Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Pelle's first NHL shutout, 'Lappy' proves to be a warrior

Jim McIsaac

First hat trick in Philly for 'Rifle'; 'The Streak' reaches 18 games; Pelle's first NHL shutout; 'Boxcar' notches a Gordie Howe hat trick; Dineen's OT goal beats Bolts; Jonesy brings Flyers good fortune; 'Lappy' proves to be a warrior in Black Friday loss to Sabres

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 their game with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, the Flyers have registered an overall 10-7-0-1 record in 18 contests played on this day in franchise history. Philadelphia lost their first two November 27 outings (1968, 1969) and have dropped their last three (0-2-1 from 2002-2010), but did manage a six-game winning streak from 1974-1985.

The Flyers have taken on the Bolts one other time in November 27 action, winning a 4-3 overtime decision in Tampa in 1993.

1974 -- Reggie Leach recorded his first Flyers' hat trick and Bobby Clarke added a goal and four helpers as Philadelphia whipped the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 at the Spectrum.

Leach, who was acquired in a trade with the California Golden Seals in May, scored once in each period, and added an assist on a Bill Barber second period tally. The LCB Line accounted for five goals and 11 points in the romp (Clarke goal, five points; Leach three goals, four points; Barber goal, assist).

Philadelphia dominated throughout, firing 46 shots at Red Wings' goaltender Doug Grant. Bernie Parent faced just 16 Detroit shots to pick up his 11th win of the year, yielding a pair of goals to winger Doug Roberts.

Dave Schultz scored his first goal of the season for Philadelphia, who won for the second time in three outings.

1977 -- Mel Bridgman and Ross Lonsberry each recorded a goal and an assist, while Wayne Stephenson turned away all 17 shots he faced to record his eighth regular season Flyers' shutout in a 2-0 whitewash of the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.

Joe Watson played in his 700th game as a Flyer, at the time the only Philly defender to have reached that plateau. His 746 games over 11 seasons stands second only to Chris Therien's 753 among blue liners in franchise history, and fifth overall among all players that have ever worn the Orange-and-Black.

1979 -- Reggie Leach scored twice and Phil Myre stopped 19 of 21 shots as the Flyers cruised to a 6-2 triumph over the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum to extend their unbeaten streak to 18 straight games (15-0-3). The win also continued Philadelphia's dominance on home ice, improving their record to 10-0-1 in games played in their own building.

Mike Busniuk, Dennis Ververgaert, Norm Barnes, and Brian Propp also lit the lamp for the Flyers, and the pair of goals scored by Leach gave him 17 in the 18 contests he had dressed for on the year. Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, and Kenny Linseman each added two helpers in the winning effort.

Propp also added an assist in the win, giving the winger 12 goals and 28 points through the first 20 games of his rookie campaign.

It was the seventh consecutive victory for Myre, who was acquired from the St.Louis Blues via the trade route over the previous summer, and raised his season record to 9-1-1.

1982 -- First-year Flyer Mark Howe scored for a second straight game and rookie netminder Pelle Lindbergh turned aside all 22 shots he faced to record his first NHL shutout in a 4-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum.

Howe, who was picked up from the Hartford Whalers in an August trade involving Ken Linseman, provided the only goal Lindbergh would need in the opening stanza, and Lindsay Carson doubled the lead in the last minute to make it 2-0 at the first intermission.

Ron Flockhart and Ray Allison added insurance markers to help the rookie Lindbergh up his mark to 5-4-1 for the season.

1984 -- Lindsay Carson scored once and added an assist, while Bob Froese stopped 20 of 22 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Tim Kerr, Brad McCrimmon, and Brian Propp before the game was five minutes old, but Bill Gardner answered with a pair of strikes before the end of the stanza to make it a 3-2 Flyers' lead at the first intermission.

Philly kept the pressure on the rest of the way by outshooting Chicago 34-13 over the final forty minutes, but Blackhawks' goalkeeper Warren Skorodenski valiantly held his club in the contest. He allowed only Carson's early third period marker during that time, and finished with 44 saves.

Kerr's tally kept the big winger at a goal-per-game pace, giving him 21 in 21 Flyer outings for the season.

1985 -- Tim Kerr scored twice, Ed Hospodar notched a Gordie Howe hat trick, and Bob Froese turned away 14 of 15 shots as the Flyers dominated the Winnipeg Jets 6-1 at the Spectrum.

A pair of goals from Kerr and one from Dave Poulin staked Philadelphia to a 3-0 lead late in the second period, but Laurie Boschman made it a two-goal lead with 26 seconds remaining in the frame.

Brian Propp and Derrick Smith scored in an 11-second span early in the third to make it 5-1, giving Forese some breathing room.

Hospodar, who had assisted on Propp's goal, beat Winnipeg goalie Brian Hayward with 5:45 remaining in regulation to close out the scoring. The rugged defenseman then fought Dave Silk to complete the Gordie Howe hattie in a wild melee that saw Hospodar amass 17 penalty minutes and a game misconduct.

Froese improved his record to 8-1-0 for the year.

The multiple goal game was the eighth of the campaign for Kerr, who scored goals number 22 and 23 in Philadelphia's 22nd contest.

1990 -- Pelle Eklund scored two second period goals, Mike Ricci and Craig Berube added a goal and an assist apiece, and Pete Peeters turned aside 28 of 29 shots to lead the Flyers to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum.

Philadelphia scored three times on a Ken Baumgartner major penalty, with Ricci and a pair by Eklund coming within a 3:17 span in the middle frame.

Berube and Keith Acton tallied early in the third to make it 5-0, before Dave Chyzowski ruined Peeters' shutout bid with less than five minutes remaining.

All of the Flyers' goals were scored on starter Glenn Healy, who was yanked by Isles' head coach Al Arbour immediately after Acton's goal. Rookie Jeff Hackett finished out the remaining 15:05, stopping all three shots he faced.

1992 -- Rod Brind'Amour and Garry Galley each scored a pair of goals and Dominic Roussel made 22 saves as the Flyers belted the New York Islanders 6-3 at the Spectrum.

Brent Fedyk and Len Barrie also hit the back of the net for Philadelphia, while Mark Recchi chipped in with three helpers and rookie Andrei Lomakin added two assists.

1993 -- Kevin Dineen beat Daren Puppa 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Thunderdome.

Josef Beranek opened the scoring in the first period and Mikael Renberg posted two goals in the middle stanza to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead, but Tampa's Danton Cole knotted the game on a power play marker with 35 seconds left in the second.

Dominic Roussel was very good for the Flyers -- especially in a first period where he turned away all 16 shots he faced -- as he finished the contest with 30 saves to improve to 13-6-0 for the year.

1998 -- John LeClair snapped a 3-3 tie with 49 seconds remaining in the second period and John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 19 of 22 shots in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the First Union Center.

The line of LeClair-Eric Lindros-Keith Jones accounted for three of the four Philadelphia goals, with each member racking up a goal and two assists apiece. Rod Brind'Amour scored the other goal for the Flyers, who won for the fifth time in six outings. That stretch of good fortune just so happened to coincide with the acquisition of Jones from the Colorado Avalanche, following a seven-game winless run (0-5-2) and having picked up just one win in 10 games (1-6-3) prior to the trade.

2009 -- Tim Connolly scored two third period goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a Black Friday victory over the Flyers at the Wachovia Center, in a game where Ian Laperriere went down to block a Jason Pominville slap shot in the first period and took the shot directly to the face. 'Lappy' lost seven teeth and received between 50-100 stitches, then returned to play the third period while donning a full face shield.

2010 -- The Flyers outshot the New Jersey Devils 41-25 but could not beat Johan Hedberg until Danny Briere's power play goal midway through the third sent the game to extra time in an eventual 2-1 shootout loss at Prudential Center. It's the second defeat in the skills competition in as many days for Philadelphia, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames the previous day at the Wells Fargo Center.

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