1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Goals for||292 (12th)|
|Goals against||292 (9th)|
|General Manager||Bob Clarke|
|Alternate captains||Mark Howe
|Minor league affiliations||Hershey Bears (AHL)
Flint Spirits (IHL)
|Goals||Rick Tocchet (31)|
|Assists||Brian Propp (49)|
|Points||Murray Craven (70)
Brian Propp (70)
|Penalties in minutes||Rick Tocchet (299)|
|Plus/minus||Kjell Samuelsson (+28)|
|Wins||Ron Hextall (30)|
|Goals against average||Ron Hextall (3.51)|
The 1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 21st season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Washington Capitals in seven games.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Playoffs
- 3 Schedule and results
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Awards and records
- 6 Transactions
- 7 Draft picks
- 8 Farm teams
- 9 References
The season was one of many ups and downs. With Ron Hextall lost to an eight-game suspension to start the year after slashing Kent Nilsson in the Stanley Cup Finals, Tim Kerr lost indefinitely with a shoulder problem, and Brad McCrimmon traded to Calgary over a salary dispute, the club limped to a 3–6–2 record in October.
The free-fall continued until late November. After blowing a 4–1 lead into a 6–4 loss to the Islanders at home on November 21, the Flyers were at 6–13–3 and last in the division. However, just as quickly, the club rebounded with a 14-game unbeaten streak (12–0–2) from November 25 to December 26 – despite losing out to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Paul Coffey sweepstakes. The run was highlighted by Hextall becoming the first goaltender to shoot the puck into the opposing team's net on December 8, a game-winning two-man short tally by Murray Craven in Winnipeg on December 13, and a post-Christmas comeback win against the Capitals.
A 6–0–1 run through late February and early March saw Rick Tocchet post three hat tricks in a span of four games (Detroit, at Los Angeles, at Vancouver). On February 23, the club set a still-standing franchise road record with 11 goals in an amazing 11–6 win in Detroit, including a team-record 7 third-period tallies.
After a 7–3 win over the Canucks March 1, the Flyers finished the year in free-fall due to almost daily injuries, going 4–11–2, ending up the lower seed in a second-place tie with Washington. Kerr returned to the lineup finally on March 10, but was unable to find his range before the playoffs began.
|New York Islanders||80||39||31||10||308||267||88|
|New Jersey Devils||80||38||36||6||295||296||82|
|New York Rangers||80||36||34||10||300||283||82|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
In their first round playoff series with the Washington Capitals, the Flyers blew a 3–1 series lead as Washington forced a Game 7. They then blew a 3–0 lead in Game 7 as Washington won 5-4, in overtime. It was because of this playoff collapse that head coach Mike Keenan was fired. Paul Holmgren was named Keenan's replacement, the first time a former Flyer was named the club's head coach.
Schedule and results
|1987–88 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1988 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
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.
|32||Craven, MurrayMurray Craven||23||LW||72||30||46||76||25||58||7||2||5||7||1||04 !4|
|26||Propp, BrianBrian Propp||28||LW||74||27||49||76||8||76||7||4||2||6||2||08 !8|
|22||Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet||23||RW||65||31||33||64||3||299||5||1||4||5||-1||55|
|02 !2||Howe, MarkMark Howe||32||D||75||19||43||62||23||62||7||3||6||9||7||04 !4|
|25||Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel||22||C||69||22||35||57||7||42||7||3||2||5||0||07 !7|
|19||Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby||21||RW||75||25||26||51||-7||185||7||0||1||1||-6||16|
|20||Poulin, DaveDave Poulin||29||C||68||19||32||51||17||32||7||2||6||8||5||04 !4|
|23||Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo||29||RW||68||25||17||42||2||30||7||4||2||6||4||00 !0|
|09 !9||Eklund, PellePelle Eklund||24||C||71||10||32||42||-6||12||7||0||3||3||4||00 !0|
|03 !3||Crossman, DougDoug Crossman||27||D||76||9||29||38||-1||43||7||1||1||2||-9||08 !8|
|14||Sutter, RonRon Sutter||24||C||69||8||25||33||-9||146||7||0||1||1||-7||26|
|28||Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson||29||D||74||6||24||30||28||184||7||2||5||7||8||23|
|24||Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith||23||LW||76||16||8||24||-20||104||7||0||0||0||-7||06 !6|
|05 !5||Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman||20||D||52||6||17||23||-11||34||2||0||0||0||0||00 !0|
|21||Brown, DaveDave Brown||25||RW||47||12||5||17||10||114||7||1||0||1||-4||27|
|44, 47||Huber, WillieWillie Huber||30||D||10||4||9||13||-2||16||5||0||0||0||-3||02 !2|
|08 !8||Marsh, BradBrad Marsh||29||D||70||3||9||12||-13||57||7||1||0||1||-8||08 !8|
|18||Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson||27||C||36||2||7||9||-4||37||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|07 !7||Dobbin, BrianBrian Dobbin||21||RW||21||3||5||8||-1||6||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|27||Hextall, RonRon Hextall||23||G||62||1||6||7||-0.1 !N/A||104||7||0||2||2||-0.1 !N/A||30|
|06 !6, 40||Smyth, GregGreg Smyth||21||D||48||1||6||7||-2||192||5||0||0||0||1||38|
|10||Roupe, MagnusMagnus Roupe||24||LW||33||2||4||6||-6||32||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|17, 34||Berube, CraigCraig Berube||22||LW||27||3||2||5||1||108||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|12||Kerr, TimTim Kerr||28||RW||8||3||2||5||0||12||6||1||3||4||-2||04 !4|
|18||Lawless, PaulPaul Lawless||23||LW||8||0||5||5||0||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|15||Daigneault, J. J.J. J. Daigneault||22||D||28||2||2||4||-8||12||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|42||Nachbaur, DonDon Nachbaur||29||C||20||0||4||4||2||61||2||0||0||0||-1||02 !2|
|34, 48||Root, BillBill Root||28||D||24||1||2||3||3||16||2||0||0||0||0||02 !2|
|36||Roberts, GordieGordie Roberts||30||D||11||1||2||3||7||15||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|36||Hill, AlAl Hill||32||LW||12||1||0||1||0||10||1||0||1||1||1||04 !4|
|11||Seabrooke, GlenGlen Seabrooke||20||LW||6||0||1||1||-1||2||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|29||Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu||35||LW||23||0||0||0||-9||40||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|33||Laforest, MarkMark Laforest||25||G||21||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||8||2||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||10|
|30||Young, WendellWendell Young||24||G||6||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|39||Fenyves, DavidDavid Fenyves||27||D||5||0||0||0||-1||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|37||Lamoureux, MitchMitch Lamoureux||25||C||3||0||0||0||-1||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|06 !6, 40||Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun||21||D||3||0||0||0||-1||4||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|41||Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens||21||D||3||0||0||0||-1||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|44||Stothers, MikeMike Stothers||25||D||3||0||0||0||-1||13||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|45||Freer, MarkMark Freer||19||C||1||0||0||0||-2||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|39||Murray, MikeMike Murray||21||C||1||0||0||0||0||0||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
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
|27||Hextall, RonRon Hextall||23||62||30||22||7||0||208||.885||3.51||3560||7||2||4||0||30||.847||4.75||379|
|33||Laforest, MarkMark Laforest||25||21||5||9||2||1||60||.874||3.70||972||2||1||0||0||01 !1||.917||1.25||048 !48|
|30||Young, WendellWendell Young||24||6||3||2||0||0||20||.865||3.75||320||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-01 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-001 !—|
Awards and records
|Award or honor||Recipient|
|All-Star Game representative||Ron Hextall
Mike Keenan (Coach)
|NHL Player of the Week||Ron Hextall (December 14)
Mark Howe (December 28)
Ron Hextall (January 18)
Rick Tocchet (February 28)
Rick Tocchet (March 10)
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Mark Howe|
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Ron Hextall|
|Class Guy Award||Rick Tocchet|
|Powerplay goals, defenseman||8||Mark Howe
(tied by Eric Desjardins in 1999–2000)
|Goals against||208||Ron Hextall|
|Worst plus-minus, playoffs||-9||Doug Crossman|
|Fewest ties on road||3
(tied 1984–85 and 1985–86)
|Record||Player||Total||Date and opponent|
|Goals scored||Rick Tocchet||4||February 27, 1988 at Los Angeles Kings
(tied 15 times)
|Penalties||Don Nachbaur||8||March 19, 1988 at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Longest road losing streak||8||March 3, 1988 through March 29, 1988
(tied October 25, 1972 through November 26, 1972)
The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 1, 1987, the day after the deciding game of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 26, 1988, the day of the deciding game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals.
|Signed via free agency|
|July 17, 1987||Don Biggs||Edmonton Oilers|
|August 15, 1987||Mark Lofthouse||New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)|
|October 30, 1987||Nick Fotiu||Calgary Flames|
|Claimed off waivers|
|October 5, 1987||David Fenyves||Buffalo Sabres||Waiver draft|
|November 26, 1987||Bill Root||St. Louis Blues|
|Lost on waivers|
|October 5, 1987||Ed Hospodar||Buffalo Sabres||Waiver draft|
|October 5, 1987||Tim Tookey||Los Angeles Kings||Waiver draft|
|November 17, 1987||Ron Hextall||—||multi-year extension|
NHL Entry Draft
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||20||Darren Rumble||Defense||Canada||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|2||30[a]||Jeff Harding||Right Wing||Canada||St. Michael's Buzzers (Toronto)|
|3||62||Martin Hostak||Right Wing||Czech Republic||Sparta Praha (Cze)|
|4||83||Tomaz Eriksson||Left Wing||Sweden||Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)|
|5||104||Bill Gall||Defense||United States||New Hampton School (N.H.)|
|6||125||Tony Link||Defense||United States||Dimond High School (Alaska)|
|7||146||Marc Strapon||Defense||United States||Hayward High School (Wisconsin)|
|8||167||Daryl Ingham||Right Wing||Canada||Manitoba Bisons (CIAU)|
|9||188||Bruce MacDonald||Right Wing||United States||Loomis Chaffee School (Conn.)|
|10||209||Steve Morrow||Defense||United States||Westminster School (Conn.)|
|11||230||Darius Rusnak||Center||Slovakia||Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)|
|12||251||Dale Roehl||Goaltender||United States||Minnetonka High School (Minn.)|
- Draft notes
- a The Flyers acquired a second-round pick, 30th overall, from the Quebec Nordiques for a 1986 second-round pick on June 21, 1986.
- The Flyers traded their second-round pick, 41st overall, to the Detroit Red Wings for Mark Laforest on June 13, 1987.
- The Flyers traded the fifth-round pick, 87th overall, back to the Vancouver Canucks for the Canucks' 1989 fifth-round pick on June 13, 1987.
NHL Supplemental Draft
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||—||David Whyte||Left Wing||United States||Boston College Eagles (HE)|
The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the Flint Spirits of the IHL. Led by the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award winner as coach of the year (John Paddock), the Eddie Shore Award winner as top defenseman (Dave Fenyves), and the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as top goaltender (Wendell Young), Hershey finished first in their division and swept their way through the playoffs with a 12–0 record to a Calder Cup championship. Young was given the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. In their only season as a Flyers affiliate, Flint finished fourth in the playoffs and lost in the finals to the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in six games.
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