When Flyers Hall of Fame power forward Tim Kerr was healthy, few if any teams in the National Hockey League could stop him from racking up goals in bunches. Among the 20 combined regular season and playoff hat tricks in his Flyers career, Kerr racked up four goals on five separate occasions; four times in the regular season, and once in the playoffs.
The second four-goal game of Kerr's career took place on January 17, 1985 as the Flyers prevailed in a high-scoring 7-5 game at the Spectrum against the Detroit Red Wings.
Kerr's first three goals came in the form of a natural hat trick, propelling the Flyers from a 1-0 deficit to a 3-1 lead. His fourth goal, and second power play tally of the match, opened a 5-2 lead in the latter stages of the second period. Kerr's goals were his 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th of the 1984-85 season on the way to a 54-goal season in 74 games played.
In the same game, Ilkka Sinisalo also scored twice (16th and 17th of the season) before Miroslav "Cookie" Dvorak added a late insurance goal.
January 17: Through the Years
- 1974: The Flyers pummel the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 7-2. Bobby Clarke leads the onslaught with shorthanded and power play goals, as well as a power play assist. Orest Kindrachuk, Bill Flett, Rick MacLeish, Terry Crisp and Barry Ashbee also tally for Philadelphia.
- 1976: The visiting Flyers crush the woeful Kansas City Scouts, 7-1, as they rack up two goals in the first period, four in the second and one in the third. Seldom used backup Bobby Taylor earn the win in net (23 saves on 24 shots). Don "Big Bird" Saleski scores a pair of goals, while five other Flyers -- Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, Orest Kindrachuk and rookie Mel Bridgman -- score once apiece.
- 1980: Two goals by Paul Holmgren lead the way in a 5-1 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The game also features Reggie Leach's 30th goal of the 1979-80 season, a shorthanded goal by defenseman Bob Dailey and Dennis Ververgaert potting a Dailey rebound for a goal. Pete Peeters stops 21 of 22 shots to earn the win.
- 1998: The Flyers made a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Philadelphia sends second-year NHL player Vaclav Prospal (injured at the time) and winger Pat Falloon to the Ottawa Senators. In return, the Flyers receive speedy but enigmatic forward Alexandre Daigle.
- 2002: The Flyers trail the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at the second intermission before they explode for four unanswered goals in the third period to skate off with a 6-3 win. Six different Flyers players score: Mark Recchi, Chris Therien, John LeClair, Justin Williams, Paul Ranheim and Dan McGillis (empty net).
- 2004: Robert Esche notches a 34-save shutout in a 4-0 Flyers road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michal Handzus scores his ninth and 10th goals of the season while enforcer Todd "Fridge" Fedoruk and Jeremy Roenick (power play) tally once apiece.
- 2012: The Flyers breeze to a 5-1 home win over the Minnesota Wild. The game features Scott Hartnell's 20th tally of the season, scoring a power play goal on the heels of a shorthanded goal by rookie Sean Couturier. Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Jakub Voracek also tally for Philly.
January 17: Flyers Birthdays
- Gritty little agitating forward Al Conroy was born January 17, 1966, in Calgary, Alberta.
- Finesse forward Derek Plante was born on January 15, 1971 in Cloquet, Minnesota.
- One of the best American-born scorers to play in the NHL, Jeremy Roenick was born in Boston on January 17, 1970.