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1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 28th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers made the playoffs for the first time since 1989, also winning their division for the first time since 1987, and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing in six games to the New Jersey Devils.

Off-season

Bob Clarke returned again for the 1994–95 season, this time as both President and GM, and immediately began putting his stamp on the team. New head coach Terry Murray replaced Kevin Dineen as team captain with Eric Lindros prior to the start of training camp. Goaltender Ron Hextall was re-acquired from the New York Islanders.

Regular season

After a 3–6–1 start to the season, including a shutout loss to Ottawa on February 6, Clarke dealt high-scoring winger Mark Recchi to the Montreal Canadiens for Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne and John LeClair. In the following game, at home against Florida, the team lost 3–0, but Lindros and LeClair was placed on a line with sophomore forward Mikael Renberg to form the "Legion of Doom" line, a mix of scoring talent and physical intimidation. The line registered its first point on Saturday, February 11, 1995, in a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands. The line made an immediate impact, as it helped the Flyers defeat the Devils 3–1.

Less than two weeks later, Lindros recorded a hat trick in what would be his final game in Quebec City against the Nordiques, but the Flyers wasted a three-goal lead into a 6–6 tie. Two nights later in Montreal, LeClair blitzed his former club in his return with a hat-trick in a 7–0 rout which saw the Flyers score five times in the third period. LeClair's previous hat trick had come just 11 days earlier in a 5–2 Flyers' win at Tampa Bay. Lindros recorded two more hat tricks during the regular season, and both came in consecutive games; his second one on March 18 in a 4–3 Flyers' overtime win in Florida, and the third on March 20 in an 8–4 Flyers' win over the Montreal Canadiens. Josef Beranek had the other Flyers' regular-season hat trick in a 5–4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on February 2.

During the season, the Flyers had two long winning streaks: one was eight games from March 5–20, the other was nine games from April 2–22. The final contest in that streak, on April 22 at New Jersey, saw LeClair net the overtime winner which clinched the Atlantic Division.

The end of the season saw Lindros go down with an eye injury in the penultimate game against the New York Rangers, as a shot he took ricocheted off Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom and struck him in the face.

The playoff drought was finally over as the Flyers won their first division title in eight years and clinched the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Lindros, who scored 70 points, came in second to Jaromir Jagr by a tiebreaker in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, the NHL scoring championship, but was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP.

Season standings

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
2 5 New Jersey Devils 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
3 6 Washington Capitals 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
4 8 New York Rangers 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
5 9 Florida Panthers 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
6 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
7 13 New York Islanders 48 15 28 5 126 158 35

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Playoffs

Lindros missed the first three games of the Flyers' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Buffalo Sabres. Karl Dykhuis netted the overtime winner in Game 1 and the club took a 2–0 series lead on the road. Following a narrow Game 3 defeat at The Aud, Lindros returned and the reunited Legion led the club to a 4–2 win. In Game 5, Philly rolled to leads of 4–0 and 5–2 before closing with a 6–4 victory.

More overtime magic came in the semifinal series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Rangers, who upset the Nordiques in the first round. Game 1 at the Spectrum saw New York race out to a 3–1 lead, only to see the Flyers storm back to go up 4–3. A late goal from Pat Verbeek sent the game into an extra session, where Desjardins won it with a right-circle shot.

The next night, Brian Leetch recorded a hat-trick but Kevin Haller struck with under 30 seconds played in OT off a feed from Renberg to give the Flyers a 4–3 win and 2–0 series edge. The Flyers capitalized on multiple mistakes and turnovers in Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden, recording 5-2 and 4-1 victories to sweep the series.

The Flyers advanced to the conference finals against the Devils. Jersey controlled long stretches of the first two games, winning 4–1 in Game 1 and overcoming an early deficit with a four-goal blitz to take Game 2, 5–2. The Devils were on the verge of going up three games to none at the Meadowlands, but a Rod Brind'Amour floater in the third period and Lindros' wrister in overtime brought the Flyers back. Philly controlled Game 4 and coasted to a 4–2 win, but the Devils continued to use the neutral zone trap to control the Legion in Game 5. Although Dineen scored early in the third to tie the game, Claude Lemieux's 50-foot blast got by Hextall and gave New Jersey the shocking 3–2 win and left the Devils one win away from the Cup finals.

In Game 6, Jim Montgomery got the Flyers on the board early in the first period, but the Devils stormed back with four consecutive scores to ice the game and the series 4–2.

Schedule and results

Regular season

1994–95 regular season

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

Playoffs

1995 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player stats

Skaters

Note: Pos = Position (C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing); GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in minutes; = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only. = Left team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

# Player Age Pos GP G A P +/- PIM GP G A P +/- PIM
Regular season Playoffs
88 Lindros, EricEric Lindros 21 C 46 29 41 70 27 60 12 4 11 15 7 8
19 Renberg, MikaelMikael Renberg 22 RW 47 26 31 57 20 20 15 6 7 13 5 6
10 LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair 25 LW 37 25 24 49 21 20 15 5 7 12 7 4
17 Brind'Amour, RodRod Brind'Amour 24 C 48 12 27 39 -4 33 15 6 9 15 5 8
37 Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins 25 D 34 5 18 23 10 12 15 4 4 8 13 10
3 Galley, GarryGarry Galley 31 D 33 2 20 22 0 20
2 Yushkevich, DmitriDmitri Yushkevich 23 D 40 5 9 14 -4 47 15 1 5 6 -2 12
11 Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen 31 RW 40 8 5 13 -1 39 15 6 4 10 2 18
6 Therien, ChrisChris Therien 23 D 48 3 10 13 8 38 15 0 0 0 -2 10
18 Fedyk, BrentBrent Fedyk 27 RW 30 8 4 12 -2 14 9 2 2 4 2 8
14 MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish 36 C 45 3 9 12 2 23 15 1 4 5 -3 20
42 Beranek, JosefJosef Beranek 25 C 14 5 5 10 3 2
25 Podein, ShjonShjon Podein 26 LW 44 3 7 10 -2 33 15 1 3 4 2 10
5 Haller, KevinKevin Haller 24 D 36 2 8 10 16 48 15 4 4 8 10 10
24 Dykhuis, KarlKarl Dykhuis 22 D 33 2 6 8 7 37 15 4 4 8 2 14
12 Juhlin, PatrikPatrik Juhlin 24 RW 42 4 3 7 -13 6 13 1 0 1 -1 2
45 Dionne, GilbertGilbert Dionne 24 LW 20 0 6 6 -1 2 3 0 0 0 -1 4
8 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 26 RW 10 2 3 5 -6 12
9 DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio 26 LW 36 3 1 4 8 53 15 2 4 6 3 4
21 Brown, DaveDave Brown 32 RW 28 1 2 3 -1 53 3 0 0 0 0 0
44 Semenov, AnatoliAnatoli Semenov 32 C 26 1 2 3 -2 6 15 2 4 6 3 0
23 Svoboda, PetrPetr Svoboda 28 D 11 0 3 3 0 10 15 1 3 4 5 8
22 Montgomery, JimJim Montgomery 25 C 8 1 1 2 -2 6 7 1 0 1 2 2
22 Lamb, MarkMark Lamb 30 C 8 0 2 2 1 2
20 Zettler, RobRob Zettler 26 D 32 0 1 1 -3 34 1 0 0 0 1 2
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 30 G 31 0 1 1 N/A 34 15 0 1 1 N/A 4
8 Antoski, ShawnShawn Antoski 24 LW 25 0 0 0 0 61 13 0 1 1 1 10
15 Dupre, YanickYanick Dupre 22 LW 22 0 0 0 -7 8
30 Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel 24 G 19 0 0 0 N/A 6 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
34 McGill, RyanRyan McGill 25 D 12 0 0 0 0 13
28 Bowen, JasonJason Bowen 21 D 4 0 0 0 -2 0
23 Malgunas, StewartStewart Malgunas 24 D 4 0 0 0 -1 4
37 Anderson, ShawnShawn Anderson 26 D 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average; MIN = Minutes played

# Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 30 31 17 9 4 1 88 .890 2.89 1824 15 10 5 1 42 .904 2.81 897
30 Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel 24 19 11 7 0 1 42 .914 2.34 1075 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0.00 23

Awards and records

Awards

NHL
Award Recipient
Hart Memorial Trophy Eric Lindros
Lester B. Pearson Award Eric Lindros
NHL All-Rookie Team Chris Therien (D)
NHL First All-Star Team Eric Lindros (C)
John LeClair (LW)
NHL Player of the Week John LeClair (February 27)
Eric Lindros (March 20)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Eric Desjardins
Bobby Clarke Trophy Eric Lindros
Class Guy Award Mikael Renberg
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy John LeClair

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 15, 1994, the day after the deciding game of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 24, 1995, the day of the deciding game of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals.

Trades

Date
Details
June 15, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Bobby Clarke
(hired as team's general manager)
To Florida Panthers
2nd-round pick in 1994
cash[2]
June 29, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kevin Haller
To Montreal Canadiens
Yves Racine
September 6, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia's 4th-round pick in 1995
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexander Selivanov
September 22, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ron Hextall
6th-round pick in 1995
To New York Islanders
Tommy Soderstrom
February 2, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Greenlay
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Scott LaGrand
February 9, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Eric Desjardins
Gilbert Dionne
John LeClair
To Montreal Canadiens
Mark Recchi
3rd-round pick in 1995
February 10, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Mark Lamb
February 15, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Shawn Antoski
To Vancouver Canucks
Josef Beranek
February 16, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Karl Dykhuis
To Chicago Blackhawks
Bob Wilkie
5th-round pick in 1997
March 8, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Anatoli Semenov
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Milos Holan
March 13, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Zavisha
6th-round pick in 1995
To Edmonton Oilers
Ryan McGill
April 7, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Petr Svoboda
To Buffalo Sabres
Garry Galley

Other transactions

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
July 6, 1994 Craig MacTavish New York Rangers 2 years, $1.6 million
July 19, 1994 Phil Crowe Los Angeles Kings
July 27, 1994 Shjon Podein Edmonton Oilers
August 16, 1994 Shawn Anderson Washington Capitals
Lost via free agency
n/a Dave Tippett Houston Aeros (IHL)
Retirement
n/a Rob Ramage
Claimed off waivers
February 10, 1995 Jim Montgomery Montreal Canadiens
Re-signed
August 16, 1994 Brent Fedyk
August 23, 1994 Dan Kordic
Draft picks signed
September 17, 1994 Ryan Sittler Michigan Wolverines (CCHA) Drafted 7th overall, 1992

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.[3][4]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
3 62 Artem Anisimov Defense  Russia Itil Kazan (RUS)
4 88 Adam Magarrell Defense  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 101 Sebastien Vallee Left Wing  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
6 140 Alexander Selivanov Right Wing  Russia HC Spartak Moscow (RUS)
7 166 Colin Forbes Left Wing  Canada Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
8 192 Derek Diener Defense  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
8 202 Ray Giroux Defense  Canada Powassan Hawks (NOJHL)
9 218 Johan Hedberg Goaltender  Sweden Leksands IF (Elitserien)
10 244 Andre Payette Left Wing  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
11 270 Jan Lipiansky Forward  Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)
Sup 10 Kirk Nielsen Right Wing  United States ‬Harvard Crimson (ECAC)

Farm teams

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL[5] and the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.[6] Mitch Lamoureux led the Bears with 85 points as Hershey finished 2nd in their division and lost in six games to the Cornwall Aces in the first round.[7] Johnstown finished 4th in their division and lost in the first round to the South Carolina Stingrays.

References

General
  • Results and Schedule
  • Schedule and Results
  • Playoff Results
Specific
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