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MacLeish's hat trick helps 'The Streak' reach 12; Marsh acquired from Flames in exchange for Bridgman; Tocchet Gordie Howe hat trick downs Devils; Peeters shuts out Caps; Hextall blanks Sens; Holmgren becomes 7th GM in franchise history; Carter hat trick blows away Hurricanes naturally

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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

After being blown out by the Chicago Blackhawks in their initial November 11 contest in 1970, the Flyers ran off a streak of nine consecutive wins on the way to having compiled an excellent 15-3-0-1 overall record -- which includes a near-perfect 12-1-0-1 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history.

Philadelphia has scored 77 goals in the 19 contests (for an average of 4.05 goals-per-game), while allowing 56 to their opponents (2.94 goals-against average), while currently riding a two-game win streak and have gone 6-0-0-1 in the last seven November 11 outings.

Some of the more memorable November 11 moments in Flyers history and brief recaps:

1971 -- Simon Nolet scored with 5:20 left in the third period to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.

Andre Boudrias had given Vancouver a 3-2 lead at the 10:14 mark of the final frame, but defenseman Brent Hughes notched his first goal of the season to tie the contest just 1:24 later.

Barry Ashbee and Jim Johnson also scored for the Flyers, and Nolet added a pair of helpers.

Doug Favell made 18 saves to record the victory, while Dunc Wilson stopped 31 of 35 Philly offerings in defeat for the Canucks.

1972 -- Rick MacLeish scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third and Bill Barber added a goal and a helper as the Flyers built a 3-0 margin before cruising to a 3-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum.

Like MacLeish, Gary Dornhoefer had a hand in all three Philadelphia tallies as he picked up assists on each.

Doug Favell turned away 31 of 32 shots to garner the win, with Rene Robert providing the lone shot that eluded him on a power play marker at 6:04 of the third period to spoil the shutout bid. Roger Crozier stopped 23 Flyers shots in suffering the loss.

1973 -- Don Saleski's goal with 8:36 left in the third period proved to be the game-winner and Bernie Parent made 14 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.

Goals from Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber staked the home team to a two-goal lead at the first intermission, but the Blues managed to beat Parent on a pair of their five shots in the middle stanza -- by Ab Demarco and Bob Kelly -- book-ended around a Rick MacLeish strike to make it a 3-2 Flyers advantage heading into the final frame.

Saleski provided Parent with the insurance marker when he beat John Davidson in the latter half of the period, and it would prove to be huge as Pierre Plante scored with just over four minutes remaining to make it a 4-3 game.

The line of Clarke, Barber, and Bill Flett -- who assisted on both of the first period tallies -- remained red hot as each member extended their respective points streaks to four games (Clarke 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points; Barber 3-3-6; Flett 1-5-6).

The victory was Parent's third in the last four decisions and improved his record for the season to 10-5-0 in his return to Philadelphia.

1976 -- Bill Barber snapped a 3-3 deadlock early in the second period and Bob Kelly scored 1:09 later as the Flyers went on to grab a 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.

The opening period saw a trio of quick goals tallied twice between the clubs, as Paul Holmgren and Reggie Leach provided markers sandwiched around a Don Lever strike within the span of 1:56 to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead midway through the stanza, before Philly's Ross Lonsberry extended the lead to two but was answered by Vancouver's Dennis Ververgaert and Andy Spruce all within a 1:33 stretch to make it 3-3 at the first intermission.

Following Barber and Kelly's fast markers in the second, Clarke made it 6-3 with a power play goal early in the final session before Canucks captain Chris Oddleifson beat Bernie Parent for a man advantage tally in the final two minutes of regulation to set the final score.

Parent stopped 22 of 26 shots to pick up the victory and snap a personal four-game winless skid (0-3-1).

1979 -- Rick MacLeish netted his 11th career regular season hat trick -- including the game-winning goal with 6:31 remaining in regulation -- as the Flyers won their eighth consecutive game with a 5-4 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.

It was also the 12th straight contest without a loss (11-0-1) for the Orange-and-Black as the group marched onward with 'The Streak' on the way towards the all-time NHL record total.

MacLeish and Don Lever traded goals within a 0:34 span in the final two minutes of the opening period, before Philadelphia took control of the contest in the middle frame.

Rookie Brian Propp gave the Flyers the lead early in the stanza before MacLeish and Vancouver's Ron Sedlbauer traded strikes within a 1:09 stretch midway through regulation, and Kenny Linseman made it 4-2 by the second intermission.

Rick Blight brought the Canucks back to within a goal midway through the final session, but MacLeish completed the hat trick less than three minutes later and provided a cushion that proved invaluable when Jere Gillis notched a late goal to close out the scoring.

Propp's marker gave the freshman winger nine goals and 20 points as he had managed points in all but two of the club's 14 games of the regular season up to that point.

Phil Myre stopped 24 shots to post his fourth consecutive win and extend his personal unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1), while Vancouver's Curt Ridley made 29 saves in a losing cause.

1982 -- Lindsay Carson and Tom Gorence each scored a pair of goals as the Flyers posted all of their goals over the final two periods in a 7-3 romp over the New York Rangers at the Spectrum.

After falling behind 1-0 midway through the first period, Philadelphia stormed N.Y. netminder Eddie Mio for 20 second period shots and managed five unanswered goals to take a commanding lead into the final stanza.

Mark Taylor, Ron Flockhart, and Darryl Sittler also scored for the Flyers, while Flockhart, Paul Evans, and Bobby Clarke each added a pair of assists.

Rookie netminder Pelle Lindbergh made 28 saves in a winning effort, while Mio stopped 33 of 40 Philly offerings.

1984 -- The line of Brian Propp (two goals and an assist), Dave Poulin (goal and two assists), and Tim Kerr (goal, assist) combined for four goals and eight points to lead the Flyers to a wild 7-5 triumph over the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers at the Spectrum.

Trailing 4-3 after a Wayne Gretzky strike 7:02 into the final frame, Philadelphia received goals from Lindsay Carson, Mark Howe, and Ilkka Sinisalo before Jari Kurri and Propp (empty net) traded markers in the last half minute to set the final score.

The Flyers outshot Edmonton by a 46-26 count, including a 22-10 shot differential in the pivotal third period.

Pelle Lindbergh made 21 saves to record his third straight victory and extend his personal undefeated streak to six consecutive games (5-0-1), while Andy Moog stopped 39 in the loss.

1989 -- Rick Tocchet posted a Gordie Howe hat trick (two goals, two assists, fight), Ron Sutter scored twice and recorded four points, and Bruce Hoffort made 28 saves in a 7-5 Flyers triumph over the New Jersey Devils at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Murray Craven, Mark Howe, and Kjell Samuelsson also lit the lamp for the visitors.

Tocchet notched a goal and an assist in each of the first and third periods, and fought New Jersey defenseman Ken Daneyko in the third. IT also extended Tocchet's points streak to six straight games, during which he registered 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points.

Chris Terreri made 29 saves to take the loss for the Devils.

1990 -- The Flyers got goals from rookie Mike Ricci and defender Kjell Sameulsson while Pete Peeters stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.

Samuelsson also assisted on Ricci's goal.

Peeters had to be at his best in the middle stanza, when Vancouver outshot Philly, 16-5. The shutout was his lone whitewash of the season -- his fifth during stints with Philadelphia -- and the 21st and final shutout of his NHL career.

Troy Gamble made 23 saves in defeat for Vancouver.

1997 -- Paul Coffey scored an unassisted tally early in the second period for the game's lone goal and Ron Hextall stopped all 16 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and 16th with the Flyers as they blanked the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, at the CoreStates Center.

Hextall had light work throughout and was only required to stop two Sens shots in the first period in improving his record to 6-1-3 for the year.

Ottawa's Damian Rhodes made 26 saves but was the victim of a lack of offensive support in taking the loss.

1999 -- Eric Lindros recorded a goal and assist and the Flyers held Carolina to just 11 shots on goal for the game in a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes at the First Union Center.

After Bates Battaglia staked the visitors to an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal, second period goals from Lindros, Eric Desjardins, and Sandy McCarthy and a late third period empty-net marker by Mark Recchi sealed the outcome.

Philadelphia increasingly squeezed the vice as the game progressed in clamping down on Carolina as the Hurricanes managed six shots in the opening period, three in the second, and just two in the final frame.

Rookie Brian Boucher made 10 saves to post his second straight victory, while a much-busier Arturs Irbe stopped 33 of 36 Philly shots sent his way.

2000 -- Simon Gagne scored 1:42 into the third period to snap a 3-3 tie to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 triumph over the Ottawa Senators at the First Union Center.

The teams traded goals over the first two stanzas, with Ruslan Fedotenko giving Philadelphia a 1-0 lead, Kevin Stevens making it 2-1 with his first goal as a Flyer, and Dan McGillis 3-2 with Magnus Arvedson, Wade Redden, and Marian Hossa answering back each time to head into the second intermission knotted up at 3-apiece.

The visiting Sens outshot the home team, 31-18 -- including 28-12 over the final forty minutes -- but first-year goalie Roman Cechmanek came up big with 28 saves to record his third consecutive victory, outplaying Patrick Lalime, who made 14 stops.

2003 -- Jeremy Roenick figured in on both goals, scoring one and assisting on another, and Mark Recchi tallied the game-winning marker in the latter half of the second period as the Flyers pulled out a 2-1 win over the New York Islandersat the Wachovia Center.

Leading 1-0 into the second period on the strength of a Roenick late first period goal, the Isles knotted the score when Adrian Aucoin scored a power play marker midway through the second. But Recchi answered just 50 seconds later to make the difference for the Orange-and-Black.

Jeff Hackett made 23 saves -- including all 11 in the third period -- to pick up the victory, while former-Flyer Garth Snow stopped 31 of 33 shots in defeat.

2006 -- The Flyers removed the 'interim' label from Paul Holmgren's title as he became the seventh general manager in franchise history. Holmgren had taken over as interim GM in late-October when Bob Clarke resigned with the club off to a horrific start.

2008 -- Danny BriereMike Richards, and Kimmo Timonen scored goals while Martin Biron made 35 saves as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders, 3-1, at Nassau County Coliseum.

Briere opened the scoring with 6:20 left in the middle frame and Richards added a shorthanded midway through the third to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead, but Trent Hunter scored six and a half minutes later to make it a one-goal game.

Timonen hit the empty cage with Joey MacDonald pulled for an extra attacker with four ticks left on the clock to ice the outcome.

2010 -- Jeff Carter notched a natural hat trick, Danny Briere scored twice and added an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves as the visiting Flyers stormed past the Carolina Hurricanes by an 8-1 score at the RBC Center.

Following Briere's first of the contest, Carter connected with the man advantage at 18:42 of the opening period to give Philly a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Carter posted his second goal of the game at 1:54 of the middle frame and completed the hat trick just over four minutes later, chasing 'Canes starter Cam Ward from the net. Though he was one of the club's most consistent goal scorers during his time in Philadelphia, it was just the second regular season hat trick for Carter and the last in a Flyers uniform before he was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets the following summer.

Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Briere and Nikolay Zherdev all scored third period goals, while Claude Giroux added a pair of assists.

Bobrovsky was spectacular throughout the game, allowing only a Chad LaRose goal midway through the final period in 36 Carolina shots.

Both Ward -- who was tagged with the loss -- and backup Justin Peters finished the night with nine saves on 13 shots.

The victory was the eighth straight for the Flyers head-to-head over the Hurricanes, and they improved to 14-0-3 against Carolina in their last 17 meetings.

November 10 Flyers Trade:

On this day in 1981, the Flyers shipped popular two-way centerman and team captain Mel Bridgman to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defensive defenseman Brad Marsh, who had been an integral part of Calgary's seven-game defeat of the Flyers in the playoffs the previous spring.

Bridgman, the lone first-overall draft selection in franchise history (1975), finished his time in Philadelphia with 119 goals, 324 points, and 971 penalty minutes in 462 games. He succeeded Bobby Clarke as the club's captain beginning in the 1979/80 campaign, and served for two seasons, including 'The Streak' year.

While his departure left a hole in the middle up front, Marsh's presence on the blue line would prove to be invaluable for most of the decade.

Marsh posted 14 goals, 110 points, and 636 PIMs in seven seasons with the Flyers and was a +99 over that timespan, which includes a career-best +42 in the 1984/85 campaign. His biggest contributions were his durability, positioning, shot-blocking abilities, and shutdown presence. These traits put him in head coach Mike Keenan's 'Big Four' with Mark HoweBrad McCrimmon, and Kjell Samuelsson, which 'Iron Mike' employed in crunch time, especially in the postseason.

As part of Marsh's shot-blocking repertoire, he would often times be found in or just outside of the goal crease in an effort to get his 6' 3", 220-pound frame between an opponent's attempt and his team's net.

Marsh was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs just prior to the start of the 1988/89 campaign, and would play the next five seasons in Toronto, Detroit, and Ottawa before retiring, with more than 1,000 games under his belt.