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.
Can't go wrong with this DVD set.
Only issue is there is no games with Eric Lindros. This is who I grew up with and was disappointed that I couldn't relive the "Big E" days.
On the plus side, it's interesting to see the game from a time when no one wore helmets (surprising how many players had bald spots), the goalies stood up for the most part and had tiny-looking pads, and the game seemed to be played at about half the speed of the current NHL. I'm wondering how many of the guys on those Stanley Cup winning teams of the 70s (not just the Flyers but any team) would even make it to the NHL today.
The down side is that the audio and video quality of some of these recordings are just brutal. It's not until game 5 of this set that the picture and sound approach half-way decent. It's kind of amazing they couldn't find better recordings of the deciding games of the Stanley Cup finals. Some of the games are even missing parts of periods due to "technical difficulties". The most glaring example of that is game 6, a Flyers/Rangers playoff game from 1985 - with less than 40 seconds left in the game and the Flyers clinging to a 1 goal lead, it just suddenly switches to that "due to technical difficulties, portions of this game are unavailable" card and then ends. What the heck?Read more ›
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Stepson loves this , gr8 games, classic players. Prompt delivery.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 17 months ago by Jeff M
I am not a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. I have never been a Flyers fan, and I don't expect that I ever will. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Taser Me
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