February 3: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 3 1944: Syd Howe scores six goals in the Detroit Red Wings’ 12-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. Howe gets two in each period. Linemate Don Grosso assists on five of the six goals. “I had a good chance to break the all-time record but I couldn’t do it,” […]

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 23: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 23 NHL History 1934: New York Rangers forward Murray Murdoch is honored in a ceremony prior to playing in his 400th consecutive NHL game, a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Baseball’s “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, makes a presentation to Murdoch, the NHL’s first “Iron Man,” who plays in 508 consecutive games during […]

December 28: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 28 NHL History 1918: Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie with an assist when teammate Newsy Lalonde picks up the puck after a Vezina save, skates the length of the ice and scores. It came in the Canadiens’ 6-3 win against the Toronto Arenas. 1929: Goaltender Terry Sawchuk is born in Winnipeg. Sawchuk plays seven games with Detroit during the […]

December 22: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 22 NHL History 1974: Phil Esposito becomes the sixth player in NHL history with 500 goals when he scores twice in the second period for the Boston Bruins in a 5-4 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden. Esposito scores a shorthanded goal at 4:46 and a power-play goal at 6:49 of the second period to […]

December 18: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 18 NHL History 1928: Goaltender George Hainsworth sets an NHL record with his fifth consecutive road shutout when the Canadiens defeat the Blackhawks 5-0. Howie Morenz scores two goals and has an assist for Montreal. 1952: Rookie Jean Beliveau scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion also scores three (for his second NHL […]

December 16: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 16 NHL History 1934: Two brothers oppose each other as coaches for the first time in NHL history. Frank Patrick gets the better of older brother Lester when the Boston Bruins defeat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. 1950: Two future Hall of Famers make their debuts for the Montreal Canadiens in a 1-1 tie against the […]

December 7: This Day in NHL History

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December 7 NHL History 1919: The Toronto Arenas change their team name to the Toronto St. Patricks. The name remains until 1926-27, when they become known as the Toronto Maple Leafs. 1961: Jean Beliveau takes the ice as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for the first time. To his own surprise, Beliveau is voted captain by his teammates […]

December 2: This Day in NHL History

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December 2 NHL History 1909: The National Hockey Association, the predecessor of the NHL, is formed in Montreal. Charter members include the Montreal Wanderers, Renfrew Creamery Kings and the Montreal Canadiens. 1925: The New York Americans play their first NHL game, a 2-1 overtime road win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Billy Burch scores the first goal in […]

November 5: This Day in NHL History

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November 5 NHL History 1936: Two future Hockey Hall of Famers make their NHL debuts for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Center Syl Apps and goaltender Turk Broda play in their first game, a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. They are teammates on three Stanley Cup championship teams with Toronto. 1942: Carl Liscombe of […]

November 2: This Day in NHL History

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November 2 NHL History 1937: The second benefit All-Star Game in NHL history is held at the Montreal Forum, with the proceeds going to the family of longtime star Howie Morenz. A crowd of 8,683 watches the NHL All-Stars win 6-5 against a combined team of Canadiens and Montreal Maroons. 1968: The “new” Forum in Montreal is reopened […]

October 29: This Day in NHL History

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October 29 NHL History 1952: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores the 323rd and 324th goals of his NHL career to tie the all-time goal-scoring record held by Nels Stewart. Richard also has two assists in Montreal’s 7-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. 1969: Jean Beliveau becomes the first player in the history of the Canadiens […]