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 11, 1979: Flyers 5, Canucks 4 – Philadelphia’s unbeaten streak reaches 12 games after Rick MacLeish pumps home three goals past Vancouver goaltender Curt Ridley, including the deciding goal with 6:31 left in regulation.
November 11, 1981 – Former first-overall draft pick Mel Bridgman, who had been embroiled in a contract dispute for much of the previous season, was traded to the Calgary Flames for reliable defenseman Brad Marsh.
November 11, 1984: Flyers 7, Oilers 5 – A signature victory for Mike Keenan’s young squad, which ended Edmonton’s NHL-record 15 game unbeaten streak (12-0-3) to start the 1984-85 season. Philly scored four times in the third period, with Ilkka Sinisalo’s tally at 16:33 of the final stanza the winner. Brian Propp added two tallies and Dave Poulin had a goal with two assists to counteract two scores apiece from Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri.
November 11, 1990: Flyers 2, Canucks 0 – Pete Peeters notched his second and final shutout of his second stint with the Orange and Black on this Sunday night at the Spectrum, making 31 saves. Mike Ricci scored in the first and Kjell Samuelsson added a third-period insurance marker.
November 11, 1997: Flyers 1, Senators 0 – Paul Coffey registered the lone goal in the second period, and Ron Hextall made 16 stops for his 17th career whitewash. This game stands as the only 1-0 regular-season final between the clubs since Ottawa entered the NHL in 1992.
November 11, 2010: Flyers 8, Hurricanes 1 – Jeff Carter picks up his second career hat trick in a rout in Raleigh. Danny Briere added two scores and Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves.
November 12, 1967: Flyers 4, Bruins 2 – Philadelphia’s first trip to Boston Garden was successful. Bernie Parent stopped 37-of-39 shots, with Don Blackburn, Joe Watson, Leon Rochefort and Bill Sutherland beat Gerry Cheevers. This was the last Flyers win in the Hub of the Universe until Game 2 of the 1974 SCF.
November 12, 1988: Red Wings 5, Flyers 4 – Dueling hat tricks in a Saturday matinee in South Philadelphia. Tim Kerr unloaded on Detroit’s Glen Hanlon, but Steve Yzerman got the last laugh on Hextall, netting his seconf three-goal game against Philly in a span of eight days.
November 12, 1992: Flyers 8, Islanders 5 – The night of the Crazy Eights Line: Mark Recchi posted a season-best two goals and four assists, Brent Fedyk totaled one and three, Eric Lindros added two and one in this Spectrum scorefest.
November 12, 1998 – Member of the “Minnesota Line” Shjon Podein was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche for winger/jokester/broadcaster Keith Jones. Jones retired in 2000 with knee issues and makes his home in Shamong, NJ. Podein won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, lives in Minnesota, and returned to Philly for last year’s Alumni Game.
November 13, 1980: Flyers 8, Oilers 1 – Barber and MacLeish each totaled a pair of goals, with Kerr, Propp, Al Hill and Paul Holmgren lighting the lamp in a blowout of a young Edmonton club. Rick St. Croix was 1:31 from a shutout until Mark Messier’s score.
November 13, 1986: Flyers 7, Red Wings 5 – Murray Craven’s first career hat trick and 51 shots on the Detroit net fueled this Philadelphia triumph. Shawn Burr also netted his first career three-goal effort, but Kerr and Peter Zezel made sure the hosts snagged the win.
November 13, 1991 – In a swap of stagnant forwards, Craven was shipped to the Hartford Whalers for equally unhappy Kevin Dineen.
November 14, 1985: Flyers 5, Oilers 3 – Pressed into duty because the NHL schedule dictated it, two days after Lindbergh’s official death, the Flyers tie a club record with their 11th straight win. In his second career start, Darren Jensen makes 29 saves — including a crucial stop while short-handed in the second period on a breakaway by Dave Hunter — while Sinisalo, Propp, Rich Sutter and Brad McCrimmon score in the third period to seal the victory.
A pregame ceremony. emceed by Gene Hart and featuring Lindbergh’s mentor Parent, celebrated the life of the 26-year-old goaltender and reigning Vezina Trophy winner. (h/t to Bill Meltzer for his previous work on the subject)
November 14, 1998: Flyers 6, Devils 1 – Jonesy records the “game-winning” goal in his first time on the ice with Philly, which happened to be the second score of the contest, at the 45-second mark of the final period, against Martin Brodeur. Lindros and LeClair added two goals apiece.
November 15, 1979: Flyers 5, Oilers 3 – Expansion Edmonton’s first trip to Philadelphia results in the hosts extending their unbeaten streak to 13 games. Ken Linseman scores twice, including the deciding marker early in the third period.
November 15, 1984: Flyers 6, Whalers 1 – Bobby Clarke Night at the Spectrum:
Once the puck was dropped, Keenan’s kids extended their win streak to four games thanks to two scores from Kerr and one each by Poulin, Craven, Derrick Smith and Rich Sutter. Lindbergh’s only blemish on 27 Hartford shots was Risto Siltanen’s tally on a power play halfway through the second.
November 15, 1992: Flyers 7, Senators 2 – Lindros records his first career hat trick in Ottawa’s first-ever visit to the Quaker City.
November 15, 2001: Flyers 5, Capitals 0 –Brian Boucher and Roman Cechmanek share a whitewash, combining to halt all 24 Washington chances on net. It marked the first time since xxxx that two Flyers goaltenders accomplished the feat.
November 15, 2006: Flyers 7, Ducks 4 – Sami Kapanen, Geoff Sanderson Peter Forsberg, Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne score in a five-goal first period, then Kapanen and Alex Picard tally on the visitors’ lone two shots in the third in a weird, wild win at Anaheim.
November 16, 1985: Flyers 5, Whalers 2 – Mike Keenan’s club sets a new franchise record with their 12th straight win, coming in Hartford. Rick Tocchet scored twice, including the go-ahead score late in the second period. Jensen came up big again in relief of Froese, making 31 saves.
November 16, 1993: Penguins 11, Flyers 5 – No Lindros, no heart, no defense on this night at the Igloo. Tommy Soderstrom was left in for all 11 goals on 48 Pittsburgh shots, as the visitors let a 3-3 game early in the second period explode in their faces. This marked the last time the Flyers allowed double digits in any game, regular season or playoffs.
November 16, 1995 – The Flyers acquire disappointing former first-round draft pick Pat Falloon from the San Jose Sharks for a first-round and fourth-round pick in 1996. The former eventually was cycled to Phoenix and became Danny Briere. Falloon got comfortable in Philly, scoring 25 goals for the remainder of the 1995-96 season.
Also on this date, Lindros returns from a seven-game absence due to a knee injury to score two goals as the Flyers beat Ottawa, 5-3, at the Spectrum.
November 16, 2002: Bruins 2, Flyers 2 – In an otherwise underwhelming tie, Jeremy Roenick plays in his 1,000th career game.
November 16, 2005: Penguins 3, Flyers 2 (OT) – Sidney Crosby records his first career overtime tally, scoring on Antero Niittymaki via breakaway at 4:13 of the fourth period. Joni Pitkanen scored twice in a span of 94 seconds early in the third period to pull the hosts even. The rookie was given his first lesson about the NHL earlier in the game, by Professor Derian Hatcher.
November 17, 1983: North Stars 5, Flyers 5 – Despite assaulting Gilles Meloche with 51 shots and rolling to a 5-2 lead in the third period thanks to goals from Kerr, Sinisalo, Rich Sutter, Marsh and Poulin, Minnesota rallies for the deadlock. Al MacAdam, Brad Maxwell and Brian Bellows beat Lindbergh in the final 15 minutes, with the last goal coming 20 seconds before the buzzer.
November 17, 1985: Flyers 5, Islanders 4 (OT) – Craven netted the winner with 68 seconds remaining in overtime, banking a shot from behind the goal line off the stick of New York goalie Billy Smith, giving the hosts their team-record 13th consecutive win and third in a row since Lindbergh’s death. Down 3-0 and 4-1, Kerr scored twice before the end of the second, with Eklund and Poulin providing goals in the third.
November 17, 1988: Blues 3, Flyers 1 – For the first time since January 6, 1972, St. Louis wins a game at the Spectrum. Bernie Federko netted two goals and the Blues defense, along with goaltender Vincent Riendeau, held the hosts to 15 shots on net and Eklund’s second-period marker. The Blues’ winless streak finally ended at 34 games (0-31-3).
November 17, 2000: Flyers 3, Thrashers 2 (OT) – Dan McGillis continued his best career statistical season with the overtime winner 61 seconds in at Philips Arena. Recchi and Gagne provided earlier markers to back a 25-save performance from Roman Cechmanek.