Both Donald Brashear and Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk were noted more for their fighting prowess than their hockey ability during their National Hockey League careers but both men could also play the game effectively as well as drop the gloves.
On January 19, 2002, in a 3-0 road win in Toronto that saw goalie Roman Cechmanek record a 31-save shutout, the Flyers' tough guys had the opportunity to display various different abilities.
Fedoruk recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a first-period fight against Wade Belak, a third-period assist on a Justin Williams tally and an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left in the game. Donald Brashear supplemented a first-period fight against Tie Domi with a second period goal to break a scoreless deadlock.
That was more than enough for Cechmanek and company to skate off with two points.
January 19: Through the Years
- 1969: Bernie Parent yields a goal to Gordie Howe but stops the other 33 shots fired on his net in a 3-1 win at the Spectrum over the Detroit Red Wings. Jean-Guy Gendron tallies twice and Dick Cherry once for the Flyers, while Andre Lacroix earns a pair of assists.
- 1974: Bernie Parent earns a 17-save shutout in a 2-0 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. A rare goal by veteran defensive defenseman Ed Van Impe (first of the season) holds up from the 29-second mark of the first period until the end of the game. Bill Barber tacks on an empty-net goal with eight seconds left in the third period.
- 1978: In a battle of Hall of Fame goaltenders, Bernie Parent (26 saves on 27 shots) and Ken Dryden (28 saves on 29 shots) duel to a draw in a 1-1 tie at the Spectrum between the Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. The clubs trade off mid-second period tallies by Rick MacLeish and Steve Shutt (power play) for the only goals.
- 1984: New Jersey Devils goaltender Ron Low does all he can as his team gets outshot by the Flyers, 44-15, but Philadelphia skates to a 2-0 home win. Ilkka Sinisalo (one goal, one assist) and Ross Fitzpatrick get the goals for the Flyers, with defenseman Thomas Eriksson assisting on both. Bob Froese earns the shutout win in goal.
- 1994: Five first period goals by Philadelphia are too much for the visiting St. Louis Blues to overcome as the Flyers blow out the Blues, 8-3. Eric Lindros records a hat trick (goals 21, 22, and 23 on the season) and an assist on a Garry Galley goal before the first intermission. Claude Boivin, Kevin Dineen, Andre Faust and Brent Fedyk also score for the Flyers. Galley has a three-point game, while Rod Brind'Amour collects three assists and Mark Recchi earns a pair of helpers.
- 2008: Scott Hartnell posts a hat trick on three power play goals and also assists on a Steve Downie even-strength goal as the Flyers earn a 5-3 road win over the New York Islanders. Mike Richards chips in a goal and an assist for Philadelphia.
January 19: Flyers Birthdays
- Skilled forward Kimbi Daniels was born on Jan. 19, 1972, in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
- A rookie member of the Flyers' second Stanley Cup winning team, defenseman Larry "Izzy" Goodenough was born in Toronto on Jan. 19, 1953.
- Fan favorite checking forward and subsequent Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere was born Jan. 19, 1974, in Montreal.