Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Parent shutouts, Barber hat trick, Kerr's 1st NHL goal

Jim McIsaac

Bernie blanks Blues; Barber hat trick, LCB Line crush NYR; Parent shuts out Leafs; Kerr scores 1st NHL goal as Flyers blast Whalers; Brown's cross-check on Sandstrom; Boucher whitewashes NYR; Williams, Handzus score fastest 2 goals in team history

An almost-daily look back at how the Philadelphia Flyers have fared on this day, recalling some of the more memorable moments, achievements, and events that shaped the organization throughout the club's storied history

Heading into tonight's road game against the New York Islanders the Flyers hold an 11-6-3-0 all-time mark in games played on October 26, having won four of their last five on this day.

Philadelphia has won their only October 26 meeting with the Isles, a 6-2 win at Nassau County Coliseum in 2002.

1969 -- Bernie Parent stopped all 25 shots he faced to post his seventh NHL shutout (sixth with Philadelphia), but Jacques Plante turned away the 26 Flyers sent his way in a scoreless tie with the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.

1972 -- Bill Flett's goal with 5:50 left in the third broke a 1-1 game and Doug Favell stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum.

Bill Clement staked Philadelphia to a 1-0 lead late in the second period, before Nick Libett even the score 2:30 into the final stanza. Flett's game-winner gave him seven goals in eight games for the season on the way to a career-best 43-goal output.

1974 -- Jimmy Watson's goal with 1:05 remaining in the third period snapped a 2-2 deadlock as the Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at Pacific Coliseum.

Down 2-0 midway through the middle frame, Bill Clement scored twice in 52 seconds to bring Philadelphia all the way back and send the game tied into the third.

Bernie Parent made 15 saves to pick up the victory.

1975 -- Bill Barber notched his second career hat trick and four points and Wayne Stephenson stopped 26 of 28 shots as the Flyers blasted the New York Rangers 7-2 at Madison Square Garden.

The LCB Line accounted for five goals and 11 points, as Bobby Clarke contributed a goal and three assists and Reggie Leach chipped in with a goal and two helpers in addition to Barber's exploits.

Tom Bladon and Gary Dornhoefer also tallied for the visitors as Philadelphia burned Eddie Giacomin for seven goals on 25 shots.

1977 -- Bill Barber beat Mike Veisor early in the third period to tie the game and Bernie Parent made 28 saves to help the Flyers salvage a point in a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

Denis Savard gave the Hawks an early lead in the opening period before Reggie Leach and John Marks traded goals in the middle session to make it a 2-1 Chicago advantage heading into the third. The shutout was Parent's 47th in a Flyers' uniform.

1978 -- Behn Wilson and Bill Barber each scored a pair of goals and Bernie Parent made 25 saves to post his 51st career regular season shutout in a 5-0 blanking of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum.

Wilson struck for two power play markers and Barber notched his first of the night in the first, before Barber and Rick MacLeish (shorthanded) closed out the scoring in the final frame.

1980 -- Bill Barber scored once and assisted on three other goals, Tim Kerr scored his first NHL goal, and Rick St. Croix stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 6-1 thumping of the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum.

Kerr opened the scoring by beating Mike Veisor 2:32 into the contest for his first career goal. Behn Wilson, Reggile Leach, Bob Dailey, and Brian Propp also dented the twine for the Orange-and-Black.

1986 -- Peter Zezel scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period and rookie Ron Hextall stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum.

Ilkka Sinisalo and Lindsay Carson also beat goalie Kari Takko, and Rick Tocchet hit the empty net when the netminder was pulled late in the game as Minnesota tried to get to within a goal.

1987 -- Murray Craven's goal 6:43 into the third period knotted the game and Ron Hextall made 40 saves to help the Flyers gain a point in the standings in a 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The game was marred by an ugly cross-check from Dave Brown to the neck of Tomas Sandstrom midway through the third period. Brown was given a match penalty for attempt to injure, then received what at the time was the third-longest suspension in NHL at that time of 15 games eight days later.

The Brown ban broke down as 13 consecutive contests, then the next two meetings between the Flyers and Rangers.

Then-New York GM Phil Esposito made it clear that he felt the suspension wasn't nearly harsh enough. "The penalty is a travesty, given the offense. We are outraged by the suspension. This was the most severe incident in league history and our reaction is that this does not provide enough of a deterrent."

While the unfortunate incident certainly left a black eye on both the Flyers and the league, Esposito's sentiments would have hardly been echoed by the likes of Ace Bailey, Ted Green, or Dennis Polonich.

1993 -- Josef Beranek scored a goal for the seventh consecutive game in which he played and Dominic Roussel turned aside 30 of 32 shots in a 4-2 triumph over the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee.

Beranek assisted on Brent Fedyk's goal in the opening frame, then doubled the Philadelphia lead early in the second. Vyacheslav Butsayev and Eric Lindros made it a 4-0 lead late in the stanza.

2000 -- Daymond Langkow recorded a goal and assist and Brian Boucher made 32 saves to post his fifth career regular season shutout in a 3-0 whitewashing of the New York Rangers at the First Union Center.

Defenseman Michal Sykora gave Philly a 1-0 lead midway through the opening stanza with his first goal in a Flyers' uniform, and Rick Tocchet beat Mike Richter early in the third to make it a two-goal lead early in the third period before Langkow closed out the scoring.

2002 -- Justin Williams and Michal Handzus scored goals within the game's first 31 seconds to spur a five-goal Flyers first period and Robert Esche made 22 saves to lead the to a decisive 6-2 triumph over the New York Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum.

The goals from Williams and Handzus set a team record for fastest two goals from the start of a game in franchise history, and was the third-fastest pair of goals by one team in NHL history.

Both Handzus and Jeremy Roenick finished the contest with a pair of goals, and Keith Primeau also scored in a first period that ended with Philly holding a 5-1 advantage to chase starter Chris Osgood, who managed to make just six saves on 11 shots.

2006 -- Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne scored in the shootout to give new head coach John Stevens a 3-2 win in his debut at the Wachovia Center.

Forsberg had given Philadelphia a 2-1 lead with a power play goal in the first minute of the third period, but Bobby Holik knotted the score less than eight minutes later to force extra time.

Flyers' netminder Antero Niittymaki stopped Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa before giving up a goal to Slava Kozlov in the game-deciding skills competition to pick up the win.

2010 -- Jeff Carter notched a goal and two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 35 shots as the Flyers doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Former-Sabre Danny Briere added a goal and a helper, while Nikolay Zherdev, Darroll Powe, Claude Giroux, and Andreas Nodl (empty-netter) also hit the back of the net.

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