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 […]

January 4: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 4 NHL History 1942: The Detroit Red Wings shut out the Montreal Canadiens 10-0 at Olympia Stadium. The 10 consecutive goals-against are the most ever allowed by the Canadiens. 1973: Bobby Orr scores his 163rd NHL goal (in his 428th game), breaking the League record for career goals by a defenseman. Orr beats St. Louis Blues goaltender Jacques Caron […]

December 26: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 26 NHL History 1923: Howie Morenz scores his first NHL goal in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Morenz finishes his first season with 13 goals in 24 games and scores 271 in 550 games. He is among the earliest inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 1976: Johnny Bucyk scores his 545th NHL goal, moving him […]

December 14: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 14 NHL History 1933: Howie Morenz becomes the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer when the 247th of his career moves him ahead of Cy Denneny. The milestone comes in the Montreal Canadiens’ 2-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum. Lorne Chabot gets the shutout in a game played without a penalty being called. 1943: Boston’s Bill […]

October 26: This Day in NHL History

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October 26 NHL History 1978: Mario Lessard of the Kings becomes the 14th goaltender to earn a shutout in his first NHL game. Lessard’s teammates give him plenty of help by scoring six times in a victory against the Buffalo Sabres at the Forum in Inglewood, California. 1990: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first player in NHL history to reach […]

October 16: This Day in NHL History

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October 16 NHL History 1946: Gordie Howe makes an instant impact in his first NHL game. The 18-year-old scores a goal and gets into two fights during the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-3 tie with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Howe wears No. 17 to score the first of his 801 NHL goals. The last one comes April 9, 1980, […]

October 14: This Day in NHL History

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October 14 NHL History 1967: The Los Angeles Kings defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, to win their NHL debut. Brian Kilrea scores two goals, including the first one in Kings history. 1972: In the first NHL regular-season game played in the southern United States, the Atlanta Flames tie the Buffalo Sabres 1-1 at […]

October 7: This Day in NHL History

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October 7 NHL History 1954: The Detroit Red Wings extend their unbeaten streak on opening night to 15 games (14-0-1) by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 at Olympia Stadium. 1972: The New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames face off at Nassau Coliseum in the first game for each of the NHL’s two newest franchises. The Flames win 3-2 on third-period […]

August 26: This Day in NHL History

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August 26 NHL History 1961: The Hockey Hall of Fame officially opens its doors at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and United States Ambassador Livingston Merchant preside over the opening. The Hall celebrates by inducting nine new members: Maurice Richard, Syl Apps, Charlie Conacher, Hap Day, George Hainsworth, Joe Hall, Percy LeSueur, Milt Schmidt and […]

April 25: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 25 1964: Johnny Bower becomes the first goaltender in playoff history to have a shutout in Game 7 of the Final by making 33 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. Andy Bathgate, acquired from the New York Rangers […]

March 17: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 17   1938: The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Montreal Maroons 6-3 at the Forum in the final game between the intra-city rivals. The Maroons drop out of the NHL after the 1937-38 season. On the same night, Nels Stewart of the New York Americans becomes the first player in […]

March 7 This Day in NHL Hockey History

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This day March 7 in hockey history features Scotty Bowman, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur , Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Dino Ciccarelli and Mario Lemieux. 1921 – Ottawa’s Cy Denneny scored six goals in 12-5 win over the Hamilton Tigers. Cy’s brother Corb scored 6 goals for Toronto earlier in the season. 1951 – 18-year-old Scotty Bowman suffered […]