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Flawless 60-Minute Effort at MSG: December 30, 2009

by @NHLFlyers

In the entire history of the Philadelphia Flyers' organization, the team has never played a home game on December 30th. They have played 26 road games through 2016. 

During the 2009-10 season, the Flyers hit a severe slump in the first half of the season that cost John Stevens his job as Flyers' head coach and continued into the early tenure of his successor, Peter Laviolette. In dire need of a win, the Flyers visited Madison Square Garden on December 30, 2009, in their final game before playing in the Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins in Fenway Park.

On this night, the Flyers showed flashes of the form that would eventually bring them within two wins of the Stanley Cup championship in the 2010 playoffs. Philadelphia put forth a strong 60-minute performance in a 6-0 rout of the New York Rangers.

Simon Gagne compiled a hat trick and an assist while Michael Leighton breezed to a 22-save shutout. Emerging young star Claude Giroux posted one goal and one assist, while Danny Briere and ex-Ranger Blair Betts (getting Philly off to a flying start in the opening minute of the game) also scored.

December 30: Through the Years

  • 1967: Doug Favell earns a 25-save shutout of the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-0 win. Ed Hoekstra and Leon Rochefort supply the offensive support.


  • 1976: Goals by Bobby Clarke and Andre "Moose" Dupont spark a 2-0 win over the Kings at the Forum. Wayne Stephenson posts a 22-save shutout.


  • 1982: The Flyers skate off with a 6-3 win in Calgary. Hall of Famers Bobby Clarke, Mark Howe and Darryl Sittler tally goals for Philadelphia, along with Paul Holmgren, Bob Hoffmeyer and Paul Evans. Clarke, who also adds two assists, is inexplicably left off the night's three-star selection honorees.


  • 1984: The Flyers win a see-saw 3-2 game at the LA Forum. Dave Poulin scores the game-winner in the third period, after Murray Craven and Tim Kerr canceled out first- and second-period goals by Los Angeles. Pelle Lindbergh (24 saves) earns second-star honors.


  • 1989: The Flyers receive a boost from an unexpected source as Tony Horacek compiles a hat trick in a 6-3 win over the LA Kings. Derrick Smith, Mike Bullard and Rick Tocchet also score for Philly.


  • 1992: Multi-point games by Mark Recchi (two goals) and Rod Brind'Amour (one goal, two assists) elevate the Flyers to a 6-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Philly also gets three goals from the defense corps, as Garry Galley, Gord Hynes and Shawn Cronin find the net.


  • 2003: The Flyers hammer the St. Louis Blues, 7-2. Mark Recchi leads the assault with two goals and two assists. Jeremy Roenick scores twice as well.


  • 2007: Antero Niittymaki turns back all 38 shots fired on his net by the Florida Panthers, including a first period penalty shot by Radek Dvorak. Derian Hatcher snaps a scoreless deadlock midway through the third period and the Flyers hang on for a 1-0 win.


  • 2013: The Flyers steal a 4-3 shootout win in Vancouver after they seemed to be on the brink of losing in regulation. Brayden Schenn ties the game with 47 seconds left. Vincent Lecavalier scores the winner in the skills competition. Mark Streit and Claude Giroux score first-period and second-period goals in a game that sees the Flyers lead 1-0 and then trail by scores of 2-1 and 3-2 before the late-game comeback. Steve Mason stops 41 shots in regulation and overtime and then thwarts Mike Santorelli, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin in the shootout.


 December 30: Flyers Birthday

  • Most known as being one the players the Flyers acquired from the Boston Bruins in the three-way trade that brought Rick MacLeish's rights to Philadelphia and sent Bernie Parent to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Danny Schock was born on December 30, 1948 in Terrance Bay, Ontario.  


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