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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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