Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Clarke's career-high six points, Dineen's four-goal game

Bruce Bennett

Nolet hat trick leads to comeback win over Habs; Clarke's 6 points blast North Stars; Dineen's four goals highlights big night for 2nd line; Boucher 1st Flyers' goalie to post shutout on back-to-back days; Coburn's first two-goal game helps Flyers blow away Hurricanes

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

It's only appropriate for a team that wears Orange-and-Black that the Flyers have amassed an excellent 10-5-3-0 all-time record in 18 games played on October 31, which includes wins in their last three Halloween contests dating back to 2001.

Goaltender Doug Favell became the first NHL goaltender to sport a painted mask when he had it made to look like a pumpkin just prior to Halloween of 1970.

1971 -- Simon Nolet scored three goals and assisted on another in a five-goal third period, and Doug Favell made 28 saves as the Flyers overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in the final period in a 5-3 triumph over Ken Dryden and the Montreal Canadiens at the Spectrum.

Nolet's marker early in the third period brought Philadelphia to within 2-1, but Frank Mahovlich tallied his second of the contest to restore the visitors' two-goal lead. But the Flyers turned it on during the final six minutes, as goals by Jim Johnson, Bill Lesuk, and Nolet's second in a 2:07 span gave Philly their first lead with 3:55 remaining.

Nolet hit the empty net with Dryden pulled for an extra attacker to complete his second career hat trick.

Bobby Clarke and Rick Foley each assisted on a pair of helpers.

1974 -- Bill Clement and Ross Lonsberry each scored a pair of goals and Bernie Parent turned aside 22 of 23 shots as the Flyers belted the New York Rangers 5-1 at the Spectrum.

Clement gave the home team a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but the Flyers blew the game wide open in the middle frame with goals from Reggie Leach, two by Lonsberry, and Clement's second. The four-goal outburst chased Rangers' starter Eddie Giacomin, who made 16 saves on the 21 shots he faced. Gilles Villemure was perfect on 12 third period shots.

Rick MacLeish and Gary Dornhoefer each added assists on Lonsberry's second period markers.

1976 -- Bobby Clarke posted two goals and tied his career-high for one game with six points, and Paul Holmgren recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Flyers bludgeoned the Minnesota North Stars by a 9-1 count at the Spectrum.

Both of Clarke's goals came via the special teams units, notching a shorthanded tally just over two minutes into the contest, then adding a man advantage strike late in the second to make it 4-1.

Holmgren assisted on a Reggie Leach power play goal and had a fight in the first period, then scored to make it a 3-1 game early in the middle frame to complete the feat.

Bernie Parent, who stopped 14 of 15 shots through two periods, was given the third period off as he was relieved by Gary Inness, who stopped the four shots he faced and even added an assist on Bill Barber's goal to close out the scoring. Minnesota goalie Pete LoPresti was saddled with all nine goals on 32 Flyer shots.

1982 -- Brian Propp scored a pair of goals and Rick St. Croix made 14 saves as the visiting Flyers skated away with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Winnipeg Arena.

Propp's two markers were book-ended around one from Tim Kerr during a three-goal Philadelphia second period. Propp's linemate Ray Allison assisted on both of his tallies.

1984 -- Brad McCrimmon's goal with 4:21 remaining in regulation and Pelle Lindbergh's 24 saves helped the Flyers salvage a point in a come-from-behind 3-3 deadlock with the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.

Brian Propp scored twice in the middle stanza but Buffalo got goals from two from Dave Andreychuk and a penalty shot marker from John Tucker to take a 3-2 lead into the third.

Peter Zezel and Tim Kerr each added helpers on Propp's second period strikes.

1991 -- Rick Tocchet notched two goals, Mike Ricci scored while shorthanded and added a pair of helpers, and Ron Hextall stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 victory in their first-ever meeting with the expansion San Jose Sharks at the Spectrum.

Murray Craven and Keith Acton also scored, while Rod Brind'Amour and Dan Quinn assisted on two goals.

1993 -- Kevin Dineen posted four goals and five points while Rod Brind'Amour added a goal and five points and Joseph Beranek chipped in with four helpers as the club's second line combined for five goals and 14 points in a wild 9-6 goal-fest against the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

Philadelphia led 6-4 at the second intermission, but goals 49 seconds apart in the first 2:15 of the stanza from Brian Noonan and Kevin Todd tied it at 6-6.

Dineen completed the hat trick less than three and a half minutes later, and the Flyers put the game away when Mark Recchi and Dineen scored 58 seconds apart with just over seven minutes left in the third.

In addition to his goal, Recchi added a pair of assists. Linemate Eric Lindros added a goal and two helpers, with his goal marking the 10th game in 12 outings he had scored for a total of 11 on the year.

Defensemen Greg Hawgood and Ryan McGill also beat 'Hawks netminder Eddie Belfour, who yielded the nine goals on just 25 shots. Dominic Roussel made 26 saves to improve his season record to 8-1-0.

1995 -- Eric Lindros and John LeClair each scored goals, Rod Brind'Amour added a pair of assists, and Garth Snow made 27 saves in a 2-2 draw with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Spectrum. Goaltender Daren Puppa made 41 saves to earn the point for the visitors.

1996 -- Trent Klatt scored a pair of third period goals and Ron Hextall made 25 saves to lift the Flyers to a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace.

Brian Bradley opened the scoring 7:25 into the contest, and goals by Dino Ciccarelli and Brian Bellows in a 12-second span staked the Lightning to a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.

Mikael Renberg began the comeback with a goal late in the middle frame, then assisted on Scott Daniels' tally 35 seconds later to bring Philadelphia back to within 3-2 heading into the third.

1997 -- Goals from John LeClair and Eric Desjardins (shorthanded) and 30 saves by Ron Hextall were enough to forge a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals at MCI Center. Olie "The Goalie" Kolzig stopped 37 of 39 Philadelphia shots.

2001 -- Brian Boucher stopped all 27 shots he faced for his seventh career regular season shutout and Mark Recchi posted a goal and assist to lead the Flyers to a 3-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the First Union Center.

Boucher became the first goaltender in franchise history to record shutouts on back-to-back calendar days, having made 32 saves in a whitewash of the Washington Capitals the day before by an identical 3-0 score.

John LeClair (25 seconds into the game) and Dan McGillis (power play goal with one second remaining in the second period) also scored, while Jeremy Roenick added a pair of helpers in the win.

The Flyers brought back their then-retired orange road jerseys and raised almost $68.000 for the Twin Towers Fund through an online auction of the jerseys following the game, increasing the organizations contributions to the fund to more than $187,000.

2002 -- Kim Johnsson scored a goal and assisted on two others, Jeremy Roenick and Michal Handzus added a goal and assist apiece, and Robert Esche outplayed Brian Boucher in the matchup of goaltenders playing against their former teams in a 6-2 Flyers victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at the First Union Center.

Eric Desjardins and Mark Recchi also scored for Philadelphia, while rookie Dennis Seidenberg notched his first career NHL goal in the triumph.

Esche made 18 saves to pick up the win, while Boucher was called upon to face 35 shots, of which he stopped 29.

2009 -- Braydon Coburn posted the first two-goal game of his career and Ray Emery made 39 saves as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 at the Wachovia Center.

Scott Hartnell and Matt Carle both added a goal and three points, while rookie James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist. David Laliberte, recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms to replace the injured Danny Briere, recorded a goal and an assist in his NHL debut.

Carolina's Brandon Sutter managed the lone goal on Emery out of the 40 Carolina offerings.

Also in 2009 -- The Spectrum, the legendary building in which the Flyers spent the first 29 years of their existence (1967/68-1995/96) and was home to both Stanley Cup-winning seasons in the mid-70's, officially closed its doors following the public last event, a Pearl Jam concert.

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