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Flyers’ Greatest Playoff Goals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2008 by flyersfan44

The Stanley Cup Playoffs were exciting this year, especially as the Flyers had an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals.  This has gotten me to think about the greatest goals in Flyers playoff history.  So, here is my list of the Flyers’ best playoff goals:

#5: Keith Primeau’s goal in the fifth overtime of Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals against Pittsburgh.  The goal ended the longest game in Flyers history and gave the Flyers a 2-1 victory in the game and tying the series at two games each after the Flyers had dropped the first two games.  The Flyers rode on the momentum this goal fostered and won the series in six games.

Primeau celebrates his goal in the fifth overtime

#4: Defenseman J.J. Daigneault’s goal in the third period of Game 6 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton.  The goal, with just over five minutes remaining, gave the Flyers a 3-2 victory after they had trailed 2-1 in the third period and tied the series at three games apiece after the Flyers had been down three games to one.  Although the Flyers lost Game 7 in Edmonton, this goal is generally remembered as the time the Spectrum was the loudest during a Flyers game.

#3: Bob Kelly’s goal nine seconds into the third period of Game 6 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals against Buffalo, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead in a game they went on to win 2-0, gaining their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

#2: Rick MacLeish scored in the first period of Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals against Boston for the game’s only goal which stood up behind Bernie Parent’s stellar goaltending, giving the Flyers their first Stanley Cup.

#1: Bobby Clarke’s goal at 12:01 of overtime in Game 2 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, giving the Flyers a 3-2 victory and tying the series at one game each.  It was this goal that proved that the Flyers could best the mighty Bruins, even on Boston’s ice, and that they had a real shot at winning the Cup.

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