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 18, 1971: Flyers 2, Kings 0 – Bruce Gamble posted his first shutout with the club by turning away all 32 Los Angeles shots. Simon Nolet and Jean-Guy Gendron lit the lamp for the victorious hosts.
November 18, 1989: Jets 1, Flyers 0 (OT) – The first such game ending by that score between these clubs in their 11-year rivalry occurred during a Saturday matinee at the Spectrum. Doug Smail won it for the visiting Winnipeggers at 1:32 of overtime, the only shot of 24 that Ken Wregget let slip by. Daniel Berthiaume registered the shutout with 31 saves.
November 18, 2000: Flyers 5, Capitals 3 – Washington’s Steve Konowalchuk netted a hat trick, but that was countered by two goals each from Justin Williams and Simon Gagne along with a tally from Keith Primeau.
November 18, 2005: Thrashers 6, Flyers 5 (OT) – Greg deVries tallied with 1:55 to play in overtime, lifting Atlanta to its last victory over Philadelphia until November 28, 2009 — a span of 14 games. The visitors led 3-1 after one, but trailed 5-3 after two thanks to two goals from Branko Radivojevic and one each by Gagne and Derian Hatcher, but Peter Bondra and Patrik Stefan scored inside the final two minutes to even the game.
November 18, 2010: Lightning 8, Flyers 7 – Nate Thompson’s tally early in the third period was the winner in a wild one at the Wachovia Center. The clubs combined for nine goals (5-4 PHI) in the first period, matching a record set in February of 1984 in Hartford, then Steven Stamkos scored twice to complete a hat trick and Steve Downie once to get the Bolts, who trailed 7-5 midway through, all even after two periods. Martin St. Louis led his club with five assists.
Until the infamous Jets-Flyers game last October, this set the record for combined goals in any game in the building, completed in 1996. Tampa defenseman Brett Clark even made mincemeat of the Philadelphia net on his score, while Andrej Meszaros’ first goal in Orange and Black was obscured by the avalanche of red lights.
November 19, 1970: Flyers 6, Golden Seals 2 – Jim Johnson nets his second Philly trifecta in this Spectrum victory.
November 19, 1985: Islanders 8, Flyers 6 – New York puts the breaks on Philadelphia’s 13-game win streak (a club record which has not been equaled since then) with a high-scoring win at Nassau Coliseum. It wasn’t easy. Leading 5-1 just 21 minutes into the game, the Isles almost let it slip away. Ed Hospodar recorded his lone two-goal game in a Flyers uniform, including the short-handed score which pulled them within 7-6 with 2:29 remaining, Tim Kerr scored two on the advantage with Rick Tocchet and Ilkka Sinisalo adding power-play goals in the near-comeback. Bryan Trottier’s empty-netter with one second left finally sealed it.
November 19, 1992: Flyers 7, Rangers 3 – Eric Lindros faced the Blueshirts for the first time on home ice, and helped beat New York on the scoreboard and in the alley. The Crazy Eights line combined for, yep, eight points on the evening:
November 20, 1977: Flyers 4, Flames 0 – In a very rare occurrence, defensemen Joe Watson and Bob Dailey record multi-goal games accounting for all Philly offense. Parent stopped 18 shots for his 47th career shutout.
November 20, 1983: Flyers 5, Penguins 4 (OT) – Bobby Clarke produces the first positive overtime decision in franchise history, when he beats Denis Herron at 2:43 of the extra session at the Spectrum. The Flyers had played to two previous ties under the new OT rule implemented prior to the 1983-84 season.
November 20, 1986: Flyers 5, Blackhawks 1 – Kerr notches his 12th career hat trick, fourth four-goal game of his career and first of the 86-87 season in this home contest played just before the Tecumseh, Ontario native was to walk down the aisle for the first time.
November 20, 1988: Flyers 7, Devils 1 – Tocchet punctures Sean Burke for his fourth career hat trick, while Kerr tallies twice and Ron Hextall stopped 22 shots for a Sunday night victory on home ice, one which put the brakes on an 0-5-1 skid.
November 20, 1997: Sharks 3, Flyers 0 – For the first time in club history, San Jose manages to blank the Orange and Black, and it happened on South Broad Street. Mike Vernon makes 28 saves and Doug Bodger scores twice in the shocking victory.
November 20, 1998: Flyers 3, Hurricanes 1 – Hextall allows one goal on 19 shots in Carolina to post his 233rd victory with the club, setting a new franchise record originally held by the legendary Parent.
November 20, 2010: Flyers 5, Capitals 4 (SO) – Danny Briere nets the lone goal in the shootout as the visitors walk out of Verizon Center in Washington with a win. Claude Giroux, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Andreas Nodl score on Michal Neuvirth in regulation.
November 21, 1979: Flyers 6, Kings 4 – Pat Quinn’s club extends its unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2) with their 13th straight time visiting the LA Forum without a loss. Propp, Dennis Ververgaert, Rick MacLeish and Bill Barber score in a four-goal third-period surge, part of six consecutive scores which vaulted Philly from a 2-0 deficit.
November 21, 1981: Capitals 10, Flyers 4 – The worst defeat to Washington to that point in franchise history, coming at the Capital Centre, saw the hosts end a 15-game winless streak at home against the Orange and Black since the club’s 1974 inception, and pull off a rare double hat trick as well with Dennis Maruk and future farmhand Tim Tookey turning the trick. The margin of defeat — six goals — has only been equaled twice since then (12/26/84 and 3/16/91 both 6-0) and the Flyers have yet to allow another double-digit explosion to the Capitals in the last 31 years either home or away.
November 21, 1987: Islanders 6, Flyers 4 – The horrible start to the 1987-88 season bottoms out during this Saturday night at the Spectrum. Ahead 4-1 after the second period thanks to scores from Sinisalo, Poulin, Kjell Samuelsson and Peter Zezel, the hosts and goaltender Wendell Young allow New York to score five times in the third period to steal defeat from the jaws of victory. Randy Wood and Mikko Makela each tallied twice in the fateful final stanza, which dropped Philly to 6-13-3 on the year, into a last-place tie with the Rangers.
November 21, 1996: Flyers 7, Penguins 3 – Of all players, it was Dale Hawerchuk, then in his final NHL season, who recorded the first hat trick in the CoreStates Center, all against Wregget. Trent Klatt, Joel Otto, LeClair and Brind’Amour also provided offense.
November 21, 2007: Flyers 6, Hurricanes 3 – ‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving, and Briere recorded a hat trick — his first with Philadelphia — by scoring all three in a four-goal final period. Mike Knuble and Kimmo Timonen tallied late in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit:
November 22, 1988: Kings 6, Flyers 1 – Clad in their new silver-and-black duds, the Wayne Gretzky-led LA squad made its first visit to the Spectrum and blew the doors off the place. Bernie Nicholls, en route to a career-best 70-goal season, scores three times in the third period to turn a close one into a rout.
November 22, 1992: Sabres 4, Flyers 4 – Len Barrie nets his first goal of the season with just 15 seconds left in regulation to help Bill Dineen’s team escape with a tie on home ice.
November 22, 1998: Flyers 2, Panthers 1 (OT) – Keith Jones continued to prove his acquisition was worthwhile, netting the winner at 26 seconds of the fourth period — just the 16th shot of the game.
November 23, 1979: Flyers 5, Canucks 2 – “The Streak” reaches 16 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Reggie Leach, Al Hill, Clarke, Propp and Mel Bridgman turn on the red light behind Glen Hanlon, while counterpart Phil Myre makes 19 stops.
November 23, 2007: Capitals 4, Flyers 3 (OT) – In Bruce Boudreau’s head-coaching debut, Washington rolls out to a 3-0 lead, only to see the hosts rally with goals from Briere, Carter and Richards to force a fourth period. Once there, Nicklas Backstrom potted the winner less than two minutes in to spoil the traditional Black Friday matinee.
November 24, 1973: Flyers 1, Blues 0 – Ross Lonsberry picks up the lone goal to back Parent’s 31-save performance at the Arena in St. Louis.
November 24, 1979: Flyers 2, Oilers 2 – The streak rolls on, this time to 17, but it wasn’t easy in Philadelphia’s first trip to Northlands Coliseum. Ken Linseman and MacLeish staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead, but Brett Callighen and Stan Weir equalized for Edmonton, while Pete Peeters preserved the tie with 13 third-period saves.
November 24, 1988: Bruins 2, Flyers 1 (OT) –Thanksgiving night at the Boston Garden turns sour, as Bob Sweeney wins it after just eight seconds elapsed in overtime. This loss marked the last time the Flyers played on Turkey Day. Highlights with the great Fred Cusick presiding for Boston television:
November 24, 1993: Flyers 9, Canadiens 2 – Kevin Dineen records a hat trick, and a six-goal second period gives this Terry Simpson squad a rousing victory over the Habs on the night before Thanksgiving. Recchi adds a goal and four assists, Garry Galley picked up a score and three helpers as well, in Philly’s largest margin of victory against Montreal in club annals. The nine-goal outburst wouldn’t be matched until February of 1997.
November 24, 1995: Flyers 4, Red Wings 1 – Garth Snow stops 36-of-37 shots and Lindros scored twice as the best team in the NHL (which went on to win a league-record 62 games), which featured the Russian Unit, was shut down in a Spectrum matinee.
November 24, 2000: Penguins 1, Flyers 0 – Garth Snow returned to Philadelphia and helped his Pittsburgh club earn a narrow victory thanks to making 36 saves. Alex Kovalev netted the lone goal in the first period.
November 24, 2010: Flyers 6, Wild 1 – Briere, Carter, Nodl, JVR and Ville Leino all lit the lamp in St. Paul to help the visitors take away an easy win. But all bowed to the power move showed by Jody Shelley for the game’s final tally and his first as a Flyer.