October 29 in Philadelphia Flyers history: Bridgman hat trick, Giroux line blows away Hurricanes

Ronald Martinez

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

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 tilt with the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers have compiled a pretty stellar 10-3-3-0 all-time record in 16 games played on October 29, which includes wins in their last four October 29 contests dating back to 2002.

1970 -- Serge Bernier scored one goal and assisted on another in a three-goal third period, and Doug Favell turned away 34 of 35 shots to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final frame Philadelphia sent 19 shots on Kings' goalie Jack Norris. Wayne Hillman knotted the score at 1-1 just over a minute into the stanza, and Earl Heiskala gave the Flyers their first lead less than six minutes later before Bernier clinched the outcome with an empty-netter in the last half-minute.

1972 -- Rick MacLeish scored twice and figured in on three Flyers' tallies, and Bobby Taylor made 35 saves in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum.

Bobby Clarke (shorthanded) and Darryl Sittler had traded goals in the first three minutes after the opening faceoff before MacLeish took over. He beat Leafs' netminder Ron Low late in the first, assisted on Don Saleski's marker, then scored with 1:22 remaining in the middle session to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead heading into the third.

Bob Kelly scored in the final period for the Flyers.

1977 -- Reggie Leach scored a pair of goals and Bernie Parent stopped 26 of 29 shots as the Flyers buried the St. Louis Blues 7-3 at the Checkerdome.

Bill Barber and Bob Kelley had first period goals that were sandwiched between two from St. Louis' Garry Unger, before 'The Rifle' notched his first of the contest. Rick MacLeish followed with a goal just 38 seconds later, and Don Saleski made it a three-goal Philadelphia lead less than a minute and a half later. Defenseman Bob Dailey capped a four-goal Flyers' second, before Leach closed out the scoring midway through the third.

1981 -- Mel Bridgman notched his lone hat trick in a Flyers' uniform and Rick St. Croix made 17 saves in a fight-filled 6-4 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.

Bridgman scored once in each period, with his third goal coming via the power play with 4:22 left to break a 4-4 tie.

Brian Propp, Ilkka Sinisalo, and Bobby Clarke (empty-netter) also scored, while Kenny Linseman added four helpers.

1983 -- Bobby Clarke scored twice and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 25 of 26 shots as the Flyers downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at the Igloo.

Trailing 1-0 entering the second period, Clarke tied the game with a shorthanded marker just 44 seconds into the middle frame. Darryl Sittler gave the visitors their first lead of the tilt early in the final period, before Clarke iced the game late in the stanza.

1992 -- Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi each netter a pair of goals and Dominic Roussel made 42 saves in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

Chicago outshot Philly 19-3 in the first, but the game was deadlocked at 1-1 at the first intermission thanks to Roussel.

Mark Pederson also tallied for the Flyers, who got a two-assist performance from rookie defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich. The pair of goals gave Lindros, another Philly freshman, eight goals and 15 points in 12 games.

1995 -- John LeClair scored once and assisted on another and Garth Snow made 18 saves in a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Spectrum.

Goals by Brent Fedyk, LeClair, and Shjon Podein (shorthanded) staked the home team to a 3-0 lead early in the third period, but the Sens answered back with a pair of goals in less than two minutes to get back to within one. Eric Lindros gave Snow some breathing room with his ninth of the year (in Philly's 10th game), before Mikael Renberg clinched the triumph with Don Beaupre pulled for an extra attacker.

2002 -- Keith Primeau scored a pair of goals and Roman Cechmanek stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Flyers overcame the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at the First Union Center. Primeau deflected a Simon Gagne shot past Sens' starter Patrick Lalime just 21 seconds into the game, then notched the game-winner when he took a pass from Kim Johnsson at center ice and made a strong move past a defender before roofing one past Lalime and under the crossbar late in the second period

The lone blemish for Cechmanek came in the second period on Jason Spezza's first NHL goal.

2003 -- Joni Pitkanen and Michal Handzus posted a goal and assist apiece and Robert Esche made 21 saves to lead the Flyers past the Florida Panthers 5-1 at the Wachovia Center.

Justin Williams, Jeremy Roenick, and John LeClair also scored for Philadelphia, who went 3-for-9 with the man advantage. Simon Gagne and Tony Amonte each recorded a pair of assists.

2010 -- Claude Giroux's second goal of the game midway through the third period proved to be the eventual game-winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. It was Philadelphia's second straight win at the Penguins' new home, as Bobrovsky and the Flyers had spoiled the arena's inaugural regular season game by an exact score on October 7.

Giroux scored once while his team was shorthanded, and the game-winner came via the power play.

Daniel Carcillo also lit the lamp for the visitors.

The game took on a nasty tone from the opening faceoff, as Mike Richards fought Matt Cooke at the six-second mark and Jody Shelley took on Derek Engelland at 23 seconds.

2011 -- The line of Scott Hartnell (goal, two assists), Claude Giroux (goal, three assists), and Jaromir Jagr (pair of goals) combined for four goals and nine points and the Flyers scored four times in the third period to blow the Carolina Hurricanes away by a 5-1 count at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maxime Talbot added a shorthanded goal early in the third period to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves to snap a personal five-game losing skid (0-4-1), with the last being the 9-8 "lost in the woods" defeat just two days earlier. Former-Flyer Brian Boucher made 29 saves for Carolina in the loss.

October 29 Birthday

Joel Otto 1961 -- The 6' 4", 230-pound centerman was signed as an UFA in the summer of 1995, giving the Flyers a bona fide shutdown pivot that could also be counted on to win late-game defensive draws.

Otto spent three seasons in Philadelphia, posting 28 goals, 80 points, and 292 PIMs in 213 regular season games. He was part of the 1997 club that made it to the Stanley Cup Final, only to be swept by the Detroit Red Wings. In 35 postseason tilts, Otto recorded four goals, 13 points, and 19 PIMs.

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