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Peeters Backstops Win at Boston Garden: November 25, 1981

by @NHLFlyers

The Boston Garden was rarely a hospitable place for the Philadelphia Flyers for much of the first decade of franchise history. At one juncture, the Flyers went nearly seven years between an inaugural season road win in Boston (Nov. 12, 1967) and their vital win in Game 2 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final. Over time, however, the Flyers started to pick up more frequent wins in Boston.

On November 25, 1981, the Flyers captured a 3-1 win at the Boston Garden behind a 26-save performance from goaltender Pete Peeters. Brian Propp's 16th goal of the season put the Flyers in control, while Tim Kerr got Philly on the board first and a late-game empty net goal by Bobby Clarke punctuated the victory.

Peeters flirted with a shutout for 53-plus minutes before Boston's Brad McCrimmon -- who was later traded to the Flyers in exchange for Peeters -- notched the Bruins' only goal.

November 25: Through the Years

  • 1970: In a battle between two Hall of Fame goaltenders, the Flyers' Bernie Parent outdueled the New York Rangers' Eddie Giacomin in a 3-1 home win at the Spectrum. With the game deadlocked at 1-1 early in the third period, Flyers rookie Bob "the Hound" Kelly potted the rebound of a Larry Hillman shot to put Philadelphia ahead to stay. Serge Bernier added a late empty net goal. Parent made 25 saves to earn the win and even assisted on Bernier's empty-netter.


  • 1977: The Flyers savaged the woeful Cleveland Barons by a 7-2 count at the Spectrum in a game that saw a line brawl and numerous game misconducts handed out near the end of the first period. Bobby Clarke (two goals, one assist), Reggie Leach (one goal, two assists) and Barry Dean (one goal, one assist) paced the Flyers attack. Philly also got goals. Defenseman Bob "the Count" Dailey scored his 10th goal of the season, while Don "Big Bird" Saleski notched his 11th.



  • 1987: Young Flyers enforcer Craig Berube scored the first goal of his NHL career to break a 2-2 tie midway through the third period of a 5-2 Flyers home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Team captain Dave Poulin scored a pair of goals (including a shorthanded tally) for the Flyers, while Peter Zezel and Scott Mellanby also lit the lamp.


  • 1990: Spectacular passes by Pelle Eklund staked the Flyers to an early 2-0 lead as beneficiaries Gord Murphy and Mike Ricci scored all the goals Philly would need in a 4-1 home win against the New York Islanders. In the final minute of the third period, Rick Tocchet and Murphy added empty net goals. Second-stint Flyers goaltender Pete Peeters made 25 saves to earn the win.


  • 2005: The Flyers top line trio of Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble led the way to a 5-3 road win over the Boston Bruins. Three-points games by Forsberg (two goals, one assist) and Gagne (one goal, two assists) paced the attack. Eric Desjardins and Michal Handzus (empty net) also scored for Philadelphia. Antero Niittymaki (25 saves) got the win in goal.


  • 2008: A 28-save performance by Brian Boucher and a tie-breaking goal by Scott Hartnell in the final six minutes of regulation led the Flyers to a 2-1 road win against the New York Islanders. Mike Richards' power play in the final minute of the second period sent the game to intermission tied at 1-1 after the Islanders led for most of the first two periods.


November 25: Flyers Birthday

  • Longtime Flyers role-playing left winger and current hockey ambassador Bob "the Hound" Kelly was born on Nov. 25, 1950 in Oakville, Ontario. 
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