Late Rally Lifts Flyers Over Panthers: October 27, 2005
The Philadelphia Flyers enjoyed the best record in the NHL during the first half of the 2005-06 season, although things did not go nearly as well after mid-January. Early in the season, the Flyers found many different ways to win.
On October 27, 2005, the team found itself in comeback mode throughout the night in a home game against the Florida Panthers. The Flyers found themselves trailing 3-1 in the second period and 4-2 in the third. Each time, they pushed back.
With just 50 seconds left in regulation, Peter Forsberg scored his first goal as a Flyer and forced overtime. Earlier, Forsberg assisted on a pair of Simon Gagne tallies. Capping the comeback, defenseman Joni Pitkanen scored the game-winner in overtime.
Video: What happened on October 27th, 2005 in Flyers history
October 27: Through the Years
- 1973: Bernie Parent records a 23-save shutout as the Flyers blitz the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0, at the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke nets a pair of goals and adds an assist for a three-point game.
- 1981: The Flyers suffer the ugliest road loss in franchise history: an 11-2 pasting by the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum.
- 1985: The Flyers blitz the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 7-4. Ilkka Sinisalo (shorthanded and even-strength goals, one assist) and Brian Propp (one goal, one assist) lead the attack. Subbing for Pelle Lindbergh, goalie Bob Froese stops 20 of 24 shots.
- 1998: Colin Forbes' goal in the opening minute of the second period stands as the game-winner in a 2-1 home win over the St. Louis Blues. John Vanbiesbrouck makes 29 saves, including nine in the third period.
- 2001: A goal and an assist by defenseman Kim Johnsson leads the way in a 5-1 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
- 2003: Robert Esche earns a 20-save shutout in a 5-0 home win against the Montreal Canadiens. Simon Gagner, Tony Amonte, Michal Handzus, John LeClair and Marcus Ragnarsson tally for Philly.
- 2011: The Flyers and Winnipeg Jets combine for 17 goals in a 9-8 Flyers loss at the Wells Fargo Center. Danny Briere collects four points (two goals, two assists) in a losing cause.
October 27: Flyers Birthdays
Gritty two-way center Mike Ricci was born October 27, 1971 in Scarborough, Ontario. A born leader and a star for the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes (for whom he posted seasons of 106 and 116 points and posted 35 points in 17 playoffs games in the spring on 1989), Ricci was selected by the Flyers with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NHL Draft.
Before being traded to Quebec in the blockbuster deal that brought Eric Lindros to Philadelphia, Ricci jumped directly to the NHL as an 18-year-old and played two productive seasons for the Flyers at the start of a 1,099-game NHL career.
Ricci broke into the NHL with a 21-goal, 41-point season in 68 games for the Flyers in 1990-91. He followed it up with a 20-goal, 56-point campaign the next season.
During the second year of his tenure with the Flyers, Ricci played through a very difficult time in his life. His father Mario, a steelworker and former soccer player who emigrated from his native Italy to raise a family in Canada, was gravely ill with cancer. When the opportunity presented itself, Ricci traveled back and forth from Philadelphia to Scarborough to be at his dad's side. Mario Ricci passed away two weeks before Mike was traded to Quebec.
Defenseman Corey Foster was born October 27, 1969. A standout junior defenseman for the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes, Foster was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (12th overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft. Perhaps the best asset of the 6-foot-3, 204-pound blueliner, apart from his size, was a heavy slap shot from the point.
Foster, whom the Flyers acquired as part of a three-way trade with the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings in May 1991, spent 25 games with the Flyers in 1991-92 after breaking his collarbone during the preseason and missing the first six weeks of the season.
When he returned, Foster played a point on the power play for coach Paul Holmgren's club, scoring three goals (one on the power play) and seven points while posting a minus-14 rating at even strength.
After leaving the Flyers, Foster made appearances in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. He later had a lengthy career overseas, including four seasons in Japan with the Kokudo Bunnies and a year in Germany with the Berlin Capitals. After his playing days ended, Foster pursued a coaching career.