On January 12, 2002, the Philadelphia Flyers prevailed, 4-2, in an ornery home win over the hated New York Rangers.
Jeremy Roenick, John LeClair (two points), ex-Ranger defenseman Kim Johnsson (two points) and Justin Williams notched one goal apiece while Keith Primeau earns a pair of primary assists. Winning goaltender Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves.
As with many Flyers-Rangers games, the game had its share of rough stuff. Todd Fedoruk drops the gloves twice, taking on Sandy McCarthy and Steve McKenna. Donald Brashear (McCarthy) and Luke Richardson (vs. Matthew Barnaby) have one fight apiece.
In the meantime, the Philly crowd delighted in booing ex-Flyer Eric Lindros every time the Rangers center touched the puck and razzed number 88 especially heavily when he picked up a diving penalty late in the second period. Lindros was held off the scoresheet.
January 12: Through the Years
- 1975: The California Golden Seals put up an unexpectedly tough fight thanks to a 46-save effort by goalie Garry Simmons (Philly outshoots the Seals, 48-17). A first period goal by Gary Dornhoefer, two assists by Ross Lonsberry and a late third-period goal by Andre "Moose" Dupont are enough for the Flyers to win, 2-1. California's lone goal against Bernie Parent is scored by ex-Flyers forward Al MacAdam.
- 1986: Bob Froese notches a 35-save shutout and the Flyers get goals from familiar sources - power play tallies by Tim Kerr and Brian Propp and a shorthanded goal by Mark Howe - to blank the visiting Calgary Flames, 3-0. Propp also assists on the Howe goal while Pelle Eklund sets up Kerr's late first period tally.
- 1992: The Flyers recently formed top line of Kevin Dineen (two goals), Rod Brind'Amour (two assists) and Mark Pederson (two assists) spurs a 4-3 home win over the New York Islanders. Philly does all its scoring in the first period, as Rick Tocchet (one goal and one assist) and defenseman Terry Carkner also score. The Flyers hold on over the final 40 minutes as a 4-0 lead shrinks to one goal but is not relinquished entirely.
- 2001: Roman Cechmanek records a 21-save shutout in a 3-0 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ruslan Fedotenko, Dan McGillis and Keith Primeau get the goals with Mark Recchi setting up the first and third ones.
- 2010: A four-goal explosion in the second period - featuring a two-point outburst from tenacious checking forward Ian Laperriere (one goal, one assist) - key a 6-3 Flyers home win over the Dallas Stars. Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, Claude Giroux, Darroll Powe and Simon Gagne also score for Philly. Dallas gets a pair of goals from agitating forward Steve Ott and one from James Neal.
- 2012: Rookie center Sean Couturier scores a goal for the third straight game -- a streak that will grow to five games -- as the Flyers nip the New York Islanders, 3-2. Scott Hartnell (power play) and Wayne Simmonds also score for the victorious road team, while Sergei Bobrovsky (33 saves) outduels veteran countryman Evgeni Nabokov (19 saves) in goal.
- 2015: Spurred by a five-goal explosion in the second period, the Flyers crush the eventual Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-3, at the Wells Fargo Center. Seven different Flyers chip in one goal apiece: Chris VandeVelde, R.J. Umberger, Jakub Voracek, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl.
January 12: Flyers Birthday
- Star Flyers forward Claude Giroux was born on January 12, 1988 in Hearst, Ontario.