Ron Sutter’s OT Goal in Game 7 Completes 3-0 Series Comeback for 5th-seeded ’84-’85 Flyers Over 4th-seeded ’79-’80 Flyers

(Photo via thirdstringgoalie.blogspot.com)

Ron Sutter did not see a lot of ice time in this series, but he scored the biggest goal. (Photo via thirdstringgoalie.blogspot.com)

The 5th-seeded ’79-’80 Flyers got off to a hot start, obviously, and even forced the 4th-seeded ’84-’85 Flyers to pull starting netminder Pelle Lindbergh. The “LCB Line,” of Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber led the ’79-’80 Flyers to a 5-3 win in Game 1 as they all posted a goal and an assist each. Game 2 was tied 5-5 after the first two periods, but then a goal each from Dennis Ververgaert and Paul Holmgren led the ’79-’80 Flyers to a 7-5 win. Then, the ’84-’85 Flyers led 3-2 at the start of the third, but just like in the previous game, the ’79-’80 Flyers scored two unanswered goals in third to win 4-3. Defenseman Mike Busniuk potted the game-winner at the 11:42 mark of the final period. Now trailing 3-0 in the series, the ’84-’85 Flyers, once again, led heading into the third. Clarke scored almost seven minutes into the third to cut the lead to 2-1, but Dave Poulin potted an empty-netter in the final minute to finally get the ’84-’85 Flyers on the board with a 3-1 win. Brian Propp then led the ’84-’85 Flyers to a 5-3 win in Game 5 with a goal and three assists while Lindbergh made 42 saves.

Then, on the back of five goals in the first period, the ’84-’85 Flyers forced a Game 7 with a 5-2 win in Game 6. Todd Bergen and Tim Kerr both posted a goal and an assist to help lead them to the win. Just a minute and 12 seconds into Game 7, defenseman Brad McCrimmon gave the ’84-’85 Flyers an early 1-0 lead. However, Reggie Leach would score twice later in the period to flip it around for the ’79-’80 Flyers, but a PP goal from Ilkka Sinisalo in the final minute of the period, tied it for the ’84-’85 Flyers. Leach scored his third goal of the game a little over six minutes into the second to give the ’79-’80 Flyers their first lead of Game 7 at 3-2. He then potted his fourth of the game six and a half minutes later to take a 4-2 lead. The ’84-’85 Flyers, though, would have the game tied at four by the end of the period with a goal each from Kerr and Derrick Smith. Regulation would end with the teams tied at four. Ron Sutter did not have a point in this series, but he would score the series-clincher for the ’84-’85 Flyers at the 13:18 mark of overtime. The ’84-’85 Flyers are now the fourth team in UNP history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flyers 2 2 1 5
’84-’85 Flyers 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 PHI – 5   ’84-’85 PHI – 3   (1-0   ’79-’80 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Reggie Leach (’79-’80 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: LW – Bill Barber (’79-’80 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   5 S

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

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flyers 3 2 2 7
’84-’85 Flyers 1 4 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 PHI – 7   ’84-’85 PHI – 5   (2-0   ’79-’80 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Reggie Leach (’79-’80 PHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   11 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: LW – Brian Propp (’79-’80 PHI) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   8 S

3rd Star: LW – Brian Propp (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even  7 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flyers 2 1 0 3
’79-’80 Flyers 0 2 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 PHI – 4   ’84-’85 PHI – 3   (3-0   ’79-’80 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Mike Busniuk (’79-’80 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +3   3 S

2nd Star: G – Pelle Lindbergh (’84-’85 PHI) – L   4.00 GAA   .931 SV% (54 SV’s)

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

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flyers 2 0 1 3
’79-’80 Flyers 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 PHI – 3   ’79-’80 PHI – 1   (3-1   ’79-’80 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Dave Poulin (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: G – Pete Peeters (’79-’80 PHI) – L   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Pelle Lindbergh (’84-’85 PHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .963 SV% (26 SV’s)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flyers 1 0 2 3
’84-’85 Flyers 2 3 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 PHI – 5   ’79-’80 PHI – 3   (3-2   ’79-’80 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Brian Propp (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2  7 S   4 PIM

2nd Star: G – Pelle Lindbergh (’84-’85 PHI) – W   3.00 GAA   .933 SV% (42 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Tim Kerr (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flyers 5 0 0 5
’79-’80 Flyers 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 PHI – 5   ’79-’80 PHI – 2   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Todd Bergen (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: C – Ken Linseman (’79-’80 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   3 S

3rd Star: RW – Tim Kerr (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   8 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Flyers 2 2 0 0 4
’84-’85 Flyers 2 2 0 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 PHI – 5   ’79-’80 PHI – 4   (OT)   (4-3   ’84-’85 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Brad McCrimmon (’84-’85 PHI) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: RW – Reggie Leach (’79-’80 PHI) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +2   9 S

3rd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’79-’80 PHI) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   5 S

Up next in the 2-7 matchup is the ’73-’74 Flyers and the ’96-’97 Flyers!

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