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Jensen Steals the Show in St. Louis: January 25, 1986

by @NHLFlyers

Goaltender Darren Jensen was called up to the Philadelphia Flyers in November 1985 under the most difficult of circumstances. His recall was necessitated by the tragic death of defending Vezina Trophy goaltender Pelle Lindbergh. The following season, rookie goaltender Ron Hextall would displace both Bob Froese and Jensen in the Flyers' depth chart.

Nevertheless, there were times when Jensen shined in goal for the Flyers.

On January 25, 1986, Jensen cranked out one of the best regular season performances by any goaltender in Flyers' franchise history. On that night, he authored 48 saves - including many of the spectacular variety - to steal two points for Philadelphia in a 1-0 road victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Jensen made Brad McCrimmon's goal at 13:12 of the opening period stands as the lone goal for either side. Greg Millen stopped 33 of 34 shots in a losing effort for the Blues.


January 25: Through the Years

  • 1970: In the early years of the Flyers, the St. Louis Blues were Philadelphia's bitterest rival. It was the Blues who knocked Philly out of the playoffs in both 1967-68 and 1968-69 quarterfinals and brutalized some of the team's smaller players with greater aggression, size and toughness. On this night, Bernie Parent refuses to let the Flyers lose to the Blues, stopping all 30 shots he faces in a 2-0 shutout win at the Spectrum. A first period goal by Reg Fleming and an early third period goal by rookie center Bobby Clarke are all Parent needs.


  • 1975: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers dispatch the lowly California Seals in a 5-0 whitewashing in Oakland. Bernie Parent cruises to a shutout behind goals from Gary Dornhoefer, Rick MacLeish, Terry Crisp, Dave Schultz and Ross Lonsberry. Bob "the Hound" Kelly downs Morris Mott in a lopsided second period fight.


  • 1983: Risk-taking defenseman Behn Wilson strikes for a pair of goals and crushes New Jersey forward Hector Marini with an open-ice check early in a 5-1 Flyers home win over the New Jersey Devils. The game features a mid-second period line brawl featuring Glen Cochrane, Frank Bathe, Paul Holmgren and others on the Flyers' side battling John Wensick, Don Lever, Garry Howatt and others on the Devils side. Goalies Bob Froese and Glenn "Chico" Resch get penalties for leaving the crease during the fray but do not fight. Froese (18 saves) earns the win.


  • 1990: Rick Tocchet racks up four goals and two assists for a career-best six-point night in an 8-4 Flyers win at the Spectrum against the Winnipeg Jets. Pelle Eklund chips in a goal and an assist.


  • 2001: A two-goal night by second-year pro Simon Gagne and a three-point effort by Keith Primeau (one goal, two assists) spur the Flyers to a 5-1 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jody Hull and Dan McGillis also score for the Flyers. Brian Boucher stops 25 of 26 shots to earn the win.


  • 2004: The Flyers bottle up the Caps, holding Washington to a mere 13 shots on Robert Esche's goal -- despite five Capitals power plays to one for Philly -- in a 4-1 Flyers road win. John LeClair has a hand in every Flyers goal, scoring the second one and assisting on each of the other three. Likewise, Mark Recchi enjoys a four-point night, scoring the first Flyers' goal and assisting on the rest. Michal Handzus (one goal, one assist) and Kim Johnsson round out the scoring. The Caps generate just five shots over the final 40 minutes, including two in the third period.


  • 2011: The Flyers skate to a 5-2 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Chris Pronger collects four assists, and Philly gets goals by five different players: Jeff Carter (power play), Kimmo Timonen (power play), Dan Carcillo, Claude Giroux and Danny Briere (empty net). Sergei Bobrovsky earns the win with 29 saves.


 January 25: Flyers Birthdays

  • Depth right winger Mark Greig was born January 25, 1970 in High River, Alberta.
  • Two-way forward Paul Ranheim was born in St. Louis on Jan. 25, 1966, and raised in Edina, Minnesota.


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