The first penalty shot in Philadelphia Flyers history was taken by Bill Clement on March 7, 1974. He was unable to score against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jim Rutherford on the attempt.
The second penalty shot attempt - and the first successful conversion - belonged to Flyers center Orest Kindrachuk against Washington Capitals' netminder and ex-Flyer Michel Belhumeur on November 9, 1974. Kindrachuk's penalty shot tally at 10:41 of the second period gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead on their way to a 6-2 win at the Spectrum. The Flyers also dominated on special teams, striking for power play goals by Rick MacLeish, Ross Lonsberry and Tom Bladon as well as a Bill Barber shorthanded goal.
A sturdy two-way player, Kindrachuk went on to play six seasons with the Flyers. He was a member of both the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup teams and, in 360 regular season games, recorded 260 points (79 goals, 181 assists).
November 9: Through the Years
1971: Rick MacLeish compiles his first career NHL hat trick, leading the Flyers to a 5-3 home win over Tony Esposito and the Chicago Blackhawks.
1985: The Flyers cruise to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum, extending their winning streak to 10 straight games and boosting their record for the season to 12-2-0. Tim Kerr scores a hat trick and Rich Sutter tallies twice. Defending Vezina Trophy winner Pelle Lindbergh is given the night off before a four-night break in the schedule. In the wee hours of the next morning, after leaving a team party at the Coliseum practice facility in Voorhees, NJ, Lindbergh crashes his car into the steps and wall of a school building in Somerdale, NJ. He is rendered brain dead and perishes.
1995: Substituting on the Flyers' top line for an injured Eric Lindros, center Joel Otto breaks a scoreless deadlock in the third period and then sets up Mikael Renberg for a 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-1 Flyers home win. Renberg scores again to provide the insurance goal. Ron Hextall makes 19 saves to earn the victory.
2013: After scoring just 22 goals as a team through the first 15 games of the regular season, the Flyers start to turn things around in a 4-2 matinee home win over the Edmonton Oilers. Jay Rosehill, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux (first goal of the season) and Vincent Lecavalier score the goals. Steve Mason stops 24 of 26 shots.
November 9: Flyers Birthday
- Rugged defenseman/winger Jason Bowen was born November 9, 1973 in Port Alice, British Columbia. The Flyers drafted him in the first round (15th overall) of the 1992 NHL Draft.