1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Atlantic Division Champions|
|Goals for||150 (9th)|
|Goals against||132 (8th)|
|General Manager||Bob Clarke|
|Alternate captains||Rod Brind'Amour
|Minor league affiliations||Hershey Bears (AHL)
Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL)
|Goals||Eric Lindros (29)|
|Assists||Eric Lindros (41)|
|Points||Eric Lindros (70)|
|Penalties in minutes||Shawn Antoski (61)|
|Plus/minus||Eric Lindros (+27)|
|Wins||Ron Hextall (17)|
|Goals against average||Dominic Roussel (2.34)|
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.
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Schedule and results
- 5 Player stats
- 6 Awards and records
- 7 Transactions
- 8 Draft picks
- 9 Farm teams
- 10 References
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.
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.
|2||5||New Jersey Devils||48||22||18||8||136||121||52|
|4||8||New York Rangers||48||22||23||3||139||134||47|
|6||12||Tampa Bay Lightning||48||17||28||3||120||144||37|
|7||13||New York Islanders||48||15||28||5||126||158||35|
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.
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
|1994–95 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1995 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.
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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||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
|Award or honor||Recipient|
|Hart Memorial Trophy||Eric Lindros|
|Lester B. Pearson Award||Eric Lindros|
|NHL All-Rookie Team||Chris Therien (D)|
|NHL First All-Star Team||John LeClair (LW)
Eric Lindros (C)
|NHL Player of the Week||John LeClair (February 27)
Eric Lindros (March 20)
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Eric Desjardins|
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Eric Lindros|
|Class Guy Award||Mikael Renberg|
|Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy||John LeClair|
|Longest road winning streak||5||May 12, 1995 through June 10, 1995
(tied two times)
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.
|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)|
|Claimed off waivers|
|February 10, 1995||Jim Montgomery||Montreal Canadiens|
|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|
NHL Entry Draft
|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[a]||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[b]||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)|
- Draft notes
- The Flyers traded their first-round picks in 1993 and 1994 along with Steve Duchesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, the rights to Peter Forsberg, and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques for the rights to Eric Lindros on June 30, 1992.
- The Flyers second-round pick, 36th overall, was given to the Florida Panthers as compensation for the Flyers hiring Bob Clarke as their general manager.
- a The Flyers traded Terry Carkner to the Detroit Red Wings for Yves Racine and the Red Wings' fourth-round pick, 101st overall, on October 5, 1993.
- The Flyers traded their fifth-round pick, 114th overall, and Greg Johnson to the Detroit Red Wings for Jim Cummins and the Red Wings' 1993 fourth-round pick on June 20, 1993.
- b The Flyers traded Pelle Eklund to the Dallas Stars for the Stars' eighth-round pick, 202nd overall, on March 21, 1994.
NHL Supplemental Draft
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||10||Kirk Nielsen||Right Wing||United States||Harvard Crimson (ECAC)|
The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. 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. Johnstown finished 4th in their division and lost in the first round to the South Carolina Stingrays.
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