For 35 games, the Philadelphia Flyers didn't lose. They set a major sports pro record with their 35-game unbeaten streak, composed of 25 victories and 10 ties. Since the streak reached 15, the Flyers have not played to less than a sellout. Thirteen times during the streak they had come from behind to win or tie games.
But tonight, for the first time in 86 days, the Flyers lose. After scoring the game's first goal, Minnesota goalie Gilles Meloche blanks the Flyers the rest of the way and the North Stars roll to a 7-1 victory before a capacity crowd of 15,692 in Bloomington, Minn.
"We didn't really care where the streak ended," Flyers coach Pat Quinn says. "I said all along that it was inevitable. We didn't lose -- we got beat."