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Depth Lifts Flyers Over Canadiens: January 16, 2003

by @NHLFlyers

Most of the Philadelphia Flyers' main offensive weapons were held off the scoresheet when the team took on the Montreal Canadiens at home on January 16, 2003. However, the Philly supporting cast stepped up to pace a 4-1 Flyers' victory.

Philly trailed 1-0 after the first period before defenseman Jim Vandermeer's first NHL goal knotted the score in the middle stanza. In the third period, Philly pulled away with goals by veteran mid-season pickup Joe Sacco (first and only goal as a Flyer), third-line center Michael Handzus (12th of the season) and an unassisted empty net goal by defenseman Chris Therien (lone goal of the season) from long distance.

Roman Cechmanek (16 saves) earned the win.

January 16: Through the Years

  • 1975: Bernie Parent records a 20-save shutout in a 4-0 home win over the Washington Capitals. After a scoreless first period, Ted Harris notches the only goal of the middle frame. The Flyers pull away in the third period as Reggie Leach (21st goal of the season), Rick MacLeish (14th) and Bill Clement (13th) score. Clement also assists on the Harris goal, which is the longtime NHL defenseman's lone goal in a Flyers uniform.


  • 1978: Goals by five different Flyers enable the team to come back from a pair of early deficits to skate off with a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Flames at the Spectrum. Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Mel Bridgman, Andre "Moose" Dupont and Barry Dean do the scoring.


  • 1982: A pair of goals by power forward Paul Holmgren and a 36-save performance by goaltender Rick St. Croix lift the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. Ray Allison and Brian Propp each notch a goal and an assist, while Ken "the Rat" Linseman compiles three assists.


  • 1983: The Flyers breeze to a 4-0 shutout of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Philly holds the Blueshirts to 16 shots for the game, including just 10 through the first 40 minutes. Bob Froese records the shutout. Bill Barber (one goal, two assists), Brian Propp (power play and even strength goals), and Ilkka Sinisalo (even strength goal) pace the offense.


  • 1990: In an attempt to bolster the team's struggling offense, the Flyers re-acquire Ken "the Rat" Linseman from the Boston Bruins in exchange for former captain Dave Poulin. Linseman manages 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and a minus-seven at even strength in 29 games. Philadelphia misses the playoffs. Along with fellow longtime Flyers forward Brian Propp, Poulin and the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Finals.


  • 1993: The Flyers trade defenseman Brian Benning to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Josef Beranek and defenseman Greg Hawgood. Beranek, a streaky scorer, produces 13 goals 25 points in 40 games after the deal and then tallies 28 goals and 49 points -- very heavily concentrated in the first half of the season -- in 1993-94. Hawgood, an offensive-minded defenseman, produces six goals, 28 points and a minus-seven plus minus in his first 40 games with the Flyers. The following season, he notches 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 19 games before a trade to the Florida Panthers.


  • 1994: Two goals by Mark Recchi and three assists by Eric Lindros spearhead the Flyers' 5-2 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Brent Fedyk and Slava Butsayev each score their 12th goals of the season, while defenseman Yves Racine adds a third-period power play goal. Wayne Gretzky scores one of the Kings' goals and assists Jari Kurri on the other. Winning goalie Dominic Roussel stops 27 of 29 shots.


  • 2004: First period goals by Keith Primeau (fifth of the season), rookie Patrick Sharp (first NHL goal and first of 10 in 66 games as a Flyer) and Tony Amonte (13th) give the Flyers a comfortable lead over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. A second period goal by John LeClair (11th) cancels out a Joe Nieuwendyk goal and restores Philadelphia's three-goal cushion in a 4-1 win. Robert Esche earns the win with 21 saves. Leafs starter Ed Belfour is pulled after Amonte's goal and replaced by backup Trevor Kidd.


  • 2009: The Flyers skate off with a 3-2 win via shootout over the hosting Florida Panthers. Jeff Carter's 30th goal of the season and Simon Gagne's 19th stake Philly to an early 2-0 lead but the Panthers rally back to knot the game in the second frame. After a scoreless third period and overtime, Gagne scores the winning goal in the shootout. Antero Niittymaki earns the win with 32 saves in regulation and overtime.


  • 2011: The Flyers build a 3-0 lead and then hang on for a 3-2 road win over the New York Islanders. Jeff Carter (19th goal of the season), Ville Leino (11th) and a shorthanded goal by Mike Richards (15th) assisted by Claude Giroux provide the offensive support. Brian Boucher flirts with a shutout for 49:13 and earns the win with 34 saves on 36 shots.


  • 2016: The Flyers settle for one point in a 3-2 home shootout loss to the New York Rangers. Brayden Schenn (10th goal of the season) and Wayne Simmonds (12th) score for the Flyers. Steve Mason stops 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime.


January 16: Flyers Birthday

  • The first captain in Flyers franchise history, right winger Lou Angotti was born January 16, 1938 in Toronto.


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