Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Lindbergh's last game, re-united Crazy Eights ignite

Michael Heiman

Berenson's 6 goals has Flyers seeing Red; Bernie blanks North Stars; 'The Streak' reaches double-digits; 1985/86 team wins 9th straight in Pelle's last game; re-uniting of Crazy Eights sparks offensive spree; Downie traded; Pyorala's shootout-winner

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 tonight's matchup with the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers own a 9-8-3-1 all-time record in games played on November 7.

Tonight marks the second time Philadelphia meets their now-Metropolitan Division rivals in a November 7 contest, with Martin Brodeur and New Jersey taking the first by a 1-0 score at the First Union Center back in 2002.

1968 -- Red Berenson scored six times against Doug Favell and Jacques Plante stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead the St. Louis Blues to an 8-0 demolition of the Flyers at the Spectrum.

Berenson scored once each in the first and third periods, and lit the lamp four times in the middle stanza. The six goals were just one short of the all-time NHL record set by Joe Malone during the 1919/20 season.

1973 -- Ross Lonsberry scored twice during a four-goal Philadelphia third period and Bernie Parent stopped 21 of 22 shots to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings at Olympia Stadium.

Bill Barber and Tom Bladon also managed to beat Doug Grant, while Rick MacLeish added three helpers.

1974 -- Rick MacLeish's second period power play goal was the only support Bernie Parent would need as the Flyers' goaltender turned aside all 18 shots sent his way in a 2-0 whitewash of the Minnesota North Stars at the Spectrum.

Bill Barber iced the game with an empty-netter in the closing minute with Cesare Maniago pulled for an extra attacker.

Parent's shutout was the 24th time he had blanked the opposition in the regular season for Philadelphia.

1979 -- Bob Kelly's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner and Phil Myre made 22 saves as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) with a 4-3 triumph over the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee.

Trailing 2-0 in the middle stanza, Philadelphia got goals from Kelly, Brian Propp, and Rick MacLeish to take a 3-2 lead at the second intermission, before Kelly notched his second of the game early in the third. That marker would prove to be important when Rich LeDuc drew the home team to within a goal.

1985 -- Tim Kerr and Mark Howe scored a pair of goals apiece and Pelle Lindbergh turned aside 18 of 20 shots to lead the streaking Flyers to their ninth consecutive victory in a 6-2 blowout of the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum.

Defenseman Keith Brown gave the visitors a 1-0 lead just over a minute after the opening faceoff, but Philadelphia quickly siezed control of play. They outshot Chicago by a 27-12 count over the first two frames, with Pelle Eklund, Kerr, Ron Sutter, and Howe giving the Flyers a 4-1 lead by the second intermission.

Howe and Kerr would each add their second markers of the night in the third to put the game out of reach as the red-hot Flyers pumped 37 shots on Murray Bannerman. The two goals gave Kerr 13 in the club's 13th game of the season.

Everything was falling into place for Philadelphia. Dominating efforts were becoming the norm for Mike Keenan's squad as they inched closer to what would become a franchise record 13-game winning streak, but disaster was waiting right around the corner.

After a slow start to the season the win was Lindbergh's fifth in a row, and it was obvious he was getting into a groove similar to the one that brought him a Vezina Trophy as the league's best netminder the previous season.

The victory would tragically be his last. Lindbergh was given the next game off two days later as Bob Froese backstopped a victory over the Boston Bruins. Lindbergh would be involved in a fatal car accident just a few hours following the win.

1991 -- Pelle Eklund's shorthanded goal proved to be the game-winner and Ron Hextall made 25 saves as the Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 at the Spectrum.

Rookie Andre Lomakin, Dan Quinn, Steve Kasper, and Mark Pederson also beat Daren Puppa, while Rod Brind'Amour, Rick Tocchet, and Kjell Samuelsson each added a pair of helpers.

1992 -- Brent Fedyk scored twice within a 1:02 span late in the second period as a re-united 'Crazy Eights' line combined for six points in a 4-2 triumph over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.

Head coach Bill Dineen had replaced Fedyk on the top line with Greg Paslawski for nine games, but decided to move Fedyk back with rookie Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi following a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

The move paid off.

With Brett Hull and Craig Janney providing Blue's markers and Brian Benning with the lone Philadelphia tally, St. Louis held a 2-1 lead late in the middle frame before Fedyk notched his pair of goals to give the home team a lead heading into the third.

Stephane Beauregard, who ended with 25 saves, would not yield another St. Louis score, and Lindros sealed the victory with an empty-netter.

Dineen's decision to get the Crazy Eights back together would reap rewards moving forward, as the trio would account for 15 goals and 37 points over the next four outings (Recchi 4-11-15, Fedyk 5-7-12, Lindros 6-4-10).

1996 -- Mikael Renberg's goal midway through the third period snapped a 2-2 deadlock and John LeClair added a pair of goals as the Flyers scored four times in the final stanza in a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.

Despite being outshot 10-1 in the opening 20 minutes, Buffalo held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission thanks to a Derek Plante marker. Plante would double the Sabres' lead with his second of the contest in the latter half of the middle stanza, but John Druce was finally able to solve Dominik Hasek 59 seconds later to make it a 2-1 Buffalo lead heading into the third.

The ice was tilted towards the Sabres' end for much of the final frame, as Philadelphia put 20 shots on the home team's net. LeClair knotted the score via the man advantage before Renberg's go-ahead tally. LeClair gave Ron Hextall some breathing room with 4:01 remaining, and Daniel Lacroix iced the outcome into an empty net with Hasek pulled for the extra attacker.

Hextall wasn't very busy -- especially facing only four shots during the first 40 minutes -- as he was only called upon to stop 15 shots for the game. Hasek stopped 33 of 37 in the loss.

1998 -- John LeClair's power play goal late in the second period knotted the contest and John Vanbiesbrouck made 17 saves in a 2-2 deadlock with the Buffalo Sabres at the First Union Center.

Rod Brind'Amour assisted on LeClair's goal and also scored Philadelphia's other marker in the first period, but the game's real story was the usual spectacular play of Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek. 'The Dominator' turned away 35 Flyers' shots, and salvaged the tie in a third period in which Philly outshot the visitors by a wide 13-2 margin.

2007 -- Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal and Martin Biron stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.

Joffrey Lupul opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the match, and Mike Richards added an insurance goal midway through regulation.

2009 -- Mika Pyorala scored the shootout-winning goal and Ray Emery made 31 saves and stopped three of four shooters in the game-deciding skills competition in a 2-1 victory at the Wachovia Center.

Scott Hartnell put Philadelphia up 1-0 with a second period power play marker, but T.J. Oshie tied it up for St. Louis in the third.

Pyorala's, still looking for his first NHL goal at the time, put a backhander past St. Louis back stop Chris Mason in the fourth round of the shootout to give Philadelphia its fourth straight win. "That's a little strange, but I hope I get a real goal soon," Pyorala would say after the game.

November 7 Flyers Trades

1988 -- Philadelphia shipped defenseman J.J. Daigneault, who scored one of the most memorable goals in Flyers' history to win Game 6 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Final with the Edmonton Oilers, to the Montreal Canadiens for minor-league defender Scott Sandelin.

2008 -- 2005 first-round draft pick Steve Downie, who was just brought back to Philadelphia last week, was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning
along with defenseman Steve Eminger in exchange for blue liner Matt Carle.

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