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 won their last two November 13th contests, the Flyers have compiled a 9-8-3-1 overall record -- which includes a 6-4-3-0 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history. Philadelphia has scored 65 goals in the 21 contests (an average of 3.09 GPG), while allowing 60 to their opponents (2.85 GAA).
Some of the more memorable moments and brief recaps in Flyers history that took place in November 13th games:
1974: Bobby Clarke beat Eddie Giacomin with 15 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 triumph over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Philadelphia came out of the gate with a fury, outshooting the Blueshirts in the opening period, 9-2, resulting in a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded tally by Tom Bladon.
Even though Orest Kindrachuk doubled the lead early in the middle frame the Rangers grabbed the momentum taking 15 of the 20 shots registered in the second and knotting the score at 2-2 at the second intermission.
Bernie Parent withstood 11 New York shots in the final session and ended the contest with 26 saves to record the win. Giacomin finished with 17 stops in a losing effort.
1975: Dave Schultz scored 2:29 into the third period to salvage a point in a game where the Flyers had to overcome 4-0 and 5-1 deficits before settling for a 5-5 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks at the Spectrum.
John Marks put Philadelphia into a very early 2-0 hole with a pair of goals within 19 seconds, one coming at 14 seconds and the other at the 33 second mark. Dennis Hull scored late in the opening stanza and Ivan Boldirev made it a 4-0 Chicago lead 3:26 into the second.
After Ross Lonsberry and Bobby Sheehan traded goals, the Blackhawks had a 5-1 margin entering the last minute of play in the middle frame. The Flyers potted two goals of their own in 19 seconds as Lonsberry contributed his second of the period with 24 seconds left, and Gary Dornhoefer made it a 5-3 Chicago lead with just five ticks of the clock remaining before the second intermission.
Bill Barber's marker 27 seconds into the final session made it three Philly goals in a 51 second span prior to Schultz's game-tying strike 2:02 later.
In addition to his goal, Dornhoefer also assisted on three of the other Philadelphia tallies, and defenseman Tom Bladon added two helpers.
The Blackhawks outshot the Flyers in the first period, 14-4, but Philadelphia turned the table the rest of the way to the tune of 31-15 over the final two frames. Wayne Stephenson ended up with 24 saves, while Gilles Villemure stopped 30 Flyers shots in the draw.
1977: Wayne Stephenson turned away all 23 shots he faced to post a shutout and the Flyers scored got goals three different ways en route to a 3-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum.
Ross Lonsberry netted a goal on the man advantage in the closing minute of the first, Bill Barber scored while Philadelphia was skating a man short, and Jim Watson connected at even strength in the final minute of the middle frame to close out the scoring.
Ed Giacomin stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced to take the loss.
1980: Rick MacLeish was in on four goals (scoring two and assisting on a pair) and Bill Barber struck for two more as the Flyers went on to an 8-1 trouncing of the Edmonton Oilers at the Spectrum.
Tim Kerr, Brian Propp, Paul Holmgren, and Al Hill also lit the lamp for Philadelphia, and Reggie Leach and Frank Bathe each added a pair of helpers.
Rick St. Croix made 19 saves, with his shutout bid coming to an end when Mark Messier scored with 1:31 left in regulation. Ron Low gave up all eight goals on 32 shots.
1986: Murray Craven recorded his first career hat trick as the Flyers built a 7-2 lead, withstood a late Shawn Burr natural hat trick, and held on for a 7-5 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum. The Flyers also received offensive support from Rick Tocchet, Lindsay Carson, Tim Kerr, and Peter Zezel, while Ron Sutter added three assists and Carson and Mark Howe each posted a pair.
Craven -- who was acquired from the Red Wings organization in a 1984 trade for Darryl Sittler -- scored all three of his goals in the second period, a frame in which Philadelphia threw 23 shots at Greg Stefan and dented the twine four times. Stefan was busy as Philly outshot the visitors by a whopping 51-24 count, with 42 Flyer shots coming in the first two frames. Stefan was lifted at the second intermission, with Glen Hanlon yielding Zezel's early third period goal on the nine Flyers offerings he faced.
Ron Hextall made 19 saves to earn the victory.
1996: Pat Falloon scored on a third period power play to break a 1-1 tie and Ron Hextall made 26 saves as the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 2-1, at the CoreStates Center. An opening period goal by Shjon Podein and a strike from Brian Leetch in the middle frame set the stage for the deciding third period.
Flourtown, PA-native Mike Richter stopped 35 of 37 Philadelphia shots in defeat.
1999: Mikael Renberg's power play goal late in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winning tally as the Flyers skated to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the First Union Center.
Daymond Langkow had staked Philadelphia to a 2-0 lead midway through the first but ex-Flyer Mike Ricci drew San Jose close late in the stanza. Jeff Friesen burned Philly for a shorthanded marker early in the middle session to tie the contest.
John Vanbiesbrouck made 18 saves to notch the win, while Steve Shields was collared with the loss after stopping 23 of 26 Philadelphia shots.
2003: Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime and Robert Esche stopped 29 shots to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Wachovia Center. Eric Desjardins had given Philadelphia a 3-2 lead on his first goal of the season with 3:49 remaining in regulation before Todd Bertuzzi knotted the score with just 7.2 seconds remaining and goaltender Johan Hedberg pulled for an extra attacker.
Gagne found himself alone in front of Hedberg and took a pass from Marcus Ragnarsson, waited for the netminder to make the first move, then slid the puck under Hedberg for the game-winner.
Philly remained undefeated at home, as the triumph raised their record at Wachovia to 6-0-2.
Mark Recchi and Michal Handzus also scored for the Flyers, and Sami Kapanen added a pair of assists.
There was a delay late in the middle frame when the lights dimmed in the building, causing the remaining 5:35 of the second period to be added onto the beginning of the third while the electrical problem was resolved.
2010: Claude Giroux and Mike Richards each scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves as the Flyers beat the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center. Scott Hartnell also tallied for Philadelphia, as the Orange-and-Black built a 5-0 lead and cruised to the victory.
Richards' goals gave him five in the last five games following a slow start in which the captain had managed just one in his first 12 contests.
Kimmo Timonen and Ville Leino each had two assists for the Flyers.
2011: Matt Read scored a shorthanded penalty shot goal 4:14 into the third period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves as the Flyers went on to a 3-2 victory over the Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Read was hooked from behind by Jason Garrison while on a breakaway -- shortly after the expiration of the first of a two-man Cats advantage -- resulting in the awarding of a penalty shot to Read. The rookie skated in on Jose Theodore and may have surprised the veteran goaltender with a quick snap shot that trickled through the netminder's five hole.
Danny Briere and Braydon Coburn also scored for Philadelphia, and Wayne Simmonds posted the 100th point of his NHL career on Briere's opening period marker.
November 13th Philadelphia Flyers Trades:
On this day in 1991, Philadelphia acquired feisty winger Kevin Dineen from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for centerman Murray Craven and a fourth round draft pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
On this day in 2006, the Flyers re-acquired tough wingman Todd Fedoruk from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-rounder in the 2007 draft.
As For The Present:
With games currently 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
The NHL and NHLPA met at length over the course of the past week, but the momentum gained in the early portion seems to have dissipated when core issues hit a snag as the weekend rolled around. Special counsel Steve Fehr said Monday there are three outstanding key aspects that if they can be resolved, a CBA agreement could be forthcoming quickly.
But those issues -- the split of revenues, rules regarding player contracts, and who will foot the tab for the lockout-associated costs -- are gargantuan, the root of the ongoing financial stalemate the sides cannot agree upon.
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's looking like a 64-game game season would be the best-case scenario at this point -- it is unfortunately looking more-and-more like the sides may just be content to self-destruct.