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Happy 25th anniversary Flyers-Habs pre-game brawl!

May 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

For those looking for some afternoon reading as we await Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, we recommend Allan Maki’s look back at the Flyers-Canadiens pre-game brawl on May 14, 1987, that will celebrate (congratulations?) its 25th anniversary on Monday.

The infamous brawl was sparked by none other than Montreal’s Claude Lemieux, though not because he did anything particularly egregious – he simply kept shooting the puck into Philadelphia’s net at the end of the pre-game warm-up.

The incident also led the NHL to implement an automatic 10-game suspension for any player leaving the bench to fight.

We’ll let Maki tell the rest of the tale.

Or you can just watch it for yourself:

  1. biasedhomer - May 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I just see a lot of hugging

  2. couturierfellatesguys - May 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    hes the only claude that matters. no show girioux sure doesnt

  3. holtbeast - May 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    @couturierfellatesguys Shut it loser.

    – All of PHT

  4. GenoPringles - May 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    @cooterfelatesdudes keep speaking the truth– soupcan army

  5. phillynac - May 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    You must be a penguins fan. I can see how a 19 year old shutting down the MVP may take awhile to get over. Don’t worry you only have to put up with him for 15 more years.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      I can see how a 38 year cup drought may take awhile to get over.

  6. philly4lyfe - May 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    We’ve been wrecking the pens for the last two years now, but in the regular season and playoffs. I just can’t wait to hear the excuses when we beat them again next year too.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      we wrecked you in 07 (8-0 regular season)..08 playoffs.. 09 playoffs.. and you beat us this year in a fair but weird playoff series. The difference is we finished what we started in 08. What’s your excuses for all those years?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        09* we finished what we started.

  7. hiltonandastoria - May 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Oh Snap John Kordic sighting

  8. rainyday56 - May 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Nothing compared to the big brawl of ’76, when Robinson, Bouchard and Lambert drew the line and put an end to the broadstreet bullies donkey show.

    BTW-fact, neither Flyers or Islanders faced the Habs in any of their cup wins.

    Interestingly, I hate the Habs.

    • maalea - May 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      The fact that Bernie Parent was injured and missed almost the entire 75-76 season ended the 1st expansion team dynasty.

  9. phillynac - May 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    09 is ancient history. Sit home in your mothers basement and watch old VHS tapes of the Penguins Stanley cup run in 09. Sounds fun. But if you want to talk about now, the Flyers embarrassed the MVP and Cindy Crosby. Barry Melrose called it the biggest disappointment in playoff history. An oh yeah, the Flyers are younger and better than the Penguins. It will be a fun decade.

  10. sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    No 1975 is ANCIENT history. Barry Melrose knows alot about disapointmnt just look at his coaching resume. Flyers are younger yes but better has yet to be seen. Defiantly will be a fun decade, but I do believe giroux was far more embarrassed against the devils (look at his stats). Congrats in the 5 more games you played then us though.

    • maalea - May 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      When 2 teams play 12 times in the regular season/playoffs, and one team wins eight, I think everyone knows who the better teams is.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        no doubt but that was this year. Next year is a different animal entirely. If you don’t think so well then you haven’t watched hockey long enough.

      • maalea - May 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        OK Chief.

        My 1st NHL game the California Golden Seals played.
        It was December 1968.

        I would like to see your crystal ball. No one knows what either of these teams will look like next year.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        That’s awesome and respect. I was just trying to make the point that what happened this year has no effect on what happens next year. Looking forward to it though.

      • maalea - May 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Agreed. Both teams’ back ends have been exposed.

        If the NHL continues to only call stick fouls and let teams clutch and grab, and interfere, neither one of these teams will win a Cup, with their run and gun styles of play.

  11. hockinj25 - May 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    When did this article change to being about the Pens and Flyers?

    • bestgingerplayerintheworld - May 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Welcome to PHT, you must be new here.

  12. fbothharbaughs - May 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    phillynac, i do believe sportsfreak13 has counterpunched every point you attempted to make, kinda like your pathetic excuse for a goon (first name of Jody) Shelly fared against Engelland…

  13. bru308 - May 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    So the Pens had a better overall record, the NHL’s leading scorer (soon to be MVP), and a captain who was pacing for an 130 point season (minus the injury time)…. Hmmm, yeah the Flyers seem like such a better team.

  14. emperorzero - May 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    The NHL will disagree with me, but I miss the days of Billy Smith and Ron Hextall when a player paid the price for getting a litle too up and close with them.

  15. dawglb - May 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Maalea speaks with intelligence, and reason. There are about another handful who come on here and speak sense. However, “couturier__ guys” (just look at his name) and “geno__” and a couple others are do ridiculously immature and pathetic….they do an injustice to their own teams. Thanks to all of the intelligent sports fans.

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