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 strong 10-5-1-0 overall record in November 19th games -- with a perfect 6-0-0-0 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history.
Philadelphia has scored 71 goals in the 16 contests, while yielding 53 to their opponents -- including a very favorable 30-17 margin on home ice.
Some of the more memorable moments and brief recaps in Flyers history that took place in November 19th games:
1967: First period goals by Don Blackburn, Lou Angotti, and Ed Van Impe gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead and they would hang on for a 3-2 triumph over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.
Philly outshot the Blues 24-9 over the first two frames as the Flyers and Bernie Parent were cruising into the final period with the three-goal lead. St. Louis turned up the pressure in the third and Ron Schock scored twice to bring the visitors close, but they were not able to connect for the equalizer.
After allowing the trio of first period tallies, Blues' goalkeeper Glenn Hall wasn't beaten again as he finished the game with 26 saves on 29 shots in the losing effort.
1970: Jim Johnson recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist and Bernie Parent made 27 saves as the Flyers blasted the California Golden Seals 6-2 at the Spectrum. With Philadelphia leading 3-1 late in the second period, Johnson completed the hat trick with just one second remaining in the frame.
Bobby Clarke, Serge Bernier, and Bill Lesuk -- with his first-ever NHL goal -- also lit the lamp for the Orange-and-Black, while Barry Ashbee and Bernier each assisted on a pair of markers.
1977: Orest Kindrachuk posted two goals and two assists and Don Saleski added a goal and three assists to lead the Flyers to a 7-2 romp over the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Center. Ross Lonsberry notched a goal and two assists, and Philadelphia also received goals from Bob Dailey, Mel Bridgman, and Barry Dean.
With the visitors holding a 3-1 lead at the second intermission, Philly scored four times in the third to erase any doubts as to the eventual outcome.
Wayne Stephenson stopped 22 of the 24 Minnesota shots he faced, while Pete LoPresti allowed all seven Flyers goals on 29 shots.
1978: Bobby Clarke scored a goal and added a pair of assists as each member of the LCB Line tallied to help the Flyers build a 4-1 lead, then held on for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Spectrum.
Clarke, Reggie Leach, and Bill Barber all dented the twine in the opening frame, then defenseman Bob Dailey scored in the first minute of the middle frame to give Philadelphia a three-goal lead. Andre St. Laurent and Dennis Polonich made it a 4-3 contest early in the second, but Bernie Parent would finish with 19 saves and make the lead hold up.
Rogie Vachon stopped 27 of 31 Flyers shots in defeat.
1980: Bill Barber scored one goal and set up two others and Rick St. Croix stopped 30 of 31 shots as the Flyers invaded Madison Square Garden and came away with a 5-1 victory over the rival New York Rangers.
Brian Propp, Tom Gorence, and Behn Wilson struck in the opening period to stake the Flyers to a 3-0 lead before New York's Ron Greschner brought the Broadway Blueshirts back to within two goals with a power play marker midway through the second stanza. But Barber and Rick MacLeish each scored within a 38 second stretch to put the game out of reach.
The three-point outburst gave Barber a scorching 18 goals and 30 points in the club's first 20 games.
Doug Soetaert made 21 saves for the Rangers.
1985: Two old nemeses came back to haunt the Flyers as Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier each scored twice and posted five points to lead the New York Islanders to an 8-6 triumph over Philadelphia at Nassau Coliseum, snapping the Flyers club-record 13-game winning streak.
Despite the defeat, Tim Kerr remained red hot by scoring two goals. It was the second game in a row with multiple goals for Kerr and the seventh of the young campaign, giving the burly forward an amazing 20 goals and 27 points in just 18 regular season contests.
Ed Hospodar also netted a pair -- including a shorthanded tally with 2:39 left in regulation to draw the Orange-and-Black to within 7-6 before an empty-netter completed the scoring -- while Ilkka Sinisalo and Rick Tocchet each hit the back of the net once for Philadelphia.
Goalie Daren Jensen -- who won three straight starts after being recalled due to Pelle Lindbergh's untimely death -- dropped his first decision of the season after yielding seven goals on 36 Isles shots. Kelley Hrudey allowed six goals on 37 shots, but was the beneficiary of the Islanders eight-goal explosion to gain the win.
1987: Peter Zezel notched a pair of goals, Brian Propp scored once and added three helpers, and Wendell Young made 26 saves to lead the Flyers to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.
Lindsay Carson broke a 4-4 tie early in the third period and Propp made it a two-goal Philadelphia lead midway through the frame, and Ron Sutter clinched the game with 2:48 remaining in regulation after Paul Fenton had brought L.A. back to within 6-5 with a power play marker.
Rick Tocchet and Sutter each put the puck past Kings goaltender Roland Melanson once and assisted on another pair of Flyers goals, while Ilkka Sinisalo added two assists.
1992: Doug Evans scored twice and the Crazy Eights Line of Mark Recchi (goal, two assists), Eric Lindros (goal, assist), and Brent Fedyk (goal, two assists) accounted for eight points as the Flyers drubbed the New York Rangers by a 7-3 score at the Spectrum.
After goals by Recchi, Lindros, Fedyk, and Rod Brind'Amour made it a 4-0 lead early in the second period, New York mounted a comeback as Mark Messier scored twice and Doug Weight once to pull to within a goal at 1:53 of the third period.
But Evans scored a pair sandwiched around a Greg Paslawski goal closed out the scoring to give the Flyers a win going away.
Dominic Roussel made 22 saves to post the victory, while Mike Richter managed 38 saves after he was ambushed for 45 shots to take the loss.
1995: Chris Therien - who earlier in the contest assisted on an Anatoli Semenov goal -- waited for a great time to notch his first goal of the season as he scored the game-winner 32 seconds into overtime to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.
Pat Falloon also scored for Philadelphia.
Semenov's first of the year late in the second period gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, but Vancouver's Alexander Mogilny tied it up at 2-all with his 16th of the year at 3:13 of the third.
Ron Hextall stopped 34 of 36 Canucks offerings to garner the victory, while Kirk McLean made 25 saves in a losing cause.
2002: Simon Gagne scored once and assisted on another and John LeClair's 10th goal of the season midway through regulation proved to be the game-winning tally to lead the visiting Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jeremy Roenick broke a 1-1 tie early in the middle frame and LeClair made it a two-goal lead six minutes later.
Even thouh the Lightning attack was bolstered by seven power plays (one goal) to Philly's two (unsuccessful with the man advantage), Philadelphia netminder Roman Cechmanek only needed to make 17 saves in the triumph. Tampa's Nikolai Khabibulin was tagged with the loss, though he stopped 29 of 32 Flyers shots.
2005: Simon Gagne scored a pair of goals and added an assist and Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves as the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 at Mellon Civic Arena.
Gagne's second of the game came on a three-on-one shorthanded break that deflected in off of former-Flyer Mark Recchi's stick to give Philly 3-2 lead, but Erik Christensen answered just nine seconds later.
With the score deadlocked at 3-3 at the second intermission, Jeff Carter struck 1:49 into the third to give Philadelphia the lead for good. Michal Handzus doubled the lead 41 seconds later, and Mike Knuble hit the empty net with Jocelyn Thibault pulled for an extra attacker and 18 ticks of the clock left.
The win gave the Flyers a 10-1-1 record on the road for the campaign.
The three points gave Gagne 20 goals and 31 points in just the 19th game of the season, while Mike Richards added a goal and an assist and Peter Forsberg a pair of helpers.
2011: The Winnipeg Jets torched Philadelphia goaltending for the second time in three weeks as they built a four-goal lead and held on for a 6-4 win over the Flyers at the MTS Center.
Down 5-1 late in the middle frame, Scott Hartnell notched his second man advantage goal of the game with 3:51 left in the period, and rookie Matt Read struck twice in the third to bring the outplayed club back to within 5-4 before Nik Antropov hit the empty net with 1:14 remaining to close out the scoring.
Hartnell figured in on all four Flyers goals as he assisted on both of Read's markers.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 39 shots, while Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves for the winning Jets.
Captain Chris Pronger appeared in his last game as a Flyer to date, assisting on both of Hartnell's goals before leaving the lineup for the rest of the year with post-concussion syndrome.
November 19th Flyers Birthday:
On this day in 1971, defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich was born in Yaroslavl, Russia. Originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Flyers in 1991 (122nd overall, the pick acquired in the deal with the Edmonton Oilers for enforcer Dave Brown), "The Russian Tank" recorded 15 goals, 78 points, and 204 penalty minutes in 197 games over three seasons from 1992 through 1995 in his first tour in Philadelphia.
The 5' 11", 210-pound blue liner was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for three draft picks in the summer of 1995, but the Flyers brought Yushkevich back at the trade deadline in 2003. Over the last 18 games of the regular season, he scored a pair of goals and posted four points, while serving eight PIMs. The defender appeared in 13 postseason contests that spring, scoring once and totaling five points.
Yuskkevich was then shipped to the Washington Capitals in return for a draft choice during the following summer.
As For The Present:
With the lockout now more than 60 days old 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.
After seemingly making a bit of progress on some of the issues, the NHL and NHLPA have abandoned negotiations for the the past several days and had instead resumed the staring contest that was so prevelant during the initial days of the stoppage. There are scheduled meetings beginning Monday.
There was a report in one of the major area newspapers that Philadelphia owner Ed Snider was tiring of waiting for the lockout to come to an end and was going to work on swaying the opinions of the other owners to bring a quick ending to the work stoppage. Snider disputed the story publicly Saturday and said he remains firmly in support of the NHL's bargaining position.
With games having been canceled through the end of November and the calendar creeping towards the latter portion of the month, it's likely more games will fall by the wayside if no significant movement is not made 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.