Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Rochefort's franchise-first hat trick, Cechmanek's first shutout

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Rochefort notches first hat trick in franchise history; Parent shuts out Pens; Flyers blast Bruins in Boston; Kerr triggers big win over Devils; Craven's goal with 13 seconds left beats Detroit; Flyers blow away Leafs twice; Fedotenko, Cechmanek post firsts in win over Buffalo

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 a 12-6-0-0 all-time record in games played on November 4. Philadelphia has scored 80 goals in the 18 (4.44 goals per game average), while they have allowed just 45 (2.50 goals-against average). The Flyers' offense has not been shutout in any November 4 outings, while they have blanked their opposition twice (Pittsburgh Penguins in 1973, Buffalo Sabres in 2000).

1967 -- Leon Rochefort posted the first hat trick in franchise history and Bernie Parent turned aside 33 of 34 shots as the expansion Flyers won their first meeting with the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the hallowed Forum.

The Habs badly outplayed Philadelphia, outshooting the visitors 26-10 in the first two periods, and 34-19 for the contest. Rogie Vachon made 14 saves for Montreal.

1972 -- Rick MacLeish scored twice in the third period and Bobby Taylor stopped 27 of 30 shots to lead the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum.

Rookies played a big part in the Philadelphia offense, as Don Saleski notched his third goal of the season, while Bill Barber and Tom Bladon each scored the first goals of their respective NHL careers.

Barber added three assists, as did Pierre Plante.

1973 -- Bobby Clarke and Ross Lonsberry scored two goals apiece and Bernie Parent stopped all 28 shots he faced to record his 15th shutout with the Flyers in a 7-0 whitewashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.

Bill Barber, Orest Kindrachuk, and Simon Nolet also lit the lamp for the Orange-and-Black, while Barber and Bill Flett each added a pair of helpers.

1978 -- Mel Bridgman and Reggie Leach each scored a pair of goals and Wayne Stephenson made 24 saves to lead the Flyers to a 7-3 drubbing of the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden.

Goals by Bridgman, Paul Holmgren, Paul Evans (first of his career), Rick MacLeish (shorthanded), and Leach on just 10 shots gave the visitors a 5-0 lead at the first intermission, chasing Bruins' starter Gilles Gilbert. Jim Pettie made 17 saves on 19 Flyers' shots the rest of the way, yielding markers to Bridgman in the second and Leach in the third.

Bobby Clarke finished the game with a trio of assists, while Bill Barber added a pair of helpers.

The win gave Philadelphia a 3-1-1 record in its last five trips to Boston, where the Garden had been a house of horrors for the Flyers as they had managed only an 0-18-4 record in their prior 22 visits.

1979 -- Kenny Linseman's late second period power play marker snapped a 1-1 deadlock and Pete Peeters stopped 40 of 41 shots as the Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 at the Spectrum.

Bill Barber opened the scoring 7:24 into the opening stanza, before Danny Gare knotted the score 5:30 later. Paul Holmgren gave Peeters some breathing room with 1:02 remaining in the middle frame -- and less than four and a half minutes after Linseman's go-ahead tally -- to close out the scoring.

The triumph gave the Flyers a 17-1-5 all-time record against the Sabres at the Spectrum.

1986 -- Tim Kerr's two second period power play goals broke a 1-1 tie and Ron Hextall stopped 28 of 29 shots to help the Flyers blast the New Jersey Devils 7-1 at the Spectrum.

It was all Philadelphia after defenseman Uli Heimer gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with a man advantage tally midway through the opening period. Mark Howe knotted the game when he beat New Jersey starter Alain Chevrier with a shorthanded marker with 2:32 left in the stanza, before Kerr staked the home squad to a two-goal lead at the second intermission.

Third period goals from Derrick Smith, Peter Zezel, Pelle Eklund, and Ron Sutter blew the game wide open for Philly. Eklund, Brian Propp, Howe, and Scott Mellanby each added a pair of assists apiece.

1988 -- Former-Detroit prospect Murray Craven's goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation offset a Steve Yzerman hat trick and lifted the Flyers over the Red Wings 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena.

Scott Mellanby, Terry Carkner, and Brian Propp also scored for Philadelphia, who received a spectacular goaltending performance from Mark Laforest. "Trees" made 31 saves to pick up his initial victory of the season, besting Greg Stefan, who made just 12 saves on 16 shots.

1989 -- Tim Kerr scored twice and Rick Tocchet added a goal and two assists as the Flyers topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Keith Acton, Ron Sutter, Brian Propp, and Tony Horacek (first NHL goal) also hit the back of the net for Philadelphia, while Mark Howe and Murray Craven each threw in a pair of helpers to the winning cause.

1990 -- Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Tim Kerr added three assists as the Flyers blew away the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second successive year at Maple Leaf Gardens, this time by a 7-1 count.

Pelle Eklund, Murray Craven, Keith Acton, Rick Tocchet, and Mike Ricci also beat current-Philly goaltending coach Jeff Reese, who ended the game with 29 saves on 36 shots.

1993 -- Dave Tippett's shorthanded goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner and Dominic Roussel turned away 27 of 28 shots to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Quebec Nordiques at the Spectrum.

Eric Lindros opened the scoring in the first and after Tippett made it a two-goal lead heading into the third period, Valery Kamensky spoiled Roussel's bid for a shutout early in the final frame. Mikael Renberg beat Stephane Fiset for a power play marker to restore the two-goal lead with less than five minutes left, and Mark Recchi sealed the win with a shorthander into an empty net with Fiset pulled for an extra attacker.

2000 -- Ruslan Fedotenko scored the game-winner with his first NHL goal early in the second period, and Roman Cechmanek stopped all 18 shots he faced to record his first career shutout as the Flyers blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 at the First Union Center.

Dan McGillis and Keith Primeau also beat Dominik Hasek, and Fedotenko added an assist on the McGillis marker.

2010 -- Blair Betts and Nikolay Zherdev scored against their former-teammates and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 triumph over the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Mike Richards and Chris Pronger each added power play tallies, and Claude Giroux had a pair of helpers.

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