On this March day, a second-round pick in the upcoming 1990 NHL Draft was sent back from Boston to the Flyers for this veteran left winger. The Bruins were in the midst of a playoff push, seeking scoring help and the Flyers were retooling for their future.
With this trade, it was the end of an 11-year era for Flyers icon Brian Propp.
The Flyers season was 18 seconds away from having a ton of life again. Steve Mason made a huge save, one of 37 in another magnificent performance, as the Flyers held on for dear life while being peppered by the Bruins power play unit.
Every game features its own little battles, minor wins and losses that create the big picture of a full 60-minute win or loss. Claude Giroux and Patrice Bergeron had one of those battles to the left of Mason with 18 seconds left.
Giroux lost. Seconds later, the game was tied. Moments later, the game was over and the Flyers playoff hopes were back on life support.
A pair of key goals from Brad Marchand -- including a power-play goal with 14 seconds on the clock and the game winner at 3:52 in overtime -- gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win Saturday over the Flyers.
Chris VandeVelde's ninth goal of the season -- a tip-in off a Nick Schultz wristshot from the point -- gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 4:30 to go, that looked like it would hold. But a suspect tripping call to Wayne Simmonds on Daniel Paille gave the Bruins a power play with 2:03 on the clock, and they were able to pull Tuukka Rask for a 6-on-4 advantage.