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This Date In Flyers History: December 4

Tuesday, 12.04.2012 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 63 19 46 5 65
C. Giroux 62 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 63 25 18 -1 43
M. Streit 63 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 63 12 23 -5 35
S. Couturier 63 12 16 1 28
M. Del Zotto 51 8 17 -5 25
M. Read 63 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 48 14 4 6 18
V. Lecavalier 45 7 10 -8 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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