Do you like when the Flyers not only beat an opposing team on the scoreboard, but also just physically beat them up? Well you’re in luck, because the Flyers did plenty of both on April 27th through the years.
First up is a beating of epic proportions back in 1996 when the Flyers throttled the Lightning 6-1 to end their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with a bang. After watching the underdog Lightning hang around the top-seeded Flyers thanks to a pair of overtime wins in games two and three, the Flyers roared back to win three-straight and take the series by outscoring Tampa Bay by 11 goals in those games.
But beating the Lightning on the scoreboard and in the series wasn’t enough as the Flyers took out some early playoff frustrations on the road. With just two minutes left in a blowout, Eric Lindros pummeled his series-long nemesis, Igor Ulanov, to put an exclamation mark on the Flyers’ domination that included trailing for less than eight total minutes in the six game series.
The next memory from April 27th brings us all the way back to 1989 where the Flyers needed a win to force a game seven in their Wales Conference Semifinals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Though there was plenty of animosity in this one for the two rivals, there was total domination on the part of the Flyers in a 6-2 win. Tim Kerr and Derrick Smith each scored twice for the Flyers and Ron Hextall stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced as the Flyers lived to fight another day. They’d use that momentum right back in Pittsburgh for game seven, a 4-1 win to propel them to the Eastern Conference Finals.
(The below clip has about a minute of highlights from game six)
Also on April 27th...Roman Cechmanek makes 33 saves in a game two shutout of the Ottawa Senators to even up their 2003 Eastern Conference Semifinals series at 1-1...the Flyers close the lockout shortened 2012-13 season with a 2-1 win over these same Senators with former top prospect (those were hard times) Jason Akeson scoring his first NHL goal on his first shot and just second shift...it would prove to be his lone NHL goal...
*Shouts to hockeyreference.com and nhl.com for help with this trip down memory lane*