On January 18, 2014, the Flyer defeated the New York Islanders by a 6-4 score at the Wells Fargo Center after trailing 4-3 in the third period. In so doing, the Flyers tied a franchise record for third-period comeback victories in a season.
The win marked the ninth time during the 2013-14 campaign -- all since after Thanksgiving -- that the Flyers had come back to win after trailing at some point in the third period. It was their fifth win when trailing at the second intermission.
There were three lead changes in the game. The Flyers trailed 2-0 and then went on to score the next three goals on a pair of goals by Andrej Meszaros and an Adam Hall deflection. The Islanders then came back to score the next two and take a 4-3 lead to the second intermission. In the third period, the Flyers outshot the Islanders by a 14-2 margin and scored three unanswered goals by Jakub Voracek, Michael Raffl and Matt Read (empty net goal) to grab the 6-4 win.
John Tavares, Cal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait (on a shot that appeared to be deflected by Nelson) were credited with the four Islanders goals. New York outshot the Flyers by a 27-18 margin through the opening two periods before the Flyers mounted yet another successful comeback.
January 18: Through the Years
- 1975: Two goals by Rick MacLeish and 17 saves by Bernie Parent spark the Flyers to a 4-1 home win over the Atlanta Flames. Gary Dornhoefer and Tom Bladon also score against future Flyers goalie Phil Myre (37 saves on 41 shots).
- 1981: The Flyers crush the visiting Los Angeles Kings by a 7-1 count. Seven different Flyers score goals: Reggie Leach (20th of the season), Bob Dailey (6th), Brian Propp (13th), Behn Wilson (12th), T.J. Gorence (14th), Blake Wesley (3rd) and Bobby Clarke (15th). Mel Bridgman compiles three assists in the game, while Bill Barber has two helpers.
- 1999: Five different Flyers light the lamp and John Vanbiesbrouck turns aside all 36 shots he sees in a 5-0 road win over the Ottawa Senators. Jody Hull, Eric Lindros (25th goal of the season), Dan McGillis, Daymond Langkow and Eric Desjardins claim the goal-scoring honors.
- 2011: The Flyers are unable to protect a 2-0 lead in the third period against the Washington Capitals but rescue an overtime victory on a goal by defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux tally in regulation. Ex-Flyers forward Mike Knuble and superstar sniper Alex Ovechkin score for the Caps. Winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stops 23 of 25 shots.
January 18: Flyers Birthdays
- Hard-working Ukrainian forward Ruslan Fedotenko was born in Kiev on Jan. 18 1979.
- Left winger Jere Gillis was born on January, 18, 1957, in Bend, Oregon, but raised in Montreal.