TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: MARCH 11
1976: Bobby Clarke hits the 100-point mark for the third time in his career, posting assists on Reggie Leach's 49th goal of the season and Bill Barber's 41st in a 6-1 Flyers home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Orest Kindrachuk's second period shorthanded goal is his 23rd tally of the season. Winning goalie Wayne Stephenson stops 29 of 30 shots.
1980: The Flyers shake off an early goal by former teammate Orest Kindrachuk and go on to earn a 4-3 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ken Linseman sets up goals by Brian Propp and Bob Dailey, while Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach connect for Leach's 44th goal of the season. Al Hill rounds out the scoring. Pittsburgh's George Ferguson scores a pair of third period goals to narrow the final deficit.
1984: A three-goal outburst by the Flyers in the first period -- Dave Poulin, Len Hachborn and Glen Cochrane -- is enough for Philly to hold off the visiting Calgary Flames, 3-2. Bob Froese stops 36 of 38 shots, while the Flames' Reggie Lemelin makes 38 saves in a losing cause.
1986: Looking for a veteran backup to starter Bob Froese, the Flyers acquire Glenn "Chico" Resch in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. Philadelphia sends a 1986 third-round pick (Marc Laniel) to complete the deal.
1992: The Flyers rally back from a 3-0 deficit in the second period to ultimately earn a 5-4 overtime win after Philly scored four times in the middle frame to get the game to the third period tied at 4-4. Rod Brind'Amour nets the winning goal in overtime.
1997: The Flyers sustain a frustrating 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on an OT power play goal by Mike Peca. After the game, Flyers center Rod Brind'Amour and head coach Terry Murray exchange words on the bench after the center expresses his frustration about not being on the ice for the faceoff that leads to Peca's winning goal. The game is scoreless over the final 40 minutes of regulation after first period goals by defensemen Eric Desjardins and Petr Svoboda send the teams to the first intermission tied at 2-2.
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS
Better known as T.J. to teammates and Flyers fans, Tom Gorence was born March 11, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Selected by the Flyers in the second round of the 1977 NHL Draft, Gorence went on to enjoy a five-season stint with the Flyers. His best regular-season campaign was in 1980-81 when he scored 24 goals and 42 points in 79 games for Pat Quinn's team. Overall, Gorence dressed in 291 regular season games (57 goals. 52 assists,109 points) and 37 playoff tilts (nine goals, six assists, 15 points) for the Flyers.
Two-way center Michal Handzus was born on March 11, 1977 in Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Acquired by the Flyers from the Phoenix Coyotesin the same June 2002 trade that brought Robert Esche to Philadelphia and sent Brian Boucher to the Coyotes, Handzus went on to have a productive three-year stay with the Flyers that included back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Handzus scored nine game-winnning goals in his first season in Philly, and 12 of his 54 goals as a Flyer (in 237 games) proved to be game-winners. In the meantime. Handzus was a regular on the penalty kill. On Aug 4, 2006, the Flyers traded Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Kyle Calder.
Power forward Kirby Law shares the same birthdate with Handzus. Born March 11, 1977 in McCleary, Manitoba, Law was an impact player for the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms after being acquired in a March 2000 trade with Atlanta. At the NHLlevel, Law dressed in nine games as a fourth-line player over parts of three seasons with the Flyers.
Best known as the center of the pugnacious Dan Line, Daniel Lacroix was born in Montreal on March 11, 1969. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent prior to the 1996-97 season, Lacroix spent two seasons with the team. Lacroix dressed in 74 regular season games and 12 playoff tilts for the Stanley Cup Final bound Flyers his first season with the club. Overall, Lacroix posted eight goals, 13 points and 298 penalty minutes in 130 regular season games with the Flyers.
Czech defenseman Lukas Krajicek was a former first-round pick who was an NHL reclamation project by the time the Flyers signed him as a free agent during the 2009-10 season after being released by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Born March 11, 1983 in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), Krajicek played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes and was drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 24th overall pick of the 2001 NHL Draft. With the Flyers, the much-traveled player dressed in 27 regular season games as a sixth-defenseman playing limited minutes in the 2009-10 stretch drive. He also dressed in 22 playoff games, including during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, averaging 10:01 of ice time for Peter Laviolette.