February 26: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 26 1947: The Bentley brothers are too much for the New York Rangers. Doug Bentley scores four goals and sets up two more, and brother Max Bentley scores three goals and assists on another to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Rangers 9-7 at Madison Square Garden. Though Max Bentley is outscored by his brother […]

January 12: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 12 NHL History 1918: Joe Malone scores five goals in the Montreal Canadiens’ 9-4 victory against the Ottawa Senators to become the NHL’s first 20-goal scorer. Malone extends his goal-scoring streak (from the start of the NHL) to seven games. 1943: Bep Guidolin, a 16-year-old rookie, scores twice and has an assist in the Boston Bruins’ 3-0 victory against 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 15: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 15 NHL History 1925: The NHL makes its debut in the Big Apple when the first-year New York Americans play their first home game at the brand-new Madison Square Garden. Promoter Tex Rickard insists that the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens must be the opponent; the NHL obliges. He turns the first hockey game […]

December 4: This Day in NHL History

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December 4 NHL History 1909: The oldest NHL franchise still in operation is officially founded when J. Ambrose O’Brien creates the Club de Hockey Canadien, known to fans for more than a century as the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are part of the National Hockey Association, the NHL’s predecessor, and finish 2-10-0 in their first season. […]

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 […]

November 19: This Day in NHL History

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November 19 NHL History 1929: Two defensemen score four goals in the same game for the only time in NHL history. John McKinnon of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores four times in a 10-5 victory against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Four of Toronto’s five goals are scored by defenseman Hap Day, who assists on Toronto’s other goal. Day […]

November 6: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 6 1946: The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play to a 3-3 tie at Olympia Stadium in a penalty-free game. It’s the first game in the Bruins’ 22-year history without a penalty. 1983: Wayne Gretzky scores four goals for his 19th NHL hat trick and assists on three others to help the Edmonton […]

November 4: This Day in NHL History

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1962: Bill Gadsby, playing his 17th NHL season, becomes the first defenseman in League history to reach 500 points in his career. The milestone comes on a third-period assist in the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-1 victory against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. 1977: Rangers center Phil Esposito becomes the third player in NHL history to score 600 goals. He joins Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull when […]

October 23: This Day in NHL History

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October 23 NHL History 1966: Rookie defenseman Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins scores his first NHL goal. Orr’s 50-foot slap shot beats Montreal Canadiens goaltender Gump Worsley at 4:13 of the third period to tie the game, but Boston loses 3-2 on a goal by defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot with 2:05 remaining. 1971: Five years to the day that Orr gets […]

October 13: This Day in NHL History

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October 13 NHL History 1947: The NHL holds its first All-Star Game with the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs playing a group of stars from the other five teams at Maple Leaf Gardens. The All-Stars, wearing red sweaters with white stripes and white stars above the NHL shield, rally for a 4-3 victory. Doug Bentley […]

October 4: This Day in NHL History

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October 4 NHL History 1926: The Detroit Cougars, one of three new teams set to begin play the following month, purchase the Victoria Cougars from the defunct Western Hockey League for $100,000. Players from Victoria make up nearly half of the first-year Detroit team. 1991: The San Jose Sharks make their NHL debut in a 4-3 loss to […]