In their fifth season of existence, the scrappy Philadelphia Flyers were clawing their way up the ladder in the then -West Division standings. On February 8, 1972, they set out on a five-game road trip, starting in Vancouver to play the Canucks. In goal that evening was Bruce Gamble, a 33-year-old veteran who had almost 300 NHL games under his belt at the time of the game. Bruce came to the Flyers from Toronto in a multi-player trade a year prior that sent a young Bernie Parent north of the border (just for a short time, of course). Bruce had been playing well and the Flyers looked to start the trip off on a positive note.
Bobby Clarke had a power play goal in the first period and added another goal in the third, and the Flyers earned a tough 3-1 win. Bruce played very well, stopping 30 of 31 Vancouver shots. It was a good start to the road trip that now headed south to Oakland to face the California Golden Seals.