One of the biggest pop culture stories going around right now involves rappers Drake and Meek Mill, former friends turned enemies. The beef between the pair began over hurt feelings and escalated into several freestyle diss tracks…you don't care about this. We're The Hockey News. But since Drake used the Blue Jays' World Series victory over the Phillies as ammo against Meek Mill (guess which two cities these guys are from?), I thought we should hockey this thing up, just in case the rappers need more material (and after hearing Meek Mill's "Wanna Know," they do).
Here's a brief history of the bad blood between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers:
1975 Playoffs – The Flyers sweep the Leafs in the second round, en route to their second straight Stanley Cup title. Philadelphia has owned Toronto in the post-season, taking five of six series to date. Since Philly entered the NHL in 1967-68, they have two Cups and six other appearances in the final; Toronto has been blanked in both categories during that span.
1976 Playoff Brawl – While Philly lost in the final to Montreal, the Flyers still knocked Toronto out along the way again, this time in seven games. In the third match, however, things got Broad Street Bullies nasty as the Flyers jousted with fans at Maple Leaf Gardens. Oh, and there were a bunch of fights on the ice, as well:
Ron Hextall vs. Felix Potvin Goalie Fight (1996) – One of the best goalie fights ever, perhaps the best goalie fight ever. It came as the buzzer sounded, but it might as well have been a starter's pistol for the famously hot-headed Hextall, who charged down the ice to engage Potvin. In what seemed like a mismatch, the smaller and younger Potvin actually fared quite well and it's Hextall that leaves the tilt bleeding.
Craig Berube and Sandy McCarty vs. Tie Domi Brawl (1999) – There's a lot going on in this line brawl, so I'm gonna break it down a bit before we get to the clip.
0:24 – With tensions already high in the game, the puck drops and Berube tries to goad Domi into a fight. But then McCarthy gives chase too and Domi doesn't know who to fight. Mercifully, an official grabs Berube.
0:44 – Somehow, poor Dmitri Khristich ends up fighting McCarthy. It does not go well.
0:53 – Goalie fight! But a boring one. Hey, it's Curtis Joseph! And…Brian Boucher? How long did Brian Boucher play for the Flyers? (surprisingly, only six seasons – but he had three different stints with them)
1:10 – Domi is the third man in for Adam Burt vs. Tomas Kaberle. It really looks like Domi is telling the famously nice Kaberle "Just punch him in the face. I'll hold him, see? Just punch him." Finally, Luke Richardson chases Domi away.
2:02 – Flyers coach Roger Nielsen looks super, super embarrassed. Like, he doesn't even want to look at Pat Quinn.
3:15 – Domi puts his arm around linesman Ray Scapinello. Everybody loves 'Scampy.'
Flyers Fan Falls into Penalty Box with Domi (2001) – Can you imagine the GIFs and hot takes we would have been subjected to if this happened today? Count your blessings, random Flyers fan Chris Falcone. Also, count your blessings that Domi didn't have more time alone with you before the officials jumped in.
Darcy Tucker Destroys Sami Kapanen; J.R. gets Revenge (2004) – Yes, it's been more than a decade since these two franchises have met in the playoffs. But that last bout was a memorable one. For Leafs fans (in a pre-concussion awareness era), you had Tucker annihilating Kapanen. Ironically, Sami's son Kasperi is now a Toronto prospect. Also, if you type "Darcy T" into YouTube, this hit is the top auto-fill. For Flyers fans, you had Jeremy Roenick winning the series in overtime of Game Six:
What's next for these two clubs? In all likelihood, another season without playoffs. But perhaps they can stoke the passions of their fan bases in other ways when they meet up in 2015-16.