Monday, December 29, 2014

Flyers Longest Unbeaten Starts

For the eighth time, the Flyers' first real loss comes at least six games into the season.

Flyers Longest Unbeaten Starts

( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer ) Daily News/Inquirer

Ilya Bryzgalov (shown at left after the Capitals' fourth goal Thursday night) had allowed just eight goals in his first 260 minutes in the Flyers' net this season. Then the Capitals torched him for five in the next six minutes and eight seconds.

Nonetheless, the Flyers did go unbeaten (without a regulation loss) the first five games on their season for the eighth time in their history:

Season Start First Loss Score    Final Record   
1981-82    7-0-1    at Canadiens 2-11 38-31-11
1986-87 6-0-0 at Penguins 2-  4 46-26-  8
1975-76 5-0-1 at Islanders 0-  3 51-13-16
1995-96 5-0-1 at Blackhawks    4-  5 45-24-13
1983-84 5-0-0 at Rangers 4-  5 44-26-10
1998-99 4-0-1 Devils 2-  3 37-26-19
2011-12 4-0-1 Capitals 2-  5
2002-03 3-0-2 at Sabres 1-  2 45-20-13
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