Hockey Hall of Fame center spent two and a half seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers after coming over from the Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he spent most of his career. Although he was 31 years old by the time the Flyers acquired him, Sittler still had some outstanding hockey left in him.
On November 28, 1982, Sittler spearheaded a comeback 5-5 road tie with the Vancouver Canucks by racking up his first hat trick as a Flyer and adding an assist for a four-point night. The final goal, Sittler's 15th of the season, tied the game with only 30 seconds remaining in the third period.
Ilkka Sinisalo and Bill Barber (assisted by Sittler) also tallied for the Flyers. In the third period, a pair of future NHL general managers dropped the gloves with one another, as Paul Holmgren squared off with Vancouver's Jim Nill.
Sittler would go on to score 40 goals and 83 points in 80 games during the 1982-83 season. For the Flyers' portion of his career, Sittler recorded 178 points (84 goals, 94 assists) in 191 games.
November 28: Through the Years
- 1976: Bernie Parent helps the Flyers withstand a slow start, stopping 14 of 15 shots fired on his net in the first period in route to a 5-3 home win over the New York Islanders. Outshot by a 15-7 margin in the first period, the Flyers nevertheless get the game to the first intermission tied at 1-1. A first period power play goal by Rick MacLeish is supplemented by second period tallies by Gary Dornhoefer and Bill Barber as Philly takes control. Shots in the second period are 9-4 in the Flyers' favor. In the third period, Joe Watson added some insurance. After New York draws back within 4-3, Tom Bladon seals the win with an empty net goal.
- 1980: Multi-point games by Bobby Clarke (two goals, one assist), Mel Bridgman (even strength and empty net goals, one assist), and Rick MacLeish (one goal and one assist) pace a 7-4 road blowout win over the lowly Colorado Rockies. Veteran sniper Reggie Leach and rookie power forward Tim Kerr add third period power play goals in a game that entered the third period tied at 3-3. There is a bench-clearing brawl at the end of the second period, touched off by a battle between Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren and young Colorado defenseman Rob Ramage.
- 1989: Fighting through a serious back injury, Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe has one of his best latter-career games as a Flyer. Howe explodes for shorthanded and power play goals, adds an even strength assist and is plus-two in 30 minutes of ice time in a 6-3 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ilkka Sinisalo further the cause with a pair of even strength goals in the first period, while Rick Tocchet and Mike Bullard also score for Philadelphia.
- 1990: Trailing 5-2 with less than four minutes remaining in the third period, the Flyers rally for three goals - Darren Rumble, Terry Carkner (power play) and Rick Tocchet's 18th of the season -to skate off with a 5-5 road tie against future two-stint Flyers goaltender Sean Burke and the New Jersey Devils. Flyers starter Pete Peeters gets pulled early in the third period by head coach Paul Holmgren after New Jersey scores its fourth unanswered goal since 8:34 of the second period. The Devils quickly greet Bruce Hoffort (nine saves on 10 shots) with a fifth goal before the Flyers made their improbable late-game comeback to take away a point from the game.
- 1993: The Flyers purchase the contract of defenseman Rob Ramage -- once an All-Star caliber player, now at the end of his career -- from the Montreal Canadiens.
- 1997: John LeClair stakes the Flyers to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in a 4-1 home win over the New York Islanders. Highly touted restricted free agent signing Chris Gratton, who struggled though the first 16 games of the season with just one goal and six assists, continues a recent surge by adding a pair of late insurance goals. Eric Lindros set up both LeClair tallies, while Rod Brind'Amour earns primary assists on both Gratton goals. In this game, the Flyers debuted their first alternate jersey, an "all-black" sweater. The third jersey was worn 73 times over four seasons (1997-98 through 2000-01) with the Flyers compiling a 40-25-8 record in those games. Later, the all-black jersey served as the Flyers' road jersey for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, replacing the orange-based styles the Flyers used from their inception through 2000-01 seasons.
- 2003: A 28-save performance by Robert Esche headline a 4-2 Flyers home win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Goals by Jeremy Roenick, Claude Lapointe, Joni Pitkanen and Tony Amonte (empty net) supply the offense.
- 2015: Steve Mason's 24-save shutout, a big game for Wayne Simmonds (two goals, one assist) highlight) and a clutch series of early penalty kills (at one juncture with only three available defensemen) highlight a 3-0 Flyers win over the New York Rangers in a Madison Square Garden matinee. Simmonds' linemates, Sean Couturier (one goal) and Matt Read (one assist) also enjoy strong performances.