It was one of the most emotional games in Flyers history, regular season or playoffs.
Just days after the tragic loss of their All-Star goalie, Pelle Lindbergh in a car accident, the Flyers had to somehow summon their strength and push forward. They had to go on, emotionally numb as they were and find their way without their star in net. Awaiting them on this night was none other than Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers, who had beaten the Flyers in five games not even five months ago to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
Flyers backup goalie Bob Froese had won on November 9 against Boston to give the Flyers their 10th win in a row. He was slated to start against Edmonton but suffered a groin injury in practice prior to the game. In stepped Darren Jensen, in only his second NHL start, to face the high flying Oilers squad.