Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Hawerchuk and Briere first Philly hat tricks, Biron blanks former teammates

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Barber, MacLeish each net two as 'The Streak' reaches 15 games; 'Frosty' shutout in first start since Pelle's passing; 'Ducky' hat trick; Briere's first Flyers' hat trick; Biron's 40-save shutout of former-Sabres teammates

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

Even though they went 0-3-1 in their first four and have dropped their last two games played on this day, the Flyers have still put together a pretty decent 10-8-2-1 all-time record in 21 games played on November 21 heading into tonight's clash with the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center.

This will be the second November 21 meeting between the two clubs, with Philadelphia taking the first in a 3-0 whitewash in 2008 in Buffalo.

1969 -- Joe Watson's goal early in the third period knots the game and Doug Favell turns aside 27 of 28 shots in a 1-1 deadlock with Gump Worsley and the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum.

1974 -- Bobby Clarke scores a goal and sets up two others and the Flyers hold the Vancouver Canucks to 16 total shots on goal -- including just one in the second period -- but Chris Oddleifson beats Bernie Parent with 2:03 remaining in the third period to give the visitors a 4-3 victory over Philly at the Spectrum.

1976 -- Mel Bridgman's second goal of the game early in the third period gives the Flyers a 6-2 lead, and Bernie Parent holds off a furious late comeback attempt in a 6-5 triumph over the Atlanta Flames at the Spectrum.

Ross Lonsberry, Rick MacLeish, Tom Bladon, and Paul Holmgren also scored for Philadelphia, who outshot Atlanta by a 22-3 count in the middle twenty minutes.

1979 -- Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish each notched a pair of goals and an assist as the Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring six consecutive goals in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum, running 'The Streak' to 15 straight games without a loss (13-0-2).

First-year winger Brian Propp snapped a 2-2 draw less than a minute into the final period with his 10th goal of the season, and Dennis Ververgaert also put the puck past Mario Lessard in a four-goal Philadelphia third.

Rookie netminder Pete Peeters stopped 19 of 23 shots to improve his record to 7-0-1 for the season.

1981 -- Brian Propp scores twice and accounts for three points, but the Flyers yield hat tricks to both Dennis Maruk and Tim Tookey in a 10-4 bludgeoning at the hands of the Washington Capitals at the Cap Center.

1982 -- Glen Cochrane's first goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 22 of 23 shots en route to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.

Brian Propp added a goal and an assist, and Darryl Sittler also scored for Philadelphia, who outshot the Blues 31-12 over the final forty minutes.

1984 -- Ron Sutter's goal with 16 seconds remaining in the middle stanza proved to be the eventual game-winner, and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-3 triumph over the Boston Bruins in a Thanksgiving Eve battle at the Spectrum.

Brian Propp, Ilkka Sinisalo, and Tim Kerr also scored for the Orange-and-Black.

It was the seventh straight victory for Lindbergh, who stretched his personal undefeated streak to ten games in a row (9-0-1). The win gave rookie coach Mike Keenan's squad a seven-game unbeaten stretch (6-0-1), and left them with a 10-1-2 mark in their last 13 outings as the young club continued to gain momentum and grow in confidence.

1985 -- Derrick Smith's first period tally provided all the offense the Flyers would need, and Bob Froese stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since the death of goaltending partner Pelle Lindbergh in a 3-0 blanking of the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum.

Tim Kerr scored midway through the third period to give him at least one goal in three straight contests -- giving him 21 goals in 19 Philadelphia games for the season -- while Mark Howe provided an insurance goal just over a minute later.

The game marked the first action for Froese since a November 9 win over the Boston Bruins, the night before a one-car accident took the life of Lindbergh. Hershey Bears call-up Darren Jensen had played the subsequent four contests, winning the first three.

1990 -- Pelle Eklund scored twice as the Flyers posted five consecutive goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.

Scott Mellanby, Tony Horacek, and Rick Tocchet also managed to put the puck behind Tom Barrasso, as Philadelphia broke a two-game losing skid.

Backup netminder Bruce Hoffort made eight saves on 10 shots in relief of the injured Pete Peeters, after the starter was injured in a collision with Pittsburgh winger Kevin Stevens. Peeters had turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced prior to leaving the game.

1993 -- Rookie Mikael Renberg scored with two minutes remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, but Pierre Turgeon beat Dominic Roussel for the second time in the game 24 seconds into the extra frame to give Ron Hextall and the New York Islanders a 4-3 win at the Spectrum.

1995 -- John LeClair's power play goal early in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and Garth Snow stopped 25 of 27 shots as the Flyers came back from a 2-0 deficit to post a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.

Rob DiMaio, Joel Otto, Rod Brind'Amour, and Mikael Renberg also beat "King" Byron Dafoe, while Eric Lindros and Pat Falloon each added a pair of assists apiece.

1996 -- Dale Hawerchuk recorded his lone Flyers' hat trick and four points, while Ron Hextall turned aside 23 of 26 shots as Philly drubbed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 at the CoreStates Center.

Trent Klatt, Joel Otto, Rod Brind'Amour, and John LeClair also scored for Philadelphia, who torched former-Flyer netminder Ken Wregget for all seven goals on 31 shots.

2002 -- Jeremy Roenick's power play goal with 7:29 remaining in regulation provided the tying goal, and Robert Esche made 27 saves in a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Sharks at the First Union Center. It was the fourth deadlock in the past five contests for Philadelphia (1-0-4).

John LeClair -- who assisted on Roenick's game-tying tally -- scored the other Flyers' marker, while Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau provided goals for S.J. Evgeny Nabokov, who finished with 32 saves, blocked all seven Philly shots in overtime to secure the tie.

2007 -- Danny Briere scored three times in the third period to notch his first hat trick as a Flyer and third of his career, as Philadelphia scored on four of seven shots in the final frame in a 6-3 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

Mike Knuble added a goal and a pair of assists, while Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell (empty-netter) also scored for the Flyers.

One of the saves for Carolina goaltender Cam Ward during the final twenty minutes came on a Mike Richards shorthanded penalty shot attempt early in the stanza.

Martin Biron was often spectacular in front of the Philadelphia cage, turning away 32 of the 35 shots sent his direction to pick up his 10th win of the season.

2008 -- Jeff Carter scored twice and Martin Biron stopped all 40 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the Flyers blanked Biron's former Buffalo Sabres teammates 3-0 at HSBC Arena.

Scott Hartnell opened the scoring in the last minute of the first period, shortly after leaving the penalty box as part of a two-man Buffalo advantage in which Biron robbed Jaroslav Spacek on a slap shot from close range.

Biron then stoned Thomas Vanek on a second period breakaway as Philadelphia nursed the one-goal lead, before Carter provided breathing room midway through the third. Carter would add an empty-netter with Ryan Miller pulled for an extra attacker.

Biron was called upon to stop 15 shots in the final twenty minutes, as he recorded his sixth shutout as a Flyer and 24th of his career.

Flyers' November 21 Birthday

Lindsay Carson was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan on this day in 1960. The solid winger was part of the legendary 1979 draft crop which yielded several Hall-of-Famers, selected by Philadelphia in the third round (56th-overall). The 6' 2", 195-pounder appeared in 346 contests over parts of seven seasons, posting 61 goals, 137 points, and 495 PIMs while in the Orange-and-Black. Included in that time was a 20-goal year in 1984/85. Carson was part of the 1985 and 1987 Stanley Cup-finalists, and accumulated three goals, 11 points, and 56 PIMs in 44 postseason games for the Flyers. After managing just a pair of goals and nine points in the first 36 outings of the 1987/88 campaign, Carson was dealt to the Hartford Whalers in January of 1988 in exchange for forward Paul Lawless.

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