On February 22, 1980, the Flyers were on the second game of a five game road trip and were in Vancouver to take on the Canucks. The Flyers trailed 3-2 after a wild first period which saw Paul Holmgren and Dave ”Tiger” Williams go toe-to-toe with 17 seconds left. However, the Flyers stormed back with five unanswered goals. They scored three in the 2nd, including the 39th and 40th of the season by “The Rifle” Reggie Leach, and two more in the third on their way to a convincing 7-3 win. At 14:30 of the third period, an old fashioned “donnybrook’ broke out, with 16 misconducts being handed out between the two teams. A “two sheeter," as the great Gene Hart would have said, because they would have gone to a second sheet of paper to note all of the penalties.
On most nights, that would be one helluva exciting night of hockey. However, back in the Eastern time zone some 3,000 miles away, not only was there excitement, there was euphoria.