The continuation 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 12, 1984 Canucks 6, Flyers 5 – Despite a 20-4 shot edge in the first period and leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3, Philly allows Vancouver to score three straight in the third period to win, culminating when Tiger Williams tallied with 1:56 remaining in regulation. Pelle Lindbergh, who surrendered six goals on just 29 shots, is in the midst of suffering a crisis of confidence. To which then-head coach Bob McCammon said in the postgame: “There’s a plane for Sweden at midnight, but we’re not that cruel.” Lindbergh was sent to Springfield of the AHL following this loss.
February 12, 2002 Islanders 1, Flyers 0 (OT) — Michael Peca ends this marathon with a short-handed goal inside the final 10 seconds of overtime in Philadelphia. Until this past Tuesday, this game stood as the last time both teams played a game which was scoreless through regulation.
February 12, 2004 Flyers 2, Rangers 1 — It was a gruesome victory for the visitors, who lost Jeremy Roenick to a broken jaw and Keith Primeau to a concussion. It set up a heated rematch in PA two days later.
February 12, 2007 Flyers 6, Red Wings 1 — During a total dud of a season in the Quaker City, there was a brief ray of sunshine as the Flyers took down a stacked Detroit squad on a mid-Winter night on regional cable television. Thanks to a five-goal third period, our boys rolled to victory and Todd “Fridge” Fedoruk managed to post the lone highlight of his second tenure with the team, showing off some rare skill on the final goal of the evening:
February 13, 1973 Flyers 8, Islanders 2 — Rick MacLeish tallies four times — the first three in the second period, while Jean (older brother of Denis) Potvin added two scores and Gary Dornhoefer picked up three assists in the Spectrum spanking of the expansion New Yorkers.
February 13, 1983 Kings 5, Flyers 4 — Despite scoring three times in the first period, LA rallied thanks to a pair of Marcel Dionne scores and 38 saves from little-known Gary Laskoski to post its first win at Philadelphia since ruining the champions’ 1974-75 home opener — a span of 15 contests.
February 13, 2003 Flyers 4, Blues 3 (OT) — Down by a 3-0 count a little more than 23 minutes into the contest, Ken Hitchcock’s squad rumbles to life and wins the game thanks to regulation scores from Marcus Ragnarsson, Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson plus the overtime winner by Michal Handzus just over two minutes into the extra session.
February 14, 1977 Flyers 6, Blues 4 — Al Hill’s introduction into the NHL was one of legend, as the rookie forward posted a still-standing team record of two goals and three assists as Philly continued its home mastery of St. Louis.
February 14, 1995 Flyers 5, Lightning 2 — John LeClair began his career-long assault on Tampa Bay in earnest in this game, where he tallied his first career hat trick against the Bolts and assisted on both of Mikael Renberg’s goals.
February 14, 2004 Flyers 6, Rangers 2 — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre pitted an injury-ravaged Flyers team against a rebuilding Rangers squad attempting to steal a win in this home-and-home set. But for the sellout crowd and a national TV audience, the hosts flexed their scoring punch and physical nature. Behold the madness:
February 15, 2007 — Paul Holmgren makes his first great gambit as general manager, trading Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent. That initial deal greased the wheel for the later trade which netted Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen.
February 15, 1994 Flyers 6, Sharks 4 — Renberg sets a club rookie record and records his first career hat trick with a three-goal burst in the third period, turning a 4-3 deficit into a victory at San Jose.
February 15, 2009 Flyers 5, Rangers 2 — Mike Richards sets an NHL record with his third career 3-on-5 goal, beating Henrik Lundqvist early in the second period of a Sunday afternoon game at Madison Square Garden. Former captain Dave Poulin scored two such goals in his career, one in the regular season and a memorable one against Quebec in the ’85 Wales Conference Finals.
February 16, 1994 Mighty Ducks 6, Flyers 3 — Continuing a frustrating trend, Philly drops its first-ever game in Disney-land. Joe Sacco picked up four points on two goals and two assists, while Guy Hebert made 26 stops. Oddly enough, “D2: The Mighty Ducks” is making a powerhouse showing in theaters across the country at the time.
February 17, 2007 Flyers 5, Rangers 3 — Mike Knuble, meet Brendan Shanahan. Next time, boys, look where you’re going, eh?
February 18, 1985 Flyers 8, Penguins 2 — Presidents’ Day matinee at the Spectrum found Bob Froese largely propping himself against his own net to keep alert. A 4-0 lead and 19-1 shot edge after one period and the game was never in doubt. Thomas Eriksson turned in a surprise two-goal effort and Brad Marsh scored his first of the year.
February 18, 1993 Flyers 3, Canucks 2 — Kevin Dineen rescues the Orange and Black when he capitalizes on a turnover, rolls in alone on Kay Whitmore and wins the game with a shot through the five-hole coming with less than two seconds on the clock.