October 28 in Philadelphia Flyers history: 100th win, Zelepukin OT-winner, Niittymaki blanks Atlanta

Andre Ringuette

Dornhoefer's 1st as a Flyer; 100th win in team history; Bernie blanks Pens; Leach caps 4-goal 3rd in win over DET; 8-goal outburst and Peeters shutout burns CGY; Clarke's 4 points highlights 9-goal effort over PIT; Zelepukin OT-winner; Niittymaki continues mastery of ATL

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

The Flyers own an 8-6-1-0 all-time record in games played on October 28, with the best stretch being a five-game winning streak in contests that took place on this day from 1973-1982. Thanks to three huge offensive outbursts, Philadelphia has average 4.26 goals per game in the 15 games, while Flyers' netminders have pitched a trio of October 28 shutouts.

1967 -- Gary Dornhoefer scored his first goal as a Flyer, but it would be the only time they would manage to beat Roger Crozier as the Detroit Red Wings skated to a 3-1 victory at the Spectrum to snap a three-game Philadelphia winning streak. Doug Favell made 33 saves in the loss.

1971 -- Simon Nolet scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Doug Favell stopped 28 of 30 shots to lift the Flyers over the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at the Spectrum to give Philadelphia its 100th regular season win in franchise history.

A first period power play marker by Larry Mickey (the only goal he would ever score with Philadelphia) and a late-second period tally from Nolet gave the home team a 2-0 lead going into the final stanza. But the visitors knotted the score on goals by rookie defenseman Jocelyn Guevremont and Orland Kurtenbach within the frame's first 5:06 before Nolet's game-winner.

1972 -- Doug Favell makes 51 saves in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Center. The North Stars peppered Favell with 42 shots in the first two periods alone, outshooting Philadelphia 21-11 in each frame. Gump Worsley made 37 saves to pick up the win.

1973 -- First period shorthanded goals from Orest Kindrachuk and Bill Clement proved to be all Bernie Parent would need as the Flyers held on for a 2-1 triumph over the California Golden Seals at the Spectrum.

Parent would finish with 21 saves, with the only blemish coming off the stick of Craig Patrick late in the third period.

1976 -- Bernie Parent turned aside all 21 shots he faced and the Flyers received goals from Reggie Leach, Mel Bridgman, and Bobby Clarke to blank the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 at the Spectrum.

1979 -- Reggie Leach scored his second goal of the contest with 1:00 left in regulation to cap a wild, four-goal third period as the Flyers pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum.

Dennis Ververgaert also notched a pair of goals and rookie Brian Propp scored for a fourth straight games to give him seven in his first eight NHL games. Defenseman Bob Dailey added four helpers.

The triumph ran Philadelphia's undefeated streak to six straight games (5-0-1). Phil Myre made 16 saves to record the win, while Rogie Vachon was spectacular in stopping 43 of 48 shots for Detroit.

1980 -- Behn Wilson and Bill Barber each posted a pair of goals and Pete Peeters stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Flyers burned the Calgary Flames 8-0 at the Spectrum.

Al Hill, Tim Kerr, Brian Propp, and Jimmy Watson also scored for Philadelphia, while Bobby Clarke, Bob Dailey, and Paul Holmgren added a pair of assists apiece.

A third period fight between Holmgren (his second fighting major of the contest) and Calgary's Willi Plett touched off a fevered melee, in which 176 PIMs were doled out between the clubs.

1982 -- Bobby Clarke posted a pair of goals and four points while Tim Kerr and Ray Allison added two goals each and Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves to lead the Flyers to a 9-2 bludgeoning of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.

Lindsay Carson, Paul Holmgren, and Ron Flockhart also dented the twine for Philadelphia, while Carson, Flockhart, Mark Howe, Bill Barber, and Paul Evans chipped in with two helpers apiece.

1995 -- Eric Lindros netted two goals and an assist but Tommy Salo made 41 saves and Derek King provided the game-tying goal in the third period in a 5-5 tie with the New York Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum.

Mikael Renberg, John LeClair, and Brent Fedyk also scored for Philadelphia, and Dominic Roussel made 17 saves in the deadlock.

The performance gave Lindros goals in seven of the Flyers first nine games and six multiple-point efforts, giving him eight goals and 16 points in the early season as a follow-up to capturing the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP the previous year.

Philadelphia outshot the Islanders by a 20-4 margin in the third period and OT, including 6-0 in the extra period.

1999 -- Valeri Zelepukin scored with nine seconds remaining in overtime to salvage a sloppy 5-4 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche at the First Union Center.

Goals by Mikael Renberg, Mark Recchi, Eric Desjardins, and Mark Greig gave staked John Vanbiesbrouck to a seemingly safe 4-0 lead just over two minutes into the third period, but Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk each posted a pair of goals just over 11 minutes later.

Daymond Langkow assisted on three of the Flyers' goals, including Zelepukin's OT game-winner.

2008 -- Joffrey Lupul, Simon Gagne, and Mike Knuble each scored twice and Antero Niittymaki turned away 24 shots to post his fourth and final shutout in a Flyers' uniform in a 7-0 drubbing of the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

It was the third consecutive victory for Philadelphia following an 0-3-3 start, the 11th straight time they'd beaten Atlanta, and made it 15 games in row without a loss to the Thrashers (14-0-1).

Niittymaki's mastery over fellow-Finn goaltender Kari Lehtonen and the Thrashers was incredible, as the victory ran his personal record against Atlanta to a perfect 10-0-0.

One of the few bright spots for the home team came when Lehtonen was able to stop Mike Richards on a shorthanded penalty shot, after the captain was hooked from behind on a breakaway by Ron Hainsey.

October 28 Birthday

Kevin Dineen turns 50 years old today. Born on this day in Quebec City in 1963, the tough-as-nails winger brought an equal mix of talent and toughness, posting 355 goals, 760 points, and 2,229 penalty minutes over 19 seasons in the NHL.

Drafted by the Hartford Whalers with a 1982 third round pick acquired in the trade that brought Mark Howe to Philadelphia in 1981, Dineen came the Flyers in exchange for Murray Craven and a pick in early-November of 1991.

The 5' 11", 190-pound spark plug quickly became one of the team's key contributors over the rest of the season, tallying 26 goals, 56 points, and 130 PIMs in 64 contests. He fared even better the next year, posting 35 goals, 63 points, and 201 PIMs in 83 games, and became one of the club's veteran leaders.

The Flyers failed to qualify for the postseason for a fourth consecutive year and were in the midst of a rebuilding phase with the likes of 19-year-old Eric Lindros, 22-year-old Rod Brind'Amour, and 24-year-old Mark Recchi. But no Flyer had worn the "C" since Rick Tocchet was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 1992 trade deadline. Dineen was the obvious choice, and was named the 10th captain in franchise history just prior to the 1993/94 season.

He was the perfect leader on the ice and in the locker room, but managed just 19 goals, 42 points, and 119 PIMs in 71 games that year. The Flyers missed the playoffs for a fifth straight campaign, and were anxious to anoint Lindros as the next captain.

The change was made in September of 1994.

Dineen missed much of the next season due to a horrible run of injuries, and he was only able to produce eight goals, 13 points, and 39 PIMs in 40 games. The wear and tear of 14 NHL seasons was taking its toll, and after managing just a pair of assists and 50 PIMs in 26 outings to start 1995/96, Dineen was sent back to Hartford for two draft picks.

In a total of 284 games with Philadelphia. Dineen recorded 88 goals, 176 points, and 533 PIMs.

Dineen is now in his third season as head coach of the Florida Panthers.

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