February 14, 2004: Flyers hammer Rangers in Valentine's Day matinee
This Saturday afternoon game featured the Flyers hosting Mark Messier and the New York Rangers on a national telecast on ABC. Like many games prior in this rivalry, Valentine's Day or not, there was no love between these two teams.
The Flyers took the first game of a "home and home" series two days prior up in New York, winning 2-1. The game was costly for the Flyers as star Jeremy Roenick had his left jaw broken in multiple places from a shot from Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov. A rising blast from the right point caught J.R. in the face with 15 minutes to go in the third In true J.R. fashion, he would leave the ice with assistance, but on his feet. The guy was tough as nails.
For this matinee tilt, Roenick was in the press box, his mouth wired shut and as big as a softball. He cheered on his Flyers as they dismantled, then pummeled the visiting Rangers, 6-2.