This is a daily column that will run during the duration of the NHL lockout. It is not meant to depress hockey fans, but is rather intended to provide a reminder of some of the more memorable moments in Philadelphia Flyers' history, and act as a much-needed distraction from the ongoing negativity surrounding the lockout for hockey fans. What must not be forgotten during the labor strife is just how great of a game we have been blessed with to enjoy throughout the years.
The Flyers have compiled a 11-8-1-1 overall record in November 22nd games -- with a 8-4-1-1 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history. The team is currently on a two-game winning streak (2008 and 2010).
Philadelphia has scored 64 goals while allowing the same 64 to their opponents in the 21 contests.
Some of the more memorable moments and brief recaps in Flyers history that took place in November 22nd games:
1967: Bill Sutherland scored a pair of goals and Bernie Parent stopped 30 shots as the Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at the Spectrum. the victory avenged a 3-1 home loss to the Red Wings in the pair's first-ever meeting three weeks earlier.
The second period proved to be a turning point. With the score tied at 1-1 Detroit outshot Philadelphia by a 13-9 count, but Parent held strong while the Flyers beat Roy Edwards twice in the frame. Sutherland scored his first of the contest midway through the stanza, then Don Blackburn scored what would be the game-winner four and a half minutes later.
The Wings Bruce MacGregor drew the visitors to within a goal with 7:58 remaining in the game, but Sutherland notched the clincher with 3:19 left.
Garry Peters also scored for Philly, while captain Lou Angotti posted a pair of assists.
1972: Bill Clement scored the game-winning goal late in a feverish third period comeback as the Flyers posted four tallies in the final frame to beat the New York Islanders, 5-3, at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia pressured Isles netminder Billy Smith the during entire contest, sending 60 shots on goal. Despite the fact they had outshot N.Y. by a 41-18 margin through two periods, the Flyers found themselves trailing 3-1 at the second intermission due in large part to the first two goals of Lorne Henning's career.
Bill Barber cut the deficit in half at 6:36 of the third and Gary Dornhoefer tied it up midway through the frame. Clement gave Philly the lead for good three and a half minutes later, and Bobby Clarke sealed the victory just over two minutes later.
Rick MacLeish's second period marker extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, over which he had tallied eight goals and 12 points.
Doug Favell made 21 saves to pick up the win.
1975: Reggie Leach's goal into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and Wayne Stephenson made 26 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the New York Rangers at the Spectrum.
Goals by Walt Tkaczuk and Rod Gilbert sandwiched around Bobby Clarke's 15th of the season staked the Broadway Blueshirts to a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but Ross Lonsberry knotted the game at 1:18 of the final frame. Orest Kindrachuk provided an insurance goal in the latter half of the stanza.
Jimmy Watson added a pair of assists.
1978: Paul Evans beat Don Edwards for the game-winner early in the third period and Bernie Parent stopped 20 shots to lead the Flyers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.
Goals by Andre Savard and Rene Robert gave the home team a 2-0 lead late in the second period before Mel Bridgman began a Philly comeback with 4:59 left in the frame.
It only took Rick MacLeish 1:24 into the third stanza to even the score, setting up Evans' winner.
1986: Brian Propp and Peter Zezel notched a pair of goals and an assist apiece and Ron Hextall made 25 saves to lead the Flyers to a 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia blew open a tight, one-goal game with four in the third period. Zezel notched his second of the night 3:08 into the final session, then Tim Kerr, Propp, and Rick Tocchet closed out the scoring in a 3:12 span late in the frame.
Kerr also added an assist to give him seven points in his last two contests (5-2-7), and 18 goals and 28 points in the club's 20th game of the year.
Pelle Eklund, Murray Craven, and Ilkka Sinisalo each chipped in a pair of assists.
1989: Murray Craven scored twice and posted four points, Rick Tocchet added a goal and a pair of helpers, and Ken Wregget made 22 saves as the Flyers skated to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia came out strong in the opening period, outshooting the Habs by a 9-2 count and grabbing a 2-0 lead on late first period power play strikes from Tocchet and Craven. Ron Sutter made it a 3-0 game midway through the middle stanza before Mike Keane got Montreal on the board to make it a 3-1 contest at the second intermission.
The Flyers dominated the third period and put the game away when Craven and Ilkka Sinisalo beat Canadiens netminder Brian Hayward 28 seconds apart late in the session to set the final score.
Mike Bullard assisted on both first period man advantage goals for Philly.
1992: Mark Recchi scored a pair of goals and Len Barrie -- who was had spent the entire season with the Hershey Bears but was recalled earlier in the day -- beat Dominik Hasek for his first NHL goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Flyers a 4-4 deadlock with the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum.
In each of the first two periods Recchi gave Philadelphia a lead, only to have Buffalo's Alexander Mogilny respond and tie the game.
Defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich gave the Flyers their third lead of the contest early in the third, but Pat LaFontaine knotted the score just 35 seconds later.
Dave Hannan beat Dominic Roussel with 2:10 left to give the Sabres their first lead of the night before Barrie's late-game heroics.
The game also saw the first injury of Eric Lindros' career, as the rookie sprained knee ligaments in a collision behind the Buffalo net early in the contest.
1998: Keith Jones beat Kirk McLean just 26 seconds into overtime and John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 25 shots to beat his former teammates in his first trip back to South Florida as the Flyers defeated the Panthers, 2-1.
The only other goals of the game came late in the opening period, when John LeClair put Philadelphia on the board first at 15:55, but Ed Jovanovski tied it up with 19 ticks left on the clock before the first intermission.
'Beezer's' triumph over his old team not only earned him the night's First Star honors, it also avenged a 2-1 loss to the Cats in Philadelphia just 10 days earlier. The goaltender signed with Philly as an unrestricted free agent over the summer after spending five seasons in Florida, which included leading the Panthers to an improbable run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
Eric Lindros assisted on both Flyer goals.
2000: Mark Recchi scored one goal and set up another and Roman Cechmanek made 20 saves to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. It was Philadelphia's sixth win in a row.
Simon Gagne and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flyers, and Keith Primeau added a pair of helpers.
2003: Mark Recchi's late second period power play goal broke a 2-2 tie and goaltender Jeff Hackett faced just 13 shots as the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 at the Wachovia Center. The victory extended the club's unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1), and home unbeaten stretch to 11 contests (9-0-2).
Hackett's only blemishes came early in the second period when Brian Rolston accounted for both Boston tallies within a 32 second span to tie the game at 2-2.
The Bruins attack was only able to muster three shots in the opening stanza and two in the third period.
Richards had just gotten out of the penalty box after serving an interference minor called in the last minute of the third period. He exited the sin bin and joined a Philadelphia rush, took a pass from Jeff Carter in the slot and whipped a shot past Mikael Tellqvist for the game-winner.
Phoenix held a 3-2 lead late on the strength of former-Flyer Todd Fedoruk's goal with just 5:14 remaining in regulation, but Carter's redirection of a Richards shot with 1:07 left knotted the game at 3-3.
2010: James van Riemsdyk's first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time as the sophomore winger beat Carey Price to snap a 2-2 tie midway through the third period for the game-winner.
After Maxim Lapierre scored twice in the latter half of the opening stanza, Philadelphia turned up the heat on Price to start the second. Philly outshot the Habs the rest of the way 36-16 -- including 21-5 in the middle frame -- and Ville Leino notched the only goal of the session to make it a 2-1 Canadiens lead at the second intermission.
Claude Giroux knotted the score early in the third to set up van Riemsdyk's dramatics.
The goal snapped a 23-game goal drought for van Riemsdyk, including the first 16 contests he suited up for in the 2010/11 campaign.
Price was outstanding in defeat, stopping 42 of 45 Philly shots.
Other notable November 22nd Flyers occurrences:
1973: Goalkeeper Bernie Parent is given a game misconduct after pushing an on-ice official following a Phil Esposito goal just 9:14 into an eventual 4-2 loss to the Bruins at Boston Garden.
1999: Philadelphia holds the host Tampa Bay Lightning to zero second period shots but still lose the contest, 4-1.
As For The Present:
With the lockout now into its third month and games canceled through November 30, the official count of games the team has lost all-time due to lockout is now at 140 -- 36 in the shortened 1994/05, the entirety of the 82-game schedule in 2004/05, and 22 thus far this season:
October 11 Boston Bruins @ FLYERS
October 13 FLYERS @ NY Islanders
October 18 Pittsburgh Penguins @ FLYERS
October 20 Winnipeg Jets @ FLYERS
October 25 FLYERS @ Montreal Canadiens
October 27 Toronto Maple Leafs @ FLYERS
October 28 FLYERS @ Buffalo Sabres
October 30 Dallas Stars @ FLYERS
November 1 New Jersey Devils @ FLYERS
November 3 Anaheim Ducks @ FLYERS
November 4 FLYERS @ NY Rangers
November 6 Buffalo Sabres @ FLYERS
November 8 FLYERS @ Carolina Hurricanes
November 10 Carolina Hurricanes @ FLYERS
November 13 Minnesota Wild @ FLYERS
November 16 FLYERS @ Buffalo Sabres
November 17 Buffalo Sabres @ FLYERS
November 21 Ottawa Senators @ FLYERS
November 23 Winnipeg Jets @ FLYERS
November 24 FLYERS @ NY Rangers
November 28 FLYERS @ Toronto Maple Leafs
November 29 FLYERS @ NY Islanders
Many Flyers are currently playing as the lockout drags on -- now past the 60-day mark -- scattered throughout different leagues in Europe.
Wednesday's proposal from the NHLPA was met with mostly disdain from the owners, leading the NHL contingency to call it a "disappointing day".
With games having been canceled through the end of November and the calendar creeping past the latter portion of the month, it's likely more games will fall by the wayside if no significant movement is made very soon.
While there is still hope that sanity will somehow prevail and there can still be something to salvage of a 2012-13 NHL season, it is unfortunately looking more-and-more like the sides may just be content to self-destruct.