One of the more dramatic late-game comeback victories in recent Flyers history took place on February 21, 2012 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
It is not often that a team gets markedly outplayed on special teams, runs into an opposing goalie who performed as well as the Jets' Ondrej Pavelec did in this game, finds itself staring at three separate one-goal deficits and still wins the hockey game. But that's exactly what the Philadelphia Flyers did in stealing a 5-4 overtime win.
The Flyers showed a lot of character, bombarding Pavelec with 55 shots and refusing to quit. As badly as things went for Philadelphia on the penalty kill (0-for-3, with three goals against on three shots), that's how dominant all four lines were at even strength. Eventually, they got rewarded.
On the brink of going down to a 4-3 regulation defeat in Winnipeg, the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds tied the game with 10 seconds left on the clock and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov pulled for an extra attacker. Jaromir Jagr then scores then winning goal in overtime against goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who hails from the same small city (Kladno) in the Czech Republic as the future Hall of Famer.
February 21: Through the Years
- 1981: In a game most remembered for a third-period line brawl, the Flyers earn a 3-1 win over the LA Kings at the Los Angeles Forum. Also on this night, defenseman Thomas Eriksson becomes the first European born and trained player to score a goal for the Flyers. Brian Propp and Rick MacLeish also score, while Rick St. Croix stops 21 of 22 shots. Eriksson has a two-point game, assisting on Propp's second-period power play goal.
- 1984: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Phil Housley scores at 4:09 of overtime to give the Sabres a 5-4 win over the Flyers at the Spectrum.The loss was the Flyers' first regular season overtime defeat. The Flyers had won their first three overtime games after regular season overtime was instituted starting in the 1983-84 season. In the same game, Bill Barber and Dave Poulin each scored their respective 20th goals of the season. For Barber, it was the 12th consecutive year that he reached the 20-goal mark. Poulin became the eight rookie in team history to score 20 goals in a season.
- 1985: The Flyers shrug off an early Toronto Maple Leafs shorthanded breakaway goal to earn a 4-1 win at the Spectrum. Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Derrick Smith score second period goals. Derrick Smith adds third period insurance for winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh.
- 1994: The Flyers skate away with a wild 8-7 home win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. The game is most noted for a second period brawl that starts with Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy slashing Rod Brind'Amour after a Flyers goal. In the ensuing battle, Eric Lindros pummels the closest Canadiens player --- defenseman Eric Desjardins. The same game sees Lindros and Brind'Amour score two goals apiece, Mark Recchi notch a goal and two assists and rookie winger Mikael Renberg collect three assists.
- 2004: Simon Gagne converts a penalty shot against Pasi Nurminen with the third period clock frozen at 1:01 remaining to earn a 5-4 home win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Rookie defenseman Joni Pitkanen nets a pair of Flyers' goals.
- 2015: Goaltender Rob Zepp backstops the Flyers to a 3-2 home shootout win over Peter Laviolette's Nashville Predators. Wayne Simmonds and Ryan White score in regulation.
February 21: Flyers Birthday
- Two-stint Flyers defenseman Jim Vandermeer was born February 21, 1980, in Caroline, Alberta.