If there were ever two Flyers that should forever be remembered together, it is Eric Lindros and John LeClair. Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers did the correct thing as two thirds of the most feared line in hockey during the mid 1990's were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame together.
When the captain struck for a late power-play goal, it appeared the Flyers struggles in the standings were finally over. Just three minutes separated the Flyers from at least a point and a chance for more.
But in the final minute, it all changed on a broken play.
The puck took a strange hop off the end boards and went straight to the stick of Ryan Suter who threaded a pass to Jason Zucker for the game-winning goal with 45.4 seconds left in regulation as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Flyers, 3-2, on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Eric Lindros and John Leclair were one of the most dominating duos throughout the late 1990s. Along with Mikael Renberg, the Legion Of Doom put up some incredible numbers during some of the best years that the NHL has ever seen.
With generational talents like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as many other talented starts it seemed that Lindros and Leclair flew a bit under the radar. All of that will end tonight, at least in Philadelphia, as they will be enshrined in the Flyers Hall of Fame.
Lindros and Leclair put up some great numbers during their time in Philadelphia. From 1994 to 2000 the duo combined for 465 goals (including three 50-goal season for Leclair) and 519 assists, many on each others goals, for a total of 984 points during their overlap in Philadelphia. Leclair went on to play for the Flyers for three more seasons, while Lindros was on the team for two seasons prior to Leclair’s arrival to save the Flyers during the lockout-shortened 1995 season.
From 1992 to 2000 this pair put up points like none other. Unfortunately a lot of Eric Lindros’ career in Philadelphia was hindered due to injuries, never playing a full 82 games and only playing one full season of 46 games due to the lockout. In order to show just how dominant Lindros and Leclair were, I took their goals, assists and points on a per-game basis and multiplied them out over a full 82 game season. I compared these numbers to those of the league leader in points, which was always one of the big 3 (Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr) except when Lindros tied for the league lead with 70 points in just 46 games during the shortened season.