Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nine in a Row for Tocchet

Rick Tocchet owns the Flyers record for consecutive games scoring a goal.

Nine in a Row for Tocchet

When Scott Hartnell opened the scoring for the Flyers Tuesday night with his 200th career goal, it marked the sixth consecutive game he had lit the light. That is three games short of the Flyers record set by Rick Tocchet (right), who connected in each of the first nine games of March in 1989 (below).

Notable: Tocchet entered the last 10 minutes of the third period without a goal in three of the nine games ... The Flyers were just 2-3-4 over the nine games ... The goals were Nos. 31 through 43 for the season for Tocchet. He finished the season with 45 ... The streak was stopped at Chicago by Blackhawks goalie Alain Chevrier, who stopped all five of Tocchet's shots on March 22.

 Date  Opponent  Result  Pd.  Time  Type  Assist(s)
 March 1
 at Jets  T 4-4 (ot)   2nd  
 Ron Sutter, Brian Propp
 Keith Acton, Brian Propp
 March 4  at Kings  L 2-6  1st    0:20  EV  Brian Propp, Moe Mantha
 March 7  Oilers  T 4-4 (ot)  1st  17:37  PP  Mike Bullard, Ron Sutter
 March 9  at Islanders    T 4-4 (ot)  3rd  12:16  PP  Gord Murphy
 March 11
 W 7-2
 Brian Propp, Pelle Eklund
 Pelle Eklund
 March 12
 at Whalers
 T 3-3 (ot)
 Keith Acton
 March 16  Blues  L 3-4 (ot)  3rd  11:45  EV  (Unassisted)
 March 18  at Bruins  L 3-6  3rd  11:09  EV  Gord Murphy, Pelle Eklund 
 March 19  
 Maple Leafs  W 8-6
 Jay Wells, Brian Propp
 Tim Kerr, Kerry Huffman
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