Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Gagne, Forsberg remain red hot, Ragnarsson, Pitkanen OT GWGs

Andre Ringuette

1st NHL goals for 'Hound' & 'Fridge'; '79/80 team runs unbeaten streak to 10; Kerr ties Clarke in franchise goal-scoring leaders; Divisek's lone NHL tally is GWG; Ragnarsson & Pitkanen OT game-winners; Gagne and Forsberg continue assault on NHL goalies

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 complied a 7-9-2-1 all-time record in 19 games played on November 8. Philadelphia has lost their last two contests on this day (2007, 2008), and had a five-game November 8 winless skid from 1983-1991 (0-3-1-1).

1967 -- Bill Sutherland scored the lone Flyers' goal and Bernie Parent turned aside 41 of 42 shots in a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo. Parent had to be especially good over the final 40 minutes as Pittsburgh outshot Philly by a 35-19 margin, including 17-8 in the final stanza.

1970 -- Wayne Hillman's goal 28 seconds into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie, while rookie Bob Kelly notched his first NHL goal and an assist in a 3-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.

Gilbert Perreault, the first-overall pick in the draft that year, staked the Sabres to a 1-0 lead when he beat Doug Favell early in the first period. That marker held up until late in the middle frame, when Jim Johnson was able to get the puck past Roger Crozier to knot the score.

After Hillman made it a 2-1 Philadelphia lead in the first half minute of the final stanza, Kelly provided Favell with an insurance goal midway through the third to close out the scoring.

Bobby Clarke assisted on both of the Flyers' third period tallies, while Favell finished with 19 saves on 20 shots.

1972 -- Freshman Bill Barber recorded the first multiple goal game of his career, scoring both Philadelphia markers in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Civic Arena.

1978 -- Blake Dunlop scored his first two goals in a Flyers' uniform and Bernie Parent stopped 22 of 25 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum.

Bill Barber added a goal and a pair of helpers, while Reggie Leach and Rick Lapointe also managed to beat Kings' netminder Mario Lessard.

1980 -- Reggie Leach's goal midway through the third period broke a 4-4 deadlock to back Phil Myre's 33-save performance as the Flyers knocked off the Whalers 5-4 at the Hartford Civic Center.

Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, Yves Preston, and Blake Wesley also lit the lamp for Philadelphia, who won for a third consecutive time and ran their undefeated streak to 10 games (8-0-2).

1987 -- Defenseman Doug Crossman scored a goal and assisted on two others while Ron Hextall made 39 saves in a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils at the Spectrum.

New Jersey jumped to a 3-1 lead at the 8:58 mark of the opening period, but Crossman and Ilkka Sinisalo scored late in the first to knot the game. Brian Propp also scored, and Rick Tocchet added a pair of helpers.

No more goals were scored the rest of the way, and Hextall had to be particularly good in a third period that saw the visitors throw 17 shots in his direction.

1990 -- Tim Kerr scored the 358th goal of his NHL career, tying him with Bobby Clarke for third place on the Flyers' all-time goal-scoring list in an 8-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Spectrum. Kerr still holds the third spot in franchise goals scored to this day.

1997 -- Shjon Podein's goal with 43 seconds left in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner as the Flyers scored three times in the middle frame to grab a 4-3 win away from the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Center.

After John Druce and Ottawa's Alexander Daigle traded first period tallies, Garth Snow received offensive support from John LeClair, Chris Gratton, and Podein to take a 4-1 lead into the final frame.

Snow finished with 23 saves to pick up the win.

2000 -- Todd Fedoruk posted his first NHL goal, but Alexei Kovalev's hat trick led the host Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 pasting of the Flyers at Mellon Arena.

2001 -- Tomas Divisek scored his first NHL goal in the second period, and it would prove to be the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace.

Ruslan Fedotenko gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the latter stages of the opening stanza, before Divisek beat Tampa starter Nikolai Khabibulin midway through regulation to make it a 2-0 game through 40 minutes.

The goal turned out to be invaluable to Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher, as he lost his shutout bid to a Pavel Kubina tally with just over 11 minutes left in the final period. Boucher finished with 22 saves to register his fourth win of the season.

It was the second game of the year for Divisek after being recalled from the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. He played the next game for the Flyers before being returned to the AHL. The game-winning goal in the win over Tampa would be his lone NHL tally, as Divisek would return to the Czech Republic following the 2001/02 campaign.

2003 -- Marcus Ragnarsson beat Mike Dunham 1:01 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Trailing 1-0 at the start of the third period, Tony Amonte evened the score on the power play at the 49-second mark, just 19 seconds after Tom Poti was called for slashing. Amonte, who had drilled Dunham in the mask with a shot on a two-on-one earlier in the shift, set up Ragnarsson in front for the game-winner. The defenseman took the feed from Amonte and put it high past Dunham to the short side.

Jeremy Roenick assisted on both markers, and Jeff Hackett made 21 saves to pick up the win.

2005 -- Joni Pitkanen scored the game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation, then recorded the winner 1:55 into overtime to give the Flyers an exciting come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Wachovia Center.

Mike Knuble gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead on a man advantage goal with less than a minute left in the opening stanza, but Boston's Shawn McEachern knotted the game with a power play strike of his own late in the second. Sergei Samsonov gave the visitors their first lead of the contest in the first minute of the third, and Joe Thornton appeared to put it away with less than five minutes left following a Pitkanen turnover.

But Simon Gagne, fresh off a hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers in the club's previous outing, notched his seventh goal in the last four games to cut the deficit to one goal just over a minute later. The marker gave the red-hot Gagne a league-high 16 in Philly's 13th contest of the year.

With goaltender Robert Esche pulled for an extra attacker, Pitkanen was already in full flight when he took a feed from Peter Forsberg down the left wing side. The young defenseman snapped a wrist shot that beat Boston netminder Hannu Toivonen under the crossbar to the far side corner to send the game to extra time.

In overtime, Pitkanen took a pass from Michal Handzus behind the net and sent a shot that hit Toivonen in the shoulder and found its way into the net to help Philadelphia garner the extra point.

Forsberg posted three assists, increasing his NHL-leading total to 24 in just 13 games.

November 8 Flyers Birthday

Keith Jones 1968 -- Acquired in a November, 1998 trade with the Colorado Avanlanche for Shjon Podein, the hard-nosed Jones notched 18 goals, 49 points, and 78 PIMs in his first season with the Flyers playing on Eric Lindros' wing. With recurring knee injuries and a concussion, Jones retired as an active player after only appearing in eight games in 2000/01. Jones finished parts of three seasons in Philadelphia with 27 goals, 74 points, and 164 in 131 regular season contests and five goals, nine points, and 28 PIMs in 24 playoff games. He is currently one of the leading in-game analysts with the Flyers and the NBC Sports Network.

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