January 27: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 27 NHL History 1951: Jean Beliveau, wearing No. 20 and playing on an amateur tryout contract, scores his first NHL goal when he beats Chicago Blackhawks goalie Harry Lumley during the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 victory at the Forum. The goal (and an assist) comes in Beliveau’s second NHL game. 1955: Detroit Red Wings forward Gordie Howe is credited with 19 shots […]

January 8: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 8 NHL History 1944: Babe Pratt becomes the first NHL defenseman to get six assists in a game. Pratt’s big game powers the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 12-3 victory against the Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens. He shares the record with five other defensemen, including Bobby Orr. 1947: Forward Howie Meeker sets an NHL single-game record for […]

December 19: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 19 NHL History 1917: The newly formed NHL begins play in its first season when the visiting Montreal Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-4, and the Montreal Wanderers hold off the Toronto Arenas 10-9. Wanderers defenseman Dave Ritchie scores exactly 1:00 into the game for the first goal in the history of the new league; his second […]

November 25: This Day in NHL History

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November 25 NHL History 1951: Three weeks before his 46th birthday, assistant trainer Moe Roberts of the visiting Chicago Blackhawks replaces injured goaltender Harry Lumley after two periods and does not allow a goal in a 5-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings. It’s the first NHL game for Roberts since playing for the 1933-34 New York […]

September 8: This Day in NHL History

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September 8 NHL History 1971: Gordie Howe announces his retirement after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and becomes a team vice president. Howe, 43, owns the NHL career marks for games played, goals, assists and points, but he’s coming off his worst offensive season (23 goals, 52 points) since 1948-49 when he decides to retire. […]

April 20: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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1950: Don Raleigh becomes the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score in overtime in back-to-back games during the Final when he beats Harry Lumley 1:38 into OT to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 at Olympia Stadium.  It comes two nights after […]