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.
Having lost their first two and last three November 27th outings (0-4-0-1 in those five), the Flyers have still managed to put together a 10-7-0-1 overall record -- which includes a 7-3-0-0 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history. Philadelphia has scored 65 goals while giving up 59 to their opponents in the 18 contests.
Some of the more memorable moments and brief recaps in Flyers history that took place in November 27th games:
1974: Reggie Leach notched a hat trick and four points and Bobby Clarke scored a shorthanded goal and added four helpers as the Flyers drilled the Detroit Red Wings by a 6-2 count at the Spectrum.
Leach scored once in each period -- including the eventual game-winning goal at 6:19 of the middle frame -- and each member of the LCB Line lit the lamp in the second. Bill Barber finished with a goal and an assist, giving the line five goals and 11 points for the night.
Philadelphia outshot Detroit heavily in each period and 46-16 for the game.
Dave Schultz also scored for the Flyers, and Bernie Parent stopped 14 of 16 shots he faced to record the victory.
1977: Mel Bridgman and Ross Lonsberry each scored one goal and assisted on another and Wayne Stephenson stopped all 17 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season as the Flyers blanked the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, at the Spectrum.
1979: Reggie Leach scored two goals and Phil Myre made 19 saves as the Flyers extended their undefeated streak to 18 games (15-0-3) with a 6-2 triumph over the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum.
Mike Busniuk (first NHL goal), Dennis Ververgaert, and Norm Barnes scored to give the Orange-and-Black a 3-2 lead at the second intermission, but Brian Propp doubled the lead early in the third and Leach struck twice to put the game out of reach. The goals gave Leach 17 in the 18 games in which he dressed in the young season.
1982: Pelle Lindbergh turned aside all 22 shots he faced for his first-ever NHL shutout and Philadelphia received goals from four different sources as the Flyers skated to a 4-0 whitewash of the Los Angeles Kings at Inglewood, California.
Mark Howe, Lindsay Carson, Ron Flockhart, and Ray Allison scored goals for Philly.
1984: Lindsay Carson scored one goal and assisted on another and Bob Froese made 20 saves as the Flyers downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at the Spectrum.
Goals by Tim Kerr, Brad McCrimmon, and Brian Propp staked Philadelphia to a quick 3-0 lead just 4:56 after the opening faceoff, but Bill Gardner countered with a pair for Chicago to cut the lead to 3-2 at the first intermission.
Carson struck early in the third period to give the Flyers a cushion at 4-2. Kerr's goal gave him 21 for the season in the club's 21st game.
Philly outshot Chicago badly for the contest, 48-22 -- which included 20-9 in the middle stanza and 34-13 over the final two periods. Blackhawks' goaltender Warren Skorodenski made 44 saves in the loss.
1985: Tim Kerr scored a pair of goals and combative defenseman Ed Hospodar posted a Gordie Howe hat trick to lead the Flyers to a convincing 6-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets at the Spectrum.
Dave Poulin, Brian Propp, and Derrick Smith also scored for Philadelphia, while Doug Crossman and Ron Sutter each added two helpers.
The two goals gave Kerr 23 -- and 35 total points -- in just 22 contests for the year.
Hospodar picked up all three elements for the Gordie Howe trick in the final period. He assisted on Propp's 16th of the season early in the frame, scored the game's final goal at 14:15, then immediately got into an altercation which not only netted him a fighting major to complete the feat, but also a roughing minor, 10-minute misconduct, and game misconduct for good measure.
After the visitors outshot Philadelphia 6-5 in the first, the Flyers took control and dominated play the rest of the way to the tune of 20-3 in the middle stanza, and 32-9 over the final two periods.
1990: Pelle Eklund scored two second period goals and Pete Peeters made 28 saves to lead the Flyers to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Following a scoreless opening frame, a goal from Mike Ricci and a pair from Eklund gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.
Craig Berube and Keith Acton made it a 5-0 lead early in the final session before Dave Chyzowski broke up Peeters' bid for a shutout late in regulation.
Glenn Healy yielded all five Flyers' goals on 27 shots and was lifted in favor of Jeff Hackett after Acton's marker at 4:55 of the third.
1992: Rod Brind'Amour and Garry Galley each posted two goals and Dominic Roussel made 22 saves as the Flyers skated to a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders at the Spectrum.
Leading by a 3-2 score early in the third period, Galley and Brind'Amour scored goals 2:22 apart to give Philadelphia a three-goal lead on the way to the victory.
Brent Fedyk and Len Barrie also scored, and Mark Recchi assisted on three Flyer goals.
The tally for Barrie was his second in as many games following a recall from the Hersehy Bears of the AHL, and the Kimberley, British Columbia-native also added an assist.
1993: Kevin Dineen's beat Daren Puppa 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Flyers to their third consecutive win with a 4-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Florida Suncoast Dome (a.k.a. "Thunderdome").
Josef Beranek's 19th goal of the season was the lone tally of the opening 20 minutes, but Brian Bradley and Petr Klima each beat Dominic Roussel to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead midway through the stanza.
Mikael Renberg took matters into his own hands, scoring his 13th and 14th of the year to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead, until Danton Cole connected on a power play marker with just 35 seconds remaining before the second intermission.
Roussel finished the game with 30 saves to record the win, while Puppa stopped 32 in the defeat.
1998: John LeClair's goal with 49 seconds left in the second period proved to be the game-winner and John Vanbiesbrouck made 19 saves to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the First Union Center.
LeClair, Eric Lindros, and Keith Jones all finished with a goal and a pair of helpers.
Mike Richards and Braydon Coburn scored the Philadelphia goals, but the big story for the Flyers was forward Ian Laperriere being struck in the face by a Jason Pominville point shot during a late-first period Buffalo power play. With the score tied at 1-1 and the Sabres threatening to take the lead, "Lappy" -- perpetually playing with all-out heart and soul -- slid to his knees as Pominville wound up for a slapshot in an attempt to thwart the Buffalo effort. The puck struck Laperriere just above the lip, causing the Flyer to lose seven teeth and requiring upwards of 100 stitches to close the wound.
Much to the surprise of everyone who had witnessed the horrific scene unfold, Laperriere -- ever the warrior -- returned for the third period donning a helmet fitted with a full face shield.
As For The Present:
With the lockout now well into its third month and games canceled through December 14th, the official count of games the team has lost all-time due to lockout is now at 147 -- 36 in the shortened 1994/05, the entirety of the 82-game schedule in 2004/05, and 29 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
December 1 FLYERS @ Florida Panthers
December 4 FLYERS @ Tampa Bay Lightning
December 6 San Jose Sharks @ FLYERS
December 8 FLYERS @ New York Islanders
December 9 New York Islanders @ FLYERS
December 11 New Jersey Devils @ FLYERS
December 13 FLYERS @ Washington Capitals
Many Flyers are currently playing as the lockout drags on -- now past the 70-day mark -- scattered throughout different leagues in Europe.
U.S. federal mediators will take a shot at helping the sides come to some type of common ground as they will join negotiations when they resume -- rumored to be Wednesday at a private location.
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.