TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: DECEMBER 15
1974: Don "Big Bird" Saleski enjoys a four-point (two-goal, two-assist) performance as the Flyers crush the St. Louis Blues at the Spectrum, 7-2. Bill Barber also scores twice, while Terry Crisp (shorthanded), Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Rick MacLeish add to the carnage.
1975: The Flyers trade forward Bob Sirois to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a player to be named later (John Paddock).
1983: The Flyers rack up six goals in the second period -- including shorthanded goals by Mark Howe, Ilkka Sinisalo and Miroslav Dvorak -- en route to a 9-4 blowout of the visiting Washington Capitals. Darryl Sittler has a four-point game (four assists), Sinisalo (two goals, one assist), Brian Propp (one goal, two assists) and Tim Kerr (two goals, one assist) all have three-point nights. Eleven different Flyers record at least one point. Pelle Lindbergh (28 saves) earns the win.
1996: The Flyers announce a major trade: The team acquires future Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for defenseman Kevin Haller and the Flyers first-round pick in 1997 (later traded by the Whalers to San Jose and used on defenseman Scott Hannan). The Coffey trade also sees the Flyers flip Hartford's previously acquired 1997 seventh round pick to the Whalers and the Whalers trade their 2007 third-round pick (defenseman Kris Mallette) to the Flyers.
1996: The Flyers trounce the visiting Boston Bruins by a 6-0 count. The Legion of Doom inflicts just one goal -- scored by Eric Lindros late in the third period -- but balanced scoring turns the game into a blowout. Rod Brind'Amour has a three-point game (one goal, two assists), while Shjon Podein, Trent Klatt, Karl Dykhuis and defensive defenseman Kjell Samuelsson chip in one goal apiece and Joel Otto generates two assists. Ron Hextall makes 28 saves to earn the shutout, while the Flyers pepper Bill Ranford with 44 shots. In the first period, all three members of the Dan Line -- Daniel Lacroix, Dan Kordic and Scott Daniels -- have at least one fight. Daniels has two bouts.
2001: Five different Flyers score -- Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Paul Ranheim, Ruslan Fedotenko and John LeClair -- as Philly captures a 5-2 road win over the Boston Bruins. Brian Boucher compiles 32 saves.
2011: A backdoor goal by Andrej Meszaros off a pass from Jaromir Jagr breaks a 3-3 tie in Montreal midway through the third period and proves to be the game-winning goal in a 4-3 Philadelphia victory. Max Talbot, Harry Zolnierczyk and Wayne Simmonds also score goals for the Flyers, while defenseman Matt Carle earns three assists.