The seeds of the Philadelphia Flyers' subsequent back-to-back Stanley Cup championships and three straight Cup Final appearances were sewn in 1972-73. That year, a group of emerging young stars started to come to the forefront of a team that reached the Stanley Cup Final.
The Flyers' comeback home win against the New York Islanders on November 22, 1972, was a harbinger of good things to come for Fred Shero's team.
Trailing by a 3-1 score at the second intermission, the Flyers exploded for four unanswered goals in the third period to skate off with a 5-3 win. In a preview of how a young nucleus would lead the Flyers in seasons to come, the Flyers were spearheaded in this game by the trio of Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish. Philly also got goals by young checking forward Bill Clement and veteran right winger Gary Dornhoefer. Philadelphia wound up outshooting the first-year expansion Islanders by a 60-24 margin.
November 22: Through the Years
- 1967: In route to defeating each of the NHL's "Original Six" at least once in their inaugural season after the NHL's 1967 expansion, the Flyers down the Detroit Red Wings by a 4-2 score. A Spectrum crowd of 12,086 looked on as Bernie Parent turns back 30 of 32 shots to backstop the team to victory. Bill Sutherland leads the offense with a pair of goals, while Gary Peters and Don Blackburn score Philly's first and third goals respectively. The second period, which sees the Flyers score twice to take 3-1 lead, is the turning point of the win.
- 1975: Trailing the visiting New York Rangers by a 2-1 count through two periods, the Flyers rally for three unanswered goals in the third period to win 4-2. Team captain Bobby Clarke (one goal, one assist) triggers the comeback. The Flyers get goals by Reggie Leach (10th of the season), Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk in the final stanza, while defenseman Jimmy Watson has two assists. With Bernie Parent sidelined by injury, backup goaltender Wayne Stephenson (26 saves) steps up to outduel the Rangers' John Davidson.
- 1986: Fan favorite center Peter Zezel earns a postgame standing ovation from the Spectrum crowd when he is named first star in a 6-1 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Zezel tallies two goals and an assist, missing a hat trick only by a quick whistle by referee Terry Gregson after losing sight of an uncovered puck in the crease a split second before Zezel put it in the net. The Flyers also receive a pair of goals by All-Star left winger Brian Propp, two assists by Ilkka Sinisalo and a Rick Tocchet tally. Vezina Trophy winning rookie goaltender Ron Hextall stopped 25 shots, while Norris Trophy top runner-up defenseman Mark Howe has an assist and is plus-three on the night.
- 1989: The Flyers blow out the visiting Montreal Canadiens by a 5-1 count. Murray Craven led the way with two goals and an assist. The team also got multi-point games from Rick Tocchet (one goal, two assists) and Mike Bullard (two assists) and a goal apiece from Ilkka Sinisalo and Ron Sutter. Ken Wregget has a relatively easy night in goal in the first and third periods but had to stop 14 of 15 shots in a second period assault by Montreal. The Canadiens generate just two goals in the first period and six in the final stanza.
- 1992: A seesaw game with the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum ends in a 4-4 tie, The Flyers manage to solve Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek four times on 32 shots -- including three times at even strength. Mark Recchi tallied twice for the Flyers, while Alexander Mogilny notches a pair of goals for Buffalo. Philadelphia also receives goals by defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich and rookie forward Len Barrie. Dominic Roussel makes 30 saves for the Flyers. Rookie center Eric Lindros sustained sprained knee ligaments in a collision with Buffalo defenseman Petr Svoboda (later a Flyers teammate). Lindros missed the next nine games.
- 1998: The new version of the Legion of Doom line, now featuring agitating winger Keith Jones as the third member of Eric Lindros and John LeClair's line, accounts for both Philadelphia goals in a 2-1 road win over the Florida Panthers. Lindros set up LeClair's tally (12th goal of the season) midway through the first period and then earned the lone assist on Jones' game-winner just 26 seconds into overtime. Former Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck earns the win with 25 saves in a game in which the Flyers are limited to 16 shots.
- 2000: Second-year left winger Simon Gagne leads a 3-1 road win over the Buffalo Sabres with a goal and assist. After a scoreless opening period, Gagne forges a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the second stanza. Daymond Langkow and Mark Recchi later add insurance goals. Roman Cechmanek (20 saves) earns the win in goal.
- 2003: A late second period power play goal by Mark Recchi breaks a 2-2 tie with the visiting Boston Bruins as Philadelphia went on to win, 3-2. Justin Williams and Simon Gagne also tally for the Flyers while Jeremy Roenick, Keith Primeau and Sami Kapanen chip in an assist apiece. The Flyers hold Boston to 13 shots on Jeff Hackett (11 saves) for the entire game.
- 2008: Team captain Mike Richards keys a comeback 4-3 home win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flyers trail 3-2 late in the third period when Richards sets up a tying goal by Jeff Carter with 1:07 remaining in regulation. Richards then scores the game-winner in overtime. Scott Hartnell and Mike Knuble also score for the Flyers, while Simon Gagne earns a pair of assists. A pair of tough guys with Flyers ties in their careers - Dan Carcillo and Todd Fedoruk - account for two of the Coyotes' three goals while Martin Hanzal has a goal and an assist. Martin Biron (25 saves) earns the win in goal.
- 2010: Trailing 2-0 at the first intermission, the Flyers get a goal back in the middle period and then scored twice in the third period to skate off with a 3-2 regulation home win against the Montreal Canadiens. Ville Leino gets the comeback started, while early third period goals by Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk cap off the comeback win. Brian Boucher (29 saves) outduels Carey Price for the win.