After splitting their first two games of the 1979-80 regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers went on an incredible run. Beginning on October 14, 1979 and ending on January 7, 1980, the Flyers did not lose a single game. Their 35-game unbeaten streak of 25 wins and 10 ties stands to this day as a record across all North American professional sports.
The final victory in the streak came on January 6, 1980 as the Flyers grabbed a 4-2 road win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Aud.
Third-period goals by veterans Bill Barber (20th of the season) and a breakaway goal by Rick MacLeish (22nd) proved to be the difference after the teams go to the second intermission tied at 2-2. The teams traded off one goal apiece in each of the first two periods, with Al Hill and Dennis Ververgaert.
Starting goaltender Pete Peeters, feeling under the weather, got sick on the ice during the game and was replaced by Phil Myre, who nailed down the win in goal.
The streak came to an end in Minnesota the next night.
January 6: Through the Years
1933: Future Flyers co-founder, iconic chairman and prolific philanthropist Ed Snider is born in Washington, DC, to parents Sol and Lillian Snider.
1977: The Flyers get offense from both expected and unexpected sources as they crush the visiting St. Louis Blues by a 7-1 count. Two goals and an assist by Harvey Bennett head the attack. Philly also gets goals from defensemen Joe Watson and Larry Goodenough, while Tom Bladon and Terry Murray chip in two assists apiece. Left winger Bob "the Hound" Kelly contributes a goal and an assist, while Ross Lonsberry and Reggie Leach (power play) score respective first and second period goals after the Flyers trail 1-0 early in the game. The tilt features a brawl near the end of the first period that sees multiple fights and multiple ejections, including game misconducts to the Flyers' Paul Holmgren and Jack McIlhargey.
1987: Rookie goaltender Ron Hextall earns his first NHL shutout, turning back all 26 shots fired his way in a 4-0 home win over the New Jersey Devils. The game also features a rare goal by sturdy Flyers defensive defenseman Brad Marsh, who snaps a 121-game regular-season goalless drought dating back to March 24, 1985 in a game against Montreal. Peter Zezel (18th goal of the season) and enforcers Dave Brown and Daryl Stanley complete the unlikely quartet of goal-scorers.
2000: On a night in which the revised Legion of Doom line of Keith Jones playing the right wing with Eric Lindros and John LeClair gets held off the scoresheet, the Flyers' second-line trio of Rod Brind'Amour (one goal, one assist, 18-for-23 on faceoffs), Mikael Renberg (one goal, one assist) and Mark Recchi (three primary assists) does the damage in a 3-2 home win over the New York Islanders. Daymond Langkow's second-period power play goal off a feed by Recchi is the game-winner. Winning goalie Brian Boucher makes 20 saves.
2006: The Flyers top-line trio of Peter Forsberg (one goal, one assist), Simon Gagne (one goal, one assist) and Mike Knuble (one assist) lifts the club to a 3-1 road win over the Washington Capitals. Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin notches his 25th goal of the season for the lone Washington tally and the only goal for either team in the first period. Antero Niittymaki turns back 23 of 24 shots to earn the win.
2010: Power play and even strength goals by Danny Briere and three power play tallies in all by Philadelphia pace a 6-2 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2011: Two goals apiece by Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere to a 4-2 road win against the New Jersey Devils. The game is tied at 2-2 after the second period before Briere scores the game-winner plus and insurance goal. The latter is his 20th goal of the 2010-11 season.
2015: A brilliant goaltending performance by Steve Mason (41 saves on 42 shots, 4-for-5 in the shootout) backstops the Flyers to a 2-1 home shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators. After Mike Hoffman breaks a scoreless deadlock in the third period, a Wayne Simmonds power play goal forces OT and, eventually, a shootout. Mika Zibanejad and Jakub Voracek trade off goals in the first round. Thereafter, no one scores again until Simmonds converts the winning goal in the fifth round. Craig Anderson (33 saves on 34 shots, 3-for-5 in the shootout) takes the hard-luck loss for Ottawa.
2016: The Flyers trade center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Jordan Weal and a 2016 third-round pick (Carsen Twarynski).
January 6: Flyers Birthday
Signed by the Flyers to an entry-level contract on July 11, 2016, forward Roman Lyubimov was born January 6, 1992 in Tver, Russia. A product of THK Tver youth hockey development program, Lyubimov transferred to the famed CSKA Moscow program at age 16.
Lyubimov played for the Russian national team at the Under-18 World Championships (2010) and for the senior national team at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, where he posted eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 games for the bronze-medal winning team despite seeing mostly fourth-line duty. He played both center and wing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound righthanded shooting forward came to North America with a reputation for bringing responsible two-way play in addition to good size and above-average skating ability.