For the most part, shootouts have not been kind to the Philadelphia Flyers in the years since the NHL adopted the controversial method of settling regular season games after 65-minute ties. One that did go Philly's way took play in Nashville on November 30, 2013.
The Flyers earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Predators one night after downing the Winnipeg Jets in the annual Black Friday matinee in Philadelphia.
Sean Couturier's game-tying goal at 13:06 of the third period sent the game to overtime. Claude Giroux, who scored the game's opening goal late in the first period, also scored in the shootout along with Vincent Lecavalier. Steve Mason was excellent in goal, stopping 34 of 36 shots in regulation and overtime plus all three shots he faced in the shootout finale.
November 30: Through the Years
- 1972: "Cowboy" Bill Flett had two goals and an assist in a 5-5 home tie with the Atlanta Flames. Linemates Bobby Clarke (two goals, one assist) and Bob "the Hound" Kelly (two assists) also enjoyed multiple point games while Rick MacLeish had the Flyers other tally. Philadelphia held a 5-3 lead early in the third period but a miscue by goaltender Doug Favell and a double-deflection goal resulted in a tie.
- 1978: Wayne Stephenson recorded a 17-save home shutout of his former team, the St. Louis Blues. Blake Dunlop, rookie Behn Wilson and team captain Bobby Clarke supplied the goal support.
- 1983: Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke took turns dominating a 3-3 tie in Edmonton. Every time Gretzky set up or scored a goal to forge a lead for the Oilers, Clarke responded in kind to pull the Flyers even. Dave Poulin supplemented Clarke's two-goal performance while Edmonton's Paul Coffey scored in the final minute of the third period. Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr made 40 saves to 32 by Philly's Bob Froese.
- 1990: A two-goal performance by Rick Tocchet and a shorthanded goal by Keith Acton keyed a 5-1 home win over the New York Rangers. Pelle Eklund racked up three assists while Kjell Samuelsson and Murray Craven tallied one goal apiece.
- 1995: Held off the board for nearly the first 59 minutes of play, the Legion of Doom could be contained no longer by the Toronto Maple Leafs in their final shift of the game. With the score tied 2-2 and time ticking down under two minute, the Legion kept Toronto hemmed in its own end of the ice for nearly 50 seconds until Mikael Renberg scored his 15th goal of the season to put Philly ahead to stay with 1:03 remaining in the game. Rod Brind'Amour and Brent Fedyk (power play) also scored for Philadelphia.
- 1996: Trailing 1-0 at the first intermission, the Flyers roared back to score three goals in the second period to take control of a game that ended in a 4-3 road win in Ottawa. Rookie Dainius Zubrus scored his third NHL goal, followed by tallies from Rod Brind'Amour (power play), Shjon Podein and Trent Klatt. Garth Snow saw just 17 shots for the game, stopping 14 to earn the win. The Flyers peppered Ottawa's Damian Rhodes with 37 shots.
- 2005: Second period goals by Mike Knuble and Patrick Sharp snapped a scoreless tie at home against the New Jersey Devils. Robert Esche made 30 saves to earn the win against Martin Brodeur.
- 2006: Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves to earn a road win against the New York Islanders in a game where Philly got outshot by a 41-23 margin. Goals by Randy Robitaille, Simon Gagne (shorthanded) and Mike Knuble (power play) were just enough to win.
November 30: Flyers Birthday
- One of the first tough guys in Flyer history, Earl Heiskala was born on Nov. 30, 1942 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.