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Flyers Ground and Pound Wings: February 2, 1974

by @NHLFlyers

In an epic blowout win, the Flyers brutalize the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 12-2, at the Spectrum on February 2, 1974. Only twice in subsequent franchise history - 13-goal games against the Pittsburgh Penguins (March 22, 1984) and the Vancouver Canucks (October 18, 1984) - have the Flyers scored more goals in a single game.

Bobby Clarke led the way with a hat trick and three assists for a six-point night. Ross Lonsberry also tallied three times for his 18th, 19th and 20th goals of the season. It was Lonsberry's second of three hat tricks during his Flyers career.  

On the same night, Bill Barber generates two goals and an assist, while Simon Nolet (one goal, four assists) enjoyed a five-point night. Don Saleski, Bob Kelly and Barry Ashbee also get into the scoring act.

With 15 minutes left in the game and the Flyers leading 10-1, head coach Fred Shero removed Bernie Parent (23 saves on 24 shots) and puts seldom-used backup Bobby Taylor in goal to finish up the third period.


February 2: Through the Years

  • 1978: The Flyers whitewash the Colorado Rockies at the Spectrum, 3-0. Bob Dailey, Bobby Clarke and Gary Dornhoefer each score a goal in the contest, while defenseman Andre "Moose" Dupont posts two assists. Goaltender Bernie Parent stops all 18 shots faced to record the shutout; his fifth of the season.


  • 1980: The Flyers put the host Pittsburgh Penguins down and out quickly, as they batter the Pens for four unanswered goals in the first 17:12 of the game and then ride out the lead unscathed the rest of the night. Pete Peeters earns a 30-save shutout. Reggie Leach, Mel Bridgman, Behn Wilson and Paul Holmgren tally the goals for Philadelphia.


  • 1992: The Rod Brind'Amour line contributes to four goals in a 5-1 home win over St. Louis Blues. Brind'Amour has a goal and assist, while Kevin Dineen, Dale Kushner, defenseman Kerry Huffman and checking-line center Keith Acton also score. Ken Wregget stops 28 of 29 shots.


  • 1993: The Flyers acquire defenseman Bob Wilkie from the Detroit Red Wings for future considerations (completed via cash transaction).


  • 1995: Continuing an early season stumble out of the gates in the shortened 1994-95 campaign, the Flyers drop a 5-4 home overtime decision to the New York Islanders. Josef Beranek compiles a hat trick in a losing cause. Rod Brind'Amour has the other Philadelphia goal.


  • 2008: Mike Knuble racks up a hat trick - two even strength goals and a power play tally - to supply all the goal support in a 3-0 home win over the Anaheim Ducks. Martin Biron turns back all 27 shots fired on his net.


  • 2012: The Flyers trade defenseman Kevin Marshall to the Washington Capitals in exchange for AHL forward Matt Ford.


  • 2013: Three power play tallies by Philadelphia - Kurtis Foster, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux - key a 5-3 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes.


  • 2016: A two-goal effort by Wayne Simmonds, including the game winner midway through the third period, and a 30-save performance by Steve Mason lift the Flyers to a 4-2 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Brayden Schenn and Matt Read (empty net) also score.


February 2: Flyers Birthdays


  • Flyers Hall of Fame right winger Gary Dornhoefer was born in Kitchener, Ontario, on February 2, 1943.


  • Rough-and-tumble forward Triston Grant was born on February 2, 1984 in Neepawa, Manitoba.


  • Checking forward Jody Hull was born in Petrolia, Ontario, on Feb. 2, 1969 and raised in Cambridge, Ontario.


  • Puck-rushing defenseman Jiri Latal was born February 2, 1967, in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia.


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