The Flyers have played eight New Year's Day games in franchise history, including the Jan. 1, 2017. All have been away games. Prior to this year, the Flyers have posted a 4-1-1 record with one tie (1972). The Winter Classic game in 2010 was the only New Year's Day match the Flyers played between 1983 and the 2017 game in Amaheim.
In the third annual NHL Winter Classic, the Flyers did not trail the Boston Bruins at any point in regulation but dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Fenway Park.
After a scoreless first period, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret opened the scoring at 4:42 of the second period. The goal was an odd one. Driven to distraction by Scott Hartnell in front of his net, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas neglected the ongoing play to skate out and attack the Flyers forward. Just then, Syvret shot into the now-open net.
The Flyers carried the 1-0 lead until time ticked down to 1:18 left in the third period. Former Flyers right winger Mark Recchi broke up Michael Leighton's shutout bid and tied the game.
In the final 46 seconds of regulation, Flyers center Danny Briere was penalized for tripping. Boston does not score on the ensuing 4-on-3 power play in overtime but won the game nine seconds later as Marco Sturm' scored.
The Flyers settled for one point from the regular season game.
January 1: Through the Years
- 1975: Bernie Parent notches the 31st shutout of his Flyers career, blanking the Vancouver Canucks on 24 shots in a 2-0 road victory. Bill Barber snaps a scoreless tie with 3:46 left in the third period. Ross Lonsberry tacks on an empty net goal in the final minute. The game features a spirited second-period fight between Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and frequent Canucks pugilist Harold Snepsts.
- 1977: The Flyers roll over the woeful Cleveland Barons, 7-2, in a game that sees multiple fights break out early in the first period before the Barons go down fairly meekly the rest of the way. Ross Lonsberry compiles a Gordie Howe hat trick, fighting Glenn Patrick in the first period, scoring his 10th goal of the season in the second period and assisting on Rick MacLeish's 21st goal of the season early in the third period. MacLeish later scores again to open a 6-2 lead. Flyers Jack McIlhargey receives a game misconduct for his role in the first period brawl, which started between Lonsberry and Glenn Patrick. Gary Dorhoefer scores second- and third-period goals of his own for the Flyers, who also get single tallies from Reggie Leach and Paul Holmgren to open the scoring in the first period.
- 1983: Goals by Hall of Famers Mark Howe and Darryl Sittler forge a lead the Flyers do not relinquish, as they go on down the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, after trailing early in the game. Lindsay Carson and Paul Holmgren add insurance goals in the third period. Third-star selection Pelle Lindbergh turns back 24 of 25 shots.
January 1: Flyers Birthday
- Big-framed and highly skilled center and right winger Jeff Carter was born on January 1, 1985 in London, Ontario.