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 put together a 3-4-2-0 mark in nine all-time October 8 contests -- going 28 years (0-3-2 in the five games during that stretch) between wins on this day (1983-2011) -- as they prepare for their 2015/16 regular season opener in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.
1983 -- Tough defender Glen Cochrane scored one goal and assisted on a pair of other Flyers' tallies, and Pelle Lindbergh turned away 22 of 25 shots to lead Philadelphia to a 6-3 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum in the club's road opener.
Rookie Ron Sutter and Habs' legend Guy Lafleur traded late-first period goals, before Mats Naslund beat Lindbergh just over two minutes into the second to give the home team the lead.
The Flyers would retaliate with five unanswered markers -- Dave Poulin, Ray Allison and Cochrane in the second, and Paul Holmgren and Bill Barber in the third -- before Bob Gainey was finally able to solve Lindbergh in the latter stages of the final frame.
1987 -- Rookie Magnus Roupe gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with his first NHL goal early in the third period, but pesky Claude Lemieux knotted things up with 3:19 remaining in regulation to give Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens a hard-fought 2-2 tie at the Spectrum in Philadelphia's 1987/88 regular season opener.
Chris Chelios opened the scoring by beating goaltender Mark Laforest with a late-first period power play marker, before Philly's Ilkka Sinisalo beat Roy after Dave Poulin stole the puck from Habs' defenseman Rick Green and fed the silky smooth Finn midway through regulation to send the clubs to the locker room knotted at 1-apiece at the second intermission.
Roupe helped the home team grab the lead early in the third shortly after Montreal's Gaston Gingras was sent to the sin bin for hooking, when he pounced on the rebound of a Kerry Huffman blue line blast and deposited a backhander past Roy to make it 2-1 before Bobby Smith found Lemieux all alone at the side of the net to force the deadlock late in regulation.
Neither team was able to register a single shot in the five-minute overtime period.
Laforest acquitted himself well in his Flyers' debut, starting in place of reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning netminder Ron Hextall, who was serving the first of an eight-game suspension for the lumberjack-type slash to the legs of Edmonton Oilers' forward Kent Nilsson in Game 4 of the previous spring's Stanley Cup Final. "Trees" finished the game with 22 saves on 24 Canadiens' shots to help salvage the point in the standings.
A statue of good luck charm Kate Smith was dedicated by "The Voice of the Flyers", Gene Hart, in a pre-game ceremony, and stood outside the Spectrum for 20 years prior to the arena's demolition. It's now at XFinity Live! -- the sports bar that stands on the former site of the Spectrum -- with other iconic statues from the arena and the new ones being added to the landscape.
1989 -- Rick Tocchet scored all three Flyer goals for his sixth career hat trick, but Doug Smail scored twice and added an assist to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over Philadelphia at Winnipeg Arena, giving the club a rough three-game losing skid to start the season.
2001 -- Late-third period goals 50 seconds apart from Simon Gagne and Jan Hlavac erased a two-goal deficit and helped the Flyers salvage a 2-2 deadlock with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Deron Quint opened the scoring midway through the first period, and Serge Aubin doubled the home squad's lead by beating Brian Boucher 1:26 into the third.
Hlavac's marker was a pinball shot that ricocheted off a pair of Blue Jackets' skates before finding its way past Marc Denis and into the net, and was his first in a Flyers' uniform since being acquired from the New York Rangers in the package received in the Eric Lindros trade in August.
2009 -- Jeff Carter scored twice and added assists on a pair of Danny Briere goals, but it wasn't enough as the Flyers dropped a tough 5-4 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wachovia Center, snapping the club's three-game winning streak to begin the season.
There was a wild melee involving every player on the ice with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation and Philadelphia making a desperate push to score a tying goal and force overtime. When the bodies were separated, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang skated away holding his hand, vociferously claiming that Flyers' forward Scott Hartnell had bitten him while the two tangled at the bottom of the pile.
2011 -- Claude Giroux scored in the first and newcomers Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds each scored early in the third to back Ilya Bryzgalov's 20-save shutout performance in a 3-0 Flyers' triumph over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
It was Bryzgalov's first shutout for Philadelphia, and second solid road win after beating the Bruins in Boston two nights earlier in his Flyers' debut. Bryzgalov and Philly spoiled the Bruins' Stanley Cup banner raising night Thursday, then put a damper on New Jersey's season opener Saturday.
Clinging to the one-goal lead early in the third, Read -- inked as a free agent after four years at Bemidji State -- took a centering pass from Scott Hartnell and ripped a shot that glanced off Martin Brodeur's shoulder and found its way into the net for his first NHL goal, giving Philly a bit of breathing room at 2-0.
Just over two minutes later, Simmonds -- acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with Brayden Schenn in exchange for captain Mike Richards -- drove to the net and was able to get his stick on an Andrej Meszaros shot and poke the puck past Brodeur for his first goal as a Flyer and seal the deal.
2013 -- Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn each scored first period goals, while Steve Mason was spectacular in making 33 saves to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center in Craig Berube's head coaching debut.
The slim win was the first of the year for Philadelphia, who looked awful in a trio of losses under Peter Laviolette to open the campaign, managing just one goal of offense in each.
Both Philadelphia goals were somewhat lucky. Schenn's came after Jakub Voracek's shot went wide of Florida starter Tim Thomas, kicked off the end boards again past Thomas, who attempted in vain to coral the loose puck, into the slot where Schenn was able to put it away.
The second goal was very similar when Sean Couturier's shot went wide with Thomas stumbling and having difficulty regaining his skates. Coburn pinched in and gathered the puck along the right wing boards and sent a floater that sailed past Thomas and into the cage.
Thomas immediately skated off the ice and did not return, and was replaced by Jacob Markstrom, who was perfect on the 25 Flyers' shots the rest of the way.
Brad Boyes ruined Mason's shutout with seven seconds remaining in the middle frame, and the Philadelphia goaltender had to be sharp to preserve in the third as the Panthers carried play throughout and outshot the home team by a 9-1 count.