Longtime Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres star Dale Hawerchuk finished up his Hockey Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1996-97 after coming over from the St. Louis Blues the previous year in a trade for fellow veteran center Craig MacTavish.
With an injured Eric Lindros out of the lineup, the revised top line of Hawerchuk centering John LeClair and Mikael Renberg accounted for four goals in a 7-3 home rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 21, 1996.
Hawerchuk notched the final hat trick -- and lone Flyers hat trick -- of his stellar career and also assisted on a LeClair goal. Renberg set up the first and third goals Hawerchuk scored. Philly also got a pair of goals from members of the Minnesota Line, as Trent Klatt scored shorthanded and then assisted on a third period goal by Joel Otto.
For the Flyers portion of his career, Hawerchuk posted 16 goals and 38 assists for 54 points in 67 regular season games. In 29 playoff games as a Flyer, Hawerchuk chipped in five goals and 16 points.
November 21: Through the Years
- 1976: The Flyers hold off a late rally by the Atlanta Flames to win a 6-5 game at the Spectrum that Philadelphia dominated for most of the first 50 minutes. Two goals by Mel Bridgman and single tallies from Rick MacLeish, Ross Lonsberry, defenseman Tom Bladon and Paul Holmgren build a 6-2 lead by midway through the third period. Atlanta then rallies for three goals in the final 9:35 of the game but the Flyers hung on for the win.
- 1979: In the 15th game of their North American professional sports record 35-game unbeaten streak, the Flyers down the Kings at the Los Angeles Forum by a 6-4 count. Philadelphia trail 2-0 midway through regulation before exploding for the next six goals -- two in the middle stanza and then four more in the opening 11:04 of the third period. Power play and shorthanded goals by Rick MacLeish lead the way, while Bill Barber scores twice at even strength. Rookie left winger Brian Propp tallies his 10th NHL goal, while veteran Dennis Ververgaert cashes in on a Barber rebound for his third goal of the season.
- 1984: A spectacular 30-save performance by Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh spearheads the Flyers to a 4-3 home win over the Boston Bruins. The small Swedish goaltender holds the game close as the Flyers got outplayed early and trailed 2-1 at the first intermission. Mike Keenan's team comes alive in the second period after an intermission tirade by the coach. Goals by Brian Propp, Ilkka Sinisalo, Tim Kerr (power play) and Ron Sutter push the Flyers ahead 4-2 before a mid-third period goal by the Bruins reduced the margin to one goal. Lindbergh makes 12 saves in the third period to nail down the win.
- 1990: A two-goal performance by Pelle Eklund and an outstanding game on the blue line by Mark Howe (who played nearly 30 minutes and registered an assist) spark the Flyers to a 5-4 road win over the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Scott Mellanby, Rick Tocchet and Tony Horacek also score for the Flyers as the team pushes back from an early 2-0 deficit.
- 1995: The Legion of Doom runs wild in the third period and the Flyers got offensive contributions from all four lines in a 5-2 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. The turning point of the game came when LA defenseman Steven Finn intentionally pushes the net off in the third period of a 2-2 game. John LeClair scores on the ensuing power play and the Flyers tally on each of their next two even strength shifts, as Rod Brind'Amour and Mikael Renberg rapidly turn the game into a blowout. Eric Lindros, who sets up the LeClair and Renberg goals, later has a toe-to-toe fight with Los Angeles enforcer Marty McSorley. Lindros loses the fight but his team goes on to control the remainder of the game. Earlier in the night, fourth line winger Rob DiMaio and third line center Joel Otto score for the Flyers.
- 2007: Danny Briere notches the first hat trick of his Flyers career and also chips in an assist in a 6-4 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Mike Richards converts a third period penalty shot against Cam Ward, while Mike Knuble has a goal and two assists and Scott Hartnell scores a late empty net goal. Two of Briere's three goals are scored on the power play.
- 2008: Martin Biron blanks his former team on 40 shots as the Flyers recorded a 3-0 road shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. A late first period goal by Scott Hartnell stands the rest of the way before Jeff Carter add a pair of insurance goals in the third period.
- 2013: A two-goal outburst by Matt Read within the span of two minutes in the second period erase a 1-0 deficit and put Philadelphia ahead to stay in a 4-1 home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell (empty netter) extend the lead in the third period.
November 21: Flyers Birthday
- Gritty checking winger Lindsay Carson was born on Nov. 21, 1960 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan.