Flyers goalie Bernie Parent gets into it with fans, pounding his stick against the glass behind his goal net as Rangers fans taunt and curse him in this April 25, 1974 image from the NY Times Canadian Photo Archive. Parent and his Flyers got the last laugh, edging the Rangers in seven games to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup final where the Broad Street Bullies beat the Bruins for the championship.
Precisely one-third of the first 48 Conn Smythe Trophies have gone to a goaltender. The first, and still only, one of those netminders to win it in consecutive years was Philadelphia’s Bernie Parent. Returning to the Flyers after a one-year stint with the WHA’s Philadelphia Blazers in 1973, Parent led the NHL in regular-season games, minutes, wins, shutouts and goals-against averages. He followed up in the playoffs by authorizing only 35 goals in 17 games to help Philadelphia to its first