1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Wales Conference Champions|
|Patrick Division Champions|
|Goals for||310 (4th)|
|Goals against||245 (2nd)|
|General Manager||Bob Clarke|
|Alternate captains||Mark Howe
|Minor league affiliations||Hershey Bears (AHL)2
Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)3
|Goals||Tim Kerr (58)|
|Assists||Dave Poulin (45)|
|Points||Tim Kerr (95)|
|Penalties in minutes||Rick Tocchet (288)|
|Plus/minus||Mark Howe (+57)|
|Wins||Ron Hextall (37)|
|Goals against average||Bob Froese (2.67)|
The 1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 20th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games.
With the previous Spring's upset loss to the Rangers fresh on their minds, the Flyers got off to a 6–0–0 start to the season, and only lost road games to the Islanders and Penguins in an 8–2–0 October.
Goaltender Ron Hextall made his professional debut on opening night, October 9, and held Edmonton to one goal in a 2–1 victory, and only improved from there, being named NHL Rookie of the Month for October and November.
Things began to click for the club as a whole in November as Brad McCrimmon returned from his suspension over a contract dispute and the emergence of Hextall forced Bob Froese into a back-up role. In the first two months of the season, only the Penguins challenged the Flyers' grip on the top spot in the division, actually starting the year 7–0–0 and topping Philly on October 25 but fading by the end of November.
Brian Propp scored four goals in a 7–1 win over St. Louis on December 2, but three games later he was lost for two months after suffering a serious knee injury against the Oilers. Froese was dealt to the New York Rangers for Kjell Samuelsson on December 18 and later that same night routing the Islanders 9–4 which saw Poulin and Kerr record three-goal games. The record reached 25–7–2 on December 21 after a 7–6 comeback win over the Blues, but during the next game in Buffalo, Ilkka Sinisalo went down with a knee injury and the team lost four in a row on a holiday road trip (Sabres, Canucks, Oilers, Kings).
A seven-game unbeaten streak in January put the Flyers at 31–11–3, three points ahead of the Oilers for best record in the NHL, but injuries began to put a strain on the ranks. With Propp, Sinisalo, Mark Howe, and Ron Sutter all suffering through long-term problems, plus minor injuries cropping up, the team sputtered late, going 15–15–5 over the remainder of the schedule.
February 1 saw the Flyers routed 8–4 in Toronto, part of another four-game losing string before the break for Rendez-vous '87. Home defeats to the Rangers (6–1 on March 12), Kings (5–2 on March 19) and Detroit (5–1 on March 28) followed. An 9–5 home loss on the season's final day to the New York Islanders was no indication of the memorable playoff run to come.
Twice within a span of one week in late January, the Flyers engaged in bench-clearing brawls. The first came in a 3–1 loss to the Islanders at home on January 18 which cost head coach Keenan a one-game suspension. Oddly enough, the second occurred during the game Keenan was suspended for, a 4–3 setback to the Devils at the Meadowlands January 24. That fracas, which came after the final buzzer, saw Hextall pummel Devils goaltender Alain Chevrier among several other battles.
|New York Islanders||80||35||33||12||279||281||82|
|New York Rangers||80||34||38||8||307||323||76|
|New Jersey Devils||80||29||45||6||293||368||64|
4Note: 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.
The Flyers gained revenge on the New York Rangers by beating them in six games, as well as surviving a tough seven-game test from a gritty New York Islanders club. By the time the Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens in six to win the Wales Conference and return to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers had again been decimated by injuries, including losing Tim Kerr for the remainder of the playoffs. As a result, the Flyers lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Edmonton Oilers in seven tough, hard-fought games. Hextall was voted playoff MVP, the second such time a Flyer won the Conn Smythe Trophy despite being on the losing team, the other being Reggie Leach in 1976.
|1986–87 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
|1987 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.
|12||Kerr, TimTim Kerr||27||RW||75||58||37||95||38||57||12||08 !8||05 !5||13||3||02 !2|
|25||Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel||21||C||71||33||39||72||21||71||25||03 !3||10||13||6||10|
|20||Poulin, DaveDave Poulin||28||C||75||25||45||70||47||53||15||03 !3||03 !3||06 !6||1||14|
|26||Propp, BrianBrian Propp||27||LW||53||31||36||67||39||45||26||12||16||28||11||10|
|02 !2||Howe, MarkMark Howe||31||D||69||15||43||58||57||37||26||02 !2||10||12||14||04 !4|
|09 !9||Eklund, PellePelle Eklund||23||C||72||14||41||55||-2||2||26||07 !7||20||27||11||02 !2|
|22||Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet||22||RW||69||21||28||49||16||288||26||11||10||21||7||72|
|32||Craven, MurrayMurray Craven||22||LW||77||19||30||49||1||38||12||03 !3||01 !1||04 !4||-4||09 !9|
|03 !3||Crossman, DougDoug Crossman||26||D||78||9||31||40||18||29||26||04 !4||14||18||0||31|
|10||McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon||27||D||71||10||29||39||45||52||26||03 !3||05 !5||08 !8||9||30|
|24||Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith||22||LW||71||11||21||32||-4||34||26||06 !6||04 !4||10||3||26|
|19||Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby||20||RW||71||11||21||32||8||94||24||05 !5||05 !5||10||7||46|
|23||Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo||28||LW||42||10||21||31||14||8||18||05 !5||01 !1||06 !6||-6||04 !4|
|14||Sutter, RonRon Sutter||23||C||39||10||17||27||10||69||16||01 !1||07 !7||08 !8||-3||12|
|18||Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson||26||LW||71||11||15||26||-2||141||24||03 !3||05 !5||08 !8||3||22|
|15||Daigneault, J. J.J. J. Daigneault||21||D||77||6||16||22||12||56||09 !9||01 !1||00 !0||01 !1||-1||00 !0|
|08 !8||Marsh, BradBrad Marsh||28||D||77||2||9||11||9||124||26||03 !3||04 !4||07 !7||2||16|
|21||Brown, DaveDave Brown||24||RW||62||7||3||10||-7||274||26||01 !1||02 !2||03 !3||1||59|
|28||Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson||28||D||46||1||6||7||-9||86||26||00 !0||04 !4||04 !4||4||25|
|27||Hextall, RonRon Hextall||22||G||66||0||6||6||-0.1 !N/A||104||26||00 !0||01 !1||01 !1||-0.1 !N/A||43|
|11||Seabrooke, GlenGlen Seabrooke||19||C||10||1||4||5||2||2||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|17||Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar||27||D||45||2||2||4||-8||136||05 !5||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||02 !2|
|07 !7||Dobbin, BrianBrian Dobbin||20||RW||12||2||1||3||2||14||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|29||Stanley, DarylDaryl Stanley||24||D||33||1||2||3||6||76||13||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||-3||09 !9|
|42||Nachbaur, DonDon Nachbaur||28||C||23||0||2||2||1||87||07 !7||01 !1||01 !1||02 !2||2||15|
|28, 36||Hill, AlAl Hill||31||LW||7||0||2||2||1||4||09 !9||02 !2||01 !1||03 !3||2||00 !0|
|41||Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens||20||D||6||0||2||2||0||14||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|37||Freer, MarkMark Freer||18||C||1||0||1||1||1||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|33||Resch, GlennGlenn Resch||38||G||17||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||0||02 !2||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||-0.1 !N/A||00 !0|
|05 !5||Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman||19||D||9||0||0||0||5||2||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|34||Berube, CraigCraig Berube||21||LW||7||0||0||0||2||57||05 !5||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||0||17|
|35||Froese, BobBob Froese||28||G||3||0||0||0||-0.1 !N/A||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|37||Tookey, TimTim Tookey||26||C||2||0||0||0||0||0||10||01 !1||03 !3||04 !4||1||02 !2|
|36||McCarthy, KevinKevin McCarthy||29||D||2||0||0||0||-1||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|05 !5||Smith, SteveSteve Smith||23||D||2||0||0||0||-2||6||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|44||Stothers, MikeMike Stothers||24||D||2||0||0||0||0||4||02 !2||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||1||07 !7|
|36||Allison, RayRay Allison||27||RW||2||0||0||0||-2||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|06 !6||Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun||20||D||1||0||0||0||0||4||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
|40||Smyth, GregGreg Smyth||20||D||1||0||0||0||-2||0||01 !1||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||0||02 !2|
|34||Gillis, JereJere Gillis||30||LW||1||0||0||0||0||0||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-0.1 !—||-01 !—|
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; = Left team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|27||Hextall, RonRon Hextall||22||66||37||21||6||1||190||.902||3.00||3799||26||15||11||2||71||.908||2.77||1540|
|33||Resch, GlennGlenn Resch||38||17||6||5||2||0||42||.904||2.91||867||02 !2||00 !0||00 !0||00 !0||01 !1||.917||1.67||0036 !36|
|35||Froese, BobBob Froese||28||3||3||0||0||0||8||.909||2.67||180||-01 !—||-01 !—||-01 !—||-1 !—||-01 !—||-1 !—||-1 !—||-0001 !—|
|Award or honor||Recipient|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Ron Hextall|
|Frank Selke Trophy||Dave Poulin|
|NHL All-Rookie Team||Ron Hextall (G)|
|NHL First All-Star Team||Ron Hextall (G)
Mark Howe (D)
|NHL Player of the Month||Ron Hextall (October)|
|NHL Player of the Week||Peter Zezel (January 13)|
|NHL Rookie of the Month||Ron Hextall (October)
Ron Hextall (November)
|NHL Second All-Star Team||Tim Kerr (RW)|
|Rendez-vous '87 representative||Ron Hextall (did not play)
Mark Howe (did not play)
Tim Kerr (did not play)
|Vezina Trophy||Ron Hextall|
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Mark Howe|
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Ron Hextall|
|Class Guy Award||Glenn Resch|
- NHL record
- Tied for NHL record
|Games played, playoffs||26**||Dave Brown
|Games played by a goaltender, playoffs||26**||Ron Hextall|
|Assists, playoffs||20||Pelle Eklund|
|Points by a defenseman, playoffs||18||Doug Crossman
(tied by Chris Pronger in 2009–10)
|Shots on goal, playoffs||104||Brian Propp|
|Wins, playoffs||15||Ron Hextall|
|Losses, playoffs||11||Ron Hextall|
|Minutes played by a goaltender, playoffs||1540||Ron Hextall|
|Shots against, playoffs||768||Ron Hextall|
|Goals against, playoffs||71||Ron Hextall|
|Games played, playoffs||26**|
|Wins on road, playoffs||8|
|Losses at home, playoffs||6|
|Goals for, playoffs||85|
|Goals against, playoffs||73|
|Penalties in minutes, playoffs||714|
|Record||Player||Total||Date and opponent|
|4||November 20, 1986 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
December 2, 1986 vs. St. Louis Blues
(tied 14 times)
|Powerplay goals||Tim Kerr||4||November 20, 1986 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
(tied three times)
|Record||Player||Total||Date and opponent|
|Assists||Brian Propp||4||May 26, 1987 vs. Edmonton Oilers
(tied five times)
|Record||Total||Date and opponent|
|Fastest two goals||7 seconds apart||December 2, 1986 vs. St. Louis Blues
(goals scored by Dave Brown and Brian Propp)
(tied December 27, 1988 vs. Washington Capitals)
|Fastest two shorthanded goals||26 seconds apart||November 6, 1986 at New Jersey Devils
(goals scored by Murray Craven and Mark Howe)
|Record||Total||Date and opponent|
|Goals, one period||5||April 9, 1987 vs. New York Rangers
(tied four times)
The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 25, 1986, the day after the deciding game of the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 31, 1987, the day of the deciding game of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals.
|June 6, 1986
||To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1986
5th-round pick in 1987
|To Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver's 3rd-round pick in 1986
|June 21, 1986||To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1987
|To Quebec Nordiques
2nd-round pick in 1986
|June 21, 1986||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To New York Islanders
5th-round pick in 1986
|October 30, 1986||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Montreal Canadiens
|December 18, 1986||To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1989
|To New York Rangers
|March 9, 1987||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Edmonton Oilers
|Signed via free agency|
|June 12, 1986||Ed Hospodar||Minnesota North Stars|
|June 30, 1986||Mitch Lamoureux||Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL)|
|October 1, 1986||Jere Gillis||Vancouver Canucks|
|October 7, 1986||Mark Freer||Peterborough Petes (OHL)|
|October 7, 1986||Mike MacWilliam||New Westminster Bruins (WHL)|
|Lost via free agency|
|July 23, 1986||Carl Mokosak||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|June 2, 1986||Glenn Resch||—|
|August 18, 1986||Steve Smith||—|
|October 22, 1986||Ron Hextall||—||multi-year extension|
|October 29, 1986||Brad McCrimmon||—|
|Draft picks signed|
|October 9, 1986||Kerry Huffman||Guelph Platers (OHL)||Drafted 20th overall, 1986|
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||20||Kerry Huffman||Defense||Canada||Guelph Platers (OHL)|
|2||23[a]||Jukka Seppo||Center||Finland||Vasa Sport (Mestis)|
|2||28[b]||Kent Hawley||Center||Canada||Ottawa 67's (OHL)|
|4||83[c]||Mark Bar||Defense||Canada||Peterborough Petes (OHL)|
|6||125||Steve Scheifele||Right Wing||United States||Stratford Cullitons (OPJHL)|
|7||146||Sami Wahlsten||Forward||Finland||TPS Turku (SM-liiga)|
|8||167||Murray Baron||Defense||Canada||Vernon Lakers (BCJHL)|
|9||184||Blaine Rude||Forward||United States||Fergus Falls High School (N. Dakota)|
|10||209||Shaun Sabol||Defense||United States||St. Paul Vulcans (USHL)|
|11||230||Brett Lawrence||Right Wing||United States||Rochester Junior Americans|
|12||251||Dan Stephano||Goaltender||United States||Northwood School (N.Y.)|
- Draft notes6
- a The Flyers traded Paul Guay and their fourth-round pick, 83rd overall, to the Los Angeles Kings for Steve Seguin and the Kings' second-round pick, 23rd overall, on October 11, 1985.
- b The Flyers traded Rich Sutter, Dave Richter, and their third-round pick, 49th overall, to the Vancouver Canucks for J. J. Daigneault, the Canucks' second-round pick, 28th overall, and the Canucks' 1987 fifth-round pick on June 6, 1986.
- The Flyers traded their second-round pick, 41st overall, to the Quebec Nordiques for the Nordiques' 1987 second-round pick on June 21, 1986.
- The Flyers traded their third-round pick, 62nd overall, to the New Jersey Devils for Chico Resch on March 11, 1986.
- c The Flyers reacquired their fourth-round pick, 83rd overall, from the Los Angeles Kings for Joe Paterson on December 18, 1985.
- The Flyers traded their fifth-round pick, 104th overall, to the New York Islanders for Mike Murray on June 21, 1986.
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