A sometimes frequent look back at how the Philadelphia Flyers have fared on this day, recalling some of the more memorable moments, achievements, and events that have shaped the organization throughout the club's storied history
The Flyers have posted a 13-6-0-0 record in 19 all-time October13 contests in what has been a very successful day in franchise history. Philly has reeled off winning streaks of six (1983-1991), four (1971-1977), and three games (1997-2007) in October 13 outings.
1971 -- Gary Dornhoefer's goal with 51 seconds remaining lifted the Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the California Golden Seals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, overcoming a hat trick by Seals winger Norm Ferguson.
Goals by Serge Bernier, Bobby Clarke, and Jim Johnson staked the visitors to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but Ferguson -- who had notched the Seals lone tally in the opening frame -- beat Philadelphia netminder Bruce Gamble twice more before the second stanza was over to complete the hat trick and tie it up at 3-3.
Simon Nolet beat rookie goaltender Gary Kurt to put the Flyers back on top 6:21 into the final session, but Bobby Sheehan knotted the score again less than five minutes later, setting up Dorny's late-game heroics.
Gamble finished with 33 saves, and held Philly in the contest when California outshot them by a wide 28-15 margin over the first 40 minutes.
1973 -- Don Saleski scored twice and Bernie Parent stopped all 23 shots he faced to record to make it two straight shutouts to open the regular season in leading Philadelphia to a 6-0 romp over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Bill Flett opened the scoring 1:49 into the contest, beating Isles' starter Gerry Desjardins with the Flyers skating shorthanded. Rick MacLeish and Saleski added markers prior to the first intermission to make it 3-0, and second period goals by Orest Kindrachuk and Bill Barber (Flyers second shorthanded of the game) made it 5-0.
Billy Smith relieved Desjardins to begin the third and stopped five of six Philly offerings, yielding a Saleski power play strike with less than two minutes remaining.
Parent's perfection to start the campaign showed GM Keith Allen made a wise choice in reacquiring him from the Toronto Maple Leafs that May, a fact that would be further proven throughout the regular season and playoffs.
1974 -- Andre Dupont snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period to lift the Flyers to a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over the expansion Kansas City Scouts at the Spectrum.
Bob Kelly and Rich Lemieux traded first period goals in a tight first period, but the home team would dominate play the rest of the way. Despite outshooting the Scouts 21-6 in the second and by a lopsided 32-13 margin over the final 40 minutes, Michel Plasse held his team in the game with spectacular goaltending.
Kansas City nearly took a lead heading into the third when former-Flyer Simon Nolet -- taken by the Scouts in the expansion draft -- scored with 1:33 left in the stanza, but Bill Barber evened things up with just 14 ticks remaining on the clock.
Wayne Stephenson made 18 saves to pick up the win in his Philadelphia debut in net, playing in place of the injured Bernie Parent, who wouldn't play his first game of the year until late-February following a preseason neck injury that required surgery.
1977 -- Reggie Leach and Don Saleski netted goals 15 seconds apart to break a late first period deadlock, while Wayne Stephenson stopped 35 of 36 shots to lead the Flyers over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum in the club's 19977/78 regular season opener.
Pit Martin gave Chicago a lead 2:28 after the opening faceoff, before Bill Barber beat Tony Esposito to tie it up less than five minutes later.
Defenseman Bob Daily made it a four-goal Philly lead near the midway point of regulation, before Saleski closed out the scoring with his second of the contest.
1979 -- Despite outshooting the Flames by a 48-25 count, it was the Flyers who were pummeled where it counted the most, 9-2, at the Omni in Atlanta.
Phil Myre was torched for all nine Flames tallies, while Dan Bouchard (33 saves on 34 shots through two periods) and Pat Riggin (13 saves on 14 shots in the third) combined to turn away 46 of the 48 Flyers offerings.
This would be the last game Philadelphia would lose for another 86 days, encompassing a professional sports record of 35 consecutive games (25-0-10) without a loss, a mark that still stands today.
1983 -- Dave Poulin and Ilkka Sinisalo each scored twice to back Pelle Lindbergh's 30-save performance to lead Philly to a 4-3 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets at the Spectrum.
1984 -- Defenseman Miroslav Dvorak snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period and Pelle Lindbergh turned aside 35 of the 37 shots he faced in a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Cap Centre in Landover, Maryland.
Washington dominated the opening period, outshooting the Flyers 18-5 and taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission on the first NHL goal by Andre Hidi and another from perennial 30-40 goal man Mike Gartner.
Mike Keenan's squad regrouped for the middle frame and scored the only two early goals in the period, with Mark Howe and Ilkka Sinisalo both lighting the lamp within a 3:20 span.
After Dvorak gave Philadelphia their first lead of the tilt, Tim Kerr beat Pat Riggin to provide an insurance marker with 7:30 remaining.
1985 -- Brian Propp scored two goals and Pelle Lindbergh made 31 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals at the Cap Centre.
Goals from Propp and Rich Sutter staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead midway through regulation, before Mike Gartner got the Caps on the board to make it a one-goal contest heading into the third.
Propp restored the two-goal margin early in the final stanza, but Gartner potted his second of the game with 1:23 left. With goaltender Al Jensen pulled in favor of an extra Washington attacker, Rick Tocchet sealed the outcome by hitting the empty net with 39 ticks of the clock remaining.
The tallies gave the red-hot Propp goals in each of the first three games of the season, and a total of four goals and seven points.
1988 -- Brian Propp recorded his tenth career hat trick (eighth in the regular season), while Tim Kerr and Pelle Eklund each added a goal and three assists apiece as the Flyers deployed a lethal power play which struck six times, and Ron Hextall stopped 44 of the 50 shots he faced in a wild 7-6 victory over the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Center.
Philadelphia was successful on 6 of their 11 man advantage opportunities, while Minnesota scored on 4 of their 12.
Though there were numerous penalties in the opening twenty minutes, Marc Habscheid's power play tally at 2:54 was the only goal of the period.
Propp and Kerr each connected on PP tallies less than three minutes into the middle session before Neal Broten tied it up 41 seconds after Kerr's goal. The Flyers then got man advantage strikes from Scott Mellanby and Eklund with a 33-second span to make it a 4-2 Philadelphia lead heading into the third.
When Propp made it 5-2 with a PP marker just over a minute into the final frame, it appeared Philly was going to cruise to an easy win. The North Stars had other ideas, pulling to within one on goals from Dino Ciccarelli and Wally Schreiber by the time the period was five minutes old.
Rick Tocchet restored a two-goal margin at 6-4 at 11:04 with the club's lone even strength marker of the contest, and Propp made it 7-4 just 1:12 later to complete the hat trick.
Things wouldn't go smoothly over the final seven minutes as it was a steady parade to the Philadelphia penalty box, with Minnesota receiving four consecutive power plays down the stretch. Dave Archibald made it 7-5 just 14 seconds after Mark Howe was called for tripping with 6:36 left, and after the Flyers successfully snuffed out two more Stars man advantages, Brian Bellows cut the lead to one on another with 33 seconds remaining.
Though he surrendered four goals in the third period, Hextall had to be spectacular as he withstood a 25-shot Minnesota barrage during the final twenty minutes, with the Stars outshooting the Orange-and-Black by a ridiculous 25-6 margin, half of their 50-shot total for the contest. Philadelphia shooters had much better luck percentage-wise in the third against Stars goaltender Jarmo Myllys, beating him on half of the six shots they managed to put on net.
1990 -- Kjell Samuelsson scored the game-winning goal with 8:36 remaining in regulation as the Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to take a 4-3 decision over the Winnipeg Jets at the Spectrum.
Though Tim Kerr opened the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first, it was the visitors who carried play in the frame, outshooting Philadelphia 10-4 and getting three goals in the latter half of the stanza from Paul Fenton, Dave Ellett, and Randy Carlyle to take a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.
The Flyers turned up their level of play in the middle session, outshooting the Jets 12-3 and tying it up with tallies from Gord Murphy and Rick Tocchet in a 48-second span with less than two minutes remaining in the period.
Ken Wregget was solid in picking up the victory, finishing with 22 saves -- including all 12 he faced in the third period -- while Stephane Beauregard finished with the same amount of saves in absorbing the defeat.
1991 -- Murray Craven scored a pair of goals and Ken Wregget stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the New Jersey Devils at the Spectrum.
Craven beat Devils starter Chris Terreri in the first period and again in the second period, and Jiri Latal added a third goal to make it a 3-0 lead heading into the final stanza.
New Jersey carried play in the final twenty minutes, putting 17 shots on Wregget. They finally solved the goaltender early in the period when Kevin Todd notched his first NHL tally, and had a chance to pull to within a goal when Kjell Samuelsson was sent to the box for interference just past the midway point of the frame. Rod Brind'Amour provided a deathblow when he beat Terreri for a shorthanded tally in the waning seconds of the penalty-kill to make it 4-1, before super pest Claude Lemieux closed out the scoring with a power play marker in the final minute.
1992 -- The Flyers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee, but the score was probably the least-noticeable characteristic on this night.
It was a circus-type atmosphere surrounding Eric Lindros' first trip to Quebec since refusing to play for the Nords after being drafted first-overall in 1991. He had sat out an entire year before finally being traded to Philadelphia for a king's ransom -- forwards Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, the NHL rights to Peter Forsberg, defensemen Steve Duchesne and Kerry Huffman, goaltender Ron Hextall, $15 million, and two first-round draft picks.
The raucous crowd threw baby pacifiers, loose change, batteries, eggs, and even bullets onto the ice surface in mockery of the hockey prodigy they felt needed to pay for spurning them. Numerous fans wore diapers over their pants, waving baby toy rattles, and wearing bonnets on their heads.
In the end, the rookie acquitted himself well under extreme pressure in just his NHL fourth game. Lindros' early-third period power play goal knotted the score at 2-2, and he beat former-Flyer netminder Ron Hextall on a breakaway with his club skating shorthanded to tie it up again at 3-3 as the period neared the midway point. That gave him goals in three of the four games, and it was his first multi-point game in the league.
But former-Flyers Ricci and Duchesne scored goals within a 1:40 span late in regulation before Mats Sundin's empty-netter closed out the scoring in one of the more memorably wild scenes in the club's history.
1997 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-tying goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, then set up Eric Lindros for the game-winner in overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the Compaq Center.
San Jose's Shawn Burr recorded both of the Sharks tallies, book-ended around a John LeClair power play marker.
Garth Snow bested Kelly Hrudey, stopping 43 of 45 Sharks' shots, including all 25 in a second period dominated by the home squad but yielded only LeClair's goal.
2001 -- Goals from John LeClair and Ruslan Fedotenko 17 seconds apart late in the second period catapulted the Flyers to a 5-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers at National Car Rental Center.
Justin Williams, Todd Fedoruk, and Simon Gagne also scored goals for Philadelphia, while Victor Kozlov and Pavel Bure scored the first two home goals of the season for Florida after they had been shutout in their two previous games in front of the home fans.
After a rather docile first two periods, there were 196 penalty minutes doled out in the rough-and tumble third, which included 14 fighting majors, five misconducts, and six game misconducts. Heavyweights Fedoruk and Todd Worrell squared off twice.
Philadelphia poured 53 shots on goaltender Trevor Kidd, while Roman Cechmanek stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to get the win.
2007 -- Jeff Carter and Sami Kapanen scored second period goals and Martin Biron turned aside 29 of 30 shots to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 triumph over the New York Islanders at Wachovia Center.
While nursing a two-goal lead in the third the visitors sent 15 shots on the Philadelphia goal, and Biron had to be very good. He stopped all but one, as Josef Vasicek spoiled the netminder's shutout bid with a shorthanded marker early in the frame.
Biron held the fort before Jason Smith closed out the scoring with his first goal as a Flyer in the closing seconds.