In the front end of a home-and-home set that pits the eventual Stanley Cup Finals opponents against one another, the Flyers and Detroit Red Wings battle to a 2-2 tie at Joe Louis Arena. The subsequent Stanley Cup Final meeting would not at all go as the Flyers' envisioned but, on this night, the clubs played to a tense deadlock.
A first-period goal by the Flyers Trent Klatt and a third-period tally by John LeClair (29th goal of the season) were sandwiched around second-period goals by Detroit defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Vladimir Konstantinov. Ron Hextall made 32 saves while Detroit's Mike Vernon saw 20 shots and stopped 18.
A late second-period scrum developed after a whistle in the Flyers' defensive zone, involving all of the skaters on the ice but no full-blown fights emerged. Out of the scrum, Detroit's Kirk Maltby and Slava Fetisov and the Flyers' Rod Brind'Amour all received roughing minors, which set up a Flyers' power play in the third period. Among the other combatants wrestling one another were longtime friends Mikael Renberg and Tomas Holmstrom - who hail from the same small hometown in Sweden.
Once the puck dropped, of course, there were no friends on the opposing teams. The teams met again three days later at the CoreStates Center (now Wachovia Center).
January 22: Through the Years
- 1976: Reggie Leach racks up four goals and Bill Barber scores twice as the Flyers paste the visiting Atlanta Flames, 7-2, in a rare game that Bobby Clarke misses due to injury. Orest Kindrachuk steps onto the top line in Clarke's absence and delivers four assists.
- 1983: In a tense and physical duel at the Nassau Coliseum, the Flyers skate off with a 1-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Islanders. Bob Froese (31 saves on 31 shots) prevails over Billy Smith (27 saves on 28 shots). Darryl Sittler's 31st goal of the season, set up by Bill Barber and Ilkka Sinisalo, breaks a scoreless deadlock at 16:28 of the second period.
- 1988: The Flyers career of popular role-playing winger Lindsay Carson comes to an end after 346 regular season games with the club. Looking for more blueline depth, Philadelphia trades Carson to the Hartford Whalers for Paul Lawless.
- 2001: Roman Cechmanek blanks the visiting Los Angeles Kings on 27 shots. Offensively, the Flyers post a picket fence as Simon Gagne scores in the first period, Mark Recchi extends the lead in the second period and Luke Richardson completes the 3-0 win with a third period empty net goal.
- 2004: In a deal for blueline depth, the Flyers acquire Swedish defenseman Mattias Timander from the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2004 seventh-round pick. The minor deal for the player -- who had once been considered a fast-rising prospect in the Boston Bruins organization -- ended paying stopgap dividends. Timander was a plus-13 in 34 games of third-pairing duty for the Flyers in the regular season. Due to a slew of injuries on the Philadelphia defense corps during the 2004 playoffs, Timander ended up playing an expanded role in the postseason. In the playoffs, he chipped in two goals and six points in 18 games while averaging about 17:30 of ice time per game.
- 2012: The Flyers and Bruins wage a seesaw battle at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers trail by scores of 1-0, 3-1 (at the first intermission) and 5-4 midway through the third period but battle back each time. Scott Hartnell racks up a natural hat trick in the second period on two power play goals and an even strength goal. Each tally is directly set up by Claude Giroux. Max Talbot scores a pair of goals, including the game-tying goal halfway through the third period. After a scoreless overtime, Boston wins via shootout.
January 22: Flyers Birthdays
- Aggressively physical forward Ben Eager was born in Ottawa on Jan. 22, 1984.
- Fiery goaltender Robert Esche was born in Whitesboro, NY on Jan. 2, 1978.
- Defensive defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was born on January 22, 1985 in Stockholm Sweden.
- Early-era Flyers right winger Dick Sarrazin was born on January 22, 1946 in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Quebec.
- Flyers 1980s era checking and penalty killing forward Derrick Smith was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on January 21, 1965.