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.
November 4, 1967: Flyers 4, Canadiens 1 – The expansion franchise’s first win at the venerable Forum comes due to the first hat trick in club history, accomplished by Leon Rochefort.
November 4, 1988: Flyers 4, Red Wings 3 – At Joe Louis Arena, Steve Yzerman records a hat trick, with his final tally the one that tied the game with 46 seconds left in the third period. But Murray Craven nets the winner just 33 seconds later on a partial breakaway, a half a second after being hit from behind, flush in the face, by a two-handed slash from Detroit forward Miroslav Frycer. Craven was unharmed, Frycer was given a 10-game suspension, but Philadelphia would not win again in the Motor City until January of 2011.
November 5, 1976: Barons 6, Flyers 4 – Fred Shero’s defending Campbell Conference champions lose their first road game against the relocated Golden Seals, now bearing Cleveland’s name and playing at the Richfield Coliseum. Don Murdoch and Mike Fidler each tallied twice as Bernie Parent stopped only 30 of 36 shots. Rick MacLeish hit the back of the net twice for the visitors.
November 5, 1995: Flyers 6, Whalers 1 – His former club gives Paul Holmgren a rude sendoff in his final game as Hartford head coach. Mikael Renberg posts two goals and one assist, John LeClair tallies a goal with two helpers in the absence of Eric Lindros, and Craig MacTavish nets his first goal of the season in this Spectrum rout. The following day, former Philly draft pick Paul Maurice takes the reins, the NHL’s youngest head coach at 28 years old.
November 5, 2005: Flyers 4, Thrashers 3 – Simon Gagne beats Mike Dunham three times for his second career hat trick, pacing Philly in a home victory. Prior to the game, the organization welcomed its 25,000,000th fan through the turnstiles at Wachovia Center.
November 5, 2011: Flyers 9, Blue Jackets 2 – James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Max Talbot, Jaromir Jagr and Jake Voracek score in a five-goal first period, then Sean Couturier notches his first multi-goal effort in the NHL later in a total strafing of the NHL’s worst team. The nine goals represents the most the Orange and Black have scored in one game, home or away, since February 6, 1997 against Montreal:
November 6, 1980: Flyers 8, Kings 2 – MacLeish scores once in each period to pick up his 15th career trifecta in this Spectrum rout. Bill Barber adds a pair of scores and Pete Peeters made 20 stops.
November 6, 1986: Flyers 5, Devils 5 – In uncharacteristic fashion, a Mike Keenan-coached team blows a multiple-goal lead in the third period. At the Meadowlands, in the back half of a home-and-home won by Philly 7-1, two goals from Murray Craven and one each from Tim Kerr, Mark Howe and Brian Propp stake the visitors to a 5-1 lead with 9:07 remaining. That’s when the roof caved in. Claude Loiselle, Aaron Broten, Greg Adams and Doug Sulliman scored, the latter coming with 2:53 left in regulation.
November 7, 1985: Flyers 6, Blackhawks 2 – In his last-ever start, Pelle Lindbergh turns aside 18 of 20 Chicago shots, helping his club claim their ninth straight victory. Howe and Kerr both scored twice, with Ron Sutter and Pelle Eklund chiming in at a goal apiece.
November 8, 1987: Devils 3, Flyers 3 – An unappealing early-season tie at the Spectrum is totally unworthy of note except for the fact that all six goals were scored in the first period.
November 8, 2005: Flyers 4, Bruins 3 (OT) – A sign of the “new NHL” finds the hosts down 3-1 with 3:35 to play in the third period. That’s when the comeback kicked into gear, as Gagne and Joni Pitkanen tallied to send the game into overtime. Pitkanen added his second, the winner, at 1:55 of the extra session.
November 9, 1972: Flyers 5, Blackhawks 3 – MacLeish tallies his first career hat trick, against Hall-of-Fame goaltender Tony Esposito, in this Spectrum victory. Bobby Clarke and Bill Clement add scores and Doug Favell stops 33 pucks.
November 9, 1974: Flyers 6, Capitals 2 – The first-ever meeting between the defending Stanley Cup champions and Washington’s expansion franchise came at the Spectrum. Orest Kindrachuk scored on Michel Belhumeur with 9:19 remaining in the second period on a penalty shot, the first successful free chance in franchise history.
November 9, 1985: Flyers 5, Bruins 3 – Kerr embarrasses Peeters on three separate occasions, helping his squad take their 10th consecutive victory. Bob Froese, with no idea of the coming storm, does enough to get the “W” with 14 saves.
November 10, 1979: Flyers 5, Islanders 2 – Pat Quinn’s surprise club stretches their unbeaten string to 11 games with their first win at Uniondale since January (0-4-1). Barber beats Chico Resch on two occasions, while Leach, MacLeish and Clarke score to back Peeters’ 16-save performance.
November 10, 1985 – After a night out drinking with his teammates in New Jersey, Lindbergh crashes his red, turbocharged Porsche Carrera 930 into a retaining wall out in front of Somerdale Elementary School at approximately 5:50 AM.
Two passengers, Kathy McNeal and Ed Parvin, are seriously injured, while Lindbergh himself suffered irreversible brain damage due to lack of oxygen as he was trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle.
November 10, 1996: Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 1 – Ron Hextall won the war, besting Felix Potvin by making 25 saves (while Potvin didn’t do badly in defeat with 39 stops), but Potvin won the battle in the post-game scrum. As you can see, Tie Domi started it, and Hexy finished it: