The second edition of a 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 15, 1983 Blackhawks 4, Flyers 4 – Chicago rallies with two goals early in the third period to forge a 4-4 deadlock at the Spectrum to end the Orange and Black’s 10-game winning streak, but Philly extends its unbeaten streak to 11 games.
January 15, 1989 Red Wings 8, Flyers 4 — Flyers are down 8-1 midway through the contest and avoid getting totally embarrassed at the Spectrum, but Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman scores one of the all-time goals in league history, making every single Flyer on the ice –especially Ron Hextall — look like fools while carving a path through the offensive zone.
January 16, 1983 Flyers 4, Rangers 0 – Rookie goaltender Bob Froese needs to make just 16 saves to record his first career shutout, at Madison Square Garden.
January 16, 1990 — Another major piece to the puzzle of 1980′s success leaves the club, as Dave Poulin was dealt to the Boston Bruins for former Flyer Ken Linseman in the midst of what became a franchise-record winless streak.
January 16, 1999 Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3 – Despite allowing three goals in the first period, Toronto steals the victory after Derek King scores with just over five minutes in regulation, putting an end to Philly’s 15-game unbeaten streak.
January 17, 1985 Flyers 7, Red Wings 5 – Tim Kerr notches his fifth career hat trick of the season with a four-goal performance in a marathon victory at the Spectrum.
January 17, 1986 Islanders 4, Flyers 3 — Down 3-1 in the third period, New York rallies to win on a goal from Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier, who beat Bob Froese with one second left in regulation.
January 17, 1987 Flyers 4, Islanders 2 – Chico Resch gets a rare start and stops 27-of-29 shots while Tim Kerr scores the winner early in the third period as Philly takes the victory at Nassau Coliseum. It extends their unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1) and puts the club atop the NHL standings with a 31-11-3 record, three points better than Edmonton.
January 17, 1989 Canucks 5, Flyers 3 – Dan Hodgson and Petri Skriko score in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie, sending Vancouver to victory at the old Pacific Coliseum. It would be 21 more years, a span of 14 games (10-0-4), before the Flyers lost in British Columbia again. For you history buffs, this Mustard-colored monster is what the ‘Nucks wore at home in those days:
January 17, 1998 – In one of the all-time head-scratching trades in club history, Bob Clarke acquires former Number 1 pick Alexandre Daigle from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vaclav “Vinny” Prospal and Pat Falloon. Flyers fans across the continent get wind of the deal when it’s announced on live television during All-Star festivities.
January 19, 1980 Flyers 4, Capitals 4 – Flyers rally from 2-0 and 4-3 deficits, and Bobby Clarke ensures a tie at the Capital Centre by scoring just four seconds before the final buzzer.
January 19, 1994 Flyers 8, Blues 3 – As sub-zero temperatures grip the East Coast, the Flyers heat up the Spectrum with a five-goal first period — including a hat trick from Eric Lindros who posted 4 points on the night. It was a huge win in their last game before the All-Star break.
January 19, 2008 Flyers 5, Islanders 3 – Scott Hartnell continues his monster season by recording a hat trick — a goal in every period including the game-winner with less than a minute gone in the third period — aiding the win on Long Island.
January 19, 2010 Flyers 5, Blue Jackets 3 – The start of an otherwise unremarkable game with expansion also-ran Columbus gets a boost when the now-departed Jeff Carter opens the scoring 58 seconds in by scoring from a faceoff. He added a second goal near the midway point of the second period that fooled the broadcasters and cameramen.
January 20, 1979 Flyers 5, Canadiens 5 – While a tie doesn’t sound that exciting, this one was. Facing yet another loss to the three-time defending Stanley Cup champions at the Montreal Forum, Bob Dailey scores with 38 seconds left in regulation to cap a 3-goal third period and salvage the tie.
January 20, 1983 Flyers 5, Flames 2 – Future Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler records his 1,000th career point in the second period of this home contest.
January 21, 1984 Flyers 7, Islanders 1 – Twenty-six year old rookie center Dave Poulin scores three times for his first career hat trick, fueling a Spectrum demolition of Billy Smith and the four-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Just because, here’s a nice little video piece that Channel 6′s Don Tollefson did on Poulin the very next season, which includes highlights of the Notre Dame grad’s first full year in the NHL. One of the goals he scored in this game pops up around the 34-second mark.
January 21, 1995 Nordiques 3, Flyers 1 – The Flyers finally open up their lockout-shortened 1995 season with their final home game against the Quebec franchise before it moved to Denver. Owen Nolan scores the game winner just over six minutes into the third period, a disputed tally where Nolan appeared to have kicked the puck in.
It was also Peter Forsberg’s first game in Philadelphia. Forsberg had been a sixth-overall pick of the club back in 1991 but was one of the mountain of talents shipped to the ailing Nords in order to procure Eric Lindros in the Summer of 1992.