The first edition of a brand new weekly series here at Flyers Faithful, “This Week in Flyers History” aims to provide historical information on Flyers games of the past with some kind of significance, using pictures and videos where appropriate.
January 8, 1984 — Bengt Gustafsson of the Washington Capitals rips Pelle Lindbergh and the Flyers defense for five goals in a 7-1 victory at the Spectrum. It marks the final time in club lore that it gave up five goals to one player in either a regular-season or playoff game.
January 8, 2002 — Jiri Dopita “the best player in the world not currently in the NHL” literally has the game of his career, scoring four times in a 7-4 victory over Atlanta in South Philadelphia.
January 9, 1972 — Bill Lesuk picks up a hat trick, Serge Bernier adds two goals and two assists as Flyers lay 10-3 beat-down on California Golden Seals at the Spectrum.
January 9, 1997 — The Tampa Bay Lightning put an end to the Flyers’ 17-game (14-0-3) unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory at CoreStates Center. Patrick Poulin netted a pair of goals and Dino Ciccarelli picked up the game-winner with 6:58 left. Philly hadn’t lost since Thanksgiving eve on Long Island.
January 10, 1974 — Dave Schultz records the second and final hat trick of his career (and second in the span of one week) as Flyers rout North Stars, 7-4, at the Spectrum.
January 11, 1986 — Thanks to a five-goal second period, Flyers take down Devils by an 8-4 count at the Meadowlands. Halfway through this video, you’ll see something which may never happen again (and I don’t mean the fight).
January 12, 2002 — Eric Lindros, now with the New York Rangers, makes his return to Philadelphia for the first time since Bob Clarke dealt him to the bitter rivals the previous August. A clearly distracted #88 registered three shots on goal but no points as Flyers earned a 4-2 victory on an ABC Saturday matinee broadcast.
January 13, 1985 — On a brutally cold Sunday afternoon, the Flyers trounce the offensive-minded Calgary Flames by a 7-1 score, thanks to a hat trick from Brian Propp and three short-handed goals. This game was one of a handful televised on Channel 6, not usual broadcasters PRISM or Channel 29. Here’s some highlights:
January 13, 1999 — John Vanbiesbrouck made 25 saves in Flyers’ 3-0 win over the Capitals in Washington. The blanking matches a club record first set in December 1996, of four consecutive games without allowing a goal. It also extended the club’s unbeaten string to 15 games (10-0-5).
January 13, 2011 — In an entertaining and high-scoring affair, the Boston Bruins score five times in the third period to down the Flyers, 7-5, at TD Garden. Enjoy the unhinged madness that is Jack Edwards:
January 14, 2000 — Continuing a regrettable tradition, the Flyers have another clunker against an expansion team. In their first trip to Atlanta since taking on the Flames in 1980, Philly suffers a 1-0 defeat to the Thrashers, thanks to 26 saves by Norm Maracle. Dean Sylvester scores the game’s lone goal at the 2:57 mark of the third period.