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Hextall-Potvin Fight Caps Dominating Flyers Win: November 10, 1996

by @NHLFlyers

On November 10, 1997, the Philadelphia Flyers methodically dismantled the Toronto Maple Leafs, skating off with a 3-1 win and 42-26 shot advantage in a clash at the CoreStates Center. John LeClair scored twice, while Pat Falloon tallied the other Flyers goal.

The game is best remembered, however, for a brawl after the final buzzer, including a bout between goaltender Ron Hextall and Felix Potvin. Hextall, who was cut during the spirited fight, had the last laugh. The Flyers' goaltender triumphantly pointed to the scoreboard as he skated off past taunting Toronto players.

November 10: Through the Years

1974: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers double up the lowly California Seals in shots (32-16) and cruise to a 3-0 win at the Spectrum. Bill Clement scores his fifth and sixth goals of the season after Terry Crisp opens the scoring. Bernie Parent records the 27th shutout (25th in the regular season) of his two-stint Flyers career.

1979: The Flyers run their unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1) and lift their season record to 11-1-1 with a 5-2 road win against the New York Islanders. Veteran forwards Bill Barber (two goals, one assist), Bobby Clarke (one goal, one assist), Reggie Leach (12th goal of the season in 13 games) and Rick MacLeish (seventh goal of the season) lead the attack. Defensively, the Flyers limit the power-packed Islanders to just 18 shots. Pete Peeters (16 saves) earns the win.

1985: In the wee hours of the morning, defending Vezina Trophy winner Pelle Lindbergh is involved in a devastating one-car accident in Somerdale, NJ, after leaving a team party in Voorhees, NJ. The 26-year-old Swede is rendered brain dead before his arrival at JFK Hospital.Two passengers in the car sustain serious injuries and one, Ed Parvin Jr., is comatose upon arrival at Cooper Hospital. Both Parvin and fellow passenger Kathy McNeal ultimately survive the accident.

2007: The Flyers beat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2. Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell (empty net) score their respective first goals in a Flyers uniform. Philly also get goals from Mike Knuble, Joffrey Lupul and Danny Briere. Martin Biron (29 saves on 31 shots) earns the win in goal.


November 10: Flyers Birthdays

  • Right winger Don "Big Bird" Saleski, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and three-time 20-goal scorer as a Flyer, was born on Nov. 10, 1949 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.


  • Forward Bill Sutherland, who scored both the first road goal and the first home goal in Flyers' franchise history, was born on November 10, 1934 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
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