Kate Smith was the Flyers good luck charm and it paid off in Game 7 against the Islanders.
The Philadelphia Flyers were the defending Stanley Cup champions in 1975, but they almost ran into a team of destiny in the semifinals when they faced the upstart New York Islanders.
The Islanders became only the second team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the quarterfinals. More amazingly, the Isles were only in their third season of existence and were making their first playoff appearance in team history.
The Flyers took a 3-0 series lead against the Islanders only to see the third-year expansion team come back and win the next three games to force a deciding contest at the Spectrum.
The Flyers called out their big gun and invited Kate Smith to sing "God Bless America" live before the game. It paid off handsomely and quickly.
Gary Dornhoefer scored on Chico Resch just 19 seconds into the game to put the Flyers ahead 1-0. Then, with Gerry Hart in the penalty box, Rick MacLeish scored a power play goal at 2:27 to increase the Philadelphia lead to 2-0.
The Islanders got back into the game on a power-play goal by Jude Drouin, but MacLeish tallied again on the power play at 7:11 mark in the first period to make the score 3-1 Flyers.
The Flyers played excellent defense for the game, holding the Islanders to just 15 shots on net for the entire game. Bernie Parent stopped 14 of them.
MacLeish completed the hat trick and clinched the win for the Flyers when he scored with 1:08 left in the game. The Flyers had averted becoming the Islanders' second straight miracle comeback and were headed to their second straight Stanley Cup Final to face the Buffalo Sabres.