The third 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 29, 1984 Flyers 5, Blackhawks 5 — A four-goal first period outburst was nearly wasted at Chicago Stadium, but Mark Howe scored on Tony Esposito with one second left in regulation to steal a valuable point.
January 29, 2000 Flyers 2, Canadiens 2 – An ordinary 2-2 tie, where all the goals were scored in the opening 20 minutes, received a wake-up call in the second period. That’s when a slap shot from Chris Therien found the throat of Canadiens forward Trent McCleary. McCleary’s larynx was fractured, and his life was spared due to quick thinking of Canadiens’ team medical staff, led by Dr. David Mulder. McCleary survived but never played again. He lost enough capacity in his windpipe that breathing to the level needed for the rigors of playing was impossible.
January 30, 1969 Blackhawks 12, Flyers 0 – To this day, the worst beating any Flyers team has received at home or on the road. Jim Pappin netted a hat trick, Dennis Hull, Eric Nesterenko and Doug Mohns added two goals apiece and Denis DeJordy stopped all 37 shots thrown his way at the Spectrum.
January 30, 1992 Flyers 5, North Stars 3 – The final meeting between the Flyers and North Stars took place at the Spectrum, with Garry Galley scoring the go-ahead goal and Keith Acton adding an empty-netter to seal the victory. Mark Howe helped the cause with a pair of first-period scores and tough guy Dale Kushner lit the lamp in the second period.
January 30, 1999 Flyers 6, Lightning 2 – Rod Brind’Amour scored twice in the first period and John LeClair added two more tallies later on as Philly didn’t let a 3-0 lead and 20-2 shot advantage go to waste against a very bad Bolts squad.
January 31, 1988 Capitals 1, Flyers 0 (OT) – On Super Bowl Sunday, Ron Hextall and Pete Peeters decide to engage in their own personal duel, refusing to allow a goal through regulation at Capital Centre. But Kelly Miller finally snapped the tie and won the game for Washington on a wraparound score at 3:27 of overtime. It marked the first time since the new OT rules were set in place in 1983 that a Flyers game ended by a 1-0 score in the extra session.
February 1, 1975 – Buffalo’s woes in the City of Brotherly Love continue in a 6-0 drubbing. Don Saleski, Rick MacLeish, Joe Watson and Bill Clement provide first-period goals and Bernie Parent stopped 27 shots.
February 1, 1996 – Eric Desjardins confounds his former team by scoring the winner with 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over Montreal, but the fireworks occur in the second period. Already up 2-1, the hosts are jolted back to life when Habs forward Marc Bureau delivers a blatant flying elbow to the head of Philly defenseman Petr Svoboda in the second period. Chaos ensues. You owe it to yourself to watch the whole thing unfold.
That blood coming out of the back of Svoboda’s head looked like paint — totally unreal, right? Right about the point when the blood comes pouring out of the side of his mouth (roughly 2:13 in), admit it, you think he’s gonna die because that’s not supposed to happen to someone who’s knocked unconscious for that long. But guess who was there to put our fears to rest? Craig MacTavish. He was there to dish out some retribution Old Time Hockey style, jumping Bureau and getting kicked out of the game for it.
In fact, Jim Jackson previews the upcoming bout by saying almost halfway through the above clip that the ref was “opening up a can of worms” by giving Bureau a major for elbowing but not a game misconduct, basically opening the door for revenge.
February 2, 1974 Flyers 12, Red Wings 2 – Philly sets a then-club-record for goals in one game during this rout of the post-Gordie-Howe Wings at the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke (six points) and Ross Lonsberry record hat tricks, Bill Barber adds two goals and Simon Nolet (the guy who smashes his stick into oblivion on the bench in the videos after the Flyers win the first Cup) clocks in with a goal and four assists.
February 2, 2008 Flyers 3, Ducks 0 – Before Danny Briere did it earlier in January, Mike Knuble was the last Flyer to score a hat trick and be responsible for all the team’s goals win or lose. Martin Biron stopped 27 shots for the whitewash.
February 3, 1989 Penguins 5, Flyers 3 – After more than 15 years and 42 games (0-39-3), the Pittsburgh Penguins finally win in Philadelphia. And they do it without a single goal from Mario Lemieux — who chipped in two assists anyway. Rob Brown’s goal late in the second period provided a 4-1 margin for the visitors and proved to be the game-deciding score. Mike Bullard and Pelle Eklund scored in the third but those goals were offset by a Dan Quinn marker.
February 3, 1990 Flyers 7, North Stars 6 (OT) — Despite blowing a 4-2 first-period lead and a 6-2 edge in the second, AND being outshot by Minnesota 52-23, Mike Bullard rescues the Orange and Black from an impending state of wretchedness by netting the decider with nine seconds left in overtime.
February 4, 1979 Flyers 7, Flames 4 – Seven different Flyers score in the contest, six of them not of the glamorous variety (Dave Hoyda, Bob Kelly, Behn Wilson, Dennis Ververgaert, Don Saleski, Tom Gorence).