The fourth 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.
February 5, 1976 Flyers 6, Canucks 1 -- Ross Lonsberry scores a pair of goals, Bobby Clarke adds a goal and two assists in the Spectrum rout, which saw Philadelphia throw 55 shots on Vancouver goaltender Ken Lockett.
February 5, 1984 Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 0 — Dave Poulin scores twice, Mark Howe adds a goal and two assists and Bob Froese stops 24 shots as Philly leaves behind a 5-goal third period in a loss at Boston the previous day and routs Toronto at the Spectrum.
February 5, 1985 Islanders 7, Flyers 5 — Darren Jensen’s NHL debut goes totally haywire, as he’s torched for four goals in the first period and seven goals on 30 shots at Uniondale. Flyers rally from 4-1 down but still lose, despite a hat trick from Ilkka Sinisalo.
February 5, 1998 Flyers 6, Coyotes 2 — Rod Brind’Amour and John LeClair each score twice as Philly takes an easy win in Phoenix.
February 6, 1978 Flyers 2, Blues 0 — While the infamous Blizzard of ’78 raged up and down the East Coast, Philadelphia wasn’t hit as hard as Boston, but still caused enough problems that any fans who were able to make it to the Spectrum after a certain point were let in for free. Only 5,148 fans made it to South Broad Street, but they saw Bernie Parent make 11 saves for the shutout. Rick MacLeish and Paul Holmgren tallied in the third period.
February 6, 1995 Senators 3, Flyers 0 — The Orange and Black struggled out of the gate with a tightly-packed schedule in 1995, and ended up on the wrong side of history, as Don Beaupre halts 34 shots to record the first shutout in modern Ottawa history at the Civic Centre.
February 6, 1997 Flyers 9, Canadiens 5 — The Orange and Black end up on the right side of history at the CoreStates Center. On this night, the “Legion of Doom” set a still-standing record for most points in one game by a single line (16) in this high-octane victory. The victims in question, Tomas Vokoun — who made his NHL debut and lasted one period — and Jose Theodore. John LeClair posted his first career four-goal game and totaled six points, while Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg added a goal and four helpers each. Here’s the highlight package:
February 7, 1985 Kings 4, Flyers 4 — In Pat Quinn’s return to Philadelphia as Kings head coach, Los Angeles rallies from a 4-0 second-period deficit (after just over 21 minutes of game time) to forge a tie. Bernie Nicholls scores the final two goals in the binge.
February 8, 2006 Flyers 5, Islanders 2 — Mike Richards notches his first career hat trick, beating Garth Snow for the first two and hitting the clincher into an empty net while shorthanded.
February 9, 1973 Flyers 10, Canucks 5 — At the old Pacific Coliseum, the Broad Street Bullies dismantle Vancouver and post their highest-scoring road game in franchise history to date. They score six goals in the first period, two of them while shorthanded in the opening four-plus minutes. Bobby Clarke, MacLeish and Ross Lonsberry each tally twice. The explosion of offense was a clear message to the opposition.
In the previous meeting in British Columbia, a 4-4 tie in late December, a Canucks fan grabbed onto the permed hair of Flyers forward Don Saleski, prompting his teammates to take to the seats looking for vengeance. Charges were made, charges were dropped but the memory lingered. Following the rousing victory, which featured Saleski’s ejection for engaging Vancouver’s Richard Lemieux among other tomfoolery common in the era, Andre “Moose” Dupont uttered his famous quote: “We don’t go to jail, we beat up their chicken forwards, we score 10 goals and we win. And now the Moose drinks beer.”
February 9, 1985 Flyers 5, Capitals 4 — Though Tim Kerr scored the first four goals of the game, it was Dave Poulin’s marker with two seconds left in the third period which sent the Flyers to victory at Capital Centre. Philly entered the night 11 points behind Washington for first place in the Patrick Division and the last-second triumph triggered a 24-4-0 run to end the season.
February 9, 1995 — Bob Clarke’s first stroke of genius in his second tenure as Flyers’ GM. He deals Mark Recchi and a third-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne. The fortunes of the franchise were altered in an overwhelmingly-positive manner.
February 10, 2004 Flyers 4, Devils 1 — Antero Niittymaki makes a splash in his NHL debut, stopping 35-of-36 New Jersey shots to post his initial pro victory. He is the fourth goaltender to record a decision during the 2003-04 season but not the last.
February 11, 1993 Canadiens 0, Flyers 0 — Strange things tend to happen in expansion years, but while they usually involve tons of scoring, this one involved the total lack of it. Andre Racicot stopped 26 shots and Tommy Soderstrom made 23 saves as Philly and Montreal engaged in their only scoreless deadlock to date.
February 11, 1999 Kings 4, Flyers 3 — In the late ’90s, a 3-1 lead with less than four minutes left in the game was about as ironclad as it gets. Not so on this night in Philly’s final game at the Fabulous Forum. Sandy Moger, Donald Audette and Jozef Stumpel scored in the final 3:08 of regulation, with Stumpel’s winner a stunner of a shot from center ice which deflected past Ron Hextall.