Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Beranek Gordie Howe hat trick, Stamkos hattie in wild loss to TB

Bruce Bennett

Lindbergh stops McDonald to preserve Flockhart's game-winner; Beranek Gordie Howe hat trick; Dykhuis, Snow headline win over the Whale; Williams, Gagne each notch pair to top Caps; Boucher stars in win over Kings

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 have compiled a 6-6-4-2 record in eighteen November 18 contests. The team has suffered tough losses in three of the last four outings on this day (1-2-0-1), losing a two-goal lead late in the third period in an eventual overtime loss to the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005, a 6-1 blowout loss to the San Jose Sharks in 2006, and a ridiculous 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.

1971 -- Simon Nolet scored early in the second period to give Bruce Gamble the only offensive support he would need during a 32-save shutout performance in a 2-0 whitewash of the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.

Jean-Guy Gendron added an insurance marker late in the third to close out the scoring.

It was the first shutout in a Flyers' uniform for Gamble since being acquired as part of the return for Bernie Parent in a January, 1971 trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1982 -- Ron Flockhart snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period and Pelle Lindbergh stoned Lanny McDonald on a penalty shot two minutes later to preserve a 3-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames at the Spectrum.

Goals by McDonald and Dave Hindmarch in a 54-second span gave the visitors a 2-0 lead early in the opening frame, before Bill Barber and Lindsay Carson rallied Philadelphia to a 2-2 deadlock before the first intermission.

Lindbergh finished with 24 saves on 26 shots, and became the first Flyers' netminder to thwart a regular season opposition penalty shot attempt when he turned McDonald's chance aside at 6:49 of the final stanza.

1984 -- Ray Allison, Doug Crossman, and Dave Brown each scored their respective first goals of the season, and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 37 of 40 shots to help the Flyers earn a 3-3 tie with the New York Islanders at the Spectrum.

Brown gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead midway through a third period in which the Isles dominated by a 19-5 shots on goal count, but Pat LaFontaine was able to finally knot the score with 2:42 remaining in regulation.

New York goaltender Kelly Hrudey finished with 28 saves, including stopping Flyer Ron Sutter on a penalty shot.

1989 -- Ken Wregget shuts out the Winnipeg Jets through regulation time, but Daniel "The Bandit" Berthiaume also blanks Flyers' shooters and Doug Smail's goal 1:32 into overtime gives the visitors a 1-0 win at the Spectrum.

1993 -- Josef Beranek snapped a 3-3 tie midway through the second period and Dominic Roussel made 26 saves as the Flyers skated to a 6-3 victory over the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum.

Mark Recchi added a pair of goals and an assist, while defenseman Yves Racine pitched in with a goal and two helpers.

The game-winning marker gave Beranek goals in four consecutive contests and 17 for the season, before the 24-year-old Czech added an assist on a Recchi goal and fought Pat Verbeek during the third period to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick.

1995 -- Karl Dykhuis scored twice and Garth Snow made 21 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the Hartford Whalers at Civic Arena.

Shjon Podein and Eric Lindros (empty-netter with one second left in regulation) also scored, while Rod Brind'Amour assisted on three of the four Philadelphia tallies.

1999 -- Daymond Langkow staked the Flyers to a 1-0 lead early in the opening period and John Vanbiesbrouck made it hold up until Mike Modano knotted the score with 31 seconds left in regulation in a 1-1 deadlock at the First Union Center.

2000 -- Justin Williams and Simon Gagne each posted a pair of goals and an assist and Brian Boucher turned away 35 of 38 shots to offset a hat trick from Steve Konowalchuk in a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals at the First Union Center.

Keith Primeau scored the other goal and added two helpers, while Andy Delmore and Peter White each had two assists.

2005 -- Branko Radivojevic scored twice as part of a four-goal second period to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead heading into the third period, but late third period tallies from Peter Bondra (18:10) and Patrik Stefan (seven seconds left in regulation) sent the game to overtime, and Greg deVries gave the visiting Atlanta Thrashers a come-from-behind 6-5 win on a breakaway at 3:05 of the extra period at the Wachovia Center.

Atlanta netminder Michael Garnett made 31 saves and stopped R.J. Umberger on a third period penalty shot to give his team a chance to comeback.

With Garnett pulled for an extra attacker and Philadelphia holding a 5-3 advantage, Simon Gagne had an opportunity to put the game away but was hauled down. No penalty was called, and Bondra scored shortly after to make it a one-goal game.

It was a tough night all the way around for head coach Ken Hitchcock, who in addition to the heartbreaking loss also left the game late in the second period to receive medical attention after being hit in the head by a deflected puck that left the playing surface. He did return for the beginning of the third.

2009 -- Rookie James van Riemsdyk scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period, and Brian Boucher stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Trailing 1-0 in the middle session, Mika Pyorala scored his first NHL goal to tie midway through the stanza and Mike Richards beat Jonathan Quick with 1:05 remaining to make it a 2-1 Philadelphia lead at the second intermission.

Van Riemsdyk made it a two-goal lead early in the third frame, and Boucher was spectacular in preserving the victory as Los Angeles outshot the Flyers, 21-5 over the final twenty minutes.

Braydon Coburn added a pair of assists in the win.

2010 -- Nikolay Zherdev posted two goals and three points and 15 of 18 Flyers recorded at least one point, but Steven Stamkos netted a hat trick and Martin St. Louis added five helpers to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a wild 8-7 win at the Wells Fargo Center.

Nine goals were scored in the first period alone -- five by Philadelphia and four for Tampa -- falling just three short of the NHL-record of 12. Lightning started Dan Ellis didn't make it out of the first period as he was yanked with 4:26 left in the frame after yielding four goals on 10 shots, and Sergei Bobrovsky was relieved by Brian Boucher at the first intermission after stopping only seven of the 11 shots he faced in his 12th straight start.

Mike Smith (19 saves on 22 shots) and Boucher (18 saves, 22 shots) fared much better, but Nate Thompson scored the lone goal of the final period to give the visitors the victory.

Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, and Jody Shelley were the only Philly skaters not to post at least a point in the loss. Andrej Meszaros notched his first Flyers' goal against his former teammates, while Tampa's Steve Downie also lit the lamp versus his former club.

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