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Defending Champ Flyers Blank Habs: November 2, 1974

by @NHLFlyers

Early in their quest to win a second straight Stanley Cup the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers faced a much-anticipated road game against the Montreal Canadiens at the storied Forum. Two legendary goaltenders at the height of their Hall of Fame careers - the Flyers' Bernie Parent and the Canadiens' Ken Dryden - squared off in goal while legendary coaches Fred Shero and Scotty Bowman matched wits.

At the end of the night, Parent (34 saves) outplayed Dryden (21 saves) and the Flyers outworked the Habs to skate off with a 3-0 win.

A mid-first period goal by Tom Bladon stood as the lone tally for two-and-a-half periods until the Flyers pulled away with tallies by Gary Dornhoefer and Rick MacLeish. Early in the second period, Dave "the Hammer" Schultz defeats Habs star defenseman Serge Savard in a fight.


November 2: Through the Years

  • 1968: The second-year Flyers earn a 3-2 win at Maple Leaf Gardens over the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 32-save performance by Bernie Parent and a two-goal outburst by Jean-Guy Gendron key the victory.


  • 1975: The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers show no mercy on the lowly Kansas City Scouts in a 10-0 whipping at the Spectrum that sees Philly outshoot KC by a 51-19 margin and hold an 8-0 lead by the end of the second period. Bobby Clarke, Orest Kindrachuk and Mel Bridgman all collect two goals and an assist apiece. Wayne Stephenson breezes to the shutout win in goal. The game is the most lopsided shutout win in Flyers franchise history.


  • 1980: Keyed by a two-goal performance by Rick MacLeish, the Flyers skate to a 4-2 win at the Spectrum over the Boston Bruins.


  • 1985: In a rematch of the previous season's Stanley Cup semifinals, the Philadelphia Flyers down the host Quebec Nordiques by a 5-3 count led by a two-goal performances by Ilkka Sinsalo and Lindsay Carson as well as the goaltending heroics of defending Vezina Trophy winner Pelle Lindbergh. Tim Kerr also tallies for the victorious Flyers.


  • 1993: Red hot winger Josef Beranek tallies his 11th goal of the young season while second-year pro Eric Lindros scores shorthanded to notch his 12th in a 4-3 road win over the Florida Panthers. Beranek's linemates, Rod Brind'Amour and Kevin Dineen, also find the net with their respective seventh goals of the season. Dominic Roussel (27 saves) spots the Cats two early goals but does not get beaten again over the final 42 minutes of the game.


  • 1995: The Flyers sustain a costly 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Spectrum. Team captain Eric Lindros, who scores the lone Philadelphia goal while linemates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg are benched for most of the second period by coach Terry Murray, gets low-bridged late in the third period by Florida defenseman Jason Woolley. The resulting knee injury forces Lindros out of the lineup for a few weeks. A third-period blitz by the Flyers results in a 12-3 shot disparity but the club cannot find an equalizer against John Vanbiesbrouck. Feeling the team - including the top line -- is taking shortcuts in a first period that sees the Panthers severely outplay (15-3 shot disparity) the Flyers and take a 1-0 lead to intermission, Murray benches LeClair and Renberg for a full period after Florida grabs a 2-0 edge early in the second period.


  • 1996: The Flyers play a Nov. 2 game against the Panthers for the third straight season (the November portion of the 1994-95 season was canceled due to a lockout), this time in Florida. Once again, the Flyers fall behid by a 2-0 score. Once again, they push back. The Flyers prevail, 3-2, after a mid-game power play goal by Trent Klatt and third period tallies by Rod Brind'Amour and Joel Otto (with 1:02 left in regulation). John Vanbiesbrouck makes 41 saves in a losing cause, while winning goalie Ron Hextall turns back 26 of 28 Florida offerings.


  • 2001: The Flyers hold the visiting Washington Capitals to just 11 shots for the entire game, while generating 45 of their own. However, the game is scoreless until nearly midway through regulation until a power play goal by rookie Dennis Seidenberg and an even strength goal by Keith Primeau shortly thereafter give the Flyers a 2-0 edge. Roman Cechmanek's shutout bid is broken up late in the third period by a power play goal from countryman Jaromir Jagr.


  • 2007: The Flyers trail the Washington Capitals early but fight back to grind out a 3-2 road win on tallies by Danny Briere, Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger (game-winning power play goal early in the third period).


  • 2009: Mike Richards and Jeff Carter score twice apiece and enjoy respective three-point games, while callup rookie forward David Laliberte tallies for the second time in as many NHL games. The Flyers go on to blow out the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-2. Scott Hartnell (power play) adds to the scoring barrage. Ray Emery turns back 26 of 28 shots.


  • 2013: One game after an administering a frustration-triggered beatdown to Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during a line brawl that broke out in the third period of a blowout loss on home ice, Ray Emery (14 saves) and the Flyers make a first period goal by Brayden Schenn stand up in a 1-0 road win over the New Jersey Devils. The win is the start of a Flyers turnaround from a horrid start to the 2012-13 season. The shutout is the fourth of Emery's Flyers career and the first during his second stint with the organization.


November 2: Flyers Birthdays

  • Tough and towering defenseman Martin Grenier was born November 2, 1980 in Laval, Quebec.


  • Big-framed goaltender Cal Heeter was born November 2, 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Defensive defenseman Luke Schenn was born on November 2, 1989 in Saskatoon, Sasketchewan. 


  • Nicknamed "Gator", former Flyers captain Jason Smith was born November 2, 1973 in Calgary.



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