The Flyers have posted a 6-4-3-3 all-time regular season record in 16 April 3 games. Philadelphia is 6-2-2-2 at home and 0-2-1-1 in road contests played on this day. The Flyers have lost five of their last six April 3rd tilts since 1999 (1-3-0-2) heading into tonight's matchup with the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philly also played one postseason game on this day, a 5-0 blanking at the hands of the St. Louis Blues to fall behind 2-0 in their 1969 playoff series.
1975: Fallen defenseman Barry Ashbee, who was forced to retire after being hit in the eye with a slap shot in the previous spring's postseason, is honored and his No. 4 is retired by the team prior to a 1-1 tie with the New York Rangers.
1976: Bill Barber nets goal No. 50 for the season in the second period, and it stands as the game-winner in a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum. Barber becomes the second Flyer to hit the 50-goal mark that season (Reggie Leach was first) and third in franchise history (Rick MacLeish was the other during the 1972/73 campaign).
In the same game Leach beats goalie Al Smith for goal No. 61 of the year in the first period, which remains the highest single-season total in franchise history. With an assist on Barber's 50th, Bobby Clarke sets a team record for points in a season with 119. Barber's goal gave the LCB Line an NHL record total of 141 for the year.
1977: Paul Holmgren (second goal of the game) and Bob Kelly each tally third period goals to erase a 3-1 deficit in a 3-3 tie with the Atlanta Flames at the Omni. The Flames outshoot Philadelphia 44-22 for the game, but Bernie Parent is spectacular in a 41-save performance.
1980: Reggie Leach's sixth career hat trick gives the winger his second 50-goal season, leading the Flyers to a come-from-behind 4-2 triumph over former-Flyer netminder Wayne Stephenson and the Washington Capitals at the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke assists on all four Philadelphia goals.
1989: The Flyers erase a 6-3 third period deficit with a furious comeback, tying the game on Tim Kerr's 48th goal of the season with 2:27 remaining to send the contest to overtime, but Mario Lemieux's second of the game (85th of the season) 3:38 into the extra frame caps a 6-5 Pittsburgh Penguins victory at the Spectrum.
2009: Jeff Carter registers his first NHL hat trick and the Flyers bolt out to a 5-0 first period lead on the way to burning the Leafs by an 8-5 score.
Flyers birthdays on April 3:
Bernie Parent - 1945 - "Only the Lord saves more than Bernie". One of the all-time greats at his position. Simply put, the biggest reason for Philadelphia's two Stanley Cup championships; five-time All-Star, 50 career regular season Flyers shutouts (including a franchise-record 12 in two different years). Career ended prematurely by an eye injury suffered when he took a teammate's accidental stick in the eye during a netmouth scramble.
Andrei Lomakin - 1964 - The first Russian-born player ever signed by the Flyers after being selected in the 1991 entry draft, Lomakin played two seasons in Philadelphia. He amassed 22 goals, 50 points, and 60 PIMs in 108 games with the Flyers before being lost to the Florida Panthers in the 1993 expansion draft.