TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: DECEMBER 28
The Flyers have not played a December 28th home game since 1978 and have only had three home games on this date in franchise history. The team's home rink is usually in use for holiday ice shows and other events at this time of year. The Flyers have played 19 road games on December 28th.
1977: Bobby Clarke's second goal of the game breaks a 3-3 with 2:43 left in the game. The Flyers down the New York Rangers, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.
1978: The scene for this Flyers-Rangers game is the Spectrum. The home side skates off with a 6-5 win in a wild and chippy affair that sees Bobby Clarke fight Phil Esposito among many fights and after-the-whistle scrums on the night. Clarke also scores twice, along with linemate Reggie Leach. Paul Holmgren scores the game-winner with 3:22 left in the third period.
1981: Brian Propp notches the second hat trick of his NHL career as the visiting Flyers down the Calgary Flames, 7-4. Philly also gets two goals apiece from defenseman Behn Wilson and center Ken "the Rat" Linseman. The Rat finishes the night with four points.
1984: Checking winger Lindsay Carson notches the first hat trick of his NHL career as the Flyers capture a 7-4 road win over the Vancouver Canucks. The two teams combine for 90 shots on goal, as goalies Pelle Lindbergh (36 saves) and Richard Brodeur (43 saves) are strafed with rubber all night. Flyers defenseman Mark Howe, who put the game away in the third period, is named the third star of the game. Carson takes top honors.
1993: The Flyers second-line combination of Kevin Dineen (one goal, one assist), Mikael Renberg (one goal) and Rod Brind'Amour accounts for half the Flyers offense in a 4-4 road tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Defenseman Garry Galley and enforcer Jim Cummins (one goal, one assist) have the other tallies for Philadelphia. Veteran forward Pelle Eklund sets up the Galley and Cummins goals to earn the final multi-point game and the next-to-last assist of his Flyers career. In 589 career regular season games with the Flyers, Eklund posts 334 assists and 452 points.
1995: The Flyers tenure of former captain Kevin Dineen comes to an end as the club trades the popular power forward to back to his original club, the Hartford Whalers. In return the Flyers received 1997 third-round (Kris Mallette) and seventh-round (later traded back to Hartford) draft picks.
1998: The Flyers skate to a 1-1 tie in San Jose. A second period power play goal by Eric Lindros and an even strength tally by the Sharks' Joe Murphy about seven minutes later stand as the lone goals of the night. Veteran goalies John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Vernon each make 22 saves for their respective clubs.
1998: The Flyers trade veteran defenseman Petr Svoboda to the Tampa Bay Lightning and re-acquire defenseman Karl Dykhuis. Previously, Svoboda and Dykhuis were regular defense partners as Flyers teammates from the latter part of the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season through 1996-97.
2005: Sami Kapanen's goal 13 seconds into overtime secures a 4-3 road win for the Flyers against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Flyers came back from a pair of one-goal deficits in the game. Early in the first period, Peter Forsberg sets up Simon Gagne's 26th goal of the season. Winning goalie Antero Niittymaki, who goes on to enjoy a perfect 17-0-0 in career games against the Thrashers, is stellar in making 28 saves to earn second-star honors.
2013: The Flyers strafe former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov and the Edmonton Oilers for three power play goals and earn a 4-3 comeback win via shootout after trailing 2-0 at the first intermission and 3-2 midway through the third. Wayne Simmonds pots a pair, while Scott Hartnell scores the game-winner. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each collect two assists. A frustrated Bryzgalov tosses his stick in the air after the Flyers' third power play goal. Giroux and Michael Raffl score in the shootout to win the game.
FLYERS ALUM BIRTHDAY: JAMIE STORR
Longtime Los Angeles Kings goaltender was born Dec. 28, 1975 in Brampton, Ontario. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent late in the summer of 2005, the veteran netminder was acquired for depth in net behind Robert Esche and Antero Niittymaki.
Storr never appeared in a regular season or playoff game for the Flyers. However, he backed up Niittymaki for several weeks December 2005 and January 2006 while Esche was out with injury. Niittymaki started and completed every game in that span.
Storr appeared in 32 games at the AHL level with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2005-06 season. Following his one campaign in the Flyers organization, a 31-year-old Storr accepted an offer from the DEG Metro Stars to play in Germany's DEL.
The goalie spent the next three seasons in Dusseldorf before retiring as an active player. For his NHL career, Storr dressed in 219 regular season games: 205 with the Kings and 14 with the Carolina Hurricanes.