Today in Philly Sports History: Flyers Hang 11 on Penguins, 1985

Today in Philly Sports History: Flyers Hang 11 on Penguins, 1985

Today it's one of the best rivalries in the NHL, but back in 1985, Flyers vs. Penguins wasn't really so much of a fair fight. The Penguins would finish in last place in the Patrick division for the third straight time in the '84-'85 season, posting just 24 wins, which was still their most in three years. It wouldn't last forever--the Penguins already had the most important piece of their rebuilding process in place in the anointed Next Great One Mario Lemieux, who scored an even 100 points in his rookie season. But on March 10th, 1985, the Pens were absolutely no match for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers kept things even enough in a high-scoring first period, netting three goals while giving back two of their own. But in the second, the offense exploded, with an astounding seven different Flyers connecting against Pittsburgh goalie Brian Ford, who was astoundingly left in the game until the final period. Serving a major in the second for the above fight with the Pens' Bob Errey, Rich Sutter came back in the third to add insult to injury, scoring the Flyers' last goal of the game. Final score: Flyers 11, Penguins 4.

The Flyers steamrolled through the East that season, posting a league best 53-20-7 record, and going an impressive 11-3 thorugh conference play in the post-season. In the finals, however, they met the dynastic Edmonton Oilers--they of Gretzky and Kurri and Messier and Coffey and Fuhr--and fell in five games. Disappointment and tragedy quickly followed, as Vezina-winning goalie Pelle Lindbergh died in a car accident shortly into the following season, and the team ended up losing to the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

When Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million contract ends in 2020, the Millville, New Jersey, native will be in his prime at 29 years old, and Phillies' fans dream of seeing Trout playing at Citizens Bank Park could be come true.

For the time being, though, Trout, a season-ticket holder, is just chilling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles play the Vikings on Sunday because the Angels are almost as bad as the Phillies and even he couldn't stay away from Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia.

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers welcomed two more players out on to the rink for their practice following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina. 

Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) returned to the ice for the first time since suffering injuries within days of each other. Before Sunday’s light practice, Del Zotto and Laughton had skated two consecutive days prior to work on their conditioning. 

“It’s nice to see them back with the group,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. 

Laughton, who injured himself during a training camp practice after losing an edge, was a bit more forward than Del Zotto on when he hopes to return. 

“I would say within the next five to seven days,” Laughton said.

The 22-year-old pointed to Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh as his target to return. 

As for Del Zotto, the defenseman didn’t want to jinx anything, saying it’s a “day-by-day” situation. He would like to think he’s working on the same timetable as Laughton. If that’s the case, he would be back either a few days before or right on cue with the projected four to five weeks he was scheduled to miss after suffering an injury to his left knee in the preseason against the New York Rangers on Oct. 6. 

“It’s kind of trial and error,” Del Zotto said. 

Above all else, though, the two were just happy to be back with their teammates. Del Zotto said that being around everyone really rejuvenated his spirits. 

“Just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry and camaraderie and being able to joke with the guys,” Del Zotto said, “it’s probably been the best thing for me.”

This past month has especially been hard on the two because of the timing and how last season ended for them. 

While there’s never an ideal time to suffer an injury, the pair saw training camp and the approaching start of the regular season in a different light than most of their teammates.

It was supposed to be their new start. Last season, Del Zotto missed the final few months, including the postseason, after ligament damage to his left wrist. He was having a strong preseason, arguably the top defenseman in camp at the time before suffering his setback.

“Being out so long last year and having to sit and watch playoffs than having six months of grueling rehab to get back into it … that made it sting that much more,” Del Zotto said. “That’s part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I signed up for this.”

The same can be said for Laughton, who experienced a scary injury in Game 4 against Washington after being dumped head first into the boards. 

“I was really excited to have camp and start the year here,” Laughton said. 

The two will be traveling to Montreal with the rest of the Flyers for Monday’s contest. They will each do the morning skate with another bag skate afterward.