TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: APRIL 8
1973: After getting whitewashed, 5-0, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals, the Flyers return the favor to the host Minnesota North Stars with a 3-0 shutout win in Game 4. Doug Favell stops all 31 shots he faces as a late first-period power play goal by Bobby Clarke holds up until Bill Barber and Ross Lonsberry add insurance markers in the third period. The Flyers' win evens up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
1980: The Flyers open their preliminary round mini-series (best of five) with the Edmonton Oilers with a dramatic 5-4 overtime win. The Oilers come back from a 2-0 deficit to score three straight goals. With Edmonton on the brink of victory, Rick MacLeish scores with 1:19 left in the third period to force overtime. Bobby Clarke wins the game at 8:06 of overtime. Back in the first period, the Flyers take a short-lived 2-0 lead within 6:19 as Paul Holmgren scores on the game's second shift and Reggie Leach converts a setup from Clarke. The game is also notable because it marks the first Stanley Cup playoff game -- as well as the first NHL career playoff goal and playoff assist -- for the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky.
1981: The Flyer start their preliminary round mini-series with the Quebec Nordiques with a bumpy 6-4 win. Brian Propp generates two goals and an assist, while Bill Barber also scores twice and both Paul Holmgren and Al Hill tally once apiece. The score enters the third period tied at 3-3.
1995: The Flyers grind out a 3-1 road win over the Washington Capitals behind strong goaltending from Ron Hextall (26 saves), a late second period tying goal by Rod Brind'Amour (8th) and an early third period go-ahead goal by Eric Lindros (23rd, assisted by Legion of Doom linemates Mikael Renberg and John LeClair). Defenseman Kevin Haller adds an empty-netter with 21 seconds left in the game.
2000: The Flyers and visiting Boston Bruins play to a scoreless deadlock through two periods before Philly breaks loose for three goals -- Mark Eaton (1st), Mark Recchi (27th) and John LeClair (empty netter for his 40th of the season) -- in the final stanza. Rookie goaltender Brian Boucher turns back all 24 shots he faces to earn his fourth shutout. Philly goes 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
2004: The Flyers open the playoffs against a New Jersey Devils that tormented them in previous years. Philly gets a jump in the series with a 3-2 home win in Game 1, spurred by goals from Simon Gagne, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau. Robert Esche (37 saves) takes a shutout into the third period before New Jerseys trims a 3-0 deficit down to 3-2. However, Esche slams the door thereafter.
FLYERS ALUM BIRTHDAY
Rugged defenseman Dave Richter was born April 6, 1960 in St.Boniface, Manitoba. The Flyers acquired the huge (6-foot-5, 220 pound) and truculent blueliner from Minnesota North Stars in the late Nov. 1985 trade that sends the rights to holdout Todd Bergen plus tough guy defenseman Ed Hospodar to Minnesota and Bo Berglund and Richter to the Flyers.
Richter dressed in 50 regular season games (zero goals, two assists, two points, 138 penalty minutes, minus-two) and five playoff games (zero points, 21 penalty minutes, even) for Mike Keenan's 1984-85 squad. After the season, Richter was part of a multi-player trade that brought defenseman J.J. Daigneault to the Flyers and sent Rich Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks.