This day in hockey history, February 1st 1947, according to legend during a 2-1 victory by the Montreal Canadiens over New York, Rangers‘ goalie Chuck Rayner carried the puck up ice three times into the Montreal Canadiens‘ zone trying to score. Eventually the NHL promulgated a rule prohibiting goalies from crossing center ice with the puck because frankly they weren't very good at it anyway.


This day in hockey history, February 1st 1971, the Philadelphia Flyers traded Bernie Parent and a second round pick in 1971 to Toronto, which the Leafs used to draft Rick Kehoe, for Bruce Gamble, Mike Walton and a future draft pick (Pierre Plante). They then sent Walton to Boston, in exchange for Rick MacLeish and Danny Schock. The Flyers eventually re-acquired Parent from the Leafs and he and MacLiesh would help form the nucleus of two Stanley Cup champion teams in Philadelphia in 1974 and 1975.



This day in New York Rangers history, February 1st 1965, Rod Gilbert underwent a spinal fusion operation. He missed the remainder of the 1964-65 season, but remarkably came back and played 11 more seasons in the NHL. He retired as the all time leading scorer in Rangers history with 406 goals and 1,021 points in 1,065 games which is 3rd all time in Rangers history.
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1954: The NHL's First Outdoor Game
This day in hockey history, February 2nd 1954, fresh off a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings donned their road jerseys sporting their distinctive wheeled wing logo and laced up their skates to take to the ice against their next opponent. This was no ordinary game, however, and no ordinary opponent. After being patted down by armed guards, the greatest hockey team on the planet skated onto a rink inside the maximum-security Marquette Branch Prison on February 2, 1954, to play a squad of murderers, kidnappers and thieves in the first outdoor game in National Hockey League history.
The groundwork for the most unusual game in NHL history had been laid the previous summer when Red Wings captain Ted Lindsay and general manager Jack Adams visited the penitentiary on the southern shores of Lake Superior during a promotional tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sponsored by Stroh’s Brewery. Before his guests departed, warden Emery Jacques invited Adams to return with his team in the winter to face off against the prisoners. Given that the inmates had no equipment and the prison no rink, Adams good-naturedly agreed as long as his team’s hotel, charter plane and meals were paid for. “Jack figured he’d never hear from him again,” Lindsay told Canadian sports network TSN.
Months later, the warden informed a shocked Adams that he had upheld his end of the bargain by getting the owners of the semi-professional Marquette Sentinels to pay for the $2,500 trip as long as the Red Wings also played them in an exhibition game when coming to town. The Red Wings general manager remained true to his word as well and even sent the inmates hockey equipment used by the Omaha Knights, Detroit’s recently disbanded farm team. As a joke, Adams had “Emery’s Boys” sewn onto the fronts of the uniforms in honor of the prison’s warden.
The task of building the rink fell to the prison’s newly hired recreation director, Leonard “Oakie” Brumm, who saw sports as a way for inmates to blow off steam and keep the peace. A member of the 1948 University of Michigan hockey team that captured the first-ever NCAA title, Brumm was as handy with a hammer as he was with a hockey stick. He had constructed an 18-hole miniature golf course, shuffleboard and bocce courts and a curling rink for the convicts. Brumm formed a prison football team that played outside squads, although by necessity every game was a home game. When it came to hockey, prison officials were naturally leery of stick-wielding prisoners, so oftentimes the convicts were limited to playing “kick hockey” in which they could only progress the puck with their feet.
No strangers to fights and penalties themselves, the Red Wings were tough characters in their own right and had no qualms about playing Michigan’s most-hardened criminals inside the “Alcatraz of the North.” “I was never concerned, because I figured that I could take care of myself,” Lindsay told NHL.com in 2012. “But I felt very strongly from having been close to them in the summertime and mingling with them that there was no reason to be worried.”
After dressing in their makeshift locker room (a carpenter’s shack- imagine that today !) the Red Wings skated onto the rink in the middle of the prison yard in the shadows of looming guard towers and stone walls fringed with coils of barbed wire. The entire prison population of 600 convicts (minus those still in solitary confinement) stood around the boards and cheered their hockey gods who included future Hall of Famers Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Red Kelly, Alex Delvecchio and “Mr. Hockey” himself, Gordie Howe. The biggest ovation was reserved for Lindsay when it was mentioned that “Terrible Ted” led the team in penalties.
The setting may have been unusual, but the conditions on the 21-degree overcast afternoon were perfect. Brumm had spent the night directing crews armed with toothbrushes as they polished the ice into a glassy surface, which Howe would say was the best that he had ever skated on. With knit caps pulled snuggly over their heads, the Red Wings shot puck after puck past the goalie for the Marquette Prison Pirates, a chronic thief named Bugsy Williams who had been released from solitary confinement for the occasion. Howe literally skated circles around the opposition, once looping three times unmolested around the Pirates’ goal before depositing the puck in the back of the net.
So bored was Detroit’s goalie, Sawchuk, with the lack of action on his side of the ice that he sat on top of his net and eventually skated down the rink and tripped one of the Pirates. A referee clad in a spotless white dress shirt, crisp black pants and tie blew his whistle and dispatched Sawchuk to the penalty box. Even with Sawchuk busy in the penalty box signing autographs and no goalie in the Red Wings net, the prisoners couldn’t score.
By the end of the first period, the Red Wings were up 18-0. “The only time I touched the puck was when I pulled it out of the back of the net,” Brumm recalled years later to Richard Bak, author of “Detroit Red Wings: The Illustrated History.” The scoreboard was abandoned for the remainder of the game, and Sawchuk switched sides for the second period. Lindsay and Howe eventually pulled on the Pirates’ green jerseys as well, giving one lucky convict the thrill of skating on the same line as hockey royalty.
In lieu of a third period, the Red Wings staged an intra-squad game and put on an exhibition of shooting and passing, not that they hadn’t already done so against the Pirates. After the end of the game, the players gathered at the center of the rink where Brumm awarded Detroit a piece of hardware slightly less prestigious than the revered Stanley Cup—the “Honey Bucket Trophy,” which was a replica of the galvanized tin pails that prisoners used as makeshift toilets.
“This is a great day,” Adams told the prisoners. “The only trouble is, you guys sure have made it tough for me to recruit any of you.” The Detroit general manager hoisted the trophy engraved with the names of the Red Wings and Pirates above his head as if it was the Stanley Cup, which his squad would win 10 weeks later by defeating the Montreal Canadiens in seven games. The prisoners also presented their guests with hand made leather wallets embossed with their names and the Red Wings emblem. In one final bit of sportsmanship, newspapers reported the score as a tight 5-2 victory by the Red Wings over the “prison pucksters.”
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On this date in hockey history, February 2nd 1975, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Kansas City Scouts 8-1. In so doing, they set a team record with 59 shots on goal.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, February 2nd, 1977, Ian Turnbull scored the first hat trick of his career. Actually he scored five goals in a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. Turnbull is the only NHL defenseman to ever score five goals in a game. He was also the first NHL player to ever score five goals in a game on only five shots.

This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, February 2nd 1993, Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher took Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan to school when the Leafs obtained Daren Puppa, Dave Andreychuk and a 1993 1st round draft pick (Kenny Jonsson) from Buffalo in exchange for goalie Grant Fuhr and a 1995 5th round draft pick which Buffalo used to draft the immortal Kevin Popp.
After the trade, Puppa outperformed Fuhr by a substantial margin going 6-2 with the Leafs with a 2.25 GAA. With Tampa Bay Puppa played seven seasons with a 2.68 GAA and .905 save% in 206 games, while Fuhr had a bloated 3.60 GAA and a poor .886 save% in 64 games for Buffalo over three seasons.
As if that isn't embarrassing enough for Buffalo, Dave Andreychuk blossomed into an elite goal scorer with the Leafs playing with Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark. Andreychuk had back to back 50 goal seasons with the Leafs and helped propel the Buds on an epic playoff run to the 1993 Stanley Cup semi finals losing to the Wayne Gretzky led LA Kings in a memorable game seven at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Ironically in spite of impressive stats with Buffalo some saw Andreychuk as an undereachiver. Meehan must have had visions of Fuhr's glory day winning Stanley Cups with the Oilers dancing in his head when he brought him to Buffalo. But Fuhr under performed with the Sabres while Dave Andreychuk blossomed with the Leafs. This was probably the worst trade in Sabres history and Meehan was replaced as GM by John Muckler in the off season.
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On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, February 2nd, 1977, Ian Turnbull scored the first hat trick of his career. Actually he scored five goals in a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. Turnbull is the only NHL defenseman to ever score five goals in a game. He was also the first NHL player to ever score five goals in a game on only five shots.
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This date in hockey history, February 4th 1971, the New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 at Olympia Stadium with Gilles Villemure making 30 saves and Rod Gilbert scoring in the second period. The Rangers next 1-0 shutout occurred 22 years later with Mike Richter stopping 29 shots against the Edmonton Oilers.
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This date in hockey history, February 4th 1965, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at the Forum with Terry Sawchuk becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to reach 400 career victories.
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On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, February 7th 1976, Darryl Sittler had a legendary game with ten points on six goals and four assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 11-4. This is a record that is unlikely to ever be broken. The game started slowly for Sittler,relatively speaking, with “only” two assists in the first period. In the second period he scored a hat trick and added another pair of assists for a five point period. At that point it began to look like this might be a special night. In the third period, Sittler scored another hat trick, becoming the first NHL player to record hat tricks in consecutive periods. His sixth goal was scored when Darryl passed the puck out from behind the goal line and the puck hit Brad Park's knee deflecting directly to Boston goalie Dave Reece, off his knee and into the net. Reece was a rookie who played 12 games for Boston that season. He never played another NHL game after that night. Sittler's ten points is an NHL record for most points by a player in a single game. No player has scored more than eight points in a game since then.

On this date in hockey history, February 6th 1980, the Hartford Whalers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 in the first game played at the Hartford Civic Center



This day in hockey history, February 6th 1973, Connie Madigan played his first NHL game at the age of 38,for the St. Louis Blues in a 5-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. He was the the oldest rookie in NHL history,
Cornelius Dennis "Mad Dog" Madigan was (born October 4, 1934 in Port Arthur, Ontario. After playing several years in senior leagues in Ontario and British Columbia in the late 1950s, Madigan had a lengthy career as a minor league star, with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League for three seasons in the early 1960s, and then for the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League for nine seasons. He was a First Team league All-Star in 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969, Second Team All-Star in 1965, 1971 and 1972, and won best defenceman honors in 1966.
when the St. Louis Blues suffered numerous injuries in the 1972–73 NHL season, they bought Madigan's rights from the Buckaroos, and he suited up for the Blues in January 1973 at the age of 38, becoming the oldest rookie ever. He played competently for the Blues in twenty regular-season games and five playoff games, before finishing his career with Portland in parts of the two successive seasons.
At the time of his retirement, Madigan was second in minor league history in career penalty minutes. Despite being retired for 40 seasons, Madigan is still 89th in career penalty minutes. In addition to Madigan's hockey career, he had a minor role in the 1977 cult classic movie Slap Shot as legendary hockey goon Ross "Mad Dog" Madison.
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1966 - Stan Mikita played with a helmet for the first time in his NHL career, and scored two goals and an assist as Chicago beat Toronto 3-2.
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This day in hockey history, February 6th 1981, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the visiting Winnipeg Jets 10-4 with Wayne Gretzky picking up a natural hat trick and three assists for his 100th point of the season. Gretzky scored at least 100 points in each of his first 12 seasons in the NHL.
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This day in hockey history, February 6th 1990, Brett Hull scored his 50th goal of the season, to become part of the first father son combo to each score 50 goals in an NHL season.
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This day in Buffalo Sabres history, February 6th 1986, the Buffalo Sabres earned an 8-6 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Boston Garden. Dave Andreychuk scored six points with a team record five goals and one assist.
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This day in hockey history, February 6th 1988, Captain Steve Yzerman scored three consecutive goals rallying the Detroit Red Wings from a 4-2 deficit against the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-4 road win.
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On this date in Toronto Maple leafs history, February 5th,1947, Bill Barilko played his first game for the Maple Leafs. He had been playing for the Hollywood Wolves of the PCHL. The Leafs lost that game 8-2 to the Montreal Canadiens but success was miminent for Barilko and the Leafs who won the Stanley Cup that season and three more for a string of four championships in five seasons; 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. Nicknamed “Bashing Bill”, Barilko was known for his rough body checking style who led the NHL with 147 penalty minutes in 1948 and 456 career penalty minutes in 252 games. Barilko is best remembered for his famous goal, the overtime cup winner in game five of the 1951 finals against the Montreal Canadiens. He died tragically in a small plane crash at age 24 on August 26th 1951. His remains went undiscovered for 11 years until the Leafs won their next cup in 1962, with that championship seemingly unlocking the mystery of his dis appearance. Barilko's number 5 is the most celebrated number in franchise history




On this day in hockey history, February 5th 1937, Larry Hillman was born in Kirkland lake, Ontario. Hillman was the most successful of the three Hillman brothers who played in the NHL and enjoyed Stanley Cup victories with Detroit, Montreal and Toronto, including the Leafs' 1967 triumph when he played in all 12 of the Leafs' post-season games. Although he was a journeyman, Larry Hillman was a winner. He played for the Leafs during the glory years between 1960 and 1968. He is also one of the most traveled players in hockey history, having played for 15 different teams in his 22 professional seasons.

On this date in hockey history, February 5th 1934, Don Cherry was born in Kingston Ontario. Cherry turned his five seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1974-1979 into a life long broadcasting career with the CBC on Hockey Night In Canada.. Although he played with Boston in his only NHL game, here is his picture in a Montreal Canadiens uniform from his minor league days in 1962-63 when he was in camp and played exhibition games with Montreal's EPHL Hull-Ottawa team.



This day in hockey history, February 5th 1994, Peter Bondra set an NHL record for the fastest four goals when he dented the twine four times in 4:12 on four consecutive shots in a 6-3 win at Landover against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He added a fifth goal.
On February 5th 1999, Bondra scored three consecutive goals in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
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On this date in hockey history, February 5th 1980, Detroit's Joe Louis Arena rocked with the return of 51 year old Gordie Howe in the 32nd NHL All Star game. In a classy move, Howe was added to the roster by Wales Conference coach Scotty Bowman and earned an assist on the last goal of the Wales 6-3 victory.

So who was better, Gretzky or Lemieux? Well, on this date in hockey history,February 4th 1997, Mario Lemieux scored his 600th career goal in his 719th game. That's one more game than it took Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux is the only player to score 600 goals playing for only one team during his career.

On this date in hockey history, February 3rd 1982, Grant Mulvey of the Chicago Black hawks had a game for the ages with four goals and an assist in the first period of a 9-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues. He added a goal and an assist later that game, finishing with seven points.

On this date in hockey history, February 3rd, 1954, Dave “Tiger” Williams was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan. Known primarily for his playing days with the Toronto Maple Leafs (407 games played) and the Vancouver Canucks (312), Tiger also played with Los Angeles (162), Detroit (55) and Hartford (26). Williams is by far the all time NHL career leader in penalty minutes with 3.966. While known as an enforcer, Tiger was also a skilled player who scored 241 NHL goals and 513 points. But he knew his role was to keep the opposition honest. His famous quote was (paraphrased) “I came into the league as a crusher, thought I was a rusher, the next thing you know I was an usher.”

This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, February 8th 1936, Charlie Conacher beat New York Rangers goalie Dave Kerr scoring the first penalty shot in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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This day in Chicago Blackhawks history, February 8th 1992, in a 3-1 victory on the road against the St. Louis Blues Steve Larmer played in his 776th consecutive game with the Hawks tying the NHL record for most consecutive games played with one team, He tied the record set by Craig Ramsay with the Buffalo Sabres.
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This day in hockey history, February 8th 1972, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 with in spite of goaltender Bruce Gamble having a heart attack during the game.
Gamble said that he experienced discomfort in the first period,
Gamble actually fell down during the game but did not complain of problems until after the game. He traveled with the team to Oakland on February 9 in preparation for a game that evening against the California Golden Seals. When chest pains continued, Gamble was admitted to an Oakland hospital where it was found that he had had a heart attack. He Gamble did not play professional hockey again.
Ten years later, Gamble died of another heart attack, hours after a practice session with an "old-timers" hockey team, the Niagara Falls Flames. On December 29, 1982, after a practice session the evening before with the Flames, Gamble woke up with chest pains, and died at a hospital in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the age of 44.
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This day in hockey history, February 15th 1999, Wayne Gretzky opened up a 1,000 point lead over Gordie Howe in the career scoring race with five assists during the New York Rangers 7-4 victory over the Nashville Predators in Gretzky's only game ever in Nashville.
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This day in hockey history, February 15th 1922, the original Ottawa Senators tied the Montreal Canadiens with Ottawa's Harry "Punch" Broadbent extending his NHL record goal scoring streak to 16 consecutive games.
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This day in hockey history, February 17th 1960, Gump Worsley was injured in the second period of a game against the Chicago Black suffering torn tendons in his stick hand when the skate of the Chicago Black Hawks' Bobby Hull tore through his glove during the first minute of the second period.
In those days, NHL teams carried only one goalie. A home team was required to have an emergency backup in the stands who could finish the game for either the home or visiting goalie if either were injured and unable to continue.
Joe Schaefer, who worked at an office-equipment company by day, had been the Rangers' statistician since the early 1950's while also serving as a goalie in practices and sometimes as a penalty-clock timekeeper or a goal judge. He was the emergency goalie for Ranger home games, although his experience had been confined to playing goal for the Sands Point Tigers of the amateur Metropolitan Hockey League and six minor league games over four seasons, presumably in a similar emergency capacity.
As Worsley left for St. Clare's Hospital on that February night, the game was delayed for 23 minutes while Schaefer donned a Ranger jersey. He was 35 years old and something on the paunchy side, at 5 feet 8 inches and evidently about 200 pounds. Now he would be facing blistering shots from the likes of Hull. His counterpart in the Chicago goal happened to be Glenn Hall, a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Rangers were leading, 1-0, when Schaefer entered the game, but lost by 5-1. ''Schaefer had little to offer except courage,'' Joe Nichols wrote in The New York Times. But he managed to make 17 saves. He became the first native New Yorker to play for the Broadway Blueshirts. He played 39 minutes and finished with a 7.69 GAA.
On March 8, 1961, Schaefer got another chance, with Hull and Worsley the protagonists again. This time, Hull came in on a breakaway in the 14th minute of the opening period. When Worsley stretched to block Hull's wrist shot, he suffered a torn thigh muscle and left on a stretcher.
The Rangers and Black Hawks were tied at 1-1 when Schaefer emerged from the press box once more to become the New York goalie. Chicago won by 4-3, but one Black Hawk goal against Schaefer was deflected in off a Ranger defenseman and another came on a two-on-one breakaway. He played 47 minutes, surrendered three goals and made 27 saves to roars of approval from the crowd of 8,515.
Schaefer continued as the emergency goalie until the mid-1960's, when the N.H.L. began requiring teams to dress two goaltenders for each game, but he never again donned the pads. He remained a Ranger statistician until 1986, then retired to South Carolina.
Schaefer was paid $100 for each of the games he played in, a hefty raise over the $10 per game he was receiving for handling the statistics and waiting in the wings.
He also gained a niche in the record books. He is listed on page 1,703 of ''Total Hockey'', the N.H.L.'s official encyclopedia, right after Terry Sawchuk, considered by many to be hockey's greatest goalie. You can look it up.
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THE FORGOTTEN NHL ALL STAR GAME, BUFFALO NY 1959
On this day in hockey history, February 17th 1959 an NHL All-Star Game was played to benefit Bill Dobbyn, a highly-regarded 23-year-old NHL Rangers prospect defenseman who was getting experience with the Rangers farm team, the AHL Buffalo Bisons. Dobbyn had lost an eye after he was accidentally clipped by a stick during an American Hockey League game. 9,368 fans packed a sold-out Memorial Auditorium to see the NHL's finest play their hometown Herd.
Future NHL Hall-of-Famers; Johnny Bower, Glen Hall, Pierre Pilote, Bill Gadsby, Ted Lindsay, Johnny Buczyk, Bobby Hull, Donnie Marshall, Brian Cullen, Forbes Kennedy and Ian Cushenan were just some of the bright stars on the NHL squad that night.
They were coached by the unlikely duo of New York Rangers head coach Phil Watson and Black Hawks bench boss Rudy Pilous. Sworn enemies since their junior amateur coaching days, they managed to put aside their differences for this charity event. The Bisons were managed by Fred Hunt and Frank Eddolls.
Master of Ceremonies Ralph Hubbell started the night off with an emotional introduction of Bill Dobbyn. The roof was almost blown off the top of the Aud when the crowd rocked the building with a two-minute standing ovation. “It was thrill to meet all those players." Dobbyn said. “I remember them all shaking hands with me, telling me I had a bright future.” Dobbyn received various cash awards and gifts from a host of different charities. The event raised more than $25,000 for Dobbyn to start his life over with, though he would eventually lace up his skates again a few years later and played with several teams in various minor leagues. He finally retired after playing with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League in 1968.
As for the game, "Terrible Ted" Lindsay scored twice to lead the All-Stars to a 6-2 win. Bill Dineen bagged the two Bisons goals during the third period to make the score a little more respectable. Dobbyn said afterward "I shall be grateful to them. Words simply cannot express my gratitude or that of my parents."
All-Stars lineup — G: Glenn Hall (CHI), Johnny Bower (TOR), Bruce Gamble (NY).
D: Pierre Pilote (CHI); Warren Godfrey (DET); Bill Gadsby, Lou Fontinato (NY); Albert Langlois, Ian Cushenan (MTL); Fern Flaman (BOS).
F: Bobby Hull, Ted Lindsay, Eddie Litzenberger (CHI); Johnny Bucyk, Don McKenney, Jerry Toppazzini (BOS); Ron Stewart, Brian Cullen, Bert Olmstead (TOR); Andy Bathgate, Earl Ingarfield (NY); Forbes Kennedy (DET); Donnie Marshall (MTL).
Bisons lineup — G: Marcel Paille.
D: Ivan Irwin, Frank Martin, Gus Mortson, Ron Ingram, Doug Barkley.
F: Larry Wilson, Dick Gamble, Wally Hergesheimer, Orland Kurtenbach, Eddie Kachur, Bill Sweeney, Billy Dea, Bruce Cline, Bill Dineen, Parker MacDonald, Gerry Foley.
First period — NHL1: Lindsay (Litzenberger) 1:11. NHL2: Bathgate (Ingarfield, Olmstead) 5:30. NHL3: Cullen (Bathgate, Olmstead) 12:28. Penalties — Buf: Wilson (tripping) 8:24. NHL: Toppazzini (tripping) and Langlois (holding) 17:46.
Second period — NHL4: Lindsay 2 (Litzenberger, Hull) 6:48. NHL5: Olmstead (Cullen) 11:51. NHL6: Langlois (Toppazzini, Cushenan) 18:01. Penalties — none.
Third period — BUF1: Dineen (Mortson, MacDonald) 4:31. BUF2: Dineen 2 (Irwin) 19:06. Penalties — none.
Shots — All-Stars: 10+18+12=40. Buffalo: 8+7+10=25.
Referee: Eddie Powers. Linesmen: Bob Barnes and Jack Bell.
Att.: 9,368 (sellout)
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This day in hockey history, February 17th 1979, Bernie Parent injured his eye in a game against the Rangers, at the Spectrum.
Parent was a solid but not outstanding goalie with the Flyers in the late 1960's and was traded to Toronto in 1971, a move that left him in tears, questioning his career.
With the Maple Leafs, Parent was paired up with his idol, the legendary Jacques Plante. Every goalie has a system, and Plante perfected Parent’s, both physically and mentally: Stay square to the shooter. Cut off the angles. Visualize yourself making saves in every situation; two-on-ones, power plays, penalty shots. Parent eventually returned to Philadelphia as the NHL’s best goaltender, and would lead the Flyers to two Stanley Cup championships.
In February 1979, as a tussle in front of the goal crease sent a New York Ranger crashing to the ice, a stick swung into the right eyehole of Parent’s old-school Friday the 13th-style face mask. The trauma plunged him into darkness. That night, as he lay in bed at Pennsylvania Hospital, completely blind, wondering if he’d ever see again, he tried to stay upbeat. “This is what happens to old goalies, I guess,” he said. “You forget to duck.” Two weeks after the injury, Parent’s vision returned, but his right eye would never focus properly again. His goaltending days were over.
Parent has a confession to make. It’s May 19, 1974, game six of his first Stanley Cup finals, and he’s nine seconds away from shutting out the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum. Nine seconds away from Philadelphia’s first hockey championship and his own immortality. There’s a face-off at the opposite end of the ice from Parent’s net, leaving Boston almost no hope of breaking the 1-0 shutout and forcing overtime, until the puck ends up on the stick of Bobby Orr, the Bruins’ fearsome sniper. Parent didn’t see Orr blast a shot the length of the rink, just wide of the Flyers goal, because Parent was staring up at the clock, watching time run out. “I didn’t know where the puck was, man!” he says. “If his shot is on net, it’s a goal. Who knows what happens then. Maybe we don’t win a championship. It just shows you how the universe works, you believe, you believe, you believe! The question is, is there a power that takes over? My answer is, absolutely yes!”
He told a funny story' “I was in New York six years ago, signing autographs,” Parent says, his English still colored with French. “This girl, 17 years old, has no clue who I am. She says, ‘Can I have an autograph for my brother?’ I said sure. She said, ‘Are those championship rings? This is great! They made ones for the parents, too!’” She had misunderstood the “PARENT” inscription on the rings.
In 486 career games with the Flyers, Parent was 232-141-103 with a 2.42 GAA and 50 shutouts.
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This day in hockey history, February 17th 1974, the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers played to a 2-2 tie at the Forum in a game that featured a memorable brawl.
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This day in hockey history, February 18th 1918, the Montreal Canadiens shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-0 with goalie Georges Vézina recording the first shutout in NHL history, No wonder his name is on that trophy.
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This date in hockey history, February 18th 1967, Rogie Vachon played in his first NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings and the first shot he faced was a breakaway by Gordie Howe. Vachon made the save and the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 3-2 at the Forum.
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On this date in hockey history, February 24th 1980, the US Olympic hockey team clinched the gold medal by defeating Finland 4-2. With the US losing 2-1 to Finland after two periods, perhaps suffering an emotional let downs after their stunning 4-3 upset victory against the Soviet Union. Realizing that his team needed an adrenaline boost, coach Herb Brooks addressed his players in the locker room with one of the greatest and shortest motivational speeches ever:


"If you lose this game, you'll take it to your fucking graves.

Your fucking graves."


USA scored three times in the third period for the win. The win gave USA a 2-0-1 record in the medal round for first place with the Soviets finishing in second with a 2-1-0 record for the silver medal.
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On this date in hockey history, February 24th, 1982, the Edmonton Oilers played at Buffalo. Wayne Gretzky rolled into town with 76 goals and the watch was on for him to break Phil Esposito's single season goal scoring record. Esposito had been attending Gretzky's recent games and was in Buffalo that night along with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn who were filming a movie there. Gretzky was facing his boyhood idol Gilbert Perreault who rose to the occassion with a three goal hattrick as the game was tied 3-3 late in the third period. Although Gretzky had assisted on two of the three Oilers goals he was scoreless despite several opportunities thanks especially to an incredible save by goalie Don Edwards on a sure goal. As the drama reached a crescendo late in the game Gretzky pounced on a loose puck and scored the record breaking goal with 6:36 remaining. The game was halted briefly so that Esposito could join Gretzky on the ice for a brief ceremony congratulating him for his achievement. The picture showing Gretzky scoring his famous goal showed Sabres defenseman Richie Dunn but Dunn declared, “It wasn't my fault. Steve Patrick had the puck and lost it. I had to come over to cover him but the picture makes it look like I was at fault.” Gretzky added another goal with 1:44 left and again with 17 seconds on the clock to complete his hat trick and give the Oilers a 6-3 victory. After the game it was like Hollywood east with Reynolds and Hawn joining the festivities, a preview of Gretzky's future career move to Los Angeles.
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