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
The Flyers have amassed a 10-7-1-1 mark in 19 November 9 contests over the course of franchise history. The club went undefeated in their first eight games played on this date, putting together a 7-0-1 mark in November 9 outings from 1968-1985. Philadelphia had dropped their last three (0-2-1) from 2002-2011 before posting a victory over the Edmonton Oilers in their last appearance on this date in 2013.
Some of the more memorable November 9 moments in franchise history:
1968 -- Brit Selby provided all the offense Philly would need with a late-second period goal, and Doug Favell turned aside all 37 shots he faced as he and the Flyers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 3-0 score at the Igloo.
The home team dominated play from the opening faceoff -- outshooting Philadelphia by a wide margin in each frame for a 37-18 total -- but Favell would not relent.
Selby opened the scoring by beating Les Binkley with just over three minutes remaining in the middle stanza, before Earl Heiskala and Jim Johnson added insurance markers in the final twenty minutes.
Rosaire Paiment added a pair of helpers to the winning cause for Philly.
The win was Favell's first in his fifth start to improve his record to 1-3-1 for the campaign, and the shutout was his fifth of his career.
1972 -- Rick MacLeish notched his first NHL hat trick -- with his third goal proving to be the game-winner with just over six minutes left in the third period -- and Doug Favell stopped 33 of 36 shots to lead the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum.
MacLeish got Philadelphia off to a quick start with a pair of strikes less than three minutes apart early in the opening minutes of the contest, Bill Clement made it a 3-0 lead at 7:33, before Jim Pappin for Chicago on the board in the final two minutes of the frame.
After a scoreless second, Dennis Hull cut the lead to a single goal with a power play tally early in the final frame, but MacLeish beat Tony Esposito for a third time to restore the two-goal margin with 6:16 left.
Dan Maloney made it 4-3 with another man advantage goal with MacLeish in the sin bin with 0:58 remaining, but Bobby Clarke iced the outcome with an empty-netter 35 seconds later.
Bill Barber and Gary Dornhoefer each contributed two assists, while Favell's mark went to 6-3-1 with the win.
1974 -- Orest Kindrachuk scored the first penalty shot goal in franchise history midway through regulation and it proved to be the game-winning goal in a 6-2 romp over the Washington Capitals at the Spectrum.
The clubs traded power play goals in the opening twenty minutes, with Caps defender Bill Mikkelson giving the visitors an early lead and Rick MacLeish answering for the Orange-and-Black less than three minutes later.
Philadelphia took complete control of the contest in the middle stanza, outshooting the Capitals by a 21-6 margin and picking up the lone three markers of the period. Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers their first lead before Kindrachuk was awarded a penalty shot midway through the session and beat former-Philly netminder Michel Belhumeur to make it a 3-1 lead.
Washington couldn't stop the bleeding as Bill Barber beat Belhumeur just 0:29 after Kindrachuk's tally, giving the home squad a three-goal cushion heading into final frame.
Ross Lonsberry made it 5-1 via the power play early in the third, but Bob Gryp beat Flyers goalie Wayne Stephenson 4:42 into the period to give the Caps a small bit of hope.
That was quickly dashed when another ex-Flyer, Lew Morrison, took a tripping minor and Tom Bladon scored just 0:07 later to close out the scoring.
Kindrachuk's was just the second penalty shot attempted in team history -- Bill Clement was unsuccessful against Jim Rutherford of the Detroit Red Wings on March 7, 1974 on the initial attempt -- and it was also the first successful penalty shot against the expansion Capitals in their franchise's brief history.
Stephenson made 25 saves to win his third start as a Flyer since being acquired from the St. Louis Blues in September.
1975 -- Bobby Clarke had a goal and an assist during the first two periods in which the Flyers outshot their opponents by a 38-15 margin and built a 4-1 lead, en route to a 6-4 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia finished with 57 shots on goal for the contest, causing Pens goaltender Gary Inness to come up with 51 saves in a losing effort.
Rick MacLeish, Gary Dornhoefer, Bill Barber, Don Saleski, and Reggie Leach also lit the lamp for the home team, while 'Dorny' posted a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal and assist in the opening frame, and picking up a fighting major during a wild brawl with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.
Wayne Stephenson snapped a personal three-game winless skid (0-1-2) with the victory, and improved his record to 10-2-4 for the season.
1980 -- Tom Gorence broke a 1-1 deadlock 0:33 into the third period and Pete Peeters turned away 26 of 27 shots to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Quebec Nordiques at the Spectrum.
After spotting the visitors a 1-0 lead on a Jacques Richard goal in the opening stanza, Rick MacLeish knotted the game up while Philly skated with a man advantage early in the middle frame to send the clubs tied up at the second intermission.
After Gorence's go-ahead strike, Bill Barber provided some breathing room with a power play tally less than five minutes later to set the final score.
1984 -- Tim Kerr scored twice and had three points while Pelle Lindbergh stopped all 29 shots he faced to post his fifth career shutout and lead the Flyers to a 6-0 thumping of the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.
Philly jumped all over Blues starter Rick Wamsley for four goals on 10 shots in the first period, with Ilkka Sinisalo, Kerr, Murray Craven, and Dave Poulin staking Lindbergh to a 4-0 lead after one.
Rick Heinz came in to relieve Wamsley to begin the middle frame, and was promptly greeted by a Brad McCrimmon power play marker 3:39 into the session. Kerr would notch his second man advantage tally in the final frame to set the final score.
In addition to his goal, Poulin added a pair of helpers and Brian Propp contributed three assists to help Lindbergh improve to 5-2-2 for the year.
1985 -- Tim Kerr recorded a natural hat trick and Rich Sutter scored twice to provide all of the Philadelphia offensive output in a 5-3 triumph over former-Flyer netminder Pete Peeters and the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum.
The win was the 10th in a row for the streaking Flyers since suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Quebec Nordiques at the Spectrum back on October 17.
Barry Pederson gave Boston an early lead before Sutter's pair gave Philly a 2-1 lead late in the first, but Bruins rookie Dave Pasin sent the clubs to their respective dressing rooms knotted up at 2-2 with a goal in the final two minutes of the stanza.
That's when Kerr took over. The big winger beat Peeters once early and once late for the only two goals of the middle frame, then completed his ninth career regular season hatty with just under six minutes left in regulation to make it 5-2.
Ex-Flyer Kenny "The Rat" Linseman was able to get the puck past Bob Froese 0:39 later, but that was as close as Boston would get.
Froese only had to face 17 shots, and remained perfect for the year with a 6-0-0 mark.
1995 -- Mikael Renberg scored twice in the third period and Ron Hextall stopped 19 of 20 shots as the Flyers extinguished the Calgary Flames by a 3-1 count at the Spectrum.
After a scoreless first forty minutes, Joel Otto opened the scoring against his former club early in the third, and Renberg doubled the lead less than two minutes later. First-year Flame Pavel Torgaev ruined Hextall's shutout bid late in the stanza, before Renberg beat Calgary goalkeeper Trevor Kidd for a second time to seal the deal with 6:29 remaining.
2000 -- Simon Gagne and Paul Ranheim scored goals and Roman Cechmanek made 29 saves to post his second career shutout as the Flyers dumped the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 at the First Union Center.
2013 -- Claude Giroux's first goal of the season with 8:34 remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner and Steve Mason stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Flyers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Goals from Jay Rosehill and Scott Hartnell staked Philadelphia to a 2-0 lead after the first period, but David Perron beat Mason for a power play tally late in the middle stanza to make it a one-goal contest heading into the third.
Giroux was struggling mightily offensively, along with the rest of the team which was averaging a pathetic league-low 1.47 goals-per game entering the Saturday matinee, The captain broke a personal 21-game goalless drought by beating Devan Dubnyk as he carried the puck into the Edmonton zone, faked a shot, then cut to the middle and fired a shot through the screen of Oiler defenseman Andrew Ference to make it a 3-1 lead.
Taylor Hall was able to cut the deficit to one less than two minutes later, but Vincent Lecavalier provided an insurance marker with 3:27 left.
The game marked just the seventh time in the Flyers' first 15 outings of the regular season that they were able to manage more than one goal in a game. The club had posted a 1-3-1 mark in their previous five contests in which they scored just four times, with the lone victory being a 1-0 shutout victory of the New Jersey Devils on November 2.