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 25, 1977: Flyers 7, Barons 2 – Bobby Clarke tallied twice with an assist, Reggie Leach added a score and a helper, part of a 48-shot barrage against Gary Edwards in this Spectrum victory over the relocated California Golden Seals.
November 25, 1981: Flyers 3, Bruins 1 – Pete Peeters makes 31 saves as the Orange and Black steal one on Thanksgiving from Boston at the Garden. Clarke, Tim Kerr and Brian Propp provide the offense. Brad McCrimmon — who would be swapped for Peeters in the offseason, scored the B’s lone goal.
November 25, 1987: Flyers 5, Sabres 2 – Dave Poulin scored twice late in the third period to provide insurance on this Thanksgiving Eve game in Philadelphia. Peter Zezel and Scott Mellanby tallied in the first period, and Craig Berube’s first NHL goal was the go-ahead score with just under nine minutes played in the third. It marked the first victory in an eventual 14-game unbeaten streak.
November 25, 1998: Islanders 4, Flyers 2 – Despite a clear territorial and possession advantage — which included a 46-14 shot margin — Philly loses this pre-Turkey Day clash in Uniondale. John Vanbiesbrouck allows goals to Kenny Jonsson, Mariusz Czerkawski, Bryan Berard and Sergei Nemchinov, while counterpart Tommy Salo only allows Dainius Zubrus and John LeClair to light the lamp.
November 25, 2005: Flyers 5, Bruins 3 – Peter Forsberg scored twice in a three-goal second period, helping erase a three-goal second-period burst by the hosts. Simon Gagne, Eric Desjardins and Michal Handzus also beat Andrew Raycroft, in the opener of the traditional Black Friday “Causeway Day” in Boston which sees the Bruins play at noon and the Celtics play in the evening.
November 26, 1993: Flyers 3, Lightning 0 – Tommy Soderstrom stops all 27 shots he faced, outdueling Darren Puppa at the Spectrum. Brent Fedyk scored twice and Garry Galley also rippled the net.
November 26, 1996: Bruins 2, Flyers 0 – After missing the first 23 games of the 1996-97 with a groin injury initially suffered in the World Cup of Hockey in September, Eric Lindros returns to action at Fleet Center but he and his teammates are blanked by Bill Ranford, who made 34 saves.
November 26, 2007: Bruins 6, Flyers 3 – Glen Murray scored twice and Marc Savard added a goal and two assists as the visitors doubled up John Stevens’ club. The biggest jolt of the game came late in the second period, when Scottie Hartnell blew up Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts. The “legendary” Jack Edwards presiding for NESN:
November 27, 1974: Flyers 6, Red Wings 2 – Leach earns his first hat trick in a Philadelphia uniform. Clarke and Bill Barber also score and Dave Schultz records his first goal of the 1974-75 season.
November 27, 1979: Flyers 6, Whalers 2 – Hartford’s first-ever visit to the Spectrum turns into the hosts’ 18th straight game without a loss. Leach scored a pair of goals in the third period, with two-thirds of the Killer B’s (Mike Busniuk and Norm Barnes) each registered a goal.
November 27, 1982: Flyers 4, Kings 0 – Pelle Lindbergh’s rookie season continued to pick up steam, as the Swede notched his first NHL shutout by blanking Los Angeles on 22 shots at the Forum. Mark Howe, Lindsay Carson, Ron Flockhart and Ray Allison provide counterpunch for the victorious visitors.
November 27, 1988: Sabres 7, Flyers 3 – At the Aud, Buffalo scores five times in the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit and send the visitors, in their first season under new head coach Paul Holmgren, to their ninth loss in 11 games (1-9-1). Change was on the horizon…
November 27, 1991: Whalers 7, Flyers 3 – The natives begin to get restless as Holmgren’s club finds itself on the wrong end of a game against a Hartford team which sported the second-fewest goals-per-game in the NHL. The Whale scores four times in the third period to break open a close contest.
November 27, 2002: Penguins 7, Flyers 2 – Mario Lemieux registers four assists and seven different Pittsburgh players beat Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche. Jean-Sebastien Aubin makes 41 saves, and the visitors lose LeClair until mid-March thanks to a gruesome shoulder injury.
November 28, 1981: North Stars 5, Flyers 3 – At the Met in Bloomington, Dino Ciccarelli scored twice and Bobby Smith added a goal and assist to back a 27-save performance from Gilles Meloche. Barber netted two scores and Propp another, but though the Orange and Black couldn’t win the scoreboard battle, they still tried to win the post-game war:
November 28, 1982: Flyers 5, Canucks 5 – Darryl Sittler picks up his first and only hat trick with the Cooperalled club as Philly grinds out a tie at Pacific Coliseum.
November 28, 1987: Flyers 6, Nordiques 3 – Mike Keenan’s team uses a four-goal second period to erase an early 2-0 deficit and claim victory at Le Colisee. Mellanby, given a rough ride by Keenan throughout his rookie season, finally earned his NHL stripes thanks to this demolition of Nords defenseman Jeff Jackson:
November 29, 1979: Flyers 6, North Stars 4 – Down 3-1 after one period, Pat Quinn’s boys roar back for their 19th game without a defeat. Holmgren and Rick MacLeish score to tie after two periods, then Ken Linseman, Leach and Barber rippled the net in the third period for another Spectrum triumph.
November 29, 1984: Devils 2, Flyers 1 – After three separate locations (Kansas City, Denver, East Rutherford) and 25 trips to Philadelphia (0-24-1), New Jersey finally wins its first at the Spectrum. Aaron Broten nets a pair in the third period and Ron Low stops 30-of-31 shots.
November 29, 1985 – As the Flyers run their record to 19-4-0 with a 4-1 win in Minnesota, Clarke deals defenseman Ed Hospodar and disgruntled rookie Todd Bergen to the North Stars for defenseman Dave Richter and Bo Berglund.
November 29, 1988: Flyers 5, Bruins 1 – Mike Bullard, acquired earlier in the day from the St. Louis Blues for Zezel in a trade which attempted to shake up a moribund team, scores a goal in his Philadelphia debut. Rick Tocchet scores twice in a three-goal first period.
November 29, 1991: Penguins 9, Flyers 3 – In front of a sellout Spectrum crowd, which turns against head coach Holmgren (“Paul Must Go!) with some vicious cheers, Pittsburgh scores three times in each of the three periods in a blowout decision. It wasn’t really a game from the outset, as the visitors blew through their offensive zone with total impunity:
November 29, 1998: Flyers 6, Canucks 2 – At the peak of his powers, LeClair rips Vancouver goaltending for his 10th career hat trick and yet another four-goal game, the second of three for his Philadelphia tenure.
November 30, 1996: Flyers 4, Senators 3 – As Lindros slowly came back to full power, his teammates began their epic 17-game unbeaten streak in Canada’s capital. Trent Klatt scored the game-winner early in the third period, while Zubrus, Shjon Podein and Rod Brind’Amour tallied in the second.
December 1, 1974: Flyers 10, Scouts 0 – Parent made 22 saves for yet another (yawn) shutout against the expansion KC franchise. Ross Lonsberry and Barber each picked up a pair of goals, Clarke chimed in with a goal and four assists, while Andre Dupont and Schultz added rare tallies in the rout.
December 1, 2010: Bruins 3, Flyers 0 – In the clubs’ first meeting since Boston’s epic collapse in the previous Spring’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, Tim Thomas turns aside 41 shots for the shutout victory. Scott Hartnell provides some levity when he does a pratfall following an unsuccessful penalty shot in the second period: