January 2nd has historically been a busy day on the Flyers' season calendar. However, the team has only played three homes on this date - the 2012 Winter Classic against the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia being the most notable game - while playing 18 games on the road through 2017. The Flyers have a 13-9 record with two ties in games played on January 2nd.
In the fifth installment of the NHL Winter Classic, the Flyers dropped a 3-2 regulation decision to the New York Rangers. A crowd of 46,967 packed the baseball stadium.
Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with his first NHL goal, supplemented by a Claude Giroux goal to build a short-lived 2-0 lead in the second period. With the Flyers trailing 3-2 in the third period, Danny Briere was unable to convert a late-game penalty shot against Henrik Lundqvist.
Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss in goal for Philly. Legendary right winger Jaromir Jagr was forced to leave the game after the first period when he re-aggravated a groin injury. He returned to sit on the bench but did not play any additional shifts.
January 2: Through the Years
- 1979: Playing an exhibition game at the Spectrum against the touring Soviet Wings squad, the Flyers find themselves trailing 4-2 with 8:19 remaining in the third period. Unwilling to see his team go down to the Russian team, Bobby Clarke willed Philadelphia to a comeback with two late goals - the latter coming in the final 16 seconds - to forge a 4-4 final. Clarke finished the game with two goals and one assist. LCB linemates Reggie Leach (one goal, one assist) and Bill Barber (two assists) also had multi-point games as did Rick MacLeish (one goal, one assist). Bernie Parent stopped 17 of 21 shots while Vladimir Myshkin saved 27 of 31 shots.
- 1985: Pelle Lindbergh backstops the Flyers to a 5-3 road win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers. Brian Propp spurs the offense with two goals. Lindbergh makes 30 saves, including a pair of Mark Messier breakaways. The Flyers also hold Wayne Gretzky off the scoresheet; only the fourth time that season that Gretzky was kept scoreless.
- 1992: The Flyers make a significant trade, swapping defenseman Gord Murphy to the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Garry Galley. The same deal also sees Philadelphia acquire forward Wes Walz and a 1993 third-round pick (offensive defenseman Milos Holan) while sending Brian Dobbin, a 1992 third-round pick (Sergi Zholtok) and a 1993 4th Rounder (Charles Paquette) to Boston.
- 1997: The Flyers breeze to a 4-1 road win over the San Jose Sharks as four different players and members of all four forward lines -- Eric Lindros, Daniel Lacroix, Dainius Zubrus and Rod Brind'Amour -- score goals.
- 2006: Antero Niittymaki earns his second career NHL shutout, blanking the Boston Bruins on 27 shots and outdueling countryman Hannu Toivonen. Jeff Carter's second-period goal stands as the lone tally for either side in the Flyers' 1-0 road win.
- 2011: Playing for the fourth time in six nights and missing the injured Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger for the lineup, the Flyers skate off with a rare road win against the Detroit Red Wings. Second period goals by James van Riemsdyk, Dan Carcillo and Scott Hartnell stake the Flyers to a 3-0 lead. The tiring Flyers then manage to hang on the third for a 3-2 win.
January 2: Flyers Birthdays
- Longtime Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher was born on January 2, 1977, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
- Offensive defenseman Lars Jonsson was born on January 2, 1982 in Borlange, Sweden.