No matter what sport, when an athlete is traded to another organization, they seem to get pumped up just a little bit more against the team that "gave up" on them. A former first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1982 (17th overall), Murray Craven was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in October of 1984 along with Joe Paterson, for future Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler.
On this night in 1986, the Flyers would defeat the Red Wings at the Spectrum in a barn burner, 7-5. The aforementioned Craven would shine, recording his first career hat trick as a Flyer against his old club.
By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer
Another PPL Center standing room only, sellout crowd of 8,709 had plenty to celebrate Saturday night as the Lehigh ValleyPhantoms blasted the North Division's top team, the Toronto Marlies, 7-2.
The Phantoms dominated two of the three periods Saturday night, and despite giving the Marlies room to breathe in a Toronto-controlled second period, Lehigh Valley did not let up and scored at will for the win.
PHILADELPHIA -- Twenty-four hours after their defensive collapse in the third period led to a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Flyers knew that a 40-minute effort wouldn't cut it against a decent team.
In the third period of Saturday's contest against Minnesota, the Flyers showed signs of bending, but still managed to limit the Wild's chances. Brayden Schenn's power-play goal at 8:43 of the period put them ahead, and they held on to take a 3-2 win -- snapping their three-game losing streak.
Right off the heels of Friday's third-period meltdown against Toronto, the Flyers have a quick opportunity to bounce back, as they welcome the Minnesota Wild to Wells Fargo Center and open a four-game stretch on home ice.
In their first season under Bruce Boudreau, the Wild have jumped out to a 7-4-1 record, while possessing one of the Western Conference's best goal differentials (+13) and winning four of their last six games -- most recently, a 4-2 decision over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
For 40 minutes, the Flyers had played a fairly solid game. Honestly, against a young team whose pride was certainly wounded in a 7-0 loss on Wednesday, another goal for the Orange and Black may have been enough to sink a young Maple Leafs team.
Instead, Toronto reeled off four goals on nine shots in the final 20 minutes, finishing the night with six goals on 23 shots. For Steve Mason, that equated to a .739 save percentage.
For a team that has gotten off to a strong start with scoring and again managed to pull ahead of the opponent and be competitive through two periods, the Flyers came out flatter than a punctured tire in the third period. That was a team that didn't show up, and they paid the price for it.
Aside from their first-round playoff upset over Pittsburgh, if there's one thing to remember from the 2011-12 Flyers season, it's the mending of fences between the organization and one-time franchise player Eric Lindros.
With the Flyers hosting the New York Rangers for the annual NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day 2012, Lindros' return for the previous day's Alumni Game grabbed headlines all across the NHL realm. He and Bob Clarke would have their opportunity to bury the hatchet after their acrimonious divorce a decade prior. Several months later, Lindros joined the Flyers on the ice for a morning skate at Air Canada Centre, at the invitation of then-GM Paul Holmgren.
The Philadelphia Flyers (6-6-2) head north of the border for a battle with Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-5-3). This is the first of three meetings between the two clubs and first of two in Toronto. Game time is 7:00
Last season the Flyers went 1-1-1 against Toronto with the lone win coming at the Air Canada Centre.
The 2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers have a similar record at this point as they did last season, but the team has significant differences from last year’s squad.
The Flyers currently are third in the league in scoring, averaging 3.28 goals per game. That is up significantly from 2015-16, where they averaged 2.53 goals per game. You would think the incremental .75 goals per game would lead to a much better winning percentage. But the Flyers are sitting at a record of 6-6-2 for sixth in the Metropolitan Division.