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2014 seasonSeason Recap: The Flyers won 41 games behind a talented group of forwards that included Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schen and captain Claude Giroux. Young defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere also had a fine season. The Flyers did not go far in the playoffs, however, falling to the Capitals in the opening round.

Season Preview: Are Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek the most dangerous duo in the NHL? Flyers fans think so. Steve Mason gives Philadelphia reliable goaltending, while some young players seem ready to step into impact roles. All this adds up to an exciting year for the Flyers—if Mark Streit and the other defensemen take a big step forward in their play.

2014 seasonRecap: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds, and Steve Mason enjoyed solid seasons, but Philadelphia fell a few wins short of the playoffs. The Flyers scored on more than a quarter of their power plays at home, but away from home the team never quite found its rhythm.

January 25, 2015: Jakub Voracek tied a record with six points in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. He scored three goals and had three assists to tie the mark first set by Mario Lemieux.

Season Preview: Captain Claude Giroux is out to prove that being a Hart Trophy finalist last year was not a fluke. He leads a solid core of players into battle, including forward Wayne Simmonds and goalie Steve Mason. Philly's key players are all still young, so the team has a great future. The question is whether that future is now.

Season Preview: The Flyers grabbed the #1 free agent over the summer, Vincent Lecavalier. They also traded for defenseman Mark Streit before he declared free agency and wrapped him up with a new contract. Philly will also be looking for a big year from Bratden Schenn, one of the NHL's biggest prospects a few years ago. The FLyers team leader will be Claude Giroux, and they will need him to be on top of his game to deal with the Bruins, Penguins, and Rangers.

     
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Rick MacLeish's first two years with the Flyers had a lot of fans grumbling—he only scored 3 goals. In his third year, they had no complaints. He scored 50! (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

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In the 1984–85 playoffs, Tim Kerr scored four goals in eight minutes against my Rangers. He was truly unstoppable. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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This "throwback" card shows Mark Recchi in his prime with the Flyers. He once played on a line with Brent Fedyk and Erick Lindros. Each player had the number 8 on his uniform, so fans called them the Crazy 8's. (The Upper Deck Company)

 

Rick MacLeish — Center/Left Wing
Born: 1/13/1950
Played for Team: 1970–71 to 1980–81
The Flyers got Rick MacLeish in a trade for Bernie Parent. By the time Parent returned to Philadelphia, MacLeish was one of the top scorers in the league. He was the first Flyer in history to score 50 goals in a season.


Dave Schultz — Left Wing
Born: 10/14/1949
Played for Team: 1971–72 to 1975–76
Dave Schultz was the most famous member of the Broad Street Bullies. He set a record with 472 penalty minutes one year. But Schultz was more than a bully—two years earlier, he scored 20 goals for Ohiladelphia.


Tim Kerr — Right Wing
Born: 1/5/1960
Played for Team: 1980–81 to 1990–91
When Tim Kerr got hot, no one could stop him. Between 1983–84 and 1986–87, he netted 224 goals for the Flyers. One opponent joked that the only way you could stop Kerr was to wrap chain around his legs.


Pelle Lindbergh — Goalie
Born: 5/24/1959
Died: 11/11/1985
Played for Team: 1981–82 to 1985–86
In 1984–85, Pelle Lindbergh won the Vezina Trophy and a First-Team All-Star. Early the following year, he was killed in a car accident. Lindbergh was the first European goalie to be named the NHL's top goaltender.


Rick Tocchet — Right Wing
Born: 4/9/1964
Played for Team: 1984–85 to 1991–92
Rick Tocchet helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in his rookie year, with his physical play. Within a few seasons, he became better known for his scoring touch. Tocchet scored between 30 and 45 goals four years in a row with Philadelphia.


Mark Recchi — Right Wing
Born: 2/1/1968
Played for Team: 1991–92 to 1994–95 & 1988–89 to 2003–04
Mark Recchi scored 53 goals in his first full season with Flyers. In his second stint with the team, he was a dependable 20-to-30 goal scorer. Recchi still holds the team record with 123 points in 1992–93.


Simon Gagne — Left Wing
Born: 2/29/1980
Played for Team: 1999–00 to 2009–10 & 2012–13
Simon Gagne scored 30 or more goals four times for the Flyers ans was an All-Star twice. In 2004–05, he had his best year as a member of the Deuces Wild line, which featured Gagne (12), Peter Forsberg (21) and Mike Knuble (22).

     
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This card shows Paul Holmgren as a player. He played right wing for the team in the late-70s and early 80s. In 1980, against the Islanders, he became the first American-born player to net a hat trick during the Stanley Cup Finals. (Topps, Inc.)

 

IRONMAN
After joining the Flyers in a trade with the St. Louis Blues, Rod Brind'Amour set a team record by playing in 484 games in a row. He filled in as captain when Eric Lindros and Kevin Dineen were out of the lineup, and became one of the best two-way centers in the NHL. In 1993–94, Brind'Amour led Philadelphia with 35 goals and 62 assists.


TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
NHL general managers work 365 days a year. But few have ever been busier than Paul Holmgren was during one 24-hour period in the summer of 2011. The former forward-turned-GM traded young star Mike Richards to the Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, and a second-round draft pick. Next, he traded Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and a first-round pick. Before the day ended, Holmgren also signed free agent goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a long-term contract.


SUPER SCORERS
The Flyers were known for the hard checking and fighting skills during the 1970s. Few remember that, in 1975–76, the LCB Line of Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke, and Bill Barber combined for 141 goals. At the time, no line in history had ever scored more than 140 points.

     
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Geez, you'd think Bobby Clarke would have put his teeth in before posing for this photo! (O-Pee-Chee Ltd.)

 

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You can tell from the haircut and uniform number that this 1973-74 card shows Bernie Parent during his earlier years with the team. By this time he was wearing #1 and had long hair and a bushy moustache. (Topps, Inc.)

 

GOALS
1975–76 — Reggie Leach — 61


ASSISTS
1974–75 — Bobby Clarke — 89*
1975–76 — Bobby Clarke — 89
1999–00 — Mark Recchi — 63

* Tied with another player


POINTS
1994–95 — Eric Lindros — 70*

* Tied with another player


GOALS-AGAINST
1973–74 — Bernie Parent — 1.89
1974–75 — Bernie Parent — 2.03
1985–86 — Bob Froese — 2.55
1995–96 — Ron Hextall — 2.17
1999–00 — Brian Boucher — 1.91


PLUS/MINUS
1975–76 — Bobby Clarke — + 83
1985–86 — Mark Howe — + 85
1996–97 — John LeClair — + 44

     
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This copy of The Hockey News celebrates Philly's first Cup win. I have all the Hockey Newses going back to the mid-1960s. (The Hockey news)

 
SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1973–74 Boston Bruins Won 4–2
1974–75 Boston Sabres Won 4–2
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens Lost 0–4
1979–80 New York Islanders Lost 2–4
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers Lost 1–4
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers Lost 3–4
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings Lost 0–4
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks Lost 2–4
     
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