As is the case with most late-December dates during the holiday season, the Flyers are accustomed to being away from home on December 29.
Over the entire history of the organization, the Flyers have only played twice at home (1968 and 1977) on December 29. Conversely, the team has played 18 away games through 2016.
On December 29, 1992, the Flyers played a road game against the LA Kings, and quickly fell behind. The game was just 2:43 old when a Luc Robitaille power play goal - scored just 37 seconds after he set up a John McIntyre marker - put Philadelphia in a 2-0 hole.
The rest of the night, however, belonged to the Flyers. Philly shrugged off the early deficit to explode for an astounding 10 unanswered goals. The Flyers score four times over the remainder of the first period, twice in the middle stanza and four more times in the third period. Philadelphia went 4-for-5 on the power play while killing four of five penalties on the night.
Rod Brind'Amour supplied half of the Flyers' offense in this game with a hat trick and two assists. The three goals - his 13th, 14th and 15th of the 1992-93 season - marked the only hat trick of his Flyers' career.
In the meantime, Crazy Eights Line left winger Brent Fedyk scored twice and added an assist for a three-point game. His linemate, Mark Recchi, added a goal and two assists. With rookie Eric Lindros sidelined, veteran Pelle Eklund stepped up to deliver a four-point game (one goal, three assists).
Flyers rookie goalie Tommy Soderstrom (42 saves on 44 shots) stayed plenty busy in his own right. After getting beaten on two of the first four shots he faced, he settled in to stop 40 in a row. LA starter Kelly Hrudey (12 saves on 16 shots) was pulled after the first period. Backup goaltender Rob Stauber went the rest of the way, yielding six goals on 24 shots.
December 29: Through the Years
- 1977: Rick MacLeish notches his 12th career hat trick as the Flyers down the Minnesota North Stars, 5-3, at the Spectrum.
- 1978: The Flyers announce a significant trade: The team acquires right winger Dennis Ververgaert from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for promising young defenseman Kevin McCarthy and young right winger Drew Callander. Flyers general manager Keith Allen had long coveted Ververgaert, who tallied 37 goals for the Canucks in 1975-76. When the forward finally became available, the Flyers pounced. The trade does not prove to rank among the better ones in Allen's illustrious career. Ververgaert's game never fully gets back on track in Philadelphia while McCarthy went on to become an NHL All-Star and captain for the Canucks.
- 1979: The Flyers' unbeaten streak hits 33 consecutive games as the club holds on for a 3-2 road win over the Colorado Rockies. Rookie left winger Brian Propp's 20th goal of the season opens the scoring, supplemented by second period tallies by Rick MacLeish and Bob Dailey. The Rockies score twice in the third period.
- 1995: The Legion of Doom spurs the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Calgary as Eric Lindros notches his 24th goal of the season and Mikael Renberg scores his 20th. Pat Falloon's 10th goal of the season, scored with 2:30 left in the third period proves to be the game-winning tally.
- 1996: The Flyers pay another visit to Calgary and skate off with 4-2 win. John LeClair scores twice, while Dale Hawerchuk and Dainus Zubrus chip in one goal apiece.
- 1998: For the third time in four years, the Flyers spend their Dec. 29th in Calgary. Once again, the Flyers emerge victorious. This time, the Flyers rally back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and go on to win on a Valeri Zelepukin goal in overtime. Colin Forbes, Dainius Zubrus and Dan McGillis score in regulation.
- 2005: The Flyers recover from deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 to capture a 4-3 overtime win over the host Carolina Hurricanes. Simon Gagne ties the game midway through the third period on his 27th goal of the season. Sami Kapanen scores the game winner in overtime.
- 2007: Joffrey Lupul opens the scoring with a penalty shot goal and the Flyers go on to capture a 4-2 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike Knuble, Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen also score for the Flyers.
December 29: Flyers Birthday
- One of the first offensive-minded defensemen to achieve success with the Flyers, Tom Bladon was born on Dec. 29, 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta.