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On this date in Flyers history: Bobby Clarke leads the way in game two win in 1975 Cup Finals

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Though this date in Flyers history provided more playoff defeats than triumphs, those all came before the Stanley Cup Finals, with Bobby Clarke leading the way in an important franchise win.

Clarke scored the game-winning goals and added an assist on Reggie Leach’s first period tally in the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Sabres to take game two of the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals, giving the team a 2-0 series lead in the process. Clarke stayed hot after notching a goal and two assists in the series opener while Bernie Parent turned aside 18 of 19 shots in the win, outdueling Gerry Desjardins (22 saves on 24 shots) in the Buffalo net.

The game two win would prove to be pivotal as the Sabres would win games three and four to even the series before watching the Flyers take games five and six to win their second-straight Stanley Cup. Had Clarke not beaten Desjardins at 6:43 of the third period, who knows if the Flyers even have a chance to win their second Cup in as many years.

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Also on May 18th in franchise history...Wayne Gretzky notched his last career playoff hat trick in the Rangers’ 5-4 win in game two of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals to even the series at 1-1...the Flyers would win three-straight to advance to the Cup Finals to meet the Detroit Red Wings...


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