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 game in Ottawa, the Flyers have posted a 10-4-3-0 all-time record in 17 games played on December 6. Philadelphia went 21 years without a loss on this day from 1972-1993, going 6-0-3-0 during that stretch. Tonight's tilt in Canada's capital is the first-ever December 6 meeting between the Flyers and Senators.
1970 -- Rookie Bob Kelly snapped a 2-2 tie early in the second period and Doug Favell turned aside 29 of 31 shots as the Flyers went on to record a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at St. Louis Arena.
Bill Lesuk and Jean-Guy Gendron scored first period goals before Kelly's tie-breaker in the middle frame, and despite being outshot 16-14 in the final stanza, Philadelphia notched the only two goals courtesy of Joe Watson and Serge Bernier. Bernier finished the contest with four points, which at that time was a career-best.
1973 -- Goals by Orest Kindrachuk, Simon Nolet, and Rick MacLeish staked Bernie Parent and the Flyers to a 3-1 lead late in regulation, but Bobby Orr scored with 1:22 remaining then set up Phil Esposito for the game-tying marker with just 32 seconds left to give the Boston Bruins a stunner of a 3-3 draw at the Spectrum.
1976 -- Gary Dornhoefer posted the game-winning goal and an assist and Bernie Parent stopped 17 of 18 shots to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 triumph over the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden, extending Philadelphia's unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3).
After Wayne Cashman gave the home team a quick lead, Rick MacLeish scored his fourth goal in two games to tie it up 3:36 later. Dornhoefer tallied on a power play in the latter half of the opening frame, giving the Flyers a lead they would not relinquish.
Bobby Clarke closed out the scoring when he hit the empty net while Philly was killing a Mel Bridgman minor and Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert pulled for an extra attacker.
1978 -- Rick MacLeish recorded his 10th regular season hat trick and four points and defenseman Bob Dailey added a goal and five points as the Flyers bombed the Boston Bruins 9-2 at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia jumped all over started Gilles Gilbert from the opening faceoff, outshooting Boston 12-2 in the first period and a 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of markers from MacLeish, one from Dailey, and another off the stick of Bobby Clarke.
The Bruins seemed to gain some traction in the middle stanza when they cut their deficit in half on tallies from Peter McNab and Don Marcotte, but Clarke's second of the contest and Bill Barber's first late in the session restored the four-goal lead at the second intermission.
MacLeish completed his hat trick midway through the third period, before Bob Kelly and Blake Dunlop each tallied to close out the scoring.
1979 -- Rookie Brian Propp's goal with 3:39 remaining in regulation gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead, but Terry Ruskowski ties it up with 50 seconds left as Philadelphia loses a two-goal lead in the third and has to settle for a 4-4 deadlock with the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum. The tie made it 24 consecutive outings without a loss for the Flyers (17-0-7), who moved to within four games of the all-time record set by the Montreal Canadiens just two seasons earlier.
Despite being badly outplayed and outshot 8-3 in the opening twenty minutes, Philly still found themselves on top 2-0 on goals by Bob Kelly and Rick MacLeish.
Chicago's Tim Higgins notched the lone goal of the middle frame to cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1, but Mel Bridgman's goal early in the third made it a two-goal lead at 3-1. But the Blackhawks for even on strikes from defenseman Doug Wilson and Higgins' second of the contest, before the Propp and Ruskowski goals.
Just as Philadelphia had scored on a high percentage of their first period shots on Mike Veisor (2/3), Chicago buried three of their four shots on Phil Myre in the final stanza to salvage a point.
1981 -- Bill Barber scored a pair of goals, Bobby Clarke added a goal and assist, and Pete Peeters turned away 24 of the 25 shots he faced as the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at the Igloo. The win was the fifth in a row for the Orange-and-Black, and seventh in their last eight outings.
Ken Linseman also scored for the Flyers, while Philadelphia was in the midst of killing off a first period Paul Holmgren five-minute fighting major that saw him get ejected with a double game-misconduct.
1982 -- Ron Flockhart scored twice, Ron Sutter scored his first NHL goal, and Pelle Lindbergh stopped all but one of the 28 shots sent his way in a 4-1 victory over the Quebec Nordiques at the Spectrum.
Paul Holmgren added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, who won for the first time in three contests (1-1-1).
The 18-year-old Sutter, playing in just his fifth game after being drafted fourth-overall in the previous summer's entry draft, beat Quebec netminder John Garrett 8:50 into the first period to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. He would make fove more appearances before being returned to the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Broncos.
1986 -- Rick Tocchet scored a goal and assisted on two others and disgruntled backup goaltender Bob Froese made 28 saves in his final Flyers' appearance as Philadelphia doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 at the Spectrum.
Ron Sutter and Mark Howe each added a goal and assist, while Pelle Eklund, Scott Mellanby, and Ilkka Sinisalo also lit the lamp for the home club.
Froese, who was unhappy playing second fiddle to rookie sensation Ron Hextall, was excellent in just his third start of the year. Froese was especially good over the final 40 minutes, when the Canucks outshot the Flyers by a 24-14 margin. The St. Catherines, Ontario-native felt he should have been the team's starter following a solid 31-10-3 season after Pelle Lindbergh's untimely death in a car accident. Froese would be traded to the arch-rival New York Rangers in exchange for hulking defenseman Kjell Samuelsson just nine days later, finishing his career in Philly with a stellar 92-29-12 mark during the regular season.
1989 -- Murray Craven scored twice and Mike Bullard registered a Gordie Howe hat trick, but the Quebec Nordiques scored twice within a 16 second-span in the game's final half minute to finish in a wild 6-6 deadlock.
Bullard assisted on Pelle Eklund's first period goal, scored one of his own late in the middle stanza to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead, and had a fight midway through the third period to complete the Gordie Howe feat.
Ron Sutter scored once and added three points, and Jiri Latal also scored for Philadelphia.
Ken Wregget ended up with 31 saves, but couldn't hold the late two-goal lead. He yielded a penalty shot goal to Joe Sakic with 23 seconds remaining in the third to make it a 6-5 Flyers' lead, then allowed the game-tying tally to Lucien Deblois with just seven ticks of the clock left.
1990 -- Pelle Eklund's power play goal with 4:12 remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner and Ron Hextall stopped 29 of 33 shots in a 5-4 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.
Murray Craven, Mike Ricci, Rick Tocchet, and Derrick Smith also scored for Philadelphia, who beat Ed Belfour five times on 24 shots.
1999 -- Eric Lindros recorded his 11th and final regular season hat trick in a Flyers' uniform and John Vanbiesbrouck turned aside 27 of 29 shots to lead Philadelphia past the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at the First Union Center.
The 'Big E' beat Glenn Healy twice in the first period, then closed out the scoring late in the third period to complete the three-goal performance.
John LeClair added a goal and an assist, while Mark Recchi finished with a pair of helpers in the win.
2008 -- Simon Gagne's power play goal with 8:58 remaining in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and Martin Biron made 24 saves as the Flyers gutted out a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals midway through the opening frame from Andy Hilbert and Doug Weight in a 1:01 span, but Philadelphia got one back before the first intermission from Arron Asham.
The Flyers dominated the middle session by a 10-5 shot count and took the lead by scoring the only two markers of the period. Darroll Powe knotted the contest with his first NHL tally midway through the stanza, and Jeff Carter hit the 20-goal mark late in the period to give Philadelphia the lead.
But the Isles came out with fire in their eyes in the third and tied the game on an early Blake Comeau marker, setting up Gagne's late-game heroics.
Mike Richards set up two Philly goals, including the primary assist on Gagne's game-winner.
Ville Leino and Chris Pronger also scored for Philadelphia, who won for the third time in four outings. The big game gave Briere, who also assisted on Pronger's goal, four goals and five points over that same four-game span.
December 6 Flyers' birthday
Petr Nedved, who was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for young defender Dennis Seidenberg in January of 2006, was born on this day in Liberec, Czechoslovakia in 1971. In 49 regular season games over parts of two seasons in Philly, the Vancouver Canucks' second-overall selection in the 1990 draft posted six goals, 21 points and 54 PIMs. Nedved notched a pair of goals and eight PIMs in six postseason contests.
2006 -- Andrei Lomakin, the first Russian player ever to skate for the Flyers, passed away on this day in 2006 following a long battle with cancer. The native of Voskresensk, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was only 42 years old. Drafted in the seventh round (138-overall) by Philadelphia in the 1991 draft, Lomakin recorded 22 goals, 50 points, and 60 PIMs in 108 games over the course of two seasons. He was left unprotected for the 1993 expansion draft, and was the ninth forward selected by the Florida Panthers.
Broad Street Bash
If you would like to meet many of the Flyers' legends you read about in these daily looks back, make sure to attend the Broad Street Bash on January 25th!
BROAD STREET BASH
When? · Saturday, January 25, 6-9 p.m.
Where? · XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
· Live performance by Dropkick Murphys
· Tickets on sale now @ FlyersCharities.org/Bash ($250 general admission; $500 VIP which includes a meet-and-greet with alumni in Spectrum Grille)
· Included in the price of a ticket: all-you-can eat menu, open bar & Carnival ticket
Click here to find out the details.