Propp took over. He posted two goals and an assist in Game 3 to lead the ’86-’87 Flyers to a 9-6 win. However, three other players posted three-point nights in Game 3, including defenseman Mark Howe and Rich Tocchet who both registered three assists. Propp then posted three goals and three assists to help wrap up the sweep in a 7-6 win for the ’86-’87 Flyers. Both Howe and Kerr posted four-point efforts to help lead them to the Semifinal.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’86-’87 Flyers 0 1 2 3
’75-’76 Flyers 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’86-’87 PHI – 3   ’75-’76 PHI – 2   (1-0   ’86-’87 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Tim Kerr (’86-’87 PHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   3 S

2nd Star: G – Ron Hextall (’86-’87 PHI) – W   2.00 GAA   .946 SV% (35 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Gary Dornhoefer (’75-’76 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Double Overtime Total
’86-’87 Flyers 1 0 3 1 5
’75-’76 Flyers 1 2 1 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’86-’87 PHI – 5   ’75-’76 PHI – 4   (2OT)   (2-0   ’86-’87 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Peter Zezel (’86-’87 PHI) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: D – Tom Bladon (’75-’76 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   3 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: D – Brad McCrimmon (’86-’87 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76 Flyers 0 2 4 6
’86-’87 Flyers 5 1 3 9

GAME SUMMARY:  ’86-’87 PHI – 9   ’75-’76 PHI – 6   (3-0   ’86-’87 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Brian Propp (’86-’87 PHI) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Gary Dornhoefer (’75-’76 PHI) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   4 S

3rd Star: LW – Murray Craven (’86-’87 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76 Flyers 3 2 1 6
’86-’87 Flyers 3 3 1 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’86-’87 PHI – 7   ’75-’76 PHI – 6   (4-0   ’86-’87 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Brian Propp (’86-’87 PHI) – 3 G   3 A   6 P   +3   10 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’75-’76 PHI) – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: LW – Bill Barber (’75-’76 PHI) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   5 S   2 PIM

That wraps up the First Round of the 2015 Philadelphia Flyers Qualifying Tournament!

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