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This Date In Flyers History: December 4

Tuesday, 12.4.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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This Date In Flyers History: December 4
On this date in 2009, Peter Laviolette was hired, becoming the 17th head coach in Flyers history.

Since joining the club, Laviolette has had one of the most successful runs of any Flyers head coach in the last 25 years.  He has posted a regular season record of 122-73-26 since his hiring, including back-to-back 47-win seasons in 2011-12 and 2010-11 – the most wins the Flyers have had in a two-season period since 1985-87.  In the period since Laviolette’s hiring through the end of the 2011-12 season, the Flyers have the third-most wins in the Eastern Conference (122), behind only Pittsburgh and Washington (127 each).  Over the past two full seasons, the Flyers are second in the Eastern Conference and third overall in the NHL in standings points (209) and in points percentage (.637).  The Flyers have also enjoyed unprecedented success on the road under Laviolette, winning a franchise-record 25 games in 2010-11 and matching that total last season.

Laviolette’s overall record in the playoffs with the Flyers has also been among the league’s best.   Under his watch, the Flyers have been the only team in the league to reach the second round of the playoffs (or further) in each of the last three seasons.  The Flyers have participated in eight playoff series in that time, more than any other team.  In terms of overall playoff performance, Laviolette’s teams in Carolina and Philadelphia  have taken part in 12 playoff series since the lockout, which is the third-most by any NHL coach after Mike Babcock (17 with Detroit) and Joel Quenneville (13 with Colorado and Chicago).

Laviolette coached the Flyers for the final 57 games of the 2009-10 season, recording a 28-24-5 record.  He then led the club on a remarkable playoff run, picking up series wins over New Jersey (4-1), Boston (4-3) and Montreal (4-1) as the Flyers won the Eastern Conference championship and made the eighth Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history.

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
- The Flyers own an all-time record of 7-6-3-1

- In 1988, Flyers goaltender Mark Laforest recorded an assist on Mellanby's goal at 12:47 and Mark Bullard's goal at 19:22 to become the first goalie in team history to post two assists in one period.

- Born on 'This Date' are Flyers Alumni: Myron Stankiewicz (1968-69).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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