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.
After going winless in their first four contests on this date (0-3-1-0, all of which were played at the Spectrum), the Flyers have compiled a 10-8-2-1 overall record in November 21st games -- with a 6-5-2-1 mark at home -- over the course of franchise history.
Philadelphia has scored 74 goals in the 21 contests, while yielding 71 to their opponents -- including a 10-spot allowed to the Capitals in Washington in 1981.
Some of the more memorable moments and brief recaps in Flyers history that took place in November 21st games:
1976: Mel Bridgman scored twice and posted three points and Bernie Parent made 23 saves to lead the Flyers to a 6-5 triumph over the Atlanta Flames at the Spectrum.
Philadelphia dominated play to the tune of a 49-23 shot advantage -- including a 22-3 margin in the second period -- and held a 6-2 lead midway through the final frame before clinging to the victory for dear life.
Rick MacLeish power play goal at 7:29 of the middle stanza snapped a 2-2 tie and the Flyers scored four straight goals (MacLeish, Tom Bladon, Paul Holmgren, Bridgman's second of the night) to take a four-goal lead before the Flames mounted a desperation attack in the game's last half period.
Ross Lonsberry also lit the lamp for Philly, and Bladon added a pair of assists .
1979: Rick MacLeish and Bill Barber each scored a pair of goals and recorded three points and Pete Peeters made 19 saves as the Flyers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 6-4, at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The victory made it 15 consecutive games without a loss (13-0-2) for Philadelphia, whose overall record for the regular season was 14-1-2.
Trailing 2-0 into the latter half of the second period, both MacLeish (power play) and Barber tallied to tie the contest heading into the third period.
The Flyers blew the game open with four goals in a row scored on Kings' goalkeeper Mario Lessard as Brian Propp, Dennis Vervegaert, and Barber struck at even strength, and MacLeish dealt L.A. a crippling blow with a shorthander with Bobby Clarke in the penalty box serving a hooking minor to make it 6-2.
1982: Brian Propp scored one goal and assisted on another and Pelle Lindbergh stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Flyers skated past the St, Louis Blues, 3-1, at the Spectrum.
Darryl Sittler and Glen Cochrane also put the puck past a beleagured Glen Hanlon, who stopped 42 of the 45 Philly shots he faced.
1984: The Flyers scored three times in the second period to erase a 2-1 deficit and Pelle Lindbergh made 30 saves to lift Philadelphia past the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at the Spectrum.
Ilkka Sinisalo, Tim Kerr, and Ron Sutter all tallied in the middle frame to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead and Lindbergh made it stand as the visitors outshot Philadelphia, 13-8 in the final period.
Murray Craven and former-Bruin Brad McCrimmon each added a pair of helpers.
Kerr's goal was his 19th of the season and 32nd point in the club's 18th contest, while Brian Propp also scored to give him 13 goals and 25 points as Philly's top gunners continued to produce big numbers in the early going.
1985: Bob Froese stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Flyers got goals from Derrick Smith, Tim Kerr, and Mark Howe in a 3-0 whitewashing of the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum. Rich Sutter added a pair of assists.
Kerr's goal gave him a 15-game point scoring streak (19 goals, 24 points over that stretch) and 21 total goals for the year in just Philadelphia's 19th outing.
1990: Pelle Eklund scored a pair of third period goals to cap five consecutive Philly markers to lift the Flyers to a 5-4 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Civic Arena.
Trailing 2-0 late in the first period, Scott Mellanby cut the deficit in half with a goal with 57 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
Tony Horacek and Rick Tocchet managed to beat Pens netminder Tom Barrasso in the second period to push the Flyers to a 3-2 lead before Eklund made it 5-2 with a goal in the first minute and another midway through the stanza.
Philadelphia goalie Pete Peeters was replaced by Bruce Hoffort less than three minutes into the final period after a collison with Pittsburgh forward Kevin Stevens with the Flyers up 3-2. Hoffort gained the victory by virtue of yielding a pair of late Penguins goals.
1995: The Flyers erased a late-first period 2-0 deficit by scoring the last five goals of the game and Garth Snow made 25 saves as Philadelphia beat the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2, at the Spectrum.
After goals from former-Flyer Rick Tocchet and Yanic Perreault staked the visitors to a two-goal lead with 3:27 remaining in the opening session, Rob DiMaio started Philly on the comeback trail 33 seconds later.
Joel Otto knotted the game with a man advantage marker midway through the second, and John LeClair gave Philadelphia the lead for good with a power play goal early in the third period. Rod Brind'Amour and Mikael Renberg put the game away as the pair beat Byron Dafoe for goals 54 seconds apart less than two minutes later.
Eric Lindros and Pat Falloon both assisted on two Flyers tallies.
1996: Dale Hawerchuk posted his lone hat trick in a Flyers uniform and recorded four points as Philadelphia drilled their cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-3, at the CoreStates Center.
The Flyers also received offensive support from Trent Klatt (shorthanded), Rod Brind'Amour, Joel Otto, and John LeClair, while Mikael Renberg and Pat Falloon added a pair of helpers apiece. The Pens goals came off the sticks of Glen Murray, Jaromir Jagr, and Mario Lemieux.
Ron Hextall made 23 saves to best his former goaltending partner, Ken Wregget, who stopped 24 of 31 shots in the loss.
2002: Jeremy Roenick's power play goal at 12:31 of the third period lifted the Flyers to their fifth game in a row without a loss (1-0-4) in a come-from-behind 2-2 tie with the San Jose Sharks at the First Union Center. The man advantage tally snapped a string of 32 consecutive unsuccessful power play opportunities for Philadelphia.
Following a scoreless opening period, goals by Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau gave San Jose a 2-0 lead at the midway point of regulation.
But John LeClair made Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov pay for a giveaway behind the net as the Flyer tucked the puck into an empty cage to make it a 2-1 S.J. lead at the second intermission.
Robert Esche was outstanding in making 27 saves, which included stopping two Selanne breakaways. Nabokov ended the night with 32 saves.
2007: Danny Briere scored three times in the third period to record his first hat trick in Philadelphia and finished the night with four points as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Leading 2-1 at the second intermission, Philly struck four times in the final stanza to win going away.
In addition to Briere's third career hat trick, the Flyers received goals from Mike Knuble, Kimmo Timonen, and Scott Hartnell (empty netter). Knuble also assisted on a pair of goals.
Philadelphia netminder Martin Biron made 32 saves to pick up the win, while Cam Ward was tagged with the loss after yielding five goals on 20 shots. Ward did, however, stop Mike Richards on a shorthanded penalty shot attempt in the third period.
2008: Martin Biron made 40 saves to post his sixth regular season shutout with the Flyers -- and first against his former team -- as Philadelphia blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, at HSBC Center.
Jeff Carter scored twice and Scott Hartnell scored the game-winner as the Flyers won for the fourth time in their last five outings.
November 21st Flyers Birthday:
On this day in 1960, Lindsay Carson was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Philadelphia selected the 6' 2", 195-pound left wing in the third round (56th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and after spending the full 1980/81 campaign and part of the 1981/82 season with the Maine Mariners, made the jump to Philadelphia full-time.
Over parts of seven years with the Flyers the role-player recorded 61 goals, 137 points and 495 penalty minutes in 346 games, including a career-high 20 goals and 39 points during the 1984/85 campaign.
Carson was part of the two mid-80's Flyers clubs that lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final, and after managing just two goals and nine points in the first 37 contests of the 1987/88 season, was traded to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Paul Lawless in January of 1988.
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.
Negotiations resumed Monday without much success, and the sides will meet again Wednesday at 10:00 a.m..
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.