Over the course of any season, any successful team sometimes needs to "steal" points from games where they are not quite at their best. On January 29, 1984, Hall of Fame Flyers defenseman Mark Howe almost singlehandedly willed his team to a hard-fought 5-5 road tie against the Chicago Blackhaws.
The game was a wide-open content that saw the Flyers fall behind by scores of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 5-4. They also briefly led 4-3 heading into the second period.
Every time Chicago threatened to pull away, Howe found a way to draw the Flyers even again. First, he responded to a goal by ex-Flyer defenseman Behn Wilson with an unassisted tally to knot the game at 2-2. Later in the first period, Howe set up a Ross Fitzpatrick goal to tie the game at 3-3 before Ilkka Sinisalo's 20th goal of the season gave Philly its only lead,
Howe saved his best for last - and just in the nick of time.
With the Flyers trailing, 5-4, and time about to expire, Howe found the net with less than one second remaining on the third period clock. Rather than a loss, the Flyers suddenly skated off with one point from a 5-5 tie. Brian Propp and Bill Barber earned the assists on the tying goal.
January 29: Through the Years
- 1977: Five different Flyers players tally as the team erases a 1-0 deficit at the first intermission and goes on to capture a 5-2 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bob Dailey, Andre "Moose" Dupont, Rick MacLeish (three-point game), Bob Kelly and Reggie Leach score for the Flyers. Bernie Parent stops 18 of 20 shots. Former Flyers goalie Dunc Wilson (27 saves on 32 shots) takes the loss for Pittsburgh.
- 1987: Two goals and an assist from Murray Craven stake the Flyers to a 5-3 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins despite a two-point (one goal, one assist) effort from Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux. Glen Seabrooke, Dave Poulin and Rick Tocchet (empty net) also tally for Philadelphia.
- 1995: Eleven days before consummating a franchise direction-changing trade with the Montreal Canadiens, the Flyers skate to a 2-2 road tie with the Habs. Rob DiMaio converts a setup from Mikael Renberg to erase a 2-1 deficit in the third period. Defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich also scores for Philly. The game marks one of the last games of Mark Recchi's first stint with the Flyers prior to being traded to Montreal for John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne.
- 1997: Goals by Rod Brind'Amour and rookie Dainius Zubrus lift the Flyers to a 2-1 road win over the Washington Capitals on a rare night where the Legion of Doom is entirely held off the scoresheet. Ron Hextall stops 29 of 30 shots.
- 1999: The Flyers trade Alexandre Daigle to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrei "the Tank" Kovalenko. A few weeks later, the Flyers trade Kovalenko to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Adam Burt.
- 2003: The Flyers acquire forward Eric Chouinard from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2003 second-round pick (Maxime Lapierre). The trade reunites Chouinard with former Quebec Remparts teammate Simon Gagne, whom the Habs bypassed in the first round of the 1998 NHL Draft in order to select Chouinard.
- 2008: Scott Hartnell scores in overtime to send the Flyers to a 3-2 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Braydon Coburn and Simon Gagne tally in regulation.
- 2015: A 36-save performance by Steve Mason and goals by five different Flyers - Chris VandeVelde, Wayne Simmonds (power play), Nick Schultz (first as a Flyer), Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier (empty net) enables the Flyers to pull away in the third period of a
January 29: Flyers Birthdays
- Two-tenure Flyers goaltender Sean Burke was born on January 29, 1967 in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Toronto.
- Rawhide-tough defenseman Glen Cochrane was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, on January 29, 1957.
- Nicknamed "Fort Wayne," the late Wayne Stephenson was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario on January 29, 1945.
- Russian right wing Denis Tolpeko was born in Moscow on January 29, 1985.