By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Philadelphia Flyers are not strangers to the playoffs. Making the postseason 38 times in their 50 year history, there have been many players that have made an impact through the years. Coming up big under high pressure, or putting up massive point totals spanning over multiple years, some players have left their legacy as strong playoff performers.
This week I’ll rank the Top 5 best playoff performers in Flyers’ history.
Number 5 – Bill Barber
Part of the feared LBC line, Barber helped the Flyers win their two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. Making the playoffs 11 of his 12 seasons in Philadelphia, Barber sits third all-time in Flyers playoff points with 119, and tied for first in playoff goals with Rick MacLeish at 53. Barber’s best postseason came in 1979-80 where he recorded 21 points in 19 games, helping the Flyers return to the Stanley Cup Final, before losing to the New York Islanders in six games. Chances are nobody will ever break his playoff records. Claude Giroux is the closest active player, and he is over 40 points away.
Number 4 – Tim Kerr
While the Flyers weren’t exactly at their peak during Kerr’s tenure in Philly, it never stopped him from chipping in points whenever possible. Kerr’s dominance during the regular season (where he sits third all-time in goals and sixth all-time in points) continued into the postseason. Kerr currently sits sixth in playoff goals and seventh in playoff points in Flyers’ history and holds 12 team postseason records including, most hat tricks, most points in one period, fastest four goals in a game, and most points in one series.
Number 3 – Danny Briere
You don’t earn the name Mr. Playoffs for nothing. Sitting sixth all-time in Flyers playoff points with 72, the Flyers could always count on Briere to deliver when they needed him most. Briere’s talents were most on display during the 2010 playoffs, racking up 12 goals and 30 points in 23 games. Making the payoffs five times as a Flyer, he was over a point-per-game player twice and led the Flyers in points on two occasions as well.
Number 2 – Brian Propp
Sitting second all-time in Flyers playoff points, Propp also holds four NHL playoff records. His 112 points, 52 of which being goals is good enough for second in Flyers history. Propp also holds the NHL record for most assists and points in the playoffs by a left winger, as well as most powerplay goals by a left winger. Propp and the Flyers made the playoffs 10 of his 11 seasons during his tenure in Philly, with his best performance coming during the 1986-87 postseason (12 goals, 28 points).
Number 1 – Bobby Clarke
Not only the Flyers all-time playoff points leader, he also captained the Flyers to both of their Stanley Cups in 1974 and ’75. Clarke holds Flyers post season records for games played (136), goals (42), assists (77), and points (119). Plain and simple, there will probably never be another player like Clarke in Flyers’ playoff history. The only current Flyer even close to Clarke is Giroux and he’s still miles away, with 23 goals, 39 assists, 62 points, and 63 games played.
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