The eventual Stanley Cup champion 1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers were a team that was not afraid of anything or anybody, and was almost unbeatable on Spectrum ice, losing just six times (28-6-5) all season. On February 10, 1974, the inhospitable host Flyers handled the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, 3-1.
The match starts with Don "Big Bird" Saleski fighting Peter Mahovolich on the first shift of the game. After Bernie Parent was beaten by Murray Wilson on an early first period goal, the Vezina Trophy winning Montreal native does not allow another puck past him on 25 additional shots. The Flyers tied the game mid-way through the first period on Rick MacLeish's 20th goal of the season.
In the second period, Bobby Clarke notched power play and even strength goals for his 24th and 25th tallies of the season as the Flyers take control of the game. Philly wound up outshooting the Habs, 45-26, for the game, including a 22-8 margin in the second stanza. Parent took care of the rest.
February 10: Through the Years
- 1968: A 33-save performance by Doug Favell bests St. Louis Blues counterpart Seth Martin (24 saves) in a 2-1 Flyers road win. Don Blackburn's go-ahead goal midway through the game stands up the rest of the way after Jean Gauthier's tally in the final minute of the first period answers for an earlier Red Berenson power play goal for the Blues.
- 1977: The Flyers whip the woeful Washington Capitals, 9-2, at the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish leads the assault with his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season plus an assist, while Bill Barber assembles a five-point game (one goal, four assists). Also lighting the lamp are Reggie Leach, Gary Dornhoefer, Tom Bladon, Bob "the Hound" Kelly, Ross Lonsberry and Bob "the Count" Dailey.
- 1980: Bill Barber nets his 30th goal of the 1979-80 season in a 5-2 win at the Spectrum over the Los Angeles Kings. The game also sees defenseman Bob Dailey and checking forward Bob Kelly score their respective 10th goals of the campaign, while rookie sniper Brian Propp notches his 22nd goal and T.J. Gorence scores his third. The Flyers spend much of the game shorthanded on defense after Behn Wilson (double game misconduct, fighting major, 10-minute misconduct) and Jack McIlhargey (fighting major, 10-minute misconduct) are involved in separate late first-period tussles.
- 1985: Vezina Trophy winning goalie Pelle Lindbergh is brilliant in authoring a 32-save victory in a 3-2 home win over the New York Rangers. Mark Howe (shorthanded) and Rick Tocchet score respective first and second period goals before Derrick Smith nets the eventual game-winner in the third.
- 1994: Eric Lindros' second goal of the game, set up by rookie Mikael Renberg, gives the Flyers an overtime 4-3 home win over Roger Neilson's Florida Panthers just 50 seconds into the extra frame. Lindros has a three-point night, setting up a Mark Recchi goal early in the third period before a pair of Florida tallies force OT. Dave Tippett scores shorthanded for the Flyers to give them a 2-1 lead in the second period.
- 1996: The Flyers storm back from an early deficit to pummel the host Boston Bruins, 6-2. Pat Falloon scores a pair of power play goals, while Eric Lindros racks up one goal and three assists (both Falloon goals plus one by defenseman Karl Dykhuis). Bob Corkum and Rod Brind'Amour round out the scoring.
- 2004: In a preview of what is to come in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Flyers skate to a 4-1 home win over the New Jersey Devils. Simon Gagne, Danny Markov, Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi provide the offensive support. Rookie callup goalie Antero Niittymaki dazzles by stopping 35 of 36 shots and earning the win over opponent Martin Brodeur (23 saves).
- 2010: Simon Gagne scores in overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils. Arron Asham and Jeff Carter score in regulation. Winning goalie Michael Leighton stops 21 of 23 shots. Philly gets only 15 shots on Martin Brodeur for the game but makes them count.
- 2011: Thirty-one saves from Brian Boucher and third period power play goals by Danny Briere and Jeff Carter lift the Flyers to a 2-1 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Boucher holds a shutout for the first 52 minutes of the game.