One of the most prolific goal-scorers in Flyers' franchise history, power forward Tim Kerr was known as the "Slot Machine" for his almost unstoppable ability to collect passes and loose pucks in prime scoring range and stash them in the net.
Unlike a real slot machine, however, Kerr did it without the bells and whistles. Often, he did not even raise his stick in celebration of one of his many goals. He considered it his job to score.
On March 7, 1985, the Flyers hosted the Washington Capitals at the Spectrum in a high-scoring affair that Philadelphia won by a football-like 9-6 score. Along the way, Kerr collected his seventh career regular season hat trick on a power play goal in the opening minute the game, an even strength goal at 9:01 of the second period and an even strength goal at 10:43 of the third period to give the Flyers an 8-6 lead.
Kerr's goals were his 49th, 50th and 51st of the 1984-85 season. It marked the second of four straight seasons in which he hit the 50-goal mark. Of the six members of the Flyers' 50-goal club - Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach, Bill Barber, Kerr, Mark Recchi and John LeClair - Kerr is the only one to hit the mark four times.
In the same game that Kerr's trio of tallies brought him to and past the 50-goal level for the season, team captain Dave Poulin also scored three goals for his third career NHL hat trick. Another Flyer, Ilkka Sinisalo had to "settle" for a three-point game on two goals and an assist on Kerr's power play marker. Derrick Smith rounded out the scoring with a late empty-net goal.
March 7: Though the Years
- 1970: Speedy forward Simon Nolet records his first career NHL hat trick, spurring the Flyers to a 5-5 tie against Gerry Cheevers and the Boston Bruins.
- 1974: Simon Nolet does it again, notching his third career NHL hat trick. On this night, the Flyers blow out the Detroit Red Wings, 6-2.
- 1993: En route to setting a Flyers single-season point record (123 points), Mark Recchi reaches the 100-point mark for the 1992-93 season in the Flyers' 66th game of the season. Recchi scores two goals in the third period to trim a 4-1 deficit against the New Jersey Devils down to 4-3 (the Devils ultimately prevail, 7-3). Recchi's two goals give him 43 on the season.
- 1995: John LeClair scores a pair of goals, while Shjon Podein chips in a goal and and assist as the Flyers hold off the host Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-3 win. Eric Desjardins (two-point game) scores the game-winning goal. Eric Lindros and Garry Galley each compile a pair of assists.
- 2009: A two-goal performance by Joffrey Lupul and a 31-save goaltending effort by Martin Biron spearhead the Flyers to a 4-1 home win over the Nashville Predators. Mike Richards (25th goal of the season) and rookie Claude Giroux (fifth goal) round out the Philadelphia scoring.
- 2010: Jeff Carter hits the 30-goal milestone for the 2009-10 season, opening the scoring of a 3-1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a first-period power play goal. Second period tallies by Simon Gagne and Danny Briere build the final margin of victory.
- 2015: In a heartbreaking outcome because of its playoff race implications, the Flyers are within 15 seconds of a crucial head-to-head regulation road win against the Boston Bruins only to give up a power play goal at 19:45 and fall in overtime, 3-2. Steve Mason plays brilliantly in a 34-save performance and Jakub Voracek hits the 20-goal mark for the third straight season.
March 7 Flyers Birthdays
- Rugged defenseman, Terry Carkner, was born on March 7, 1966, in Smith Falls, Ontario.
- Tough Flyers two-tenure defenseman, assistant coach and scout Jack McIlhargey was born in Edmonton on March 7, 1952.