Trick and Treat
May 20, 1997 - The Flyers needed a boost to take command of the Eastern Conference finals, and Eric Lindros provided it in Game 3 in Madison Square Garden. Lindros scored his first playoff hat trick to lift Philadelphia to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers and a 2-1 series lead.
The big captain popped in the game's first goal with 7:33 gone, slowed the Rangers' momentum with a tie-breaking goal at 6:35 of the third period and punctuated the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
"Eric is more consistent now than he has been in the past," Flyers goalie Ron Hextall said. "That's the maturity thing."
On the final goal, the 24-year-old center overtook Mark Messier, his childhood idol, for a loose puck, bumped him out of the way and raced past him to score. "When he comes out of his end zone with speed like that," Messier said, "it takes a team of horses to stop him."
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