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Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Tragic loss of Pelle, LeClair OT-goal, Timonen's 1st Flyer goal, 4 points tops Pens

Bernie blanks Seals; 'Streak' reaches 11; the tragic loss of Pelle; Hextall fights Potvin; LeClair beats Panthers in OT; Kimmo's 1st Flyer goal, 4 points helps down Pens

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An almost-daily column that takes a 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

Winners of their last six November 10 contests, the Flyers have compiled an excellent 8-3-2-1 overall record -- which includes a 4-1-0-1 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history heading into tonight's clash with the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia has scored 43 goals in the 14 contests (an average of 3.07 goals-per-game), while allowing 36 to their opponents (2.57 goals-against average).

Some of the more memorable November 10 moments in franchise history:

1974 -- Bernie Parent made 16 saves to record his third shutout in five starts and Bill Clement scored twice to give the Flyers a 3-0 whitewash of the California Golden Seals at the Spectrum.

Terry Crisp would provide the only offensive support Parent would need when he beat Seals goalkeeper Garry Simmons late in the first, and also assisted on one of Clement's two second period strikes.

Philadelphia outshot the visitors, 32-16, which included a wide 17-6 margin in the opening frame.

The victory also ran Parent's personal unbeaten streak to nine consecutive games (7-0-2), and gave the legendary netminder an 8-2-2 mark for the season in his follow-up to leading the club to its first Stanley Cup championship six months earlier.

1978 -- Ralph Klassen gave the home team a 2-1 lead with a power play goal 1:26 into the second period, but Barry Dean knotted it up just 0:26 later as the Flyers forged a 2-2 deadlock with the Colorado Rockies at McNichols Sports Arena.

Reggie Leach also scored for Philadelphia, who outshot Colorado by a slim 15-14 count in the opening period but carried play over the final forty minutes to the tune of a 24-10 shots margin.

Bernie Parent finished with 22 saves, while Colorado's Michel Plasse was much busier in facing 39 Flyers offerings.

1979 -- Bill Barber scored a pair of goals and assisted on another, while Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach each added a goal and assist as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, at Nassau Coliseum.

It was the club's seventh win in a row and 11th straight game without a loss (10-0-1), as the 1979/80 edition of the Orange-and-Black continued marching towards the record books.

Defenseman Mike Busniuk added two helpers to the winning cause, while goalie Pete Peeters stopped 16 of 18 Islanders shots, with the only blemishes being a pair of third period Clark Gillies tallies.

1988 -- Derrick Smith beat Mike Vernon with 5:13 remaining in regulation, but Joe Nieuwendyk bested Mark Laforest 1:29 into overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Flyers at the Spectrum.

Tim Kerr scored a power play goal midway through the first period, giving the hulking winger 10 goals and 18 points in 17 contest in a continuing remarkable return from numerous shoulder surgeries that cost him all but eight games of the previous campaign.

1990 -- Tim Kerr scored once and assisted on another pair of goals while Rick Tocchet and Gord Murphy each added a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 triumph over the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee.

Philadelphia lit up Nords starter Scott Gordon for three goals on just six shots in the first 10:35 of the opening stanza, causing Quebec coach Dave Chambers to give Gordon the yank in favor of Ron Tugnutt. Murphy rudely greeted Tugnutt with a power play marker before the first period expired to stake Philadelphia to a 4-1 lead.

Kerry Huffman and Ron Sutter also scored for the Flyers, and Pete Peeters made 16 saves to record the win.

1993 -- Rookie Mikael Renberg scored twice and Dominic Roussel made 41 saves as the Flyers went on to post a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.

Garry Galley (shorthanded), Mark Recchi, and Eric Lindros (power play) also scored for Philadelphia, while Vyacheslav Butsayev and Pelle Eklund each contributed a pair of helpers to the winning effort.

Buffalo outshot Philly, 44-23 -- including a cavernous 31-12 margin over the final two frames -- but Roussel was the difference.

Grant Fuhr stopped 18 of 23 Flyers shots and was collared with the loss.

1996 -- John LeClair posted a pair of goals, Pat Falloon scored once and assisted on another goal, and Ron Hextall turned aside 25 of 26 shots to lead the Flyers past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, at the CoreStates Center.

Defenseman Kevin Haller had helpers on two of the three Flyer goals in the winning effort.

Felix Potvin stopped 39 shots in a losing cause, but did extract some measure of revenge in a fight with Hextall after the final horn sounded, in which the Philly netminder ended up bloodied after the brawl.

2001 -- John LeClair scored with 0:43 remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers at National Car Rental Center. LeClair stole a Marcus Nilson pass deep in the Florida zone, then beat a surprised Roberto Luongo for the game-winner.

Simon Gagne scored twice to provide Philadelphia with a 2-1 lead at the second intermission, but Viktor Kozlov scored a power play goal early in the third to force the extra session.

Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins each assisted on a pair of goals for the Flyers.

Brian Boucher had a relatively quiet night -- making 16 saves on 18 Florida shots to post his fifth win in his last six starts -- especially when compared to the 36 shots Luongo faced, which included all four taken in overtime.

2005 -- Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game early in the third period to lift the Flyers to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center.

Trailing 2-0 after the opening stanza, Sharp scored early in the second period and Jeff Carter tied it late in the middle frame.

Carter also assisted on both of Sharp's tallies.

The Isles carried play and outshot the Flyers, 40-30 -- including a 20-5 total in the first period -- but Antero Niittymaki made 38 saves to hold Philadelphia in the game.

Rick DiPietro made 27 saves in a losing cause.

2007 -- Kimmo Timonen scored his first goal in a Philadelphia uniform and assisted on three others and Danny Briere added a goal and two helpers as the Flyers scored four power play goals on the way to defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, at the Wachovia Center.

Opening period goals from Timonen and Mike Knuble and an early second period marker by Joffrey Lupul staked Philly to a 3-0 lead, but Pittsburgh got to within a goal with two man advantage goals of their own -- one from Evgeni Malkin and the other from Sergei Gonchar (with just 0:01 remaining in the stanza).

But Briere connected for the lone even strength tally of the contest at 7:54 of the third, before Scott Hartnell closed out the scoring with an empty net power play marker with 59 seconds left in regulation to seal the deal for the Flyers. After 15 games without a goal, it was also Hartnell's first-ever goal in Philadelphia.

Mike Richards assisted on three of the Philadelphia tallies

Both Timonen and Hartnell were UFAs and their rights were dealt to the Flyers by the Nashville Predators during the summer of 2007. The duo then signed long-term contracts with Philadelphia as the franchise began a rebuilding process following their worst regular season the previous year.

The Flyers had lost all eight regular season contests against Pittsburgh during that awful 2006/07 campaign, but this was the second win over the Pens in three days for the Orange-and-Black.

Martin Biron stopped 29 of the 31 Penguin shots he faced, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in defeat.

In Memorium -- Pelle Lindbergh -- May 24, 1959 - November 10, 1985:

For those who were around on November 10, 1985, the sick feeling that came along with reports that Pelle Lindbergh had died from injuries sustained in an early morning one car accident will forever be fresh in our minds.

Just as in Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities", it truly was the best of times and the worst of times for the Flyers on that morning. Only mere hours after stretching the club's winning streak to 10 games with a 5-3 defeat of the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum -- a game in which coach Mike Keenan had given his red-hot netminder the night off and instead handed the reigns over to backup Bob Froese -- the previous year's Vezina Trophy winning goaltender crashed his Porsche into a cement wall at high speed on a Voorhees, New Jersey road.

Pelle was rendered 'brain dead' on impact. A life support system was all that was keeping his body breathing, before his family made the heart-wrenching decision the next day to remove the respirator and donate Lindbergh's organs to those in need.

There is no measure to just how tragic the loss of the 26-year-old was on his family. Lindbergh was engaged to marry the love of his life, Kerstin Pietzsch, and seemingly had the world in the palm of his hand.

On November 10, 1985, we all had a horrifyingly stark reminder as to just how fragile life can be.

As for the effect on his teammates, the loss was absolutely numbing. The league graciously offered to cancel their next game -- which wasn't until the following Thursday at the Spectrum against the Oilers, as the calendar had one of those strange near week-long breaks in the schedule -- but the Flyers decided instead to forge ahead and play.

After an emotional pre-game ceremony that night led by the voice of the Flyers, Gene Hart, Philadelphia somehow found it within themselves to pull out a 5-3 victory. As a matter of fact, that group of Flyers went on to win two more contests after that and set a new franchise standard with a 13-game winning streak.

Prior to the accident, there was so much promise and hope that this was the season that Lord Stanley would make his return to the City of Brotherly Love. Even though Philly went on to have a banner season with Froese between the pipes, the emotionally-spent squad fell in the first round of the playoffs to the arch-rival New York Rangers.

In addition to the lives of Pelle's family, the course of the team was forever altered on that awful Sunday morning in 1985. Ron Hextall came into the picture the following October, Froese was dealt to the Broadway Blueshirts, and time, as they say, moved on.

But the pain still remains for those who were there to experience the tragedy -- even 30 years later -- and it won't be forgotten, as the reminder will forever be there in the form of an Orange-and-Black scar that is indelibly left on the collective hearts of Flyers Nation.


** Just a side note -- if I could suggest a fantastic book on the subject, friend and peer Bill Melzter's "Behind the White Mask" is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the Flyers and Pelle Lindbergh. **


November 10 Flyers Birthday:

Don Saleski was born on November 10, 1949 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After playing his junior hockey with the Regina Pats, the right winger was selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round (64th-overall) of the 1969 draft.

Following his final year of junior, the 6' 3", 205-pounder spent the next two campaigns with Philadelphia's AHL affiliates, in 1970/71 with the Quebec Aces and 1971/72 with the Richmond Robins.

Saleski came to Philadelphia for good in 1972/73, and found a niche with his robust style of play in the club's growing identity as the Broad Street Bullies.

Nicknamed "Big Bird" because of his flowing curly, sandy blonde locks, he became one of the cast of working-class 'plumbers' that would make up the backbone of the back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.

In parts of eight seasons with the club, Saleski recorded 118 goals and 235 points in 476 regular season contests, and was never one to shy away from the rough stuff, posting 602 penalty minutes. His best goal-scoring year was 1977/78, when he managed 27.

In 82 playoff appearances with Philadelphia, Saleski registered 13 goals, 30 points, and 131 PIMs.

Saleski was traded to the Colorado Rockies for future considerations midway through the 1978/79 campaign, and played his final NHL game with the Rockies at the end of the 1979/80 season.


Bill Sutherland was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on this day in 1934. He came to Philadelphia along with the Quebec Aces when the expansion Flyers purchased the AHL club.

The 5' 10", 160-pound left wing made his NHL debut as a 33-year-old rookie on October 11th, 1967, Philadelphia's inaugural game. Sutherland scored at 10:07 of the second period -- the first goal in franchise history -- to tie the game at 1-1 in an eventual 5-1 loss to the California Golden Seals.

Sutherland would post points in each of his first four games that year (three goals) on the way to a 20-goal season. He would play just 64 more games in a Flyers uniform, finishing with 42 goals and 71 points in 124 contests. He appeared in 11 total playoff games in 1968 and 1969, scoring twice and adding four assists.