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On this date in Flyers history: Richards, Briere, and Leighton help force historic game seven against Boston in 2010

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

Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

There were plenty of moments that fueled the Flyers’ improbable comeback from 3-0 series deficit in their 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Bruins, and May 12th provided a thrilling game six win to force the series back to Boston for a game seven.

Mike Richards started the scoring, putting home a rebound off a mad scramble in front of Tuukka Rask as the Flyers put the pressure right back on the Bruins less than 10 minutes in.

The Flyers kept the pressure on early even after Richards’ icebreaker, but had to wait until a power play chance in the second period to extend their lead with an insurance tally.

Daniel Briere would be the next to strike, using a rising snap shot to beat Rask to the glove side with an iconic goal to extend the lead to 2-0 with a little over three minutes left in the second period.

Wheel, snipe, celly... something Briere did early and often in that 2010 playoff run.

Down two with 20 minutes to play, the Bruins weren’t going quietly. Sensing their precarious position on the verge of losing three-straight and potentially staring at a collapse of epic proportions, Boston pushed hart in the third period but Michael Leighton stood tall and shook off a late Milan Lucic goal to force the Flyers onto Boston for game seven a few nights later. More on that in a couple days, though, but we think you’ll like the result of the May 14th edition.

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Also on May 12th in franchise history...the Flyers take a 2-1 series lead in the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-1 win in game three at the Spectrum with goals from Tom Bladon, Terry Crisp, Orest Kindrachuk and Ross Lonsberry...Eric Lindros returns to the lineup in the 1995 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Buffalo with the “Big E” picking up two helpers in the 4-2 win to give the Flyers a commanding 3-1 series lead...


*Shouts to hockeyreference.com, nhl.com, and Flyers.nhl.com for help with this trip down memory lane*