Having lost to the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins in back-to-back playoff years, the 2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers went all out to challenge for Eastern Conference supremacy. Most notably, the team acquired Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger during the offseason.
On January 7, 2010, after the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins had narrowly won the each of first two games of the season series between the clubs and the Flyers had changed head coach from John Stevens to Peter Laviolette, the teams met in Pittsburgh. Entering the game, the Penguins had won 10 of the last 13 regular season meetings between the teams.
A seesaw match followed. The Flyers were the hungrier of the two teams, prevailing 7-4 despite two goals by Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby. Jeff Carter notched power play and even strength goals for Philly. The Flyers also received two goals from James van Riemsdyk and one apiece by defensemen Matt Carle (power play) and Pronger before a late empty net goal by center Mike Richards seals the win.
The Flyers jumped out to early leads of 2-0 and 3-1 only for the Penguins to respond with goals by Crosby and Matt Cooke. A Pronger goal early in the second period restored a two-goal lead for Philly, and James van Riemsdyk followed up shortly thereafter with his 10th goal of the season to build a 5-2 edge for Philadelphia. Crosby's second goal of the goal cut the gap back to two goals with nearly half of the game remaining to be played.
In the third period, the Flyers pulled away again and went to win by three goals.
January 7: Through the Years
- 1968: A 36-save performance by Doug Favell backstops the Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goals by Forbes Kennedy, Gary Dornhoefer (power play) and Ed Hoekstra supply the offense.
- 1976: Dave "the Hammer" Schultz completes a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on a first-period goal and assist plus a third-period fight in a 7-3 Flyers road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Reggie Leach notches his 28th and 29th goals of the season while Orest Kindrachuk scores numbers 11 and 12.
- 1979: Bernie Parent records the 56th and final shutout - combined regular season and playoffs - of his Flyers' career. The Hall of Fame goaltender stops 19 shots in a 3-0 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Two goals by T.J. Gorence and one by Reggie Leach provide the offensive support.
- 1980: The Flyers' North American professional sports record 35-game unbeaten streak comes to an end. After reeling off 25 wins and 10 ties, the Flyers suffer a 7-1 road blowout loss at the hands of the Minnesota North Stars.
- 1987: The Flyers build a comfortable 4-0 lead through two periods at Madison Square but things get too close for comfort as the New York Rangers shave three goals off the deficit before Philly puts the game away with two empty-netters to create a 6-3 final. Two goals by Rick Tocchet (even strength and empty net) and single tallies by Pelle Eklund, Derrick Smith, Peter Zezel and Ron Sutter lead the way offensively. Winning goaltender Ron Hextall makes 35 saves.
- 1992: The Flyers settle for a 5-5 tie at the Spectrum against the Buffalo Sabres in a game Philly leads by scores of 1-0 and 4-2. The recently formed line of Rod Brind'Amour (one assist) centering Kevin Dineen (two goals, one assist) and Mark Pederson (one goal, one assist) supplies three-fifths of the Philadelphia offense. The other goals come from defenseman Steve Duchesne and forward Andrei Lomakin.
- 1993: Kevin Dineen tallies the first of five hat tricks during the Philadelphia portion of his NHL career. The Flyers crush the visiting Washington Capitals, 8-2. Adding to the carnage are goals by Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi (shorthanded), Keith Acton and even one by low-scoring tough defenseman Ryan McGill.
- 1997: Philadelphia gets a bonaza of goals from both regular and unexpected sources in a 7-3 pasting of the Boston Bruins at the CoreStates Center (now Wells Fargo Center). Legion of Doom members Eric Lindros (one goal, two assists), Mikael Renberg (one goal) and John LeClair (three assists) combine for two goals and seven points. Dale Hawerchuk chips in two power play goals. Kjell Samuelsson and Daniel Lacroix add their respective fourth goals of the season.
- 1999: John Vanbiesbrouck records his third shutout of the 1998-99 season, while Eric Lindros scores his 20th goal of the season and adds two assists in a 5-0 home win over the New York Islanders. Vanbiesbrouck stops all 27 shots. Lindros' linemate, Keith Jones, adds some offensive insurance, along with Colin Forbes, Dan McGillis and Mark Greig.
- 2003: The Flyers trail the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, midway through the game before goals by Keith Primeau (power play), Jeremy Roenick and Justin Williams spur a 3-2 comeback victory within regulation.
- 2012: Danny Briere caps the third hat trick of his Flyers career by scoring in the final six seconds of overtime. He elevates the team to a 3-2 home overtime win against the Ottawa Senators.
- 2014: Defensive defenseman Nicklas Grossmann stuns everyone in the building by rushing the puck up the ice and making a perfect setup pass to goal-scorer Brayden Schenn to end a 3-2 Flyers overtime win in Newark against the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers trail, 1-0, after two periods before goals by Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell provide a 2-1 lead. Grossmann also assists on the Hartnell go-ahead goal. New Jersey's Michael Ryder scores a shorthanded goal with just 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime before Schenn's goal ends the game.
- 2016: Two goals by defenseman Michael Del Zotto, including the game-winner in the final minute of overtime, lift the Flyers to a 4-3 road OT win over the Minnesota Wild. Sean Couturier and Ryan White also score for Philly, while Steve Mason makes 31 saves to earn the win in goal.
Flyers Birthday: January 7
- One of the NHL's top fighters of the mid-1990s to 2000s, left winger Donald Brashear was born on January 7, 1972 in Bedford, Indiana but spent the majority of his childhood in Quebec.