Ranking the 5 Most Unbelievable Moments in Philadelphia Flyers History

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IAugust 11, 2013

Ranking the 5 Most Unbelievable Moments in Philadelphia Flyers History

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    A team like the Philadelphia Flyers has no shortage of unbelievable moments. Dating back to their creation in 1967, the Broad Street Bullies have been part of hockey history multiple times.

    They were the first non-Original Six team to win the Stanley Cup and have the NHL's second-highest winning percentage of all time.

    Playing in a major market in the Northeast, the Flyers have also been a part of some incredible rivalries which span decades, including those with the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.

    They have won eight conference championships, 16 division championships and most recently played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, losing to Chicago.

    With such a rich tradition of success, it was difficult to pin down the absolute most unbelievable of all the incredible events. I encourage everyone to share their favorite Flyers moments in the comments.

Honorable Mention: Shootout for Playoffs

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    On April 11, 2010, the Flyers and New York Rangers faced off in the last game of the season under incredible circumstances: Whoever won the game would clinch the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

    Even more remarkable was that the game went to a shootout, making it quite literally the highest-pressure shootout situation possible, considering that there are no shootouts in the playoffs. The Rangers had to be considered favorites in the shootout with Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.

    But Brian Boucher somehow outdueled Lundqvist and stoned Olli Jokinen to start an unlikely playoff run by Philadelphia. Any true fan will remember Boucher's celebration forever.

5. Flyers Defeat the Soviet Army

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    Philadelphia was the last stop for the CSKA Moscow Red Army team on its 1975-76 NHL tour, and it resulted in one of the more memorable hockey games in history.

    CSKA was a dominating club and had won every game on its tour except for one tie against the Montreal Canadiens

    The old Spectrum was buzzing like crazy for the game, and the Flyers bullied CSKA with a physical style of play that the Soviets could not match.

    After Ed Van Impe destroyed star player Valeri Kharlamov with a hit in the first period, CSKA coach Konstantin Loktev pulled his team off the ice in protest.

    Flyers chairman Ed Snider told the Soviets that they would not be paid if they did not finish the game, so they eventually returned to the ice and were beaten 4-1 by Philadelphia. 

4. 5 Overtimes

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    The Flyers were battling with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000's Eastern Conference semifinals but found themselves down 2-1 in the series heading into Game 4. 

    That game turned out to be one for the ages, as the two teams fought through five overtimes, making it the longest playoff game in modern NHL history.

    After a ridiculous 92 minutes of overtime, Flyers captain Keith Primeau finally scored the game-winner on a turnaround shot that he put just over Ron Tugnutt's shoulder.

    The Flyers took the momentum from that game and went on to win Games 5 and 6 to take the series.

3. The 3-0 Comeback

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    The video here is long, but I truly recommend spending the nine minutes to relive the greatest non-Stanley Cup moment in Flyers history.

    Peter Laviolette's squad was broken and beaten, down 3-0 to the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.

    The Flyers won Game 4 in overtime then defeated Boston two more times to force a Game 7. After getting down by an ironic 3-0 score in that game, Philadelphia battled back and ended up winning the game in shocking fashion, 4-3, to complete the historic comeback.

2. 1974 Stanley Cup Victory

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    In 1974, the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup less than a decade after being created. The fact that they had become so successful so quickly was just part of the unbelievable nature of the win.

    The Flyers were underdogs in the series, having gone 0-17-2 in their previous 19 games in Boston. The Bruins were heavy favorites, having the home-ice advantage and being considered clearly the better team. 

    But the Flyers, led by Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Andre Dupont and Joe Watson, persevered and won all three games in Philadelphia on top of a Game 2 victory in Boston to take the series.


1. 1975 Stanley Cup Victory

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    The only thing harder than winning a Stanley Cup is winning it again the next season, but the 1974-75 Flyers did just that, defeating the Buffalo Sabres

    The 1974 Stanley Cup may have been a more famous and memorable series, but the fact that the Flyers came back and won it again is nothing short of unbelievable.

    Philadelphia again clinched the victory in Game 6, riding on goalie Bernie Parent's shoulders as he won his second consectuvie Conn Smythe Trophy. 

    Game 3 was infamous as the "Fog Game," where unusual warm conditions caused the rink to fog over above the ice and made it difficult to see. But the Flyers and Parent shut out Buffalo 2-0 in a thrilling Game 6 that made the Flyers unlikely back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.