May 11, 2011 00:55 ET
|The Vancouver Province didn't have much to say about the Flyers going into the stands, swinging sticks and fists with the fans in one of the most notorious fan brawls in league history.|
An unidentified fan who reached over the glass and grabbed a Philadelphia player by the hair during a scuffle incited an uprising that saw most of the Flyers invade the stands at the Pacific Coliseum Friday night.
In the action on the ice, Vancouver Canucks came from behind a two-goal deficit twice, to tie the Flyers 4-4 in the rugged match which saw referee Dave Newell hand out 110 minutes in penalties.
Jocelyn Guevremont with two, Don Tannahill and Bobby Schmautz scored for the Canucks, who took advantage of the Philadelphia penalties to score four times with the Flyers shorthanded.
Rookie Bill Barber's two goals - one courtesy of Guevremont who bounced the puck off him into the Vancouver net - Bobby Clarke and Tom Bladon did the scoring damage for the Flyers.
Other damage was inflicted by Philadelphia's Bill Flett, who put Barry Wilkins out of business with a solid check in the second period. Wilkins, who had to be helped off, took seven stitches in his head and went to the Royal Columbian Hospital for x-rays.
Then, of course, there was considerably more damage handed out by flying Philadelphia sticks to Vancouver spectators when the major fracas of the evening broke out at 7:31 of the third period.
Trouble started when Vancouver's Jim Hargreaves and Bob Kelly clashed near the Philadelphia bench. Then big Barry Wilcox, just called up from Seattle, as a replacement for the ailing Orland Kurtenbach, got into a wrestling match with the Flyers' Bill (sic) Saleski.
Saleski had just grappled Wilcox to the ice when the overeager fan reached over the glass and grabbed the Philadelphia player by the hair. That tore it.
The rest of the Philadelphia players who lead the National Hockey League in penalties by a good margin, immediately charged to Saleski's rescue. In short order, there were as many as a dozen Flyers' in the aisles, flailing away at everybody in sight with their sticks.
At one stage, Philadelphia's back up goalie Bob Taylor, was up on the seats, challenging the world, and when he was accosted by a policeman, Corporal Don Brown, he pushed the man in blue down. Then he fell himself and took a few blows from the fans.
Before referee Dave Newell got things settled down and handed out 44 minutes in penalties for the hassle, another fan at the south end of the arena challenged the visitors. But fortunately the glass is high there and they couldn't get at them.
There was one more fight before the final whistle - Gregg Boddy vs. Ross Lonsberry - but there was no more stick-swinging on the ice or off. Earlier, Andre Dupont and Denis Kearns had drawn five minutes for fighting.