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Tertyshny's First NHL Goal: February 16, 1999

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Rookie Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Dmitry Tertyshny scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 4-1 road win over the Phoenix Coyotes on July 23, 1999. Drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (132nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft, the 22-year Russian blueliner came to North America for the 1998-99 season and unexpectedly became a semi-regular in Flyers' head coach Roger Neilson's lineup.

Tertyshny would score one more goal before his tragic death on July 23, 1999.

In the same game in which Tertyshny notched his first goal, John LeClair had two goals and two assists to figure in all the Philadelphia scoring. Linemate Keith Jones has three assists. Defenseman Eric Desjardins notches the other Flyers' goal.

February 16: Though the Years

  • 1975: In a rematch of the previous season's Stanley Cup finalists, the Flyers earn a 4-3 win at the Spectrum against the Boston Bruins. Early goals by Gary Dornhoefer (power play) and Bill Barber stake Philly to a 2-1 lead. The lead grows to 3-1 early in the second period, courtesy of Rick MacLeish. After the Bruins strike back to tie the game, a late second-period power play goal by Reggie Leach puts the Flyers ahead to stay. Bobby Clarke assists on the MacLeish and Leach goals. Winning goaltender Bernie Parent makes 25 saves, including eight in the third period (Boston outshoots Philly, 8-3, in the final 20 minutes).


  • 1985: In a preview of the eventual 1985 Stanley Cup Final matchup, the host Flyers down the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, at the Spectrum. Ilkka Sinisalo, Mark Howe, Ron Sutter, Lindsay Carson and Tim Young (game-winning goal in the third period) tally for the Flyers. For Edmonton, defenseman Paul Coffey collects a pair of goals, Mark Messier has a goal and an assist and Wayne Gretzky earns a pair of assists. Pelle Lindbergh makes 30 saves, 10 of which come in the third period as Edmonton fights to come back.


  • 1995: The Flyers make a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, acquiring 1990 first-round pick Karl Dykhuis in exchange for minor league defenseman Bob Wilkie and a 1997 fifth-round pick (Kyle Calder, who later briefly plays for the Flyers).


  • 1997: Without Eric Lindros in the lineup, the Flyers rack up a 6-2 road blowout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins after trailing 2-0 at the first intermission. Rod Brind'Amour (one goal, one assist) subs for Lindros on the top line with John LeClair (one goal, one assist) and Mikael Renberg (one goal). Philly also gets a pair of tallies from winger Trent Klatt - one shorthanded and one on the power play - as well as an even strength goal by checking line winger John Druce (two-point game). Eric Desjardins chips in a pair of assists.


  • 2012: The Flyers hammer the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 7-2. Wayne Simmonds hits the 20-goal mark in his first Flyers' season with a pair of power play goals. Claude Giroux racks up four assists, while Jakub Voracek has a goal and an assist and Max Talbot scores twice (goals 16 and 17 of the 19 he will score for the season). Earlier in the day, the Flyers complete a trade with the Dallas Stars. Philly receives impending unrestricted free agent defenseman Nicklas Grossmann - soon re-signed to a four-year contract extension - in exchange for the 2012 Los Angeles Kings second-round pick originally acquired in the Mike Richards trade plus a 2013 third-round pick originally belonging to the Minnesota Wild.


February 16: Flyers Birthdays


  • Checking forward Blair Betts, was born Feb. 16, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta.


  • Power winger Colin Forbes was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on Feb 16, 1976.


  • Small but speedy winger Marty Murray was born in Deloraine, Manitoba, on February16, 1975.


Right winger George Swarbrick was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Feb. 16,

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