NHL - Philadelphia Flyers 10 Greatest Games Set
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Based on the fans' votes, the 10 greatest games in the Flyers' history rank as follows (percentages are of the total vote):
1. May 19, 1974 - Flyers defeat Boston, 1-0, to win Stanley Cup (85.4%)
2. May 4, 2000 - Keith Primeau scores a goal in the 5th overtime period at Pittsburgh (79.6%)
3. May 27, 1975 - Flyers defeat Buffalo, 2-0, to win second Stanley Cup (71.6%)
4. January 11, 1976 - Flyers defeat Soviet Red Army Team, 4-1 (71.3%)
5. May 20, 2004 - Keith Primeau and Simon Gagne each score a goal as the Flyers defeat Tampa Bay in Game Six (52.7%)
6. May 4, 2004 - Jeremy Roenick scores a goal in overtime at Toronto to win game, 3-2, and series 4-2 (50.9%)
7. December 22, 1979 - Flyers win at Boston to set NHL record for longest undefeated streak (29 games) (43.3%)
8. May 28, 1987 - J.J. Daigneault scores the game-winning goal vs. Edmonton in Game Six of Stanley Cup Finals (40.9%)
9. May 9, 1974 - Bobby Clarke scores in overtime at Boston (37.9%)
10. April 13, 1985 - Tim Kerr scores four goals in second period of playoff game at NY Rangers (29.5%)
First, only four of the ten games are home games (and only three at the old Spectrum). There was a special magic of Spectrum games.
Second and related...there were other games that really could have been added instead:
- Game 6 of the Conference finals against Quebec, in May of 1985, when Dave Poulin scored a shorthanded goal while the Flyers were two men short. The Spectrum EXPLODED when Poulin beat Mario Gosselin high to the glove side. Flyers won this game 3-0 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
- Game 5 of the Conference finals against Boston, in May of 1976, when Reggie Leach scored 5 goals at the Spectrum.
There are a few others I could mention, but those are the two biggest, and certainly could have been chosen over some of the more recent road games. I see there's a new DVD coming out in April on the history of the Flyers - hopefully it will cover some of these classic moments.
Here's the story. It is my contention that there are only three long-standing NHL teams that maintain strong fan support in good times and bad times. They are the Canadiens, Leafs, and Flyers. No, the Wings, Bruins, Rangers, and Hawks have all suffered stretches in my lifetime where a cannon could be fired in their home rink without endangering any spectators. Simply put, Flyer fans love their team with unconditional love. I repect them for that and thus have an admiration for a hockey team in the US that garners such love from its faithful fans.
Second, half of the games on this DVD are from the 1970s. At that time I was a kid learning about the game, so I did not fully appreciate those games when I saw them when they were originally played.
Third, in 2007, I watched the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the US for the first time since it was played. Along with the Esposito brothers and Whitey Stapleton, Bobby Clarke was game in and game out one of Canada's best players. My appreciation for him grew immeasurably after watching him in this series. Before that, I thought he was a dirty little rat bag of a player but who was also a rather capble GM.Read more ›
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I got this set as a Christmas gift back when it first came out, but never got the urge to watch it (and in fact I still haven't watched games 7-10 yet). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bice
This collection is a must have for any Flyers fan. It includes 10 amazing games in their entirety. This makes a great gift or addition to your video library.Published 11 months ago by Jeff M
To be "Essential", this set needed to have the 1979 Kings/Flyers game where Randy Holt pounded Ken Linseman's head on the ice.Published on March 2, 2013 by Greg B.
There was no hockey season this year, so I bought this DVD so we could watch classic games during my bar shift. My customers and patrons loved it! Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by P. Dillon
Good mix of classic vintage Flyers and more recent years.
Can't go wrong with this DVD set.
Only issue is there is no games with Eric Lindros. Read more