Today in Flyers History: Nov. 23
1974: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers skated to a 6-3 win at Maple Leaf Gardens over Toronto. The club strafed former longtime teammate Doug Favell for four goals in the opening period as Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Bill Barber and Bob Kelly blew the game open before the first intermission. Philly compiled a 14-4 shot advantage in the first period. Second period tallies by Don Saleski and Rick MacLeish extended the lead to 6-1. Toronto got a pair of meaningless late third-period goals against Bernie Parent (21 saves).
1979: The Flyers led for 59:39 of the game's 60 minutes in a 5-2 road pummeling of the Vancouver Canucks. Reggie Leach opened the floodgates in the opening 21 seconds of the game, and the Flyers never looked back. Al Hill, Bobby Clarke, rookie Brian Propp and team captain Mel Bridgman added to the carnage.
1980: Pete Peeters flirted with a shutout until the latter stages of the third period, settling for a 3-1 win in a 27-save performance at the Spectrum against the Winnipeg Jets. Hard-shooting defenseman Bob Dailey found the net twice while Bobby Clarke had a goal and an assist.
1984: Stellar performances by goaltender Pelle Lindbergh and the top defensive pairing of Mark Howe and Brad McCrimmon highlighted a 4-2 road win at the Aud in Buffalo. Lindbergh made 24 saves, including stopping a pair of breakaways, and Howe and McCrimmon each logged well over 30 minutes of ice time for coach Mike Keenan's team. Goals by Tim Kerr, Howe, Brian Propp (shorthanded) and Lindsay Carson provided all the offensive support Lindbergh needed.
1990: A three-goal outburst in the third period made a winner of second-stint Flyers goaltender Pete Peeters (21 saves) in 4-1 win at the Spectrum against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After future Flyers defenseman Luke Richardson and Rick Tocchet (15th goal of the season) traded tallies in the first period, the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the third period. Finally, goals by Scott Mellanby (power play), Derrick Smith and Dale Kushner (power play) broke open the game in Philadelphia's favor.
1996: Goals by Rod Brind'Amour and Dale Hawerchuk (power play) were just enough for the Flyers to win a tight-checking 2-1 road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ron Hextall made 20 saves for the win.
2011: Danny Briere's overtime goal capped off a 4-3 comeback road win over the New York Islanders. Philly actually trailed 3-1 at the first intermission, and replaced starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov with backup Sergei Bobrovsky (who stopped all 23 shots he faced) in the second period. Briere sent the game to overtime with a goal late in the third period and then scored again to win it in the extra frame. Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro allowed several questionable goals in the game, while Bryzgalov struggled in the first period. Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell tallied for Philadelphia in the first and second periods respectively.
2013: After a scoreless first period, the Flyers rattled off three consecutive goals in the middle stanza to key a 5-2 home win over the New York Islanders. Matt Read scored even strength and empty net goals, while Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux (two points) and Brayden Schenn all notched one goal apiece. Jakub Voracek earned a pair of assists. Victorious goaltender Steve Mason was strong in net, stopping 36 of 38 shots.
FLYERS ALUM BIRTHDAY: SIMON NOLET
An often overlooked but valuable member of the Flyers organization as both a Stanley Cup winning player and a Quebec League scout who pushed for the team to draft two players who became vital parts of the team, Simon Nolet was born on this date in 1941.
A two-time 20-goal scorer during the early years of the Flyers franchise, Nolet dressed in 358 regular season games and 31 playoff tilts for Philadelphia over parts of seven seasons. Best known as a two-way forward with good skating ability, Nolet had 93 goals and 108 points for the Flyers. He was a member of the 1973-74 team that won the Stanley Cup.
Nolet, who had three career hat tricks,represented the Flyers in the 1971-72 NHL All-Star Game. That season, Nolet tallied 23 goals and 43 points in a season limited by injury to 67 games.
With Nolet's role starting to diminish in his 30s, the Flyers left the French-Canadian forward exposed to the 1974 expansion draft. He was claimed by the Kansas City Scouts (who later relocated twice to become the Colorado Rockies and then the New Jersey Devils).
After his playing days ended, Nolet returned to the Flyers in 1990 when he was hired as a scout. It was a role at which he'd excel over the next 20 years, heavily scouting the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and doing cross-over work in other junior leagues as well as international tournaments.
Most notably, Nolet's scouting career is best remembered for recommending the first-round selections of Simon Gagne with the 22nd overall pick of the 1998 NHL Draft and Claude Giroux with the 22nd pick of the 2006 Draft.
Coincidentally, Nolet and Gagne's father, Pierre, were old friends and teammates with the Quebec Aces in the 1960s (Quebec was the Flyers first farm team). That did not directly influence Nolet's opinion of the player, but it did give the scout some background on the character of the player's family upbringing.