After being a so-called off-the-board pick when the Philadelphia Flyers selected him with the sixth overall pick of the 1991 NHL Draft, Hockey Hall of Fame center Peter Forsberg went on to superstardom with the Quebec Nordiques/ Colorado Avalanche franchise in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Forsberg then returned to the organization that originally drafted him, signing with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2005. His first game against the Avalanche took place at the Wachovia Center (now Wells Fargo Center) on January 14, 2006.
The Flyers trailed, 3-1, late in regulation. Displaying the steel will and dynamic skill that made him one of the greats of his era, Forsberg set up Mike Knuble for a power play goal and then scored the game-tying goal himself with 1:12 remaining on the clock.
Colorado prevailed in overtime on an Alex Tanguay power play goal. Nevertheless, Forsberg's late-game heroics earned him first-star honors and, more important, a hard-earned point in the standings for the Flyers.
January 14: Through the Years
- 1971: Doug Favell notches the fifth shutout of his Flyers' career, stopping 25 shots in a 3-0 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cliff Schmautz scores just 25 seconds off the second faceoff, supplemented by second period tallies by Jean-Guy Gendron and Serge Bernier.
- 1975: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers strafe the woeful Kansas City Scouts for six early goals and then hold on for a 6-4 win that gets a little hairier than it needs to be. Orest Kindrachuk leads the way with a goal and two assists. The Flyers also get goals from Bill Clement, Ross Lonsberry, Joe Watson, Gary Dornhoefer and Bob Sirois' first goal in the NHL.
- 1978: The Flyers jump on the visiting New York Rangers, scoring early and often in a 4-1 win at the Spectrum. Kevin McCarthy, Barry Dean, Paul Holmgren and Rick MacLeish do the scoring honors as Philly outshoots the Blueshirts, 45-24. For good measure, Dave Hoyda thumps Dallas Smith in a lopsided second-period fight.
- 1979: The Flyers and the visiting New York Islanders battle to a 1-1 tie at the Spectrum as Wayne Stephenson makes 28 saves and the Isles' Glenn "Chico" Resch makes 29. Dave Lewis and T.J. Gorence trade off first period goals in one of the most evenly played games of the season.
- 1982: The Flyers hold Wayne Gretzky off the scoreboard for 57 minutes until he scores a meaningless late goal in a Philadelphia 8-2 romp over the Edmonton Oilers. Philly gets shorthanded goals from T.J. Gorence and defenseman Glen Cochrane, power play and even strength goals by Bill Barber and single tallies from Brian Propp, Tim Kerr (three-point game), Mark Botell and Greg Adams. Brad Marsh notches a pair of assists and also has a third-period fight with Dave Hunter. Mark Messier scores Edmonton's other goal.
- 1992: Ron Hextall singlehandedly lifts the Flyers to a 1-1 home tie against the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks in a game that sees Philly get outshot, 34-17.
- 1997: Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey breaks a 2-2 deadlock with 45 seconds left in the third period to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Coffey also assists on a first-period tally by John Druce on the heels of an early-game goal by John LeClair.
- 2014: Third period goals by Brayden Schenn, Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier (GWG) lift the Flyers to a 4-3 road win over the Buffalo Sabres. Jakub Voracek also scores for Philly.
January 14: Flyers Birthday
- Defenseman Nick Boynton was born Jan. 14, 1979 in Nobleton, Ontario.
- Offensively skilled left winger Mark Pederson was born January 14, 1968 in Prelate, Saskatchewan and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta.