February 2: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 2 NHL History 1918: Joe Malone scores five goals in the Montreal Canadiens‘ 11-2 win against Toronto to extend his goal-scoring streak to 13 games, beginning with NHL’s opening night on Dec. 19, 1917. Malone scores 34 goals in the 13 games. 1974: Bobby Clarke has six points, including his second NHL hat trick, Ross Lonsberry scores three […]

January 14: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 14 NHL History 1922: For the first time in the NHL, brothers on the same team score four goals in the same game. Defenseman Sprague Cleghorn and brother Odie Cleghorn each score four goals in the Canadiens’ 10-6 win against the visiting Hamilton Tigers. 1936: The New York Rangers and coach Lester Patrick each reach an NHL milestone […]

January 9: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 9 NHL History 1918: Less than three weeks after beginning play, the NHL announces a rule change that permits goaltenders to leave their feet while making a save. Before that, it’s a penalty for goaltenders to sit or lie on the ice to stop the puck. Before the change, teams combine to score 12.2 goals […]

January 1: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 1 NHL History 1961: Boston Bruins rookie Willie O’Ree, the first black player in League history, scores his first goal. He beats Charlie Hodge for what turns out to be the game-winner in the Bruins’ 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Boston Garden.   1973: Bobby Orr ties an NHL record for defensemen with six assists in Boston’s 8-2 […]

December 5: This Day in NHL History

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December 5 NHL History 1939: Eddie Shore plays his final game as a member of the Boston Bruins and scores the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against the New York Americans at Boston Garden. The defenseman, a four-time Hart Trophy winner, is traded to the Americans on Jan. 25, 1940, retires at the end of the season and is inducted […]

December 3: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 3 1929: The Boston Bruins begin two NHL-record winning streaks when they defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 at Boston Garden. It’s the first of 14 consecutive victories for the Bruins and their first of 22 consecutive home wins. The record for consecutive victories lasts until the New York Islanders win 15 in a […]

November 30 NHL History

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November 30 NHL History 1954: The Chicago Blackhawks tie the Montreal Canadiens 3-3 in a game played in Omaha, Nebraska. The Blackhawks play six home games during the 1953-54 season away from Chicago Stadium, in Omaha, St. Louis and St. Paul, Minnesota. 1968: Forward Val Fonteyne of the Pittsburgh Penguins extends his NHL-record penalty-free streak to 185 games when the […]

November 7: This Day in NHL History

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November 7 NHL History 1962: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Glenn Hall makes his 502nd consecutive NHL regular-season start but has to leave the game against Boston in the first period because of a back injury. He’s replaced by Denis DeJordy and the Blackhawks tie the Bruins 3-3. 1968: St. Louis Blues center Red Berenson scores six goals (and has an assist) in an […]

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 21: This Day in NHL History

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October 21 NHL History 1954: Red Kelly becomes the second defenseman in Detroit Red Wings history to score three goals in a game. His first NHL hat trick helps the Red Wings to a 5-3 victory against the visiting Boston Bruins. Kelly scores a power-play goal in the first period, an even-strength goal 1:05 into the third period […]

October 18: This Day in NHL History

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October 18 NHL History 1967: After losing the first two games in their history, the Philadelphia Flyers get their first victory when they defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 at St. Louis Arena. Doug Favell makes 34 saves and Ed Hoekstra scores the winning goal 12:20 into the third period for the Flyers, who complete their season-opening three-game […]

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 […]