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1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 4th Wales
1987–88 record 38–33–9
Home record 20–14–6
Road record 18–19–3
Goals for 292
Goals against 292
Team information
General Manager Bobby Clarke
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Dave Poulin
Alternate captains Mark Howe
Brad Marsh
Arena The Spectrum
Average attendance 17,405[1]
Team leaders
Goals Rick Tocchet (31)
Assists Brian Propp (49)
Points Murray Craven (70)
Brian Propp (70)
Penalties in minutes Rick Tocchet (299)
Plus/minus Kjell Samuelsson (+28)
Wins Ron Hextall (30)
Goals against average Ron Hextall (3.51)
<1986–87 1988–89>

The 1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 21st season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers stumbled in 1987–88, finishing third in the Patrick Division (after a first-place finish the previous three years). Ron Hextall scored a goal on December 8 at the Spectrum against Boston and became the first goaltender to shoot the puck into the opposing team's net. In their first round playoff series with the Washington, the Flyers blew a 3–1 series lead as Washington forced a Game 7. They then blew a 3–0 lead in Game 7 as Washington won 5-4, in overtime. It was because of this playoff collapse that head coach Mike Keenan was fired. Paul Holmgren was named Keenan's replacement, the first time a former Flyer was named the club's head coach.

Regular season

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Season standings

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 308 267 88
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 292 292 85
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 281 249 85
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 295 296 82
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 300 283 82
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 319 316 81

Game log

      Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

1987–88 game log

Playoffs

Game log

      Win       Loss

1988 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player stats

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Murray Craven 32 72 30 46 76 58 7 2 5 7 4
Brian Propp 26 74 27 49 76 76 7 4 2 6 8
Rick Tocchet 22 65 31 33 64 299 5 1 4 5 55
Mark Howe 2 75 19 43 62 62 7 3 6 9 4
Peter Zezel 25 69 22 35 57 42 7 3 2 5 7
Scott Mellanby 19 75 25 26 51 185 7 0 1 1 16
Dave Poulin 20 68 19 32 51 32 7 2 6 8 4
Ilkka Sinisalo 23 68 25 17 42 30 7 4 2 6 0
Pelle Eklund 9 71 10 32 42 12 7 0 3 3 0
Doug Crossman 3 76 9 29 38 43 7 1 1 2 8
Ron Sutter 14 69 8 25 33 146 7 0 1 1 26
Kjell Samuelsson 28 74 6 24 30 184 7 2 5 7 23
Derrick Smith 24 76 16 8 24 104 7 0 0 0 6
Kerry Huffman 5 52 6 17 23 34 2 0 0 0 0
Dave Brown 21 47 12 5 17 114 7 1 0 1 27
Willie Huber 44 10 4 9 13 16 5 0 0 0 2
Brad Marsh 8 70 3 9 12 57 7 1 0 1 8
Lindsay Carson 18 36 2 7 9 37 -
Brian Dobbin 7 21 3 5 8 6 -
Ron Hextall (G) 27 62 1 6 7 104 7 0 2 2 30
Greg Smyth 6 [2] 48 1 6 7 192 5 0 0 0 38
Magnus Roupe 10 33 2 4 6 32 -
Craig Berube 17 [3] 27 3 2 5 108 -
Tim Kerr 12 8 3 2 5 12 6 1 3 4 4
Paul Lawless†‡ 18 8 0 5 5 0 -
J. J. Daigneault 15 28 2 2 4 12 -
Don Nachbaur 42 20 0 4 4 61 2 0 0 0 2
Bill Root 34 [4] 24 1 2 3 16 2 0 0 0 2
Gordie Roberts†‡ 36 11 1 2 3 15 -
Al Hill 36 12 1 0 1 10 1 0 1 1 4
Glen Seabrooke 11 6 0 1 1 2 -
Nick Fotiu 29 23 0 0 0 40 -
Mark Laforest (G) 33 21 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 0 10
Wendell Young (G) 30 6 0 0 0 0 -
David Fenyves 39 5 0 0 0 0 -
Mitch Lamoureux 37 3 0 0 0 0 -
Jeff Chychrun 40 [5] 3 0 0 0 4 -
John Stevens 41 3 0 0 0 0 -
Mike Stothers 44 3 0 0 0 13 -
Mark Freer 45 1 0 0 0 0 -
Mike Murray 39 1 0 0 0 0 -
Bench X 26

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Flyers. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Ron Hextall 27 62 3560 30 22 7 208 0 .885 3.51 7 379 2 4 30 0 .847 4.75
Mark Laforest 33 21 972 5 9 2 60 1 .874 3.70 2 48 1 0 1 0 .917 1.25
Wendell Young 30 6 320 3 2 0 20 0 .865 3.75 -

Awards and records

Awards

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Ron Hextall
Mark Howe
Mike Keenan (Coach)
Dave Poulin
Kjell Samuelsson
NHL Player of the Week Ron Hextall (December 14)
Mark Howe (December 28)
Ron Hextall (January 18)
Rick Tocchet (February 28)
Rick Tocchet (March 10)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Mark Howe
Bobby Clarke Trophy Ron Hextall
Class Guy Award Rick Tocchet

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1987–88 season.

Trades

June 13, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Laforest
To Detroit Red Wings
2nd round pick in 1987
June 13, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
5th round pick in 1989
To Vancouver Canucks
5th round pick in 1987
July 21, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To New York Rangers
Jeff Brubaker
August 26, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1989
3rd round pick in 1988
To Calgary Flames
Brad McCrimmon
August 31, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
Wendell Young
3rd round pick in 1990
To Vancouver Canucks
Darren Jensen
Daryl Stanley
December 4, 1987
To Philadelphia Flyers
5th round pick in 1989
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Stothers
January 22, 1988
To Philadelphia Flyers
Paul Lawless
To Hartford Whalers
Lindsay Carson
February 9, 1988
To Philadelphia Flyers
Gordie Roberts
To Minnesota North Stars
4th round pick in 1989
March 1, 1988
To Philadelphia Flyers
Willie Huber
To Vancouver Canucks
Paul Lawless
5th round pick in 1989
March 8, 1988
To Philadelphia Flyers
4th round pick in 1989[6]
To St. Louis Blues
Gordie Roberts

Additions and subtractions

Additions
Player Former team Via
Don Biggs Edmonton free agency (7/17)
Mark Lofthouse New Haven (AHL) free agency (8/15)
David Fenyves Buffalo waiver draft (10/5)
Nick Fotiu Calgary free agency (10/30)
Bill Root St. Louis waivers (11/26)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Ed Hospodar Buffalo waiver draft (10/5)
Tim Tookey Los Angeles waiver draft (10/5)

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.[7][8]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 20 Darren Rumble Defenseman  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2 30 Jeff Harding Right wing  Canada St. Michael's Jr. B (Toronto)
3 62 Martin Hostak Right wing  Czech Republic Sparta Praha (Cze)
4 83 Tomaz Eriksson Left wing  Sweden Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
5 104 Bill Gall Defenseman  United States New Hampton Prep (N.H.)
6 125 Tony Link Defenseman  United States Dimond H.S. (Alaska)
7 146 Marc Strapon Defenseman  United States Hayward H.S. (Wisconsin)
8 167 Daryl Ingham Right wing  Canada U. of Manitoba (CIAU)
9 188 Bruce MacDonald Right wing  United States Loomis-Chafee H.S. (Mass.)
10 209 Steve Morrow Defenseman  United States Westminster H.S. (Conn.)
11 230 Darius Rusnak Center  Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)
12 251 Dale Roehl Goaltender  United States Minnetonka H.S. (Minn.)
Sup 14 David Whyte Left wing  United States Boston College (HE)

Farm teams

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the Flint Spirits of the IHL.[9] Led by the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award winner as coach of the year (John Paddock), the Eddie Shore Award winner as top defenseman (Dave Fenyves), and the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as top goaltender (Wendell Young), Hershey finished first in their division and swept their way through the playoffs with a 12–0 record to a Calder Cup championship. Young was given the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.[10] In their only season as a Flyers affiliate, Flint finished fourth in the playoffs and lost in the finals to the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in six games.

See also

References

  1. ^ FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. ^ Smyth wore number 40 earlier in the season.
  3. ^ Berube wore number 34 earlier in the season.
  4. ^ Root wore number 48 earlier in the season.
  5. ^ Chychrun wore number 6 earlier in the season.
  6. ^ Draft pick was originally a 5th round pick.
  7. ^ hockeydb.com, 1987 NHL Entry Draft
  8. ^ hockeydb.com, 1987 NHL Supplemental Draft
  9. ^ FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  10. ^ FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1987–88

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