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
After a 4-0 domination suffered at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center last year, the Flyers own a miserable 3-8-1 record in 12 games played on October 21 over the course of franchise history heading into tonight's tilt with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
The loss to Chicago made it four consecutive losses for Philly on this day dating back to 2000, and the Flyers have lost five of their last six October 21 contests going all the way back to 1989.
Included in the club's dismal October 21 fortunes is the rarity of a losing record on home ice, posting a 3-5-1 mark in nine home games. Philadelphia has managed just 29 goals in the 12 outings (for a 2.41 goals-per-game average) and has been shutout on four occasions, while yielding 39 goals to their opponents (3.25 GAA).
Some the more memorable moments in club history in October 21 contests:
1976 -- Mel Bridgman scored twice and added an assist and Don Saleski posted a goal and three points as the Flyers belted the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-1 at the Spectrum.
Philly outshot the visitors by a 43-19 margin and controlled play from the opening faceoff. Shots on goal over the first forty minutes were a staggering 31-12, as the home team built a 3-1 lead and knocked starter Tony Esposito out of the game.
Goals from Saleski and Gary Dornhoefer staked Philadelphia to a 2-0 lead, but Darcy Rota cut the Hawks deficit in half in the last minute of the first period.
Bridgman scored the lone goal of the middle stanza, then beat Esposito's replacement -- Michel Dumas, who relieved the Chicago starter to begin the third -- to make it 4-1 with 8:05 remaining in regulation. Rick MacLeish iced the outcome when he beat Dumas just 0:28 later to close out the scoring.
Orest Kindrachuk contributed a pair of helpers to the winning cause, while Bernie Parent stopped 18 of 19 shots to pick up just his second victory in five decisions for the season.
1979 -- The Flyers built a 6-2 lead midway through regulation but couldn't hold on as the Montreal Canadiens stormed back to gain a point in a wild 6-6 tie at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia bolted out of the starting gates with a pair of goals from Bill Barber and another from defenseman Norm Barnes to build a 3-0 lead after one period of play. When Brian Propp scored a power play goal less than two minutes into the middle frame, it appeared as if the game would be a cake walk.
Montreal was able to cut the lead in half with goals from Yvon Lambert and Guy Lafleur, but tallies from Bobby Clarke and Rick MacLeish restored the four-goal margin at 12:05 of the second.
But the Habs would not quit and made it a 6-4 contest before the end of the stanza on goals from Larry Robinson and Steve Shutt.
The visitors dictated play in the final session, outshooting the Flyers, 6-2, and netted the frame's lone two goals -- Lafleur's second of the night midway through the third, and the game-tying strike from Rejean Houle with 2:49 left in regulation.
Holding on for a tie would prove to be important for the Orange-and-Black, as the contest was the fourth in what was to become an eventual 35-game unbeaten streak (25-0-10) that established the benchmark for the longest undefeated streak for a professional team in any of the four major sports.
1984 -- Tim Kerr scored twice and added an assist as the Flyers built a 4-0 lead before eventually outlasting the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2 at the Spectrum.
Murray Craven and Brian Propp also scored while rookie Peter Zezel contributed a pair of helpers for Philadelphia, who outshot their cross-state rivals by a wide 37-24 margin.
Bob 'Frosty' Froese picked up the win for the Flyers, while Denis Herron made 33 saves but was collared with the loss for Pittsburgh.
1993 -- A game between the Flyers and New York Islanders scheduled at the Spectrum was moved to October 22 to avoid a conflict with Game 5 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays being played across the street at Veterans Stadium.
Philadelphia won the rescheduled contest the next night by a 4-3 score, with defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich providing the game-winning goal with 4:56 remaining in regulation.
1997 -- Eric Lindros recorded a goal and five points and Vinny Prospal scored twice and added a pair of helpers to lead the Flyers to a 7-1 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the CoreStates Center.
Goals by Janne Niinimaa, John LeClair, and Prospal -- all assisted on by Lindros -- staked the home team to a 3-0 lead on their first six shots at 8:22 of the opening period, signaling the end of the night for Bolts starter Daren Puppa, who was yanked in favor of Corey Schwab.
The move seemed to give Tampa a boost, as Dino Ciccarelli beat Ron Hextall before the period was over to make it a 3-1 contest at the first intermission.
After that it was all Flyers, as Pat Falloon and Lindros made it 5-1 after two, and Eric Desjardins and Prospal closed out the scoring in the final frame.
In addition to his goal, Niinimaa also assisted on a pair of Philly tallies in the triumph.
Hextall finished with 17 saves on 18 shots to record the win, with the Ciccarelli marker being the lone blemish of the tilt.
2010 -- Anaheim Ducks' backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney was spectacular against the Flyers, stopping 40 of 42 shots and Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winning goal with 1:46 remaining in regulation to give the visitors a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
McElhinney's sometimes acrobatic stops held the visitors in the contest while his club was being outplayed, especially in the first forty minutes when Philadelphia outshot Anaheim by a 32-14 margin.
Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux managed goals for the Flyers, while rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves in taking his second consecutive loss.