Over the course of a stellar if underpublicized Hockey Hall of Fame career, left winger Bill Barber emerged as the top winger - not just the highest-scoring one, but also one of the best two-way forwards - in Flyers' franchise history. He notched eight hat tricks, six in the regular season and two in the playoffs, in a playing career spent entirely with the Flyers.
The final hat trick came on January 5, 1984, in a wide-open game at the Spectrum against the Winnipeg Jets. The two teams combined for 73 shots on goal before the Flyers skated off with a 7-6 overtime victory.
Ilkka Sinisalo netted the winning goal - his second tally of the game - at 2:32 of overtime. Barber helped set it up, earning an assist.
January 5: Through the Years
- 1971: Two goals and an assist by Bobby Clarke spur the Flyers to a 4-3 home win over the Penguins. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 after the second period, Clarke scores the game-winner midway through the third period.
- 1982: In a game that sees a brawl erupt late in the second period as a result of a spearing incident involving forward Ron Flockhart, the Flyers skate to a 5-3 home win over the Los Angeles Kings. Bill Barber leads the way with a four-point (two goals, two assists) outburst while Brian Propp generates two points, including his 26th goal of the season.
- 1984: The Flyers sell the contract of veteran backup goaltender Michel "Bunny" Larocque to the St. Louis Blues.
- 1985: Big nights by goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, defenseman Mark Howe and power forward Tim Kerr lift the Flyers to a 6-3 road win over the St. Louis Blues. Lindbergh stops two of three St. Louis breakaways in route to a 32-save performance. Howe notches an even strength goal and two power play assists. Kerr scores his 30th and 31st goals of the season.
- 2001: The Flyers open a 5-0 lead against the host Atlanta Thrashers and then survive an Atlanta onslaught over the final 30 minutes of the game to skate off with a 6-4 win sealed by a late empty net goal by Mark Recchi. The goal completes a four-point night (one goal, three assists) for Recchi. Keith Primeau scores twice for Philly.
- 2006: Simon Gagne receives a pass from Peter Forsberg and scores just seven seconds into overtime to complete a 4-3 Flyers win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Defenseman Freddy Meyer has a goal and an assist for the winning side. The Flyers also get tallies from defenseman Kim Johnsson and forward Brian Savage.
- 2012: James van Riemsdyk's power play goal with 33 seconds remaining in the third period -- JVR's second tally of the game -- completes a 5-4 home win for the Flyers against the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks. Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell and fourth-line forward Harry Zolnierczyk also score for Philly.
January 5: Flyers Birthdays
- Mid-2000s forward Kyle Calder was born January 5, 1979 in Mannville, Alberta.
- Flyers Hall of Fame right winger and center Tim Kerr was born on January 5, 1960, in Windsor, Ontario.
- A hard-nosed right winger and later an NHL referee, Kevin Maguire was born January 5, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario.