Friday, February 27, 2015

Flyers' Finals Scoring: 1985 & 1987

The Flyers' Finals scoring stats vs. Oilers in 1985 & 1987

Flyers' Finals Scoring: 1985 & 1987

One of our younger followers, seeing that the Flyers were in Edmonton Thursday, asked how the clubs' scoring looked in the Stanley Cup Finals losses to the Oilers in 1985 and 1987. Below are the cumulative totals for the 12 games.

Thanks to, where you can find summaries for every playoff game in Flyers history.


♦ Tim Kerr, who had battled bad knee ligament problems throughout the 1985 postseason, lasted only three games in the Finals and missed the entire 1987 Oilers showdown with a separated shoulder.

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♦ Only nine Flyers appeared in all 12 Finals games those seasons. Thirty different Flyers appeared in at least one of those Finals games.

♦ The Flyers' four game-winning goals came off the sticks of Rick Tocchet, Ron Sutter, Brad McCrimmon and J.J. Daigneault.

♦ The Oilers outscored the Flyers, 20-8, in the first period of the 12 games, including 10-2 in the 1987 opening stanzas.

 Player      GP        G        A    Pts.    PP    SH 
 Brian Propp 12  12
 Rick Tocchet 12 
 Pelle Eklund
 Ron Sutter 12 
 Derrick Smith 12 
 Murray Craven 11 
 Doug Crossman 12 
 Dave Poulin 12 
 Rich Sutter
 Tim Kerr
 Brad McCrimmon     
 Scott Mellanby
 Lindsay Carson
 Mark Howe 12 
 Peter Zezel 12 
 Brad Marsh 12 
 Todd Bergen
 J.J. Daigneault
 Ilkka Sinisalo 10 
 Kjell Samuelsson
 Dave Brown
 Ray Allison
 Len Hachborn
 Don Nachbaur
 Tim Tookey
 Thomas Eriksson
 Daryl Stanley
 Miroslav Dvorak
 Ed Hospodar
 Joe Paterson
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