Acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the blockbuster three-team trade that sent Bernie Parent to the Toronto Maple Leafs and brought prospect Rick MacLeish to the Flyers from the Boston Bruins, the late Bruce Gamble was a serviceable if unspectacular veteran goaltending complement to Doug Favell.
On November 18, 1971, Gamble recorded the first of the two shutouts he notched as a Flyer. Gamble stopped all 32 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the LA Kings at the Spectrum. Simon Nolet and Jean-Guy Gendron supplied the goal support after a scoreless first period.
Unfortunately, Gamble's playing career would soon end prematurely. On February 8,1972, Gamble suffered a heart attack during a Flyers 3-1 road win over the Vancouver Canucks. The goalie did not start complaining of symptoms until after the game. He retired as an active player after the episode.
November 18: Through the Years
- 1982: The Flyers overcome an early 2-0 deficit to skate off with a 3-2 home win over the Calgary Flames. Mark Howe creates the scoring chance that results in Ron Flockhart's game-winning goal in the third period after Bill Barber and Lindsay Carson erased the two-goal deficit in the first period. Rookie goalie Pelle Lindbergh stops 24 of 26 shots to earn the win. One of the saves is a penalty shot denial of Hall of Fame forward Lanny McDonald. Earlier in his career, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, McDonald scored on a penalty shot against the Flyers' Pete Peeters (October 14, 1979). Thus, McDonald became the first player to have two penalty shots against Philadelphia. In fact, McDonald had two of the first four opposition penalty shots in Flyers' franchise history. Lindbergh's save on McDonald marked the first time a Flyers' netminder stopped an opposing penalty shot.
- 1995: A pair of tallies by defenseman Karl Dykhuis with the Flyers' second line on the ice along with tallies by first line center Eric Lindros and third-line left winger Shjon Podein lead a balanced attack in a 4-2 road win over the Hartford Whalers. Winning goalie Garth Snow makes 21 saves.
- 2009: The Flyers overcome the LA Kings with 3-2 road win after trailing by a goal at the first intermission. Mika Pyorala (first NHL goal), Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk (game-winning goal) do the scoring honors for Philly. Brian Boucher is stellar in net, making 37 saves on a night where the Flyers get outshot by a 39-20 margin.