Kerr Racks Up Four Goals vs. Blues: October 25, 1984
Few players in NHL history had the ability to score in bunches quite like Flyers power forward Tim Kerr. If not for miserable luck with injuries throughout his career, Kerr almost certainly would have joined the NHL's 500-goal club. As it was, he scored 370 goals and 674 points in just 655 career games.
Kerr's second of four straight season with 54-plus goals came during the 1984-85 campaign. He got off to an absolutely torrid start, racking up 10 goals and 17 points in the first nine games of the season.
On October 25, 1984, Kerr punished the St. Louis Blues for four goals in a 7-2 blowout victory for the Flyers at the Spectrum. Along the way, Kerr scored a semi-natural hat trick. With one goal already to his credit, he scored second, third and fourth goals of the night in a 2:27 span of the third period.
The Flyers received tallies from Brian Propp (shorthanded), Dave Poulin and Lindsay Carson. With an unofficial seven blocked shots, Brad Marsh earned second-star honors. Victorious goaltender Bob Froese stopped 23 of 25 shots that made it to his net. The victory gave the Flyers a three-game winning streak and a 5-2-1 record to start the 1984-85 season under first-year head coach Mike Keenan.
Video: What happened on October 25th, 1984 in Flyers history
October 25: Through the Years
- 1979: The Flyers run their unbeaten streak to five games and their season record to 5-1-1 with a 5-2 win at the Spectrum against the New York Rangers. The Flyers trail, 2-0, at the first intermission but pull even in the second period and then blitz New York for three goals in the final stanza. The line of Reggie Leach (two goals, one assist), rookie left winger Brian Propp (one goal, two assists) and Bobby Clarke (one goal, one assist) does most of the damage. Philly also gets a goal from hard-shooting defenseman Bob Dailey.
- 1981: A 28-save performance by Rick St. Croix backstops the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Brian Propp nabs a pair of power play goals and assists on a Ken Linseman score. Linseman (one goal, two assists) finishes the night with three points. The Flyers also get get first-period goal by young Finnish winger Ilkka Sinisalo to open the scoring. St. Croix comes within a mid-third period power play goal by Willie Huber (who, seven years later, finishes his career with a brief Flyers stint).
- 1995: Trailing the visiting New York Islanders 1-0 in the second period after a rare goal by Isles enforcer Mick Vukota, fights break out immediately after the center ice face off as Vukota and Bryan McCabe square off respectively with recent Flyers callup Phil Crowe and veteran feisty forward Kevin Dineen. Shortly thereafter, the Legion of Doom strikes twice on the same shift for goals by John LeClair and Mikael Renberg. Rod Brind'Amour tacks on a shorthanded goal late in the period and the Flyers go on to win, 3-1. Eric Lindros, who assists on the LeClair and Renberg goals, does battle throughout the game with younger brother Brett. In net, Dominic Roussel (19 saves on 20 shots) defeats former teammate Tommy Soderstrom (22 saves on 25 shots).
- 2008: Jeff Carter's overtime goal lifts the Flyers to a 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center. Mike Knuble and Scott Hartnell score in regulation, while Martin Biron (29 saves on 31 shots) defeats the legendary Martin Brodeur (30 saves on 33 shots).
- 2014: The unlikeliest of duos -- checking forward Chris VandeVelde making a perfect pass out of the corner to stay-at-home defenseman Nicklas Grossmann making a beeline for the net -- create one of the prettiest goal sequences of the 2014-15 season. The Flyers go on to get a pair of third-period goals by Michael Raffl and a power play goal by Brayden Schenn to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek earn two assists apiece.
October 25: Flyers Birthday
Streak-scoring Czech left winger Josef Beranek was born on Oct. 25, 1969 in the town of Litvinov in the former Czechoslovakia. He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (78th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft.
Acquired by the Flyers from the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 13 1993 as part of the trade that sent defenseman Brian Benning to Edmonton, Beranek went on to spend parts of three seasons (1992-93, 1993-94 and a portion of the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign) with the Flyers.
Beranek tended to score goals in bunches but was also prone to lengthy droughts. In his first half-season with the Flyers, he notched a respectable 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games. In one stretch, he had four goals and six points over a six-game span.
The next season, Beranek was one of the NHL's hottest offensive players early in the season. He rattled off a seven-game goal-scoring streak (nine goals, 12 points) after not recording an opening night point. Through his first 14 games, Beranek racked up 11 goals and 20 points. A four-game goal-scoring streak followed soon after that to bring his season totals to 16 goals and 26 points through 20 games.
Beranek went cold for the next month. He heated up again in mid-December, rattling off a streak of goals in four of five games. After Dec. 21, Beranek did not score another goal until March 12. Beranek did have one more hot spell -- a four-goal in six-game stretch -- immediately upon breaking the drought but finished the year with a relatively modest 28 goals and 49 points in 80 games after lighting up the League for the first quarter of the year.
Beranek opened the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season with the Flyers (14 games, five goals, 10 points) but was traded early in the campaign to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for enforcer Shawn Antoski.
For his NHL career, Beranek recorded 118 goals and 262 points in 531 regular season games. He added five goals and 13 points in 57 career playoffs games. As a Flyer, he notched 46 goals and 84 points in 134 games (all regular season).