Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: Kerr scores four, Carter OT-winner beats Brodeur, Devils

Jim McIsaac

An almost-daily column that takes a look back at how the Philadelphia Flyers have fared on this day, recalling some of the more memorable moments, achievements, and events that shaped the organization throughout the club’s storied history

The Flyers have a 7-11-2-1 record in 21 all-time games played on October 25. It's been a day associated with streaks -- they were winless in their first five contests on this day (0-4-1), then reeled off five consecutive wins (1979-1984). Philadelphia is a dreadful 2-7-1-1 in their last 11 October 25 tilts, beginning in 1986.

1970 -- Leading 2-0 at the first intermission on goals from Simon Nolet and Bobby Clarke, Boston outshoots the Flyers 22-3 in the middle period and 33-10 over the final 40 minutes and scores four straight goals to beat the visiting Flyers 4-3 at Boston Garden.

Former-Bruin Bernie Parent finished with 37 saves in the loss.

1975 -- Goals by Jimmy Watson, Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, and Ross Lonsberry stake the Flyers to a 4-0 lead early in the second period, but the Penguins mount a comeback to tie capped by two power play goals in the final 1:45 -- including Pierre Larouche's game-tying marker with just four seconds remaining in a 4-4 deadlock at the Igloo.

1979 -- Reggie Leach scored twice and posted four points and Pete Peeters stopped 18 of 20 shots as the Flyers overcame a 2-0 second period deficit to rally for a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers at the Spectrum.

It was all Philadelphia after the first period as they outshot John Davidson and the Broadway Blue Shirts, 24-10, the rest of the way. Brian Propp added a goal and two helpers, while Bob Dailey and Bobby Clarke also scored in the triumph.

The win made it five consecutive games without a loss (4-0-1) as the Flyers continued onward towards an improbable 35-game unbeaten streak.

1980 -- Gary Morrison's first and only NHL goal 2:28 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie to back Pete Peeter's 20-save performance as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 3-1 at Nassau County Coliseum.

Bill Barber and Reggie Leach (empty net) also scored for the visitors, while Bobby Clarke contributed a pair of assists.

1981 -- Brian Propp recorded two goals and three points and Rick St. Croix made 28 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Kenny "The Rat" Linseman added a goal and three points, and rookie Ilkka Sinisalo scored his third of the year in the victory.

1983 -- Ray Allison scored one goal and assisted on another and Pelle Lindbergh made 18 saves as the Flyers skated to a 4-2 triumph over the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee.

Tim Kerr, Rich Sutter, and Paul Holmgren also lit the lamp for the Orange-and-Black, who improved their record to 7-2-1 on the season.

1984 -- Tim Kerr scored four times -- including a natural hat trick within a 2:27 span in the third period -- and Bob Froese made 23 saves as the Flyers bombed Mike Liut and the St. Louis Blues 7-2 at the Spectrum.

Kerr's trio of markers in 2:27 of the third established a new team record for fastest three goals by one player, and gave him 10 goals in the club's eighth game of the season (or one short of the entire 2013/14 Flyers squad in their first right contests).

Dave Poulin, Lindsay Carson, and Brian Propp also scored for Philadelphia, who won for a third consecutive outing.

1995 -- John LeClair, Mikael Renberg, and Rod Brind'Amour each scored within a 2:57 stretch of the second period to erase a 1-0 second period deficit and lift the Flyers to a 3-1 triumph over former-Philly netminder Tommy Soderstrom and the New York Islanders at the Spectrum.

Dominic Roussel yielded only a Mick Vukota goal out of the 20 shots he faced to record the win.

2003 -- Mark Recchi's shorthanded goal late in the third period salvaged a point for the Flyers in a 4-4 deadlock with the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wachovia Center.

Eric Desjardins sent Recchi and Sami Kapanen away on a two-on-one shorthanded break, and when Recchi found his passing lane cut off, whipped a wrist shot past 'Canes goalie Jamie Storr with 3:10 remaining in regulation.

Down 2-0 late in the second, Philadelphia knotted the game on goals from Jeremy Roenick and Michal Handzus within 41 seconds. Eric Chouinard also scored for the Flyers.

Jeff Hackett made 31 saves to earn the tie.

2008 -- Jeff Carter extended his goal-scoring streak to four games by deflecting an Ossi Vaananen shot past Martin Brodeur with 1:16 remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a sweep of the home-and-home series in a 3-2 thriller at the Wachovia Center.

Carter's goal came shortly after it appeared Simon Gagne had won the game, but replay showed his deflection hit the cross bar. The eventful extra period was also briefly delayed when a fan threw a smoke bomb onto the ice surface.

Scott Hartnell and Mike Knuble also scored for Philly, whInfancy of 'The Streak'; Kerr signed as a free agent; Propp and 'The Rat' help beat Wings; Kerr sets team record for fastest three goals on way to four-goal performance; Recchi's late goal forges tie; Carter OT game-winner beats NJo received a strong 29-save effort from Martin Biron in the victory.

October 25 free agent signing

1979 -- Tim Kerr was signed as a free agent. The 6' 3", 225-pound right winger was an immovable object in front of the opposition net, and went on to become one of the most prolific scorers not only in Flyers' history, but in NHL history, also.

Kerr's four straight 50-goal seasons (54, 54, 58, 58 from 1983/84 through 1986/87) remains the best stretch ever for any Philadelphia scorer, and his career totals of 370 goals in 655 games represents the NHL's seventh-best goals per game rate all-time. 363 of those goals came in 601 contests during his time in Philadelphia, where he almost certainly would have reached Hall-of-Fame status if not for an epidemic of injuries brought on by the abuse he took from defensemen in their failed attempts to stop him from scoring.

Kerr suffered three knee injuries and a broken leg in his first four NHL seasons, then missed significant time during the Flyers' 1985 and 1987 runs to the Stanley Cup Final in which they lost both times to the great Edmonton Oilers dynasty teams. He played in only three games in the 1985 Final due to a knee injury -- a five-game loss -- and didn't appear in a playoff game in 1987 past the second round with a severe shoulder injury that would cost him all but eight games of the next regular season. Kerr was a scoring machine during the postseason, as well, as he netted 10 goals in 12 contests in 1985 and eight in 12 games in 1987. His scoring touch would have no doubt had an impact on the outcome of both series, especially in 1987 when Philadelphia took the greatest team ever assembled to a Game 7.

In 1988/89, Kerr had an amazing comeback year as he piled up 48 goals in 69 regular season contests. His scoring touch only heightened in the postseason that spring, when he accounted for 14 goals in the first 12 playoff games before taking a slash from a frustrated Pittsburgh Penguin after Kerr had torched the Pens for 10 goals in a seven-game victory. The slash came after Kerr had notched nine goals in the last five tilts and broke his thumb. Rendered ineffective without being able to grip the stick, Kerr wouldn't score a goal in a six-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the following round.

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