Entering the 1984-85 season, few pundits expected the Philadelphia Flyers - the youngest team in the National Hockey League, to rank among the league's top contenders. Instead, the club earned the best regular season record in the NHL and reached the Stanley Cup Final in the postseason.
One of the Flyers' biggest statement games took place at the Spectrum on January 13, 1985, as rookie coach Mike Keenan's team torched Bob Johnson's Calgary Flames by an 8-1 score.
The Flyers scored early and often. Brian Propp compiled a hat trick with two shorthanded goals and an even strength tally. Tim Kerr nabbed his 34th goal of the season, while Dave Poulin scored shorthanded and Thomas Eriksson notched a power play goal. With the getting out of hand, a brawl erupts midway through the third period. Propp was ejected from the game on a match penalty.
Winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, who only faced three shots in the first 23 minutes of the game, finished with 24 saves on 25 shots.
January 13: Through the Years
- 1973: Bobby Clarke, "Cowboy" Bill Flett (power play) and Gary Dornhoefer each score their respective 20th goals of the season in a 3-2 road win over Original Six team Chicago. Clarke also assists on both the Flett and Dornhoefer goals. Michel Belhumeur (33 saves) outduels Tony Esposito (29 saves) in goal.
- 1974: Don "Big Bird" Saleski breaks a scoreless deadline four minutes into the third period to notch the only goal in a 1-0 Flyers home win over Phil Myre (28 saves) and the Atlanta Flames.Bernie Parent stops all 29 shots he sees to earn the shutout victory.
- 1983: Bill Barber scores even-strength and shorthanded goals and collects an assist on the first of Darryl Sittler tallies in the Flyers' 8-1 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke, Brian Propp and T.J. Gorence also score for the Flyers, while Mark Howe and Ilkka Sinisalo each collect a pair of assists. Bob Froese stops 24 of 25 shots in goal and even assists on Clarke's late second-period power play goal.
- 1989: Murray Craven piles up five points (one goal, four assists) and Pelle Eklund scores an electrifying shorthanded breakaway goal in a 7-2 Flyers home slaughter of the Quebec Nordiques. Mike Bullard and Ron Sutter each score twice.
- 1994: Every member of the Flyers top line scores at least one goal in a 6-2 home blowout of the Boston Bruins. Mark Recchi (three points) scores a pair of goals, rookie Mikael Renberg (three points) and second-year pro Eric Lindros (two points) each score their respective 20th goals of the season. Second liners Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen also score for the Flyers.
- 1999: John Vanbiesbrouck stops all 25 shots he faces in a 3-0 Flyers shutout road win over the Washington Capitals. Eric Lindros scores the Flyers' first goal and later assists on tallies by fellow Flyers Hall of Famers John LeClair and Eric Desjardins.
- 2001: Late first-period goals by Justin Williams and Mark Recchi are supplemented by third-period tallies by Paul Ranheim (shorthanded) and Rick Tocchet as the Flyers earn a 4-1 road win over the Florida Panthers. Flyers enforcer Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk, who earned the first two assists of his NHL career the last time the Flyers played the Panthers (Dec. 27, 2000), adds another helper against the Cats. On his next shift, Fedoruk fights Peter Worrell. Winning goalie Roman Cechmanek makes 24 saves.
- 2008: A pair of first-period goals by Mike Knuble jump start the Flyers in a seesaw 6-4 road win over the Washington Capitals. Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger, Mike Richards (20th goal of the season) and Kimmo Timonen (empty net goal) chip in one tally apiece.
- 2013: The Flyers reacquire goaltender Brian Boucher from the Carolina Hurricanes, along with defensive prospect Mark Alt. In return, the Flyers send minor league forward Luke Pither.
- 2016: Trailing the Boston Bruins, 2-1, midway through the third period, the host Flyers get closely spaced goals by Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit to earn a 3-2 comeback win in regulation. Steve Mason (30 saves) earns the win. Jakub Voracek opens the scoring with the lone goal of the first period.