The team that later came to be known as the Broad Street Bullies were not especially aggressive in their earliest years of existence. Through the first 15 games of their inaugural 1967-68 season, the Philadelphia Flyers did not engage in a single full-blown fight. There were, of course, scrums and various confrontations along the way, but nothing that escalated to the point of fighting majors.
That changed in game 16, as the Flyers hosted the rough-and-tumble St. Louis Blues - the team that would soon become the new expansion team's earliest archrival - at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
Video: What happened on November 19, 1967 in Flyers history
The Flyers built a 3-0 lead through the first period and then hung on late in the game to defeat fellow first-year expansion club St. Louis by a 3-2 score. Don Blackburn, captain Lou Angotti and Ed Van Impe (power play) tallied for Philadelphia. Bernie Parent was not busy, seeing just 15 shots for the game.
In a harbinger of many fierce battles to come between the soon-to-be archrivals, a multi-player fight -- Pat Hannigan and Larry Zeidel on the Philadelphia side, Gordon Kannegiesser and Noel Picard for St, Louis -- erupted immediately after the final horn.
November 19: Through the Years
- 1970: Jim Johnson records his second career Flyers hat trick. Philly downs the visiting California Golden Seals by a 6-2 margin.
- 1977: The visiting Flyers batter the Minnesota North Stars to the tune of 7-2. Bob Dailey opens the scoring on the game's first shift with his seventh goal of the season. Don Saleski notches his 10th goal of the still-young season, while Orest Kindrachuk scores twice and Ross Lonsberry (one goal, two assists) compiles a three-point night.
- 1980: Veteran All-Star left winger Bill Barber's three-point game (one goal, two assists) paces the attack in a 5-1 Flyers win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Rick MacLeish chips in a power play goal for his 13th tally of the season. Meanwhile, rugged defenseman Frank Bathe racks up 23 minutes worth of penalties, all in the second period. Goalie Rick St. Croix.
- 1992: The Crazy Eights Line carries the Flyers to a 7-3 blowout win over the New York Rangers at the Spectrum. Linemates Eric Lindros (one goal, one assist), Brent Fedyk (one goal, two assists) and Mark Recchi (one goal, two assists) combine for eight points. Dominic Roussel stops 22 of 25 shots to earn the win in goal.
- 1995: On a night in which the Legion of Doom is held off the scoreboard, the Flyers still manage to prevail, 3-2 in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum. Chris Therien nets the game winner at the 32-second mark of overtime after assisting on a go-ahead goal by former Canuck center Anatoli Semenov late in the second period. Back in the opening period, Pat Falloon's goal with eight seconds remaining before intermission sends the clubs to the locker rooms tied at 1-1. Ron Hextall (34 saves on 36 shots) goes on to outduel Kirk McLean (25 saves on 28 shots) in goal.