Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 22nd overall pick of the first round in the 1998 NHL Draft, Simon Gagne went to make a big impact on the club in the 2000s. Drafted as a center, he soon found a home on left wing.
Regardless of the position he played, Gagne's presence was felt by the Flyers right away. He compiled 20 goals and 48 points as a rookie in 1999-2000.
One of the most memorable early moments in his NHL career took place on February 12, 2000. Gagne helped spur a comeback 3-2 home win in which he had two crucial assists.
Trailing the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, midway through regulation, goals by Dan McGillis (power play) and Daymond Langkow pulled the Flyers even. After a scoreless third period in which the Flyers enjoyed an 18-4 shot advantage, John LeClair finally wins the game in overtime. Gagne directly set up the McGillis and LeClair goals, earning primary assists on both tallies.
Rookie Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher made 21 saves to earn the win. Buffalo goalie and future Flyer, Martin Biron, makes 39 saves in a losing cause for the Sabres.
February 12: Through the Years
- 1976: The Flyers steamroll the visiting New York Rangers, 6-1. Bill Barber tallies his 31st and 32nd goals of the season in a three-point night. LCB linemates Bobby Clarke (one goal and three assists) and Reggie Leach (one goal, one assist) also have big nights to supplement an early goal by rookie Mel Bridgman.
- 1986: Bob Froese records a 26-save shutout of the host Buffalo Sabres. Peter Zezel (power play), Dave Poulin, Murray Craven and Dave Brown score for the Flyers, while defensemen Mark Howe (power play assist, plus three at even strength) and Brad Marsh (numerous blocked shots on three penalty kills) are chosen as the night's second and third stars. Froese takes top honors.
- 2004: The Flyers trail the New York Rangers, 1-0, midway through regulation but rally for goals by Simon Gagne (power play) and a game-winning third period tally by Sami Kapanen to earn a 2-1 road win at Madison Square Garden. Sean Burke stops 26 of 27 Rangers shots to earn the win.
- 2013: Rookie forward Tye McGinn sparks the Flyers to a 3-2 road win over the Winnipeg Jets, scoring the game-winning goal in the third period after a second-period fight with defenseman Mark Stuart. Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen (power play) also score for the Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov stops 24 of 26 shots, including several odd-man rush opportunities.
February 12: Flyers Birthdays
- Diminutive but acrobatic goaltender Frederic Chabot was born on Feb. 12, 1968, in Herbertville-Station, Quebec.
- Goaltender Martin Houle was born on February 12, 1985 in Montreal.
- Hard-nosed and much-traveled defenseman Michel Petit was born on Feb. 12, 1964, in St. Malo, Quebec.
- Right winger Chris Winnes was born on February 12, 1968 in Ridgefield, Connecticut.