TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: FEBRUARY 23
1980: The Flyers get outplayed in the first period of a game at the Forum against the LA Kings, but goalie Pete Peeters (31 saves on 32 shots) holds the game scoreless until the team gets rolling. Second period goals by Ken Linseman, Al Hill and Jimmy Watson open up a 3-0 lead. The lead grows to 5-0 in the third period on goals by T.J. Gorence and Bill Barber (power play). Peeters loses his shutout bid late in the game but the Flyers still skate away with a comfortable 5-1 win.
1984: The 500-game Flyers playing career of tough right winger Paul Holmgren comes to an end. The team trades him to the Minnesota North Stars for the rights to Paul Guay and a 1985 3rd-round draft pick (Darryl Gilmour).
1988: The Flyers batter the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena by an 11-6 score after trailing 3-0 early and 5-1 in the second period. Philly explodes for seven unanswered goals in the third period.Mark Howe leads the way with two goals and an assist. Murray Craven also tallies twice. Rick Tocchet, Doug Crossman, JJ Daigneault, Ron Sutter, Dave Poulin and enforcers Dave Brown (11th goal) and Craig Berube (2nd goal) round out the scoring. Scott Mellanby and and Brian Propp each collect three apples. Ten of the Flyers' 11 goals are scored at even strength.
1991: Keith "Woody" Acton paces the Flyers to a 5-3 road win over the New York Islanders, tallying two goals and assisting on Dale Kushner goal. The Flyers also get goals from Derrick Smith and Kjell Samuelsson (power play).
1995: To the dismay of the partisans at Le Colisee, Flyers captain Eric Lindros racks up a hat trick and an assist in a 6-6 tie between Philly and the Quebec Nordiques. Mikael Renberg has a goal and an assist, as does John LeClair. The Flyers' other goal is scored by defenseman Karl Dykhuis on a power play. However the Flyers are unable to preserve a 6-3 lead in the third period and settle for a tie.
1997: Terry Murray's Flyers shut down the visiting New York Rangers, racking up a 37-15 shot advantage for the game. Only a spectacular goaltending performance by Flourtown native Mike Richter keeps the game close. However,a late first period goal by Pat Falloon and a mid-second period tally by rookie defenseman Janne Niinimaa are just enough offense to leave with a 2-1 win.
2013: The Flyers erase a 3-1 deficit to earn a 5-3 road win over the Winnipeg Jets on the strength of three consecutive power play goals by Claude Giroux (one goal, one assist), Brayden Schenn (even strength and power play goals), and Wayne Simmonds. Jakub Voracek adds three assists to the cause. Danny Briere and Zac Rinaldo (empty net) also score.
FLYERS ALUM BIRTHDAY: JOHN DRUCE
Speedy checking forward John Druce was born Feb. 23, 1966 in Peterborough, Ontario. Perhaps best known in the NHL for his out-of-the-blue offensive tear in the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs as a member of the Washington Capitals (14 goals, 17 points in 15 games), Druce made himself into a solid two-way role player.
Druce was 30 years old by the time the Flyers acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings near the 1996 trade deadline for depth down the stretch and into the playoffs. The Flyers sent the Kings a 1996 fourth-round pick (Mikael Simons) and also received a 1997 seventh-round pick (Todd Fedoruk) along with Druce.
Druce played parts of three seasons (1995-96 to 1997-98) with the Flyers, posting a total of 12 goals and 26 points in 79 games. He also dressed in 17 playoff games (one goal, three points), including 13 appearances in the Flyers' run to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.