During the early years of the Philadelphia Flyers' existence, the goaltending duties were shared by Bernie Parent and Doug Favell. The two had known each other for years as former junior teammates on the Niagara Falls Flyers and as prospects in the Boston Bruins organization.
In 1973, when Parent returned to the Flyers after a stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs and a season in the fledgling World Hockey Association with the Philadelphia Blazers, the Flyers traded Favell to the Maple Leafs to complete the deal for Parent's NHL rights.
In the years that followed, starting with opening night of the 1973-74 season (a 2-0 Flyers win over Toronto at the Spectrum), Parent periodically found himself opposing his old goaltending comrade. One such meeting took place on January 30, 1975 at the Spectrum.
Parent's Flyers earned a 3-1 win over Favell and the Leafs. Bernie stopped 26 of 27 shots, while Dougie denied 27 of 30 Philadelphia shots.
The game entered the third period tied 1-1 after Bobby Clarke and Borje Salming scored for their respective teams in the first period and neither team tallies in the middle frame. In the third period, Clarke and Bill Barber combine to set up Reggie Leach's 25th goal of the season as the Flyers took a 2-1 lead early in the period. Gary Dornhoefer adds a power play rebound goal for insurance with 4:24 left in the game. Parent them slammed the door to complete the victory.
January 30: Through the Years
- 1972: Bruce Gamble records a 33-save shutout for the Flyers in a 4-0 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dick Sarrazin, Bobby Clarke, Ross Lonsberry and Barry Ashbee provide the goal support.
- 1981: Highlighted by Tom "T.J." Gorence's 16th and 17th goals of the season, the Flyers pounce on the host Colorado Rockies by a 7-4 count.
- 1988: An insurance goal at the time it was scored, Rick Tocchet's third-period shorthanded tally proves to be the game-winner in a 4-3 home win over the Winnipeg Jets. Peter Zezel, Scott Mellanby (one goal, one assist) and Mark Howe also score for the Flyers.
- 1990: Two goals and an assist by Tim Kerr lift the Flyers to a 6-3 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and offset a three-assist effort by Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux. Brian Propp scores the 367th regular season goal of his Flyers career. Two more would follow before the Flyers Hall of Fame inductee's decade-long career in Philadelphia comes to an end with a trade to Boston.
- 1994: The Flyers erase a 3-0 deficit against the host Montreal Canadiens but eventually fall in overtime, 5-4. Flyers captain Kevin Dineen scores two goals during Philly's comeback bid.
- 1999: John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour strike for two goals apiece in a 6-2 home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mikael Renberg (one goal, one assist) and Dan McGillis round out the scoring.
- 2006: Young defenseman Joni Pitkanen nets a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 Flyers win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
- 2009: Two goals apiece from Mike Richards (17th and 18th tallies of the season) and Jeff Carter (31st and 32nd) lead the way in a 6-1 home trouncing of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Antero Niittymaki is outstanding in goal, stopping 41 of 42 shots, including a penalty shot denial of the dangerous Martin St. Louis with the score 3-1 at 5:03 of the third period. Scott Hartnell (18th) and Randy Jones (2nd) round out the scoring with a goal and an assist apiece.
- 2010: The Flyers make first period goals by Danny Briere (18th) and Scott Hartnell (12th, power play) stand up for a 2-1 home win over the New York Islanders. Protecting a one-goal lead in the third period, the Flyers kill off a pair of penalties. Ray Emery (31 saves on 32 shots) earns first-star honors for a stellar goaltending performance.
January 30: Flyers Birthdays
- Tank-like two-way winger Trent Klatt was born January 30, 1971 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
- Tough check checking center Don Nachbaur was born on Jan. 30, 1959 in Kitimat, British Columbia and raised in Prince George, British Columbia.
- Defenseman Luca Sbisa was born on January 30, 1990 in Ozieri, Italy and raised in Oberageri, Switzerland.