FLYERS 35 GAME UNBEATEN STREAK – part two

 STREAK 

Game 29 - TIME MAGAZINE

PART TWO Was there ever a time in your life when you felt on top of the world and wish it would never end? 

On the way to the 35 game unbeaten streak with the Philadelphia Flyers, there are some special games that stand out in my mind. We shattered the Flyers record of 23, surpassed the NHL record at 28 held by the Montreal Canadiens and the Pro Sport record at 33 held by the L.A. Lakers. Breaking the Flyers record was special because it was, after all, the second longest unbeaten streak in NHL history. But other games earn special mention. 

 The 27th and 28th games were both 1-1 ties. They especially stand out because we were within range to this great achievement and yet so close to blowing it. I may have played my best game of the streak in Madison Square garden to salvage the tie in game 27, stopping 35 shots. The score was tied at one after the first period and remained that way to the end. Bill Barber, a clutch player, scored our goal. 

  In game 28, the game that tied the Canadiens record, Pete Peeters and Greg Millen battled to a 1-1 tie also. Millen was outstanding for the Pittsburgh Penguins, stopping 34 shots, and almost took away our privilege of tying the NHL record. Behn Wilson scored the tying goal with less than 5 minutes left in the game ruining Greg’s shut-out but giving us a chance to continue our quest. What a shame it would have been if we had lost that game. 

  Game 29, in Boston, was the record breaker. The Flyers had not won in Boston Gardens in 5 years. But in this game, there was no question that we would be the winners. There was tension in the dressing room and nobody even talked about the record in specific terms. We all knew what was at stake.  We controlled the play from beginning to end. The best memorabilia I own from this game is a picture with our coach Pat Quinn on the ice after the game which made front page in TIME MAGAZINE. (see picture) 

  Another memorable game is the 34th game in Buffalo against the Sabres. Its notoriety isn’t just because we beat the All Pro Sport record with a 4-2 win. The game itself was really uneventful until about 7 minutes left in the 3rd period. Pete Peeters, my partner in goal, started the game although he didn’t feel very well. Leading 3-2 in the 3rd period, he got sick and vomited in the crease. Feeling a little “woozy”, he left the game and “gifted me with the stained crease” to close the game. We scored a goal to make it 4-2 shortly after I came in relief. Buffalo had a great chance that I stopped late in the game with the goalie pulled. Ironically, if I didn’t make that save and let a goal in, I would have been the goalie on record with the win and not Pete. (I’ll let you figure that one out…) 

  Every game after breaking the NHL Record was like a playoff game. Opponents and fans around the league wanted to be the ones to end the streak at all costs. When we finally lost (7-1) in Minneapolis, the noise still resounds in my head as the loudest crowd I ever heard in a hockey building. The North Stars took an early lead and the crowd smelled blood and knew that history was about to be made. We could hardly hear the whistle by the referee throughout the game. Yes, I did play that game. 

  Pat Quinn was our coach. Pat was ahead of his time as a coach in those days. He is a great strategist and even a better human being. He knew what buttons to push. Bob Boucher and Bobby Clarke were his assistant coaches. Jacques Plante was the Goalie Coach. Together, they were aware of the pulse of the team and gave the players a lot of freedom to express their skills and play their role. Keith Allen was our “classy and knowledgeable” general manager. I need to mention my good friend Joe Kadlec who did everything for the players and their families and who has a Flyer emblem tatooed on his heart. 

  Finally, I can’t talk about playing for the Flyers without mentioning the owner, Mr. Ed Snider. He is very competitive and demanding but extremely caring and a family oriented owner. It would have been great to win another cup for him that year. There is no question that the success that the Flyers have had over the years begins with his leadership

  We didn’t want the streak to end but what a ride it was…one I will never forget and proud to have been a part of… 

  HAVE AGREAT HOCKEY DAY

  Phil Myre

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4 comments for “FLYERS 35 GAME UNBEATEN STREAK – part two

  1. Nick Viris
    February 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hello Phil,just found your blog,and read about the 35 game unbeaten streak.Remember it very very well growing up in Toronto in the late 70’s early 80’s. There was even a book that was available thru the Hockey News about the streak with full game summaries that you could order from the publisher.

    Ah the good old days of hockey,

    I found the article very informative and very insightful and well written,

    I would like to ask if you can talk about the night of Feb 22,1980,Philly@Vancouver where in the third periord a massive bench clearing brawl occured and went on and on for close to an hour.This was where you tangled with the red head goalie from Vancouver Glen Hanlon,in a rock em sock em affair.Remmber this one vividly staying up as a youngster 14 years old on the Hughes Television Network at 10 30 pm Friday night to watch the 3.5hour game.I can still relive the thris period on my fight tapes I have too.Keep up the good work,and hope to hear some more stories from you.

    Take Care

    Nick

  2. January 23, 2011 at 1:33 am

    What a thrill to find your website! We were Atlanta Flames season ticket holders when you & Dan Bouchard were tending goal. What a team and a fabulous hockey experience!! So great to learn that you’re still involved in the game. Thanks for lots of wonderful hockey memories!! Best wishes.

    • Phil Myre
      January 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog. Please come back and tell your frineds. Playing for the Flames in Atlanta was a great time for me. I’m glad we were able to bring you some enjoyment. Regards, Phil

  3. philip
    January 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    wow that is amazing and i just wanted to say hi even though i havent met you my mom and grama talk about well since you are my third cousin and i play goalie as well.

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