When future Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent was growing up in the Rosemont section of Montreal, Jacques Plante's sister lived near the family's home. Parent and his friends idolized the star goaltender. They were too afraid to approach Plante directly, however, when he would periodically make a visit to his sister's home. Instead, they would hide behind the bushes to get a glimpse of the Montreal Canadiens star walking inside.
Years later, when Parent was traded by the Flyers to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1970-71 season, Plante became his teammate. Despite a reputation for being a loner, Plante took a liking to Parent and mentored him to go from being a good NHL goaltender to one of the all-time greats. In the late 1970s, Plante became a part-time goaltending coach for the Flyers; the first goalie coach in franchise history.
One season before both players were united in Toronto, Parent's Flyers took on Plante's St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum. The teams played to a 0-0 tie. The 24-year-old Parent stopped all 25 shots he faced, while the 40-year-old Plante turned back all 26 shots fired on his net.
A crowd of 13,032 witnessed the classic goaltending duel at the Spectrum.
October 26: Through the Years
- 1975: Bill Barber racks up his second career hat trick as the Flyer pummel the New York Rangers, 7-2, at Madison Square Garden.
- 1978: Bernie Parent earns the 58th (combined regular season and playoffs) shutout of his Flyers' career in a 5-0 whitewashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum. Defenseman Behn Wilson and left winger Bill Barber each score two goals, while Rick MacLeish rounds out the scoring with a shorthanded goal late in the third period.
- 1986: Rookie goaltender Ron Hextall runs his record to 5-1-0 as the Flyers down the Minnesota Wild at the Spectrum, 4-1. He yields only a Dino Ciccarelli power play goal late in the second period among the 30 shots he faces. Ilkka Sinisalo (power play), Peter Zezel, Lindsay Carson and Rick Tocchet (power play) provide the goal support.
- 1993: A 30-save performance by Dominic Roussel and a three-goal Flyers outburst in the second period key a 4-1Philadelphia road victory over the Quebec Nordiques. Goals by Brent Fedyk, Josef Beranek (10th of the young season), Vyacheslav Butsayev and Eric Lindros pace the attack. Lindros is, predictably, heavily booed by the crowd at Le Colisée every time he touches the puck.
- 2000: Brian Boucher, in his second NHL season, earns his sixth career shutout as the Flyers blank the visiting New York Rangers, 3-0. Boucher stops all 32 shots he faces, while Michal Sykora, Rick Tocchet and Daymond Langkow (empty netter) provide the goal support.
- 2002: Just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff of a 6-2 Flyers road win over the New York Islanders, Justin Williams put the Flyers ahead 1-0. Fifteen seconds later, Michal Handzus made it 2-0. The two goals in 31 seconds set a franchise record for the fastest two goals from the start of a game; the third-fastest in NHL league history.
- 2013: Vincent Lecavalier notches a hat trick as the Flyers down the host New York Islanders, 5-2, at Nassau County Coliseum. Steve Mason is sharp in net, turning back 26 of 28 shots