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 three November 7th games (0-2-1), the Flyers have compiled a 9-6-3-1 overall record -- including a 4-2-0-1 road mark -- on November 7th over the course of franchise history. Philadelphia has scored 55 goals in the 19 contests (an average of 2.89 GPG), while allowing 60 to their opponents (3.15 GAA).
Some of the more memorable moments and brief game recaps in Flyers history that took place in contests on November 7th:
1968: When Red Berenson scored a late-first period goal against Doug Favell to open the scoring, it's safe to say no one in attendance at the Spectrum that night had any idea they were about to witness NHL history. Berenson scored four more times in the second period -- within a span of 9:09 -- assisted on a Camille Henry tally, then added a modern-day record sixth goal with just under six minutes left in regulation for good measure to lead the St. Louis Blues to an 8-0 pounding of the Flyers.
Berenson's offensive explosion was shocking, as the 29-year-old -- who had been acquired from the New York Rangers earlier in the year -- had scored just 17 career times in more than 175 NHL contests in the midst of his seventh season. He would use this game as inspiration to go on to have an excellent NHL career.
All of the Blues goals were scored at even strength, as Philadelphia squandered the only two power play opportunities handed out in the contest. Legendary netminder Jacques Plante turned away all 26 Flyers shots to record the shutout, a future-Flyer Terry Crisp accounted for the other St. Louis goal.
The 8-0 drubbing came just a day after Philly had suffered a 7-1 demolition at the hands of the Bruins at Boston Garden.
1973: Ross Lonsberry scored twice, Rick MacLeish assisted on three goals, and Bernie Parent stopped 21 of 22 shots as the Flyers defeated the Red Wings, 4-1, at the Olympia in Detroit. The win was the second in a row for Philly and fifth in the last six outings.
Philadelphia was outshot, 11-10 in the opening 20 minutes before taking control of play. They outshot Detroit over the last two periods by a 25-11 count, but couldn't break through on the scoreboard until the final stanza. Following two scoreless frames, Bill Barber and Lonsberry gave the visitors a 2-0 lead just 5:15 into the third period.
Henry Boucha cut the Flyers lead in half a couple of minutes later with a shorthanded marker (with an assist from Red Berenson), but defenseman Tom Bladon restored the two-goal cushion less than a minute later.
Lonsberry sealed the victory with his second of the game -- his second straight contest with a pair of goals and third consecutive match with at least one goal -- chasing Red Wings starter Doug Grant from the game.
For MacLeish, it was the second game in a row with multiple assists and fourth straight with at least one, amassing seven total helpers in the four-contest stretch.
1974: Rick MacLeish beat Fern Rivard with a power play tally early in the second period to provide Bernie Parent with all of the offensive support he'd need to record a shutout as the Flyers blanked the Minnesota North Stars, 2-0, at the Spectrum.
Parent faced just 18 Minnesota shots on the way to his second whitewash of the season.
Bill Barber hit the empty net with 22 seconds remaining to seal the deal.
1979: Bob Kelly scored twice as the Flyers ran off four straight goals to erase a 2-0 second period Nordiques lead on the way to a 4-3 triumph -- Philly's sixth straight -- at Le Colisee in Quebec. Brian Propp and Rick MacLeish also scored for Philadelphia, which had to overcome a deficit to keep their unbeaten streak -- now at 10 games (9-0-1) -- alive for the second time in three games.
Phil Myre stopped 22 shots to further the Flyers cause, while the visitors threw 42 shots at Michel Dion.
Philadelphia's record after 12 games stood at a rather impressive 10-1-1, with their only loss coming in a 9-2 blowout defeat to the Flames in Atlanta in the season's second game.
1985: Tim Kerr and Mark Howe each scored a pair of goals and Pelle Lindbergh recorded his final victory as the Flyers won their ninth consecutive game by ripping the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-2, at the Spectrum. Pelle Eklund and Ron Sutter scored for Philadelphia, and Sutter also added two assists to earn First Star honors.
The Flyers trailed early on a Keith Brown power play goal, but Philly dominated play. They outshot Chicago, 37-20, and scored six straight goals to take a commanding lead.
Kerr's goals gave him 13 for the season in the club's 13th game, well on the way to his third straight 50-goal season.
Lindbergh made 18 saves to record his fifth victory in a row. It would also be his 87th and last, as the loveable goaltender would tragically be fatally wounded in a single car accident in the wee hours of the morning just three days later.
1991: Ron Hextall made 25 saves and the Flyers got goals from five different skaters en route to a 5-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum. Andrei Lomakin, Dan Quinn (first in a Flyers uniform), Pelle Eklund, Steve Kasper, and Mark Pederson lit the lamp for the Orange-and-Black, while Rod Brind'Amour, Rick Tocchet, and Kjell Samuelsson all added a pair of helpers.
1992: Brent Fedyk scored twice and assisted on another goal and Stephane Beauregard stopped 25 shots to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum.
Brett Hull staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead after the first period, but former-Blue Brian Benning tied the score on an early second period power play. After Craig Janney gave St. Louis their second lead of the contest, Fedyk beat losing goaltender Curtis Joseph -- including the game-winner -- twice within a 1:02 span.
Eric Lindros closed out the scoring with 45 seconds left and Joseph pulled for an extra attacker.
Lindros and Fedyk's 'Crazy 8's' linemate Mark Recchi assisted on two Philadelphia goals.
1996: John LeClair scored twice and assisted on two others as the visiting Flyers used a four-goal third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2.
Derek Plante beat Ron Hextall early in the first and midway through the second periods before John Druce answered for Philadelphia to make it a 2-1 Buffalo lead at the second intermission -- despite the fact that the Sabres had only four shots on goal through two periods of play.
The Flyers poured 20 shots on Dominik Hasek in the third, with two from LeClair and one each from Mikael Renberg and Daniel Lacroix (empty netter) finding their way into the Buffalo cage.
Former-Sabre Dale Hawerchuk added a pair of assists for Philly.
1998: John LeClair scored with 55 seconds left in the second period to salvage a 2-2 with the Buffalo Sabres at the First Union Center.
Rod Brind'Amour scored the other Philadelphia goal and assisted on LeClair's game-tying marker.
Dominik Hasek was the story of the contest, coming up big as the Flyers outshot the Sabres, 37-19 -- including a wide 13-2 margin in the third period.
2007: Joffrey Lupul, Jeff Carter, and Mike Richards scored goals and Martin Biron stopped 26 of 27 shots as the visiting Flyers defeated the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, at Civic Arena.
Danny Sabourin took the loss for Pittsburgh, making 17 saves, while Ryan Malone was the lone Pen to beat Biron.
2009: Claude Giroux and Mika Pyorala connected on shootout goals and Ray Emery stopped two of the three he faced in the determining skills competition as the Flyers won their fourth consecutive game with a 2-1 decision over the st. Louis Blues at the Wachovia Center.
After a scoreless opening frame, Scott Hartnell gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 12:15 of the second period before T.J. Oshie knotted the score early in the third.
Emery finished with 30 saves, while Chris Mason ended up with 35 -- including all four of the scoreless overtime period.
November 7th Flyers Trade:
On this day in 2008, Philadelphia shipped forward Steve Downie, defenseman Steve Eminger, and draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Carle and a pick.
In 308 games with the Flyers over four seasons, Carle recorded 15 goals and 137 points. He was a +55 -- including a +30 rating during 2010-11 campaign, which tied him with Andrej Meszaros for the team lead in the category -- while only picking up 91 penalty minutes.
He won the 2009-10 Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Award as Philadelphia's Most Improved Player, and was instrumental in the club's run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
Carle returned to Tampa Bay this past summer, signing as a free agent with the Lightning.
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 talked Saturday at an undisclosed location, which is better than the staring contest the two have been involved in thus far in the 50+ day lockout. The sides resumed negotiations Tuesday.
While there is still hope that sanity will somehow prevail and there can still be something of a 2012-13 NHL season, Friday's cancelation of the January 1st, 2013 Winter Classic makes it look more-and-more like the sides may just be content with the current 'self-destruct' mode.