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Clarke Scores First NHL Goal: October 30, 1969

by @NHLFlyers

Bobby Clarke was always known as more of a playmaker - one of the best in NHL history, as a matter of fact - than as a goal scorer during his Hall of Fame career. He did not have an overpowering shot and primarily scored his goals through a quick release, hockey sense and sheer hustle. Most of his 358 regular season and 42 playoff goals were gritty rather than pretty.

Clarke's first career NHL goal was scored in the seventh game of his rookie season. On October 30, 1969, the Flyers and Rangers skated to a 3-3 tie at the Spectrum. Hinting at his future reputation for scoring in the clutch, it was the 20-year-old rookie from Flin Flon, Manitoba, who scored with 3:24 left in the third period to forge the tie after the Flyers were unable to protect an early 2-0 lead and found themselves trailing late in the game.

Set up by top-line center Andre Lacroix, Jean-Guy Gendron and Lew Morrison scored first period goals for Philadelphia to build a 2-0 lead before the Rangers struck for the next three goals. Bernie Parent stopped 32 of 35 shots to earn the tie. Eddie Giacomin turned back 31 of 34 for the Rangers.

Video: What happened on October 30th, 1967 in Flyers history

October 30: Through the Years

  • 1975: A two-goal performance by rookie center Mel Bridgman paces the offense in a 6-2 rout over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a fight-filled game at the Spectrum. Bill Barber records a goal and an assist.


  • 1986: Early goals by Pelle Eklund (power play), Ron Sutter and Brian Propp (shorthanded) stake the Flyers to a quick 3-0 lead over the visiting Quebec Nordiques. The Flyers never look back and go on to double up the Nords, 6-3.


  • 1999: Trailing the New Jersey Devils by a 3-2 score midway through the third period, the Flyers explode for three late goals (Mark Greig, Dan McGillis and John LeClair) to skate away with a 5-3 home victory.


  • 2001: Brian Boucher (32 saves) backstops the Flyers to a 3-0 shutout road win against the Washington Capitals. Two goals by Simon Gagne, two assists by Keith Primeau and Pavel Brendl's fluky first NHL goal provide the offensive support.


  • 2008: Jeff Carter scores an overtime power play goal with 23 seconds left on the clock to bring a 3-2 home overtime victory to the Flyers against the New York Rangers. Earlier, Carter also tallies first-period goal to temporarily put the Flyers ahead, 2-1, after Mike Knuble and New York's Bill Guerin (power play) trade off goals. Martin Biron stops 34 of36 shots to earn the win.
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