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 recorded a 10-7-3-0 all-time record in 20 games played on this day. It's been all about streaks with Philadelphia in December 5th action -- tying their first two (1969, 1970), winning four in a row (1971-1981), losing six straight (1982-1995), and winning five consecutive contests (1998-2007) played on this day.
Since 1998, the Flyers have taken six of their seven December 5th tilts (6-1-0).
1969 -- Bill Sutherland and Joe Watson scored for the Flyers, but the big story was Bernie Parent's 41-save performance to help Philadelphia garner a point in a 2-2 draw with the California Golden Seals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena.
The game was tied 1-1 despite the Flyers being outshot 20-8 in the first period, with the fact they were even still in the game in large part due to Parent's play. After Watson made it a 2-1 lead at the second intermission, the Seals again tilted the ice towards the visitor's end in the third. They put 16 shots on Parent and knotted the score on a goal by Gary Jarrett.
The standoff gave Parent five consecutive outings without a loss, including four ties in those five contests (1-0-4),
1970 -- Simon Nolet's with 2:12 remaining in regulation lifted the Flyers into a 4-4 deadlock with the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Trailing 2-0, Bobby Clarke and Gary Dornhoefer sparked a three-goal outburst with a goal and two assists apiece to give Philly a 3-2 lead at the end of 40 minutes of play. Los Angeles controlled play for much of the third frame, outshooting the Flyers, 18-10 and getting goals from Bill Flett and Bob Pulford to take a 4-2 lead with 3:15 left.
Bernie Parent was excellent in the Philadelphia nets, stopping 34 of the 38 shots he faced to notch the draw.
1971 -- Gary Dornhoefer scored one goal and assisted on another, while Doug Favell turned aside all 27 shots he faced to post his 10th career NHL shutout in a 3-0 whitewash of the California Seals at the Spectrum.
First period power play goals from Larry Keenan and Jim Johnson 48 seconds apart gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead, and Dornhoefer added a third tally midway through the second period.
1974 -- Reggie Leach's goal with 3:19 remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner, and Bernie Parent stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 Flyers' victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum.
Goals by Jimmy Watson and Rick MacLeish staked Parent to a 2-0 lead late in the middle stanza, before Darcy Rota cut the 'Hawks deficit to one goal before the second intermission.
1976 -- Rick MacLeish notched his second hat trick of the season and the eighth regular season three-goal game of his career and Bobby Clarke added a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-2 thumping of the Cleveland Barons at the Spectrum.
MacLeish tallied once in each period, including his third with 1:11 left in regulation. Bill Barber chipped in with a goal and an assist, while both Andre Dupont and Tom Bladon had two helpers apiece.
Bernie Parent made 18 saves to extend his personal undefeated streak -- as well as that of the club, as he'd been the goalie of record in each -- to eight straight contests (5-0-3).
1981 -- Kenny Linseman scored once and assisted on two other goals, Bill Barber added a goal and an assist, and Pete Peeters turned away 30 of 32 shots in a 5-2 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Tom Gorence, Bob Hoffmeyer, and Bobby Clarke also scored for Philadelphia, who won for the third consecutive outing and fifth time in six games.
1997 -- John LeClair scored a pair of goals and Garth Snow stopped 27 shots, but Brian Leetch scored twice on the power play to enable the New York Rangers to force a 4-4 deadlock at the CoreStates Center.
1998 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored both goals and Ron Hextall turned aside 22 of the 23 shots he faced in a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals at the First Union Center.
1999 -- John LeClair beat Jamie McLennan for his second goal of the contest with 5:35 remaining in regulation to snap a 2-2 deadlock and lift the Flyers to a 3-2 triumph over the St. Louis Blues at the First Union Center.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission on goals by LeClair and Mark Recchi, and rookie goaltender Brian Boucher made that lead hold up into the third period despite being outshot 24-13 over the first 40 minutes.
Pavol Demitra knotted the score with 7:59 left, before LeClair tallied his game-winner.
The game marked just the sixth NHL appearance for Boucher -- who won for a fifth consecutive outing after losing his first decision -- as the freshman slowly wrestled the starting job away from John Vanbiesbrouck.
2002 -- Michal Handzus became only the second player in NHL history to record a penalty shot game-winning goal in overtime when he beat Dan Blackburn with 36.7 seconds remaining in the extra frame to life the Flyers to a thrilling 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at the First Union Center.
Handzus -- who had been hooked from behind by defenseman Tom Poti while on a breakaway to set up the rare occurence -- faked Blackburn on the forehand, then shifted to the bachand and sent a high shot to the glove side for the game-winning marker.
Former-Philadelphia captain Eric Lindros scored with two minutes left in the second period to knot the game at 2-2.
Winning netminder Roman Cechmanek -- who stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third period and finished with 24 saves on 26 shots -- also received goal support from Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi.
Recchi also added an assist to give him 515 points as a Flyer, moving him ahead of Reggie Leach and into the top-10 all-time point scorers in franchise history.
Kim Johnsson, the defender acquired in the trade for Lindros, assisted on Recchi's second period goal to hit the 100-point mark in his NHL career.
2003 -- John LeClair's power play goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner and Robert Esche turned away 18 shots against his former team as the Flyers squeaked past the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 at the Wachovia Center.
Jim Vandermeer and Tony Amonte also beat Sean Burke, who was the starting goaltender and mentor for Esche when he was the back up in Phoenix.
The win upped Philadelphia's record to 12-1-2 over their past 15 contests, giving them a 16-3-5-1 mark for the season and an NHL-best 38 points.
Upshall and Carter each beat Niklas Backstrom in the first period, but Pavol Demitra made it a one-goal Philadelphia lead when he scored with a man advantage in the first minute of the middle stanza.
Blue liner Braydon Coburn restored the Flyers' two-goal lead early in the third when his long slap shot from just outside the Wild zone floated past Backstrom and into the top corner of the net to close out the scoring.
2009 -- The Flyers are thumped 8-2 by the Washington Capitals in a Wells Fargo Center horror show in Peter Laviolette's head coaching debut. The game-changer came shortly after Mika Pyorala tied the game at 1-1, when the visitors received a nine-minute power play advantage after Daniel Carcillo dropped Matt Bradley with a single punch as the two exchanged shoves. The Capitals scored three times with the man advantage, took full control of the contest and never looked back as they built a 7-1 lead into the third period.
2010 -- Danny Briere broke a 2-2 tie with 5:44 remaining in regulation as the Flyers scored twice to erase a late-third period deficit in a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau County Coliseum.
Leading 1-0 into the final frame, the Isles got goals from former-Flyer Jon Sim and Frans Nielsen within a 36-second span early in the period to take a 2-1 lead.
Andreas Nodl knotted the score in the latter stages of the third, giving him seven goals in just 19 games for the year after lighting the lamp just once in 48 appearances over parts of the previous two seasons.
Rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky was spectacular, making 28 saves to improve his record to 13-4-2.
Flyers' December 5 trade
On this day in 2005, GM Bob Clarke made one of the worst moves during his 19 seasons overseeing the franchise, trading Patrick Sharp and Eric Meloche to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for minor-league winger Matt Ellison and a draft pick. While the story of Sharp's all-star career continues to be written in the Windy City, Ellison played in just seven games with the Flyers over two seasons. He spent the majority of the time at the AHL level, before leaving for the KHL prior to the 2008/09 campaign.
Flyers' December 5 coaching change
1992 -- GM Russ Farwell named Bill Dineen the eighth coach in franchise history, replacing Paul Holmgren after the last-place Flyers got off to a 10-10-4-0 start. Holmgren finished his time as bench boss with a 107-126-31 mark, while Dineen -- who is the father of Kevin, who had been recently acquired from the Hartford Whalers -- would go on to post a 60-60-20 record before being supplanted by Terry Simpson in the position.
December 5 Flyers' birthday
Kevin Haller was born in Trochu, Alberta on this day in 1970. He was picked up from the Montreal Canadiens in June of 1994 in exchange for Yves Racine, and made an immediate impact on a blue line in need of his skillset. Haller was a big part of the restructured defensive corps, which contributed greatly to the club's first postseason appearance following an absence from the spring dance for five consecutive years. He was also instrumental in Philadelphia's run to the 1995 Eastern Conference Final, posting four goals and eight points in 15 games in addition to a stellar game in his own end. Over the course 132 regular season contests over two-plus seasons, Haller posted seven goals, 29 points, and 177 PIMs. In 21 playoff games, he notched four goals, nine points, and 18 PIMs. Haller was shipped to the Hartford Whalers in December of 1996, as part of a package that brought Paul Coffey to Philly.