Welcome to the next installment of the second series of “This Week in Flyers History,” which aims to dredge up old memories, good and bad, of Flyers feats in the recent to distant past and to provide good fodder for trivia buffs.
As it was during the second half of last season, we’ll be here every Sunday through what would have been the first part of this season, choc full of facts, figures, names and dates you need to know to gain that true depth as a Flyers fan.
October 28, 1976: Flyers 3, Penguins 0 – Bernie Parent’s 42nd career shutout was a cut-and-paste job against Pittsburgh, as he didn’t need to break a sweat to make 21 saves. Reggie Leach, Mel Bridgman and Bobby Clarke supplied the offense for the hosts.
October 28, 1979: Flyers 5, Red Wings 4 – Leach rescued the Orange and Black from a worse fate, netting the game-winner with 60 seconds left in regulation as Philly extended its unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1). Star of the game could have gone to Detroit goaltender Rogie Vachon, who turned aside 43 shots in the loss.
October 28, 1980: Flyers 8, Flames 0 – Pete Peeters makes 22 stops to earn his fourth career whitewash in an early-season Spectrum demolition of Calgary. Bill Barber nets two goals and one assist, and Behn Wilson also tickles the twine on two occasions. This game stands as the largest margin of victory for Philly over the Atlanta/Calgary franchise, as well as the largest by shutout for either side against the other.
October 28, 1999: Flyers 5, Avalanche 4 (OT) – The early-season adventures of the 1999-200 team continue. Valeri Zelepukin scored with nine seconds remaining in the extra session, staving off a Colorado comeback from a 4-0 third-period deficit. Mikael Renberg, Mark Recchi, Eric Desjardins and Mark Greig tallied for the hosts within the first 42:08, but two goals each from Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk in a span of just over eight minutes forced overtime.
October 28, 2005: Hurricanes 8, Flyers 6 – The rules of the “new NHL” finally catch up to Ken Hitchcock’s club in Raleigh. Despite holding a 5-3 lead after two periods, Carolina receives goals from Cory Stillman, Rod Brind’Amour, Eric Staal, Matt Cullen and Josef Vasicek to come out victorious. Jon Sim scored twice for the visitors, while Mike Knuble and Peter Forsberg also tallied. Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje, the two big free-agent defensive signings in the offseason, score in a game together for the first and only time in Philadelphia.
October 28, 2006: Penguins 8, Flyers 2 – In John Stevens’ second game behind the bench, Sidney Crosby recorded his first career hat trick, Max Talbot scored twice, and rookie Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two helpers in this Pittsburgh rout on South Broad Street. Adding insult to injury, former Flyer Mark Recchi scored and John LeClair assisted on a third-period Pens tally.
October 28, 2008: Flyers 7, Thrashers 0 – Antero Niittymaki stopped 24 shots, extending his personal win streak over Atlanta to 10 games. Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul each beat Kari Lehtonen twice. It was also the 11th consecutive time they beat their Atlanta foes.
October 29, 1978: Canucks 5, Flyers 2 – Vancouver wins its second game in Philadelphia in 22 tries thanks to scores from Stan Smyl, Rod Sedlbauer, Curt Fraser and Jere Gillis — all of whom beat Wayne Stephenson. Chris Oddleifson added an empty-net score inside the final 20 seconds.
October 29, 1981: Flyers 6, Penguins 4 – Mel Bridgman’s first career hat trick fuels this Spectrum win over another unassuming Pittsburgh squad. Brian Propp, Ilkka Sinisalo and Clarke added markers, and Tim Kerr used his hands as well — but not in the way we became accustomed.
October 29, 1988: Rangers 6, Flyers 5 – New York’s Jan Erixon scores the game winner on Ron Hextall with 4:43 remaining in the third period, but the dirt had been done earlier in the game. Rangers defenseman James Patrick cross-checked Ron Sutter in the face, causing him to suffer a broken jaw. Patrick was neither penalized nor suspended for his actions. Former Philly netminder Bob Froese made 28 stops, continuing his run of success against his former team in the regular season.
October 30, 1969: Flyers 3, Rangers 3: Clarkie’s first NHL goal is the game-tying tally with 3:24 left in regulation as Vic Stasiuk’s club pulls out the deadlock at home.
October 30, 2001: Flyers 3, Capitals 0 – Brian Boucher turns aside 32 Washington shots in the first of back-to-back shutouts. Gagne scores twice and Pavel Brendl records his first goal in a Flyers uniform. Recchi and Keith Primeau add two assists each.
October 30, 2008: Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (OT) – Jeff Carter scored twice, including the game decider on a power play at 4:37 of overtime. Here’s his first of the night, which gave the hosts a lead at the end of the first period:
October 30, 2010: Flyers 6, Islanders 1 – Carter registers a pair of goals, as does captain Chris Pronger, on this pre-Halloween rout in Philadelphia.
October 31, 1971: Flyers 5, Canadiens 3 – Simon Nolet notches a hat trick — all three against Hall-of-Fame goaltender Ken Dryden in a five-goal third period, no less — as the hosts steal one from mighty Montreal.
October 31, 1976: Flyers 9, North Stars 1 – Minnesota looked like the Walking Dead thanks to a two-goal, four-assist performance from Clarke and a 23-save effort from goalie Pete LoPresti at the Spectrum.
October 31, 1991: Flyers 5, Sharks 2 – The franchises’ first-ever home game against the new NHL club from the Bay Area goes well. Rick Tocchet scores twice, Mike Ricci totals a goal and two helpers, and Hextall makes 25 saves.
October 31, 1993: Flyers 9, Blackhawks 6 — In Philadelphia’s last-ever visit to Chicago Stadium, Dineen makes sure it is a memorable one, with a four-goal effort. Brind’Amour and Josef Beranek chipped in with four assists apiece. For Ed Belfour, it was a rare off-night as he was torched for all nine scores on 25 shots. Brian Noonan scored twice for Chicago.
October 31, 1996: Flyers 4, Lightning 3 – Trent Klatt scores the tying and lead goals in the third period, capping a Philadelphia comeback from a 3-0 deficit at the Thunderdome. Brian Bradley, Dino Ciccarelli and Brian Bellows scored in a six-minute span in the first period for Tampa Bay, but the visitors clawed back for the victory. Renberg and Scott Daniels began the rally with goals in the second period against Corey Schwab.
October 31, 2001: Flyers 3, Penguins 0 – The final time Philly wore its “pumpkin” orange road jerseys saw Boucher make 27 saves and Recchi, LeClair and Dan McGillis light the red lamp behind Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
November 1, 1968: Blues 8, Flyers 0 – The Spectrum played host to a dubious bit of NHL history as far as our favorite franchise is concerned. St. Louis winger and current University of Michigan head coach Gordon “Red” Berenson scored six goals in the contest, beating both Parent and Doug Favell for a modern-day league record. Hall-of-Fame goaltender Jacques Plante picked up the shutout thanks to 23 saves.
November 1, 1981: Sabres 6, Flyers 2 – On this night at the Aud in Buffalo, Bob Dailey’s career comes to a sudden and jolting end. Forced into a chase for a puck to try and get an icing call against Sabres forward Tony McKegney late in the second period, “The Count” gets his skate caught in a rut, causing Dailey’s leg to be broken in multiple places. It was a sad end to one career, and an inauspicious start to another. Pelle Lindbergh’s NHL debut was a loss, as the Swede stopped just 29 of 35 Buffalo shots.
November 1, 2003: Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 1 – Philadelphia matches its largest margin of victory on the road against Toronto on this Saturday night massacre. Sami Kapanen scored twice, with Kim Johnsson, Handzus, Justin Williams, Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick slipping shots past Ed Belfour.
November 2, 1974: Flyers 3, Canadiens 0 – On the 20th try at the corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherine, finally a shutout victory. Parent turned aside 34 shots, and Ken Dryden was beaten by Tom Bladon, MacLeish and Dornhoefer.
November 2, 1975: Flyers 10, Scouts 0 – Stephenson didn’t have to do much to post his team’s lone shutout of the 1975-76 season — just make 19 saves as his teammates piled on with 51 at the other end. Clarke, Bridgman and Orest Kindrachuk each tally twice in the Spectrum blowout.
November 2, 1996: Flyers 3, Panthers 2 – Having started the year unbeaten in 12 games (8-0-4), the defending Eastern Conference champions were seriously challenging Edmonton’s NHL mark of 15 straight without a loss to start a season. But Joel Otto scored the winner with 1:02 left in regulation, adding to scores from Minnesota-Line mates Trent Klatt and Shjon Podein at Miami Arena.
November 3, 1983: Kings 6, Flyers 5 – Los Angeles rookie Brian MacLellan registered his first career four-goal game to help the visitors take their second straight game in Philadelphia — for the first time since calendar year 1973. It was the first four-goal game against the hosts at the Spectrum since Wayne Gretzky in March of 1981.
November 3, 1985: Flyers 7, Kings 4 – Kerr pumps home his first hat trick of the 1985-86 campaign, with Peter Zezel and Sinisalo picking up a goal and two assists each. The goals weren’t the real highlight, however, as Dave Brown engaged in three separate fights with Jay Wells:
November 3, 2005: Flyers 8, Capitals 1 – Carter notches his first career multi-goal game and Sim picks up his second in a span of a week in a home rout of Washington in Alex Ovechkin’s rookie year. Gagne also adds two tallies while Forsberg contributes a goal and two helpers against beleaguered goalie Brent Johnson.