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 affiliate(s)||Hershey Bears|
|Goals||Rick Tocchet (31)|
|Assists||Brian Propp (49)|
|Points||Murray Craven (70)|
Brian Propp (70)
|Penalty 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 statistics
- 5 Awards and records
- 6 Transactions
- 7 Draft picks
- 8 Farm teams
- 9 Notes
- 10 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.
Schedule and results
|1987–88 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1988 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
- Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
- = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
- = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|44, 47||Willie Huber||30||D||10||4||9||13||−2||16||5||0||0||0||−3||2|
|6, 40||Greg Smyth||21||D||48||1||6||7||−2||192||5||0||0||0||1||38|
|17, 34||Craig Berube||22||LW||27||3||2||5||1||108||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|15||J. J. Daigneault||22||D||28||2||2||4||−8||12||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|34, 48||Bill Root||28||D||24||1||2||3||3||16||2||0||0||0||0||2|
|6, 40||Jeff Chychrun||21||D||3||0||0||0||−1||4||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and records
|League (annual)||Lester Patrick Trophy||Keith Allen|||
|League (in-season)||NHL All-Star Game selection||Ron Hextall[a]|||
|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)|||
|Team||Barry Ashbee Trophy||Mark Howe|||
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Ron Hextall|||
|Class Guy Award||Rick Tocchet|||
- Tied for NHL record
|Goals scored||Game||4[b]||Rick Tocchet||2/27/1988||Los Angeles Kings|||
|Penalties||Game||8||Don Nachbaur||3/19/1988||Pittsburgh Penguins|||
|Powerplay goals scored by a defenseman||Season||8[c]||Mark Howe||—||—|||
|Goals against||Season||208||Ron Hextall||—||—|||
|Goals scored by a goaltender||Season||1||Ron Hextall||—||—|||
|Fewest road ties||Season||3[d]|||
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.
The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Term||Ref|
|July 21, 1987||Don Biggs||Edmonton Oilers|||
|August 19, 1987||Mark Lofthouse||Los Angeles Kings|||
|October 30, 1987||Nick Fotiu||Calgary Flames||1-year|||
|April 20, 1988||Michael Boyce||Merrimack College (NCAA)|||
The following players were either re-signed by the Flyers or, in the case of the team's selections in the NHL Entry Draft, signed to contracts.
|November 17, 1987||Ron Hextall||multi-year|||
The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions. They were involved in three selections during the 1987 NHL Waiver Draft, which was held on October 5, 1987. The Flyers left the following players unprotected: Ray Allison, Thomas Eriksson, Ross Fitzpatrick, Al Hill, Ed Hospodar, Mitch Lamoureux, Mark Lofthouse, Kevin Maxwell, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Smith, and Tim Tookey.
|October 5, 1987||Tim Tookey||to Los Angeles Kings|||
|October 5, 1987||Ed Hospodar||to Buffalo Sabres|||
|October 5, 1987||David Fenyves[g]||from Buffalo Sabres|||
|November 26, 1987||Bill Root||from St. Louis Blues|||
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Ref|
|June 1987||Glenn Resch||—||Retirement[h]|||
|October 3, 1987||Steve Martinson||Detroit Red Wings||Free agency|||
|N/A||Jere Gillis||Brunico SG (Serie A)||Free agency|||
NHL Entry Draft
Philadelphia's picks at the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, on June 13, 1987. The Flyers traded their second-round pick, 41st overall, to the Detroit Red Wings for Mark Laforest on June 13, 1987.
|1||20||Darren Rumble||Defense||Canada||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|2||30||Jeff Harding||Right Wing||Canada||St. Michael's Buzzers (Toronto)||[i]|
|3||62||Martin Hostak||Right Wing||Czech Republic||Sparta Praha (Czech)|
|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||Darryl Ingham||Right Wing||Canada||University of Manitoba (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.)|
NHL Supplemental Draft
|2||21||David Whyte||Left Wing||United States||Boston College (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.
- Voted starting Goaltender
- Tied fifteen times by eight different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records
- Tied by Eric Desjardins during the 1999–2000 season and Shayne Gostisbehere during the 2015–16 season.
- Tied mark set during the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons.
- The Flyers had the choice of which year to send to Minnesota. The Flyers chose the 1989 draft pick.
- The Flyers would receive St. Louis' 4th-round pick if the Blues advanced past the first round of the playoffs, which they did.
- The Sabres removed Fenyves from their protected list after they claimed Hospodar and the Flyers claimed Fenyves in lieu of cash.
- No official announcement
- The Flyers acquired a second-round pick, 30th overall, from the Quebec Nordiques for a 1986 second-round pick on June 21, 1986.
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