March 1: This Day in NHL History

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March 1 NHL History 1919: Newsy Lalonde of the Montreal Canadiens sets a Stanley Cup Playoff record by scoring five goals in a 6-3 win against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Lalonde still shares the record, which has been matched four times. 1968: The first-year Philadelphia Flyers find themselves without a home when the roof of the Spectrum […]

January 15: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 15 NHL History 1966: Gordie Howe becomes the first NHL player to reach 1,400 points when he gets a second-period assist on a goal by Bill Gadsby in the Detroit Red Wings‘ 4-4 tie with the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. Howe gets point No. 1,400 in his 1,295th game. 1970: Bobby Orr has two assists in the Boston Bruins’ […]

November 23: This Day in NHL History

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November 23 NHL History 1977: Rod Gilbert plays in his final NHL game, a 6-3 victory for the New York Rangers against the Colorado Rockies at Madison Square Garden. He retires as the Rangers leader in goals (406) and points (1,021), and is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. 1982: In one of the wildest games […]

November 11: This Day in NHL History

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November 11 NHL History 1930: The NHL comes to Philadelphia for the first time. But the Philadelphia Quakers lose 3-0 to the New York Rangers when goaltender John Ross Roach earns his 28th NHL shutout. The Quakers go 4-36-4 and drop out of the League after one season, leaving Philadelphia without an NHL team until the arrival of […]

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 […]

October 6: This Day in NHL History

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October 6 NHL History 1955: Goaltender Glenn Hall begins a streak that likely will never be equaled when he takes the ice for the Red Wings’ season-opening 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s the first of 502 consecutive starts for Hall, by far the longest such streak in NHL history. Hall is traded to the Blackhawks before the 1957-58 […]

September 28: This Day in NHL History

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September 28 NHL History 1926: The New York Rangers, preparing for their first NHL season, acquire center Frank Boucher in a trade with Vancouver of the Western Hockey League for $15,000. Boucher becomes one of the Rangers’ first stars, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1928 and 1933. He also wins the Lady Byng Trophy so often (seven times in […]

September 1: This Day in NHL History

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September 1 NHL History 1883: Didier Pitre, a star for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey Association and the NHL, is born in Valleyfield, Quebec. Pitre, nicknamed “Cannonball” because of his speed and hard shot, helps the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history in 1916 and is the right […]

August 13: This Day in NHL History

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August 13 NHL History 1938: Bill Masterton is born in Winnipeg. Masterton, a forward playing for the first-year Minnesota North Stars, isn’t wearing a helmet when he is checked hard in a game against the Oakland Seals on Jan. 13, 1968, and lands on his head. He dies two days later. The Bill Masterton Trophy is […]

July 25: This Day in NHL History

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July 25 NHL History 1975: Evgeni Nabokov, who holds many of the San Jose Sharks‘ goaltending records, is born in Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, then a part of the Soviet Union. The Sharks take a flyer on Nabokov in the ninth round (No. 219) of the 1994 NHL Draft. He comes to North America in 1997 and […]

April 22: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 22 1945: The Toronto Maple Leafs avoid a reverse of their historic comeback three years earlier when they defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Olympia Stadium in Game 7 of the Final to win the Stanley Cup. The Maple Leafs win the first three games, all shutouts by […]