Thursday, November 26, 2015

Flyers' Earliest Playoff Goals

The Flyers earliest playoff goals.

Flyers' Earliest Playoff Goals

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Claude Giroux scoring a goal just 32 seconds into the Flyers’ Game 6 clincher against the Penguins was pretty quick, but just the eighth earliest goal in Flyers’ playoff history. They have now scored 16 goals in the first minute of a postseason game (see list below).

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♦ They are just 8-8 in those 16 games. All 8 wins have come at home (8-1).

♦ The Penguins have surrendered three of the 16 “Minute Goals." (At right, Marc-Andre Fleury watches Sunday's first goal.)

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Terry Murray holds the Flyers record for quickest playoff goal, scoring seven seconds into a preliminary round contest in Quebec in 1981.

♦ Murray’s goal is tied for the second quickest playoff goal in league history. The Kings’ Don Kozak scored six seconds into a 1977 game agains the Bruins.

♦ Giroux’s goal wasn’t even the fastest for a Flyer named Claude. Claude Lapointe opened the scoring 21 seconds into a 2003 game at Ottawa.

♦ Giroux’s goal was the third earliest tally in a Flyers series clincher (*) and the earlier tally in a Game 6 for the Orange and Black. Eric Lindros and Gary Dornhoefer are the others.

Reggie Leach scored twice in the opening minute of games during the 1976 Stanley Cup Finals. Too bad the Flyers forgot to win any contests in that series.

♦ Leach and Dornhoefer are the only Flyers with two goals on the list.



Goal Scorer


0:07 April 12, 1981 Terry Murray at Nordiques    4 L  3-4 (ot) W 3-2
0:14 April 26, 1997 Eric Lindros Penguins  *5 W 6-3 W 4-1
0:19 May 13, 1975  Gary Dornhoefer Islanders  *7 W 4-1 W 4-3
0:21 May 9, 1976 Reggie Leach at Canadiens     1 L  3-4 L  0-4
0:21 May 3, 2003 Claude Lapointe at Senators    5 L  2-5 L  2-4
0:23 May 7, 2000 Daymond Langkow Penguins    5 W 6-3 W 4-2
0:29 May 2, 2011 James van Riemsdyk   at Bruins    2 L   2-3 (ot) L  0-4
0:32 April 22, 2012 Claude Giroux Penguins  *6 W 5-1 W 4-2
0:39 May 20, 1975 Gary Dornhoefer at Sabres    3 L  4-5 (ot) W 4-2
0:40 April 9, 1988 Brian Propp Capitals    3 W  4-3 L  3-4
0:41 May 16, 1976 Reggie Leach Canadiens  *4 L  3-5 L  0-4
0:42 April 17, 2008 Jeff Carter Capitals    4 W 4-3 (2 ot)  W 4-3
0:46 May 28, 1985 Rich Sutter at Oilers    4 L  3-5 L  1-4
0:48 April 8, 1982 Bobby Clarke at Rangers    2 L  3-7 L  1-3
0:55 April 16, 1996 Dale Hawerchuk Lightning    1 W  7-3 W 4-2
0:56 April 8, 1980 Paul Holmgren Oilers    1 W 4-3 (ot) W 3-0
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