Top-seeded ’74-’75 Flyers Finish Tournament Unbeaten After Sweeping 2nd-seeded ’73-’74 Flyers; Will Make First UNP Appearance

(Photo via personal.stthomas.edu/ADKAPPERS)

(Photo via personal.stthomas.edu/ADKAPPERS)

This was a very tight four game series with not a lot of scoring and not a lot of shots, either. Two goals from Ross Lonsberry led the top-seeded ’74-’75 Flyers to a 3-1 win in Game 1. In Game 2, Rick MacLeish scored early in the second period to give the 2nd-seeded ’73-’74 Flyers a 1-0 lead. Then, with just over seven minutes left in the third period, Bobby Clarke tied the game for the ’74-’75 Flyers. “The Hammer,” or Dave Schultz, potted the game-winning goal two plus minutes into overtime to give the top seed a 2-0 series lead. The “LCB Line,” which included Reggie Leach, Clarke and Bill Barber, combined for two goals and three assists in Game 3 as the ’74-’75 Flyers took a 3-0 series lead with a 3-1 win. The ’73-’74 Flyers held took a 2-0 lead in Game 4 when defenseman Tom Bladon scored three and a half minutes into the second period. Gary Dornhoefer got one back for the top seed late in the second period. Then, Leach scored twice in just FOUR seconds early in the third to tie it and then give the ’74-’75 Flyers a 3-2 lead. The top seed posted only 19 shots on goal in the win and got outshot by 17, but clinched their first appearance in the Ultimate NHL Playoff.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’73-’74 Flyers 0 0 1 1
’74-’75 Flyers 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’74-’75 PHI – 3   ’73-’74 PHI – 1   (1-0   ’74-’75 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ross Lonsberry (’74-’75 PHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: G – Bernie Parent (’74-’75 PHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .963 SV% (26 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’74-’75 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   8 S   22-of-29 on faceoffs (75.9 FO%)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’73-’74 Flyers 0 1 0 0 1
’74-’75 Flyers 0 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’74-’75 PHI – 2   ’73-’74 PHI – 1   (OT)   (2-0   ’74-’75 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Bernie Parent (’74-’75 PHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .967 SV% (29 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’74-’75 PHI) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: G – Bernie Parent (’73-’74 PHI) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .933 SV% (28 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Flyers 2 0 1 3
’73-’74 Flyers 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’74-’75 PHI – 3   ’73-’74 PHI – 1   (3-0   ’74-’75 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Bill Barber (’74-’75 PHI) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: G – Bernie Parent (’74-’75 PHI) – W   1.00 GAA   .964 SV% (27 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Bobby Clarke (’74-’75 PHI) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75 Flyers 0 1 2 3
’73-’74 Flyers 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’74-’75 PHI – 3   ’73-’74 PHI – 2   (4-0   ’74-’75 PHI)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Reggie Leach (’74-’75 PHI) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   2 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Bernie Parent (’74-’75 PHI) – W   2.00 GAA   .944 SV% (34 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Andre Dupont (’74-’75 PHI) – 0 G   1 A   1 P   +3   5 S

The ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers are the 36th team to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. It will be their first trip to the tournament and they are the 16th team that will make their debut in the upcoming 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. Up next is the 2015 Los Angeles Kings Qualifying Tournament!

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