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 meeting with the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, the Flyers have a 10-8-4-0 all-time mark in 22 contests played on October 30. That total includes wins in four of their last five October 30 games dating back to 2005, and victories in six of their last eight played on this date.
Some of the more memorable October 30 moments in franchise history:
1969 -- Bobby Clarke scored his first NHL goal with 3:24 remaining in the third period and Bernie Parent stopped 32 of 35 shots to lift the Flyers into a 3-3 deadlock with the New York Rangers at the Spectrum.
The second-round pick (17th-overall) in that summer's entry draft was playing in his seventh career game, and had notched his first NHL point three games earlier with an assist against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jean-Guy Gendron and Lew Morrison also scored for Philadelphia, while Andre Lacroix recorded a pair of first period helpers.
1971 -- Third period goals from Gary Dornhoefer and Rick Foley erased a two-goal deficit and gave the Flyers a 4-4 tie with the St. Louis Blues at St. Louis Arena. Foley's goal was the first of his NHL career, and knotted the score with 11:03 left in the final period.
The Blues' Garry Unger posted a hat trick -- with all three goals coming in the opening 20 minutes -- and assisted on Wayne Connelly's marker in the middle frame to give the home team a 4-2 lead heading into the final stanza. Simon Nolet and Jean-Guy Gendron had answered for Philly in the first period.
Philadelphia goalie Bruce Gamble was pulled at the first intermission, and Doug Favell stopped 26 of 27 shots over the final 40 minutes to help the Flyers earn a point in the standings.
1975 -- Mel Bridgman posted a pair of goals, Orest Kindrachuk assisted on three Philadelphia tallies, and Wayne Stephenson made 19 saves as the Flyers blasted the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 6-2 count at the Spectrum.
After Rick MacLeish and Inge Hammarstrom traded first period goals, a pair of tallies from Bridgman, and one each from Bill Barber, Bob Kelly, and Gary Dornhoefer made it a comfortable 6-1 Philadelphia lead 6:40 into the final frame.
The physical affair featured 12 fighting majors, two game misconducts, and a spearing major.
1985 -- Brian Propp and Tim Kerr each posted a pair of goals and three points, while Pelle Lindbergh made 27 saves to lead the Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum.
Trailing 4-3 entering the third period, both Rich Sutter and Propp beat Habs' starter Doug Soetaert 1:05 apart midway through the stanza to give the Orange-and-Black the lead for good.
Dave Poulin finished the contest with three helpers in the winning effort.
1986 -- Brian Propp scored a shorthanded goal and added three assists and Ron Hextall turned aside 33 of 36 shots as the Flyers doubled up the Quebec Nordiques 6-3 at the Spectrum.
Pelle Eklund, Ron Sutter, Propp, Doug Crossman, and Scott Mellanby all beat Richard Sevigny to stake Philadelphia to a 5-1 lead early in the third period as the home squad cruised to the triumph the rest of the way.
Tim Kerr added his seventh goal of the season midway through the stanza.
1989 -- Mark Howe had a goal and an assist and Ken Wregget turned away 23 of 24 shots as the Flyers defeated former-Flyer netminder Bob Froese and the New York Rangers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Tim Kerr and Rick Tocchet also scored for Philadelphia -- who tied a club record for fewest shots on goal when they managed just one shot in the third period -- and could muster just 15 for the entire game.
Defenseman Kerry Huffman assisted on two of the three Philly goals.
1999 -- Dan McGillis scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes left in regulation and Brian Boucher made 26 saves to record his first NHL victory as the Flyers overcame a third period deficit to defeat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils 5-3 at the First Union Center.
John Madden's first NHL goal gave N.J. a 3-2 lead midway through the final frame, but Philadelphia tied it 28 seconds later on a Mark Greig tally before McGillis' go-ahead goal.
John LeClair notched the clincher with 2:49 remaining in the contest. Brodeur denied Valeri Zelepukin on a penalty shot just 25 seconds after LeClair's goal to keep the Devils within three goals.
Sandy McCarthy also scored for the Orange-and-Black, while Daymond Langkow added a pair of helpers to the winning cause.
Boucher's first NHL victory came in his second start as he continued to serve as the backup for John Vanbiesbrouck. His first start two weeks earlier ended in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but he would get stronger as the season progressed, culminating with "Boosh" wrestling the number one job away from "Beezer" by the campaign's end on the way to a 20-win year and making the league's All-Rookie squad.
2001 -- Simon Gagne scored twice, Pavel Brendl recorded his first NHL goal, and Brian Boucher stopped all 32 shots he faced to post his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.
Gagne and Brendl made it a 2-0 game at the first intermission, and Boucher kept Washington off the board despite Philadelphia being outshot by a 29-13 margin over the final 40 minutes.
Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau added a pair of assists apiece.
2005 -- Mike Knuble scored a pair of goals and Robert Esche stopped 39 of 42 shots as the Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-3 at the Corel Center.
Zdeno Chara answered Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne goals with two of his own to knot the score at 2-2 in the middle frame, before Knuble and Jon Sim gave Philadelphia a two-goal lead with late second period man advantage tallies.
Knuble then gave Esche some breathing room just over a minute into the final stanza, before Wade Redden closed out the scoring.
Peter Forsberg, Eric Desjardins, and Joni Pitkanen each added a pair of helpers to the winning effort.
2006 -- Peter Forsberg scored twice, Simon Gagne added a goal and an assist, and Robert Esche turned aside all 26 shots he faced as the Flyers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 at the Wachovia Center.
The shutout was the tenth and final regular season whitewash of Esche's career, and seventh with Philadelphia as he outdueled former-Flyer Brian Boucher, who finished the contest with 32 saves in the loss.
It was the third consecutive game for Chicago without a goal, the first time in almost 32 years that the Blackhawks failed to score at least once in three straight contests.
Defenseman Denis Gauthier helped Esche maintain the shutout midway through the third when he dove to block a shot from Patrick Sharp when it appeared the former Flyers forward had an open net.
2008 -- Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the game with 0:23 left in overtime and Martin Biron stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Flyers were able to forge a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center.
After Mike Knuble and Bill Guerin traded goals, Carter redirected an Ossi Vaananen shot past Joey MacDonald to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Following a scoreless middle frame, Andy Hilbert knotted the game with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation when his shot deflected off of Vaananen's elbow and past Biron.
Simon Gagne assisted on two Flyers' markers.
2010 -- Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger each scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as the Flyers torched Rick DiPietro and the New York Islanders 6-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead after the opening period on goals by Kimmo Timonen and Carter, then doubled the margin on tallies by Carter and Pronger early in the second. Frans Nielsen managed to get the Isles on the scoreboard on a shorthanded penalty shot goal less than four minutes later, but Pronger and Andreas Nodl made it a five-goal lead at the second intermission to close out the scoring.
Timonen set up Pronger for both of his goals, sending perfect passes for the big defender to send one-time rockets high into the net past DiPietro. Pronger finished the night with seven shots on goal, the most he ever recorded in a single game with the club.
The game was at times ugly as the teams combined for 118 PIMs, with N.Y. being assessed 71. Daniel Briere's crosscheck to the face of Nielsen during a faceoff in the third period touched off a wild melee, and would result in the league handing down a three-game suspension for his actions two days later.
The win was the 15th in the last 16 outings against New York, and made it 11 straight wins over the Isles in Philadelphia.