February 1: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 1 NHL History 1947: With his team struggling offensively, New York Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner skates the puck all the way into the Montreal Canadiens zone three times to try to score a goal. The strategy doesn’t work, and the Rangers lose 2-1 at the Forum. 1964: Montreal Canadiens forward Bobby Rousseau scores five goals in a 9-3 victory against […]

January 28: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 28 1918: Forward Joe Malone extends his goal-scoring streak to 11 games (beginning with the NHL’s inaugural game on Dec. 19, 1917) when he scores for the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-1 loss at Toronto. It’s the 25th goal of the season for Malone, who goes on to lead the new NHL […]

January 18: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 18 NHL History 1945: A crowd of 7,687 wait at Olympia Stadium for more than three hours to see the game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, who are delayed by bad weather. The Red Wings defeat the Rangers 7-3 in a game that began at 11:15 p.m. and ends at 12:56 a.m. 1958: Willie […]

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 […]

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 21: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 21 1942: Regular-season overtime becomes a casualty of World War II when the NHL Board of Governors announces that it will be discontinued because of conflicts with train schedules. Overtime is reinstated for the 1983-84 season after a 41-year absence, though in a five-minute, sudden-death format rather than the prewar version […]

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 28: This Day in NHL History

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October 28 NHL History 1962: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings earns the 100th shutout of his NHL career (90 in the regular season, 10 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs), a 2-0 victory against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Sawchuk makes 24 saves and defenseman Bill Gadsby assists on goals by Parker MacDonald and Gordie Howe. Sawchuk […]

October 24: This Day in NHL History

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October 24 NHL History 1972: Jacques Lemaire scores three goals for his third NHL hat trick and has an assist for a four-point night, helping the Montreal Canadiens defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 in Uniondale, New York. It’s the first NHL hat trick at Nassau Coliseum. 1976: Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to reach 900 career […]

July 10: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 10 1957: In a trade of future Hockey Hall of Fame members, the Detroit Red Wings send forward Johnny Bucyk to the Boston Bruins and re-acquire goaltender Terry Sawchuk, who they traded to Boston two years earlier. Sawchuk spends the next seven seasons with Detroit, plays with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons, […]

March 24: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 24 1936: Mud Bruneteau scores at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons at the Forum in what remains the longest game in NHL history. The Red Wings and Maroons play the equivalent of nearly three full games. […]

March 20: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 20 1918: The Toronto Arenas (now the Maple Leafs) become the first NHL team to compete in the Stanley Cup Final and they defeat Vancouver of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association 5-3 in Toronto. Reg Noble scores two goals and has an assist in the first period to lead […]