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On this date in Flyers history: The Umberglar continues to put his voodoo on the Canadiens, Steve Mason gets left out to dry

News, notes, and other musing from the history of the Orange and Black.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Not all days in Flyers history are created equal, but if it weren’t for a forgetful second stint for this player, April 30th would be looked back on much fonder for everyone involved.

That player would be one R.J. Umberger, of course, and the date would be April 30 of 2008 where Umberger powered the Flyers to a game four win in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Canadiens to grab a 3-1 stranglehold on heavily favored Montreal.

In that game four win in Philadelphia, Umberger scored goals five and six and racked up eight points in the five-game series win for the Flyers. Buoyed by his strong work against the Canadiens, Umberger tallied 15 points in 17 playoff games that spring, undoubtedly reaching his career peak during that run.

The Flyers would trade Umberger to the Blue Jackets that summer, selling high on his playoff success for a first and third-round pick. That deal eventually set the stage for the Flyers’ trade a year later for Chris Pronger.

But Umberger won’t be know for his playoff heroics because he returned to the Flyers in a controversial trade in 2014 with Scott Hartnell going to Columbus. The move failed to pan out for general manager Ron Hextall as Umberger was toast and a shell of the effective player he was in his early Flyers career as Hartnell went on to enjoy a few more productive seasons before retiring.

Loose pucks

Also on April 30th...Steve Mason makes 31 saves in a losing effort as the Flyers fall 2-1 to the Rangers in game seven of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series...the Flyers managed just 16 goals in the seven games...leaving Mason’s sparkling .939 save percentage to waste...back in 1974 the Flyers grabbed a 2-0 series lead on the Rangers in their Stanley Cup Semifinals series as Bernie Parent made 27 saves and was given five goals of support in the win...they’d win the series in seven games en route to their first Stanley Cup win later that spring...

*Shouts to and for help with this trip down memory lane*