This date in hockey history -- March

This day in hockey history, March 31st 1991, the Boston Bruins beat the Hartford Whalers and not just on the scoreboard with a 7-3 win. Chris Nilan set an NHL record with ten penalties in the game. No stranger to fighting, Nolan estimated that he had had 300 street fights while growing up in Boston. Playing in front of the home town fans that game, Nilan had six minors, two fighting majors, a misconduct, and a game misconduct for a total of 42 penalty minutes. Nilan is second behind Tiger Williams with 3,043 career penalty minutes but is first with an average of 4:42 PIM's per game.
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Mr. Hockey was born today on March 31st 1928 in Floral Saskatchewan. Gordie Howe played 2,421 games of professional hockey, more than any other player. Gordie had 22 consecutive 20+ goal seasons in the NHL plus five in the WHA for 27 consecutive seasons scoring at least 20 goals. That's just incredible. And it gets even better, he finished in the top five NHL scorers for 20 straight seasons. He was a member of four Stanley Cup champion teams in Detroit and two Avco Cup champions in the WHA, won six Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring, six Hart Trophies as NHL MVP, and
was named to the official end of season all star team 21 consecutive seasons (12 times on the first team and 9 times on the second team). Gordie is a legendary player who transcended sports to become a cultural icon. He even made it onto the Simpson's.
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This day in hockey history, March 31st 1996, Grant Fuhr's NHL record for 76 consecutive games played by a goaltender came to an end when he was injured during an 8-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
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This day in Buffalo Sabres history, March 31st 1991, the Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 at the Aud in Buffalo with Alexander Mogilny scoring his first career NHL hat trick.
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This day in hockey history, March 31st 1951, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in game three of the Stanley Cup semi finals at the Montreal Forum with rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk previewing his career as the NHL's all time bet goaltender by recording his first career playoff shutout.
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This day in Chicago Blackhawks history, March 31st 1994, Jeremy Roenick scored a goal to become the first player in Chicago Blackhawks history to get 100 points for three consecutive seasons.
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Happy birthday to Tom Barrasso, born March 31st 1965 in Stow Massachusetts. He started playing goaltender at the age of five years and by the time he was a teenager, was playing in net for Acton-Boxborough high school with fellow future NHL players Bob Sweeney and Jeff Norton, Barrasso was considered one of the most promising American goaltending prospects of all time. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 5th overall pick in 1983. Skipping a college career, he went straight from high school to the NHL. At the time of his debut with the Sabres on October 5, 1983, less than six months after graduating from high school, Barrasso was the youngest goaltender to play and win a game in the NHL since Harry Lumley nearly forty years prior. He won the Calder Trophy and Vezina Trophy in his first season, becoming the third player to win both awards in the same year.
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This day in hockey history, March 30th 1944, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs played the deciding game five of their Stanley Cup semi final series, with the Habs whalloping the Leafs 11-0, including a record seven  goals in one period (the third), five of them scored in a span of 3:36.

This day in hockey history, March 30th 1944, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs played the deciding game five of their Stanley Cup semi final series, with the Habs whalloping the Leafs 11-0, including a record seven  goals in one period (the third), five of them scored in a span of 3:36.
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This day in hockey history, March 30th 1989, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 9-5 to the visiting Hartford Whalers but it certainly wasn't because Mario Lemieux had a poor game. Mario scored four goals including his 13th shorthanded goal of the season breaking the previous record of 12 held by Wayne Gretzky.
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This day in hockey history, March 30th 1988, the Los Angeles Kings Jimmy Carson became the first U.S. born player to score 50 goals and 50 assists in a season. He finished the season with 55 goals and 52 assists for 107 points.
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This day in hockey history, March 30th 1925, the WCHL Victoria Cougars defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 to complete their best of five series win three games to one. Victoria was the last non NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.
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This day in Philadelphia Flyers history, March 29th 1979, rookie goalie Robbie Moore recorded his second career shutout in only five games as the Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 at the Spectrum. He had previously blanked the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on March 6th. With the Flyers, Moore was unbeaten during the regular season with a 3-0-1 record surrendering only seven goals in 237 minutes played for a 1.77 GAA, outstanding in any era but especially so in the higher scoring era of the late 1970's.
In the playoffs it was a different story, in five playoff games, he had a 4.03 GAA and an .838 SP although he did have a winning record at 3-2. He also picked up two assists in those ten games played.
He didn't play in another NHL game until the 1982-83 season when he appeared in one game playing only 20 minutes with the Washington Capitals surrendering one goal.
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This day in Montreal Canadiens history, March 29th 1951 , the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in game two of the Stanley Cup semi finals at Detroit. Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored the winning goal at 42:20 of overtime. This was Richard's second consecutive OT game winner.
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This day in Boston Bruins history, March 29th 1929, the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup Championship with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, Sweeping the best of three series in two games. Harry Oliver scored a goal and an assist, and Bill Carson netted the game winning goal.
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This day in Boston Bruins history, March 29th 1929, the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup Championship with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, Sweeping the best of three series in two games. Harry Oliver scored a goal and an assist, and Bill Carson netted the game winning goal.
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This day in hockey history, March 29th 1919, the Montreal Canadiens rallied from an 0-3 deficit by scoring three times in the third period to send the game to overtime where Jack McDonald's goal at 15:57 of OT beat the Seattle Metropolitans 4 -3 in game five of the Stanley Cup finals. The series was never completed because of the flu epidemic.
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This day in hockey history, March 29th 1919, the Montreal Canadiens rallied from an 0-3 deficit by scoring three times in the third period to send the game to overtime where Jack McDonald's goal at 15:57 of OT beat the Seattle Metropolitans 4 -3 in game five of the Stanley Cup finals. The series was never completed because of the flu epidemic.
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This day in hockey history, March 29th 2006, Jaromir Jagr picked up four assists to set a new Rangers single season scoring record with 110 points, breaking Jean Ratelle's record of 109. he finished the season with 54 goals and 69 assists for 123 points.

This day in New York Rangers history, March 29th 1999, Wayne Gretzky scores the game winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders for the final goal of his NHL career. This was his 1,072nd of his professional career including all WHA and NHL regular season and playoff games. Of course this is the most goals ever scored by an individual player.
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On this date in hockey history, March 29th 1951, Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored a dramatic overtime game winning goal in the third overtime as the Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in the second game of the Stanley Cup semi finals. The third seeded Canadiens eliminated the first seeded Red Wings in six games but lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the famous 1951 finals where every game went into overtime culminated by Bill Barilko's celebrated winning goal. 

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On this date in hockey history, March 29th 1970, Tony Esposito was a rookie goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. That night he shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 at Chicago Stadium to set the modern NHL record for most shutouts in a single season with 15, earning him the nickname Tony O.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1982 , the Hartford Whalers lost 5-2 to the Minnesota North Stars with Blaine Stoughton scoring his 50th goal of the season for the Whale for the second time in his career.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1991, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers tied 4-4 with Al MacInnis scoring a goal and three assists in the first period to reach the 100 points. MacInnis was only the 4th defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 28th 1990, the Leafs lost 6-3 to the New York Islanders but Gary Leeman scored a goal to become the second player in team history to score 50 goals in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1987 , the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at the Fabulous Forum with Joe Mullen scoring a penalty shot goals against goaltender Al Jensen. Or did he? The goal was disallowed after Mullen's stick was measured and found to have an illegally curved blade.


This day in hockey history, March 28th 1975, Nelson Pyatt scored two third period goals leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the California Golden Seals for the only road victory of their first season. The win ended their NHL record 37 game road losing streak. The Capitals finished the year 1-39-0 on the road. 

Tommy Williams was the games second star with two assists. After the game in the locker room he picked up the trash can and held it over his head like the Stanley Cup and passed it to his teammates who paraded it around the room. 

Ron Low got the win and finished with a 5.45 GAA that season. That road win was the highlight of the season. The lowlight? Being outscored 446 to 181, a goal differential of 245.?Bill Mikkelsons immortal -82? A 17 game losing streak? A final record of 8-67-5 for a meager 21 points? Or was it the white pants?

The Capitals actually started the season as the only team in NHL history to wear white pants. "Somebody thought them up and didn't think through them," Low said of the white pants. "It was a joke. They rarely stayed clean. The pads get rubbed against the boards and it gets really filthy. After 10 or 12 games you couldn't really tell if it was white or not anyway. It was a really bad idea. The whole concept was really foolish.”
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1973 , the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 with Jacques Plante in the nets earning his 434th and final NHL career victory. Visit vintagehockeyjerseys.net for more vintage hockey


On this date in hockey history, March 28th, 1950, Gordie Howe required life saving surgery following a skull fracture suffered when he fell into the boards in the opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Below is a rare photo of Gordie wearing a helmet worn during his return to play following his hospital stay.

This day in hockey history, March 28th 1922, Babe Dye scored four goals for the Toronto St. Patricks who defeated the Vancouver Millionaires 5-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the finals to become the 1922 Stanley Cup Champions.
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On March 28th, 1962, Gordie Howe played in his 1,396th NHL game, picking up an assist in the 7-2 loss at Chicago Stadium. With that point, Howe became the first player in league history with 1,500 career points.
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On this date in hockey history, March 27, 1982, the Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record for the fastest two goals to start a game when Mark Messier and Dave Lumley scored in the first 24 seconds of the game. The Oilers defeated the Los Angels Kings 6-2 at the Fabulous Forum.
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This date in hockey history, March 28th, 1982, Wayne Gretzky scored his 92nd goal of the season at Los Angeles in the Oilers 79th game. Wayne had an off night only with a pair of points with one goal and a helper. The 92 goals remains an NHL record for most goals in a single season and seems unbreakable.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1922, Babe Dye scored four goals for the

This day in New York Rangers history, March 29th 1999, Wayne Gretzky scores the game winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders for te final goal of his NHL career. This was his 1,072nd of his professional career including all WHA and NHL regular season and playoff games. Of course this is the most goals ever scored by an individual player.
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This day in hockey history, March 29th 2006, Jaromir Jagr picked up four assists to set a new Rangers single season scoring record with 110 points, breaking Jean Ratelle's record of 109. he finished the season w


Toronto St. Patricks who defeated the Vancouver Millionaires 5-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the finals to become the 1922 Stanley Cup Champions.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1973 , the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 with Jacques Plante in the nets earning his 434th and final NHL career victory.
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This day in hockey history, March 2tth 1975, Nelson Pyatt scored two third period goals leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the California Golden Seals for the only road victory of their first season. The win ended their NHL record 37 game road losing streak. The Capitals finished the year 1-39-0 on the road.

Tommy Williams was the games second star with two assists. After the game in the locker room he picked up the trash can and held it over his head like the Stanley Cup and passed it to his teammates who paraded it around the room.


Ron Low got the win and finished with a 5.45 GAA that season. That road win was the highlight of the season. The lowlight? Being outscored 446 to 181, a goal differential of 245.?Bill Mikkelsons immortal -82? A 17 game losing streak? A final record of 8-67-5 for a meager 21 points? Or was it the white pants?

The Capitals actually started the season as the only team in NHL history to wear white pants. "Somebody thought them up and didn't think through them," Low said of the white pants. "It was a joke. They rarely stayed clean. The pads get rubbed against the boards and it gets really filthy. After 10 or 12 games you couldn't really tell if it was white or not anyway. It was a really bad idea. The whole concept was really foolish.”
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1982, Wayne Gretzky scored his 92nd goal of the season as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-2. Back in 1982 goal scoring was acceptable unlike today's game where shots on goal are discouraged.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1982 , the Hartford Whalers lost 5-2 to the Minnesota North Stars with Blaine Stoughton scoring his 50th goal of the season for the Whale for the second time in his career.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1987 , the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at the Fabulous Forum with Joe Mullen scoring a penalty shot goals against goaltender Al Jensen. Or did he? The goal was disallowed after Mullen's stick was measured and found to have an illegally curved blade.

This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 28th 1990, the Leafs lost 6-3 to the New York Islanders but Gary Leeman scored a goal to become the second player in team history to score 50 goals in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1991, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers tied 4-4 with Al MacInnis scoring a goal and three assists in the first period to reach the 100 points. MacInnis was only the 4th defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 28th 1967 , the Detroit Red Wings lost 7-2 to the Chicago Black Hawks with Gordie Howe picking up one assist in his 1,396th game to become the first player in NHL history to score 1,500 career points.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 27th 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 with Larry Murphy scoring a goal and an assist to become the 4th defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points. Murphy lead all NHL players with four Stanley Cup wins in the 1990's, two with the Penguins and two with the Red Wings. He finished his career with 1,216 points.
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This day in hockey history, March 27th 1985, the Los Angeles Kings lost 4-3 to the Calgary Flames with Marcel Dionne becoming the third player in NHL history to reach the 1,500 career points.
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This day in hockey history, March 27th 1982, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-4 at the Fabulous Forum.with rookie Bernie Nicholls scoring his third hat trick in 10 days.
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On this day in Buffalo Sabres history, March 27th 1970 Seymour Knox III with Northrup Knox and Punch Imlach presented the prototypes for the Buffalo Sabres new jerseys. Punch imported the same striping pattern used on his late 1960's Maple Leafs teams. The jersey on the right is actually identical to the Leafs jersey with blue stripes but with a Sabres logo. The jersey on the left shows the Sabres colors of gold and blue but the stripes appear to be sewn on rather than knit into the jersey suggesting this sample is a pre-production prototype. The Sabres would add gold striping to the white jersey with Punch saying that was because the Sabres are a classier organization than the Leafs.
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This day in hockey history, March 26th 1983a. the Minnesota North Stars defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 with center Neal Broten becoming the first U.S. born player to score 100 points in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 26th 1980, Chicago's Tony Esposito became the first goaltender in history to record eight 30-win seasons in the NHL.
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This day in hockey history, March 26th 1963, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Johnny Bower picked up as assist becoming the first leaf goaltender to earn an assist in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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This day in hockey history, March 25th 1982, during a 7-2 Edmonton Oilers victory over the Calgary Flames, Wayne Gretzky scored two shorthanded goals in 27 seconds, setting an NHL record for the fastest pair of shorties by an individual player.
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This day in hockey history, March 25th 1980, in the same game that Pierre Larouche scored his 50th in Montreal's 8-4 win over Chicago his linemate Steve Shutt became the first player in NHL history to score a goal against 20 different teams in the same season. Of course this wasn't possible until the 1979-80 season when the league had 21 member franchises for the first time following the expansion to add four former WHA teams.
Then later that same day Charlie Simmer became the second player in the NHL history to score a goal against 20 teams in one season, scoring in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. How unlikely that two players would accomplish this on the same day.
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This day in hockey history, March 25th 1980, Pierre Larouche scored his 50th goal of the season in the Montreal Canadiens 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to become the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season with two different teams. He had put up 53 with the Penguins in the 1975-76 season.
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This day in hockey history, March 24th 1982, the ?St. Louis Blues defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 with Rick Vaive scoring to become the first 50 goal scorer in Leafs history.
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This day in New York Rangers history, March 24th 1978, the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 11-4 led by Phil Esposito's four points on three goals and an assist. This was his 29th career hat trick setting a new NHL record. Bobby Hull held the previous record with 28.
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This day in hockey history, March 24th 1981, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4-3 with goaltender Mario Lessard setting a team record for the most wins in a season with 34. And he really had to work for it, making 65 saves because the Kings were out shot 68-19.
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This day in hockey history, March 23rd 1944, Maurice Richard was playing in only his second career playoff game and scored all five goals to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Richard had spent the entire day moving his residence from one third floor apartment to another and was completely exhausted by game time. Maybe he should have moved more often. After the game the announcer intoned "The third star tonight: Maurice Richard" and the Forum fans responded by booing vociferously. How could Maurice be the third star? He just scored five goals ! When the second star was announced as Maurice Richard the crowd began to buzz and a swelling cheer began to fill the building. When Richard was inevitably announced as the first star the crowd erupted. Of course he was. He was all three stars on that night !
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This day in hockey history, march 23rd 1952, Bill Mosienko set an NHL record for fastest three goals by one player when he notched a hattrick in just 21 seconds to lead the Chicago Black Hawks to a 7-6 win against the New York Rangers. a sparse crowd of 3,254 saw history made as Mosienko's scored his fifth 5th and final NHL hat trick.
Just two nights before the game, Mosienko was looking through the NHL record book with a friend and remarked how he would like to see his name in there someday.
With the last place Black Hawks meeting the fifth place Rangers, this was an underwhelming original six matchup and the Rangers closed the upper mezzanine leaving the lower 6,000 seats available for the historic game. They even started their third string goalie Lorne Anderson for only his third NHL game because Chuck Rayner and Emile Francis were fatigued.
The Rangers had a 6-2 lead in the third period when Mosienko took a Gus Bodnar setup and scored at 6:09. Bodnar won the next faceoff, ragged the puck a few seconds, then fed a streaking Mosienko, who beat Anderson at 6:20. On the next faceoff, Bodnar won the puck over to left winger George Gee, who laid a timing pass to Mosienko for another goal at 6:30 to narrow the score to 6-5 and set the record for the fastest hat trick in NHL history.
Chicago coach Ebbie Goodfellow kept the Bodnar line on the ice for another faceoff against the reeling Rangers. Bodnar won the draw again and got the puck to Mosienko who rang his shot off the post or it would have easily been four goals in 28 seconds.”
When Mosienko skated to the bench after that shot off the iron, Goodfellow barked at him: “What the heck happened? You in a slump?” Chicago scored two more goals to win the game 6-5.
Mosienko’s three goals in 21 seconds was 43 seconds better bettered than Carl Liscombe’s 1938 record of three goals in 64 seconds. The closest anyone has come to that since is 44 seconds by Jean Beliveau in 1955.
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This day in hockey history, March 22nd 1970, the Boston Bruins defeated the Minnesota North Stars 5-0 with Bobby Orr scoring two goals and two assists in to become the first defenseman in NHL history to score 30 goals in a season.
March 22nd 1975, Boston defenseman Bobby Orr scored his 9th (and final) career hat trick, and added an assist in an 8-2 Bruins' win against the Capitals in Boston.
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This day in hockey history, March 22nd 1981, the Minnesota North Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 9-3 with rookie Dino Ciccarelli scoring four goals, his first NHL hat trick.
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This day in hockey history, March 20th 1983, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 with Al Secord scoring twice and added two assists to become the second Black Hawks' player after Bobby Hull to get 50 goals in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 20th 1996, the St. Louis Blues lost 2-1 to the Dallas Stars with Grant Fuhr in the nets. becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to start 71 games in one season.
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This day in hockey history, March 20th 1994, the Los Angeles Kings tied the San Jose Sharks 6-6 with Wayne Gretzky scoring twice to match Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals.
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This day in hockey history. March 20th 1986, the Los Angeles Kings lost 6-3 to the Boston Bruins as Marcel Dionne picked up an assist to move past Phil Esposito into second place on the all time NHL scoring list with his 1,591st career point.
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This date in hockey history, March 20, 1971, at the Montreal Forum two brothers faced off against each other in goal during an NHL game for the first time. The expansion Buffalo Sabres were playing their first season and were on the road against the fabled Montreal Canadiens. Ken Dryden was a rookie goalie who had just been called up from Montreals American league farm team the Montreal Voyageurs. Ken had only played two games for the Canadiens and had been told by coach Al MacNiel that he would not be the starter against Buffalo. Hoping for the historic moment, Sabres coach Punch Imlach named Dave Dryden as his starting goalie but MacNeil listed Rogatien Vachon as his starter. Imlach was thus obligated to start Dave but replaced him with Joe Daley after the first stoppage in play. When Montreal's starting goalie Rogatien Vachon was injured early in the second period he was replaced with Ken Dryden. Imlach seized upon the moment and immediately sent Dave Dryden into the game to make hockey history. When the game ended, Ken skated to the gate but was intercepted by Dave who extended his arm and the two brothers shook hands. The boys father had called Ken before the game and told him he was driving from Toronto to see the brothers even though Ken had told him he wasn't starting. So dad was in the stands to see history made. The Drydens remain the only brothers to play goal against each other in an NHL game.
Of the several photos showing the Dryden brothers shaking hands the one on the left is from that historic game. Dave wore number 28 during that 1970-71 season season only. What's especially interesting is that Ken and Dave are both using the same style face mask. Ken was known for his distinctive style pretzel mask which he had worn at Cornell. Clearly he was trying a different mask in this game, familiar to Sabres fans as the same style worn by Roger Crozier.
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This day in hockey history, March 20th 1977, Guy Lafleur scored a goal to set an NHL record with a point in 23 consecutive games during a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Lafleur broke the previous mark of points in 22 straight games set by Bronco Horvath in 1960.


This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 20th 1957, rookie Frank Mahovlich played in his first NHL game when his Toronto Maple Leafs lost 2-1 to the visiting Canadiens.
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March 20th 1978, Lafleur scored his 300th career NHL goal in a 5-1 win over the Canucks in Vancouver.
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This day in hockey history, March 20th 1969, Bobby Hull broke his own NHL record for most goals in a season of 54 set in 1965-66 when he scored his 54th and 55th goals in a 5-5 tie at Boston.
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On this date in Buffalo Sabres history, March 19, 1981, the Sabres led the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 after one period at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium. The Leafs scored three time in the second but trailed 10-3 at the end of the period because the Sabres tallied nine goals to set an NHL record for most goals in a single period. The final score was 14-4 with Gilbert Perreault scoring three goals and Andre Savard piling up six points with three goals and three helpers. Savard called the game “A great, beautiful night.” Michel “Bunny” Larocque had to feel more like a laboratory rat as he was in the nets for all nine goals in the middle period.
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This day in hockey history, March 19th 1991, Brett Hull scored in a 2-1 Blues win over the Capitals to become the third player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season. This exclusive club includes Wayne Gretzky ( 92 goals in 1981-82 and 87 in 1983-84 ) and Mario Lemieux (85 in 1988-89).
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This day in hockey history, March 19th 1972, the Boston Bruins defeated the Minnesota North Stars 7-3 with Boston goalie Gerry Cheevers extending his impressive NHL record undefeated streak, to 30 straight games (23-0-7). Phil Esposito scored a hat trick and set an NHL record by scoring two power play goals for his 27th PPG of the year.
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This day in New York Rangers history, March 18th 1956, Gump Worsley becomes the last Rangers goaltender to play every second of every game in a season. Worsley appears in all 70 contests, becoming the second goalie to do so.
Gump had a heckuva sense of humor as shown in the following "Gumperisms:"
He didn't wear face protection until the last six games of his career in Minnesota. "My face is my mask," he always said, and it bore the marks of 21 NHL seasons.
While playing with the perennial losing Rangers in the 1950s, Worsley was asked which NHL team scared him the most. "The Rangers," he responded.
Insulted by Rangers coach Phil Watson for having "a beer belly," the rotund Worsley retorted, "Tell Watson I only drink rye."
It was ironic that Worsley would have his greatest success with the Canadiens. His family had been fans of the Montreal Maroons and always rooted against the Canadiens. Worsley went so far as to sign a minor-league contract with a Rangers' affiliate.
Worsley needed both his belief in himself and his sense of humor while playing for the Rangers and his first GM in Montreal, Frank Selke Jr. The great hockey writer, Red Fisher, recalled an incident in which Worsley was hurt shortly after arriving in Montreal. Selke saw Worsley's flabby body on the training table and dispatched him to the AHL Quebec Aces. He might have rotted there had the Canadiens not fired Selke that year and replaced him with Sam Pollock, surely one of smartest men to ever head an NHL franchise.
Worsley had one of the finest years of any NHL goaltender in 1967-68 when he went 19-9-8 with a 1.98 goals-against average. He was even better in the playoffs when he won 11 of 12 games and posted a 1.68 GAA.
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This day in hockey history, March 18th 1996, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 at the fabulous Forum in Los Angeles with Wayne Gretzky scoring his 1,000th pro hockey goal including NHL, WHA, regular season and playoffs. Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull are the only other members of this exclusive club.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1944, the Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL team to go undefeated for an entire season at home. Their record was 22-0-3 at the Forum.
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This day in hockey history, March 18th 2000, Ray Bourque became the first defenseman in NHL history to score 400 career goals when he scored in a 4-3 Boston Bruins loss to the visiting Atlanta Thrasers.
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This day in New York Rangers history, March 18th 1956, Gump Worsley becomes the last Rangers goaltender to play every second of every game in a season. Worsley appears in all 70 contests, becoming the second goalie to do so.
Gump had a heckuva sense of humor as shown in the following "Gumperisms:"
He didn't wear face protection until the last six games of his career in Minnesota. "My face is my mask," he always said, and it bore the marks of 21 NHL seasons.
While playing with the perennial losing Rangers in the 1950s, Worsley was asked which NHL team scared him the most. "The Rangers," he responded.
Insulted by Rangers coach Phil Watson for having "a beer belly," the rotund Worsley retorted, "Tell Watson I only drink rye."
It was ironic that Worsley would have his greatest success with the Canadiens. His family had been fans of the Montreal Maroons and always rooted against the Canadiens. Worsley went so far as to sign a minor-league contract with a Rangers' affiliate.
Worsley needed both his belief in himself and his sense of humor while playing for the Rangers and his first GM in Montreal, Frank Selke Jr. The great hockey writer, Red Fisher, recalled an incident in which Worsley was hurt shortly after arriving in Montreal. Selke saw Worsley's flabby body on the training table and dispatched him to the AHL Quebec Aces. He might have rotted there had the Canadiens not fired Selke that year and replaced him with Sam Pollock, surely one of smartest men to ever head an NHL franchise.
Worsley had one of the finest years of any NHL goaltender in 1967-68 when he went 19-9-8 with a 1.98 goals-against average. He was even better in the playoffs when he won 11 of 12 games and posted a 1.68 GAA.
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Happy birthday to Guy Lapointe, born on this day in hockey history March 18th 1948 in Montreal, Quebec.
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This day in hockey history, a historic moment on March 17th 1940, when the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-2 in the final game of the regular season, linemates Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the NHL scoring race.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1987, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 at the Spectrum with Tim Kerr scoring to become the 7th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in four consecutive seasons.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1990, the Minnesota North Stars defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 with rookie Mike Modano scoring his first NHL hat trick.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1990, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Boston Bruins 5-4 with Wayne Gretzky picking up his 100th assist of the season for the 10th consecutive season, an NHL record.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1983, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-4 with Darryl Sittler scoring his 40th goal of the season along with an assist. Mark Howe tallies a pair of assists to earn second-star honors.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th March 17, 1938, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Montreal Maroons 6-3 in a game that surprisingly had zero penalties. It was the Maroons final season and thus was the final game in the NHL's battle of Montreal.
At the corner of Atwater and St. Catherine streets in downtown Montreal sits the old Montreal Forum, the cornerstone of a run down stretch of the city that was once teeming with tourists, tavern-goers, and tried and true hockey fans.
Like the neighbourhood itself, the building is a shell of its former glory, its history hallowed out by progress, replaced with a movie theatre, comedy club, electronics store and an Italian restaurant.
For decades, the Forum was the home of the Montreal Canadiens and if its walls could talk, it would regale us with stories of Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden and Guy Lafluer, and talk at length about the banners that once hung high along its rafters.
It may surprise you to learn, however, that the Forum was never built for the Montreal Canadiens but for Montreal's other NHL hockey team of lore, the Montreal Maroons.
Favoured by Montreal's English-speaking community at the time, the Maroons enjoyed moderate success in the 20's, winning two Stanley Cups of their own, with help from roster players like King Clancy and Toe Blake, men who would also leave sizable footprints in hockey history.
The Great Depression was the beginning of the end for the Maroons, both that club and the Canadiens struggling to find a fan base during those difficult times. Ultimately, despite a Cup win in '34-'35 season, hard times caught up to the Maroons and, with the Habs having a much larger francophone fan base, the owners decided to sell the team to interests in Philadelphia.
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This day in hockey history, March 17th 1945, in the 50th and final game of the 1944-45 season the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2 at Boston with Maurice Richard scoring a goal to become the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season.
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This day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 16th 1935, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 behind Charlie Conacher's three goals, his 12th career hat trick. Never known for his defensive prowess, nonetheless Conacher replaced injured goaltender George Hainsworth for the final three minutes of the game and shutout the Canadiens.
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Happy Birthday to Roger Crozier born on this day March 16th, 1942 in Bracebridge, Ontario.
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This day in hockey history, March 16th 2002, with Scotty Bowman behind the bench the Detroit Red Wings lost 2-1 to the Boston Bruins. This was Bowman's 578th career loss, more losses than any other coach in NHL history. Of course he also had 1,240 victories. Al Arbour held the previous record with 577 losses.
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This day in hockey history, March 16th 1995, the Quebec Nordiques retired Michel Goulet's jersey number 16.
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On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, March 16, 1957, the Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 14-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens, setting a team record for the most goals scored in a single game. Two Leafs players had three goals each that night, Sid Smith and Brian Cullen, victimizing Rangers goalie Gump Worsley for their hattricks. The only Leafs who failed to pick up a goal or an assist were goaltender Ed Chadwick and defenseman Jimmy Thompson. In spite of this lopsided score, the Rangers finished ahead of the Leafs in the standings, making the playoffs with a 26-30-14 record for 66 points while the Leafs missed the playoffs at 21-34-15 for 57 points. The Rangers were defeated by eventual Stanley Cup champion Montreal in five games in the playoffs.
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This day in hockey history, March 16th 1993, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost 4-3 to the Hartford Whalers with Brian Bradley scoring his 39th goal to set an NHL record for most goals by a player on a first year expansion team. Bradley broke the mark of 38 set by Gilbert Perreault of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970-71.
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This day in hockey history, March 16th 1961, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 with Bernie Geoffrion scoring his 50th goal of the season to become the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season to tie the record his former teammate Maurice Richard in the 1944-45 season.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 2004, Alexander Mogilny became the second Russian player to score 1,000 NHL points, when he picked up three assists in a 6-5 win by the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime against his old team the Buffalo Sabres.
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This day in New York Rangers history, March 15th 1989, the New York Rangers honored former goaltender Ed Giacomin by retiring his jersey #1. He joined Rod Gilbert's #7 as the only retired numbers in team history.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 1980, the New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-4 at Maple Leaf Gardens with Carol Vadnais scoring the 10,000th goal in Rangers' history.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 1970, Bobby Orr scored two goals and added two assists to become the first defenseman and fourth player in NHL history to get 100 points in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 1959, the Detroit Redwings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 with Chicago's Ted Lindsay playing in his 928th game to pass Rocket Richard as the NHL's all-time leader in career games.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 1951, Terry Sawchuck earned his 10th shutout of his rookie season becoming the first goalie in NHL history to win 40 games in one season.
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This day in hockey history, March 15th 1941, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Americans 6-0 with Montreal coach Dick Irvin alternating goaltenders Bert Gardiner and Paul Bibeault in seven-minute intervals, for the first "shared shutout" in NHL history. Bert Gardiner is pictured below in an action photo from the 1940-41 season wearing a rare jersey style which was worn from 1938-1941. The Canadiens added the familiar red shoulder yoke for the 1941-42 season.
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This day in hockey history, March 14th 1929, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Montreal Maroons 1-0 with George Hainsworth picking up his 22nd shutout of the season. Hainsworth finished the year with a league record 22 shutouts and he did it in a 44 games schedule. And you thought the game was low scoring today.
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This day in hockey history, March 14th 1933, the Chicago Black Hawks Lost 1-0 to the Boston Bruins even though they scored twice.
How was this possible? Boston was awarded the victory in 1933 when Chicago coach Tommy Gorman was ejected for hollering at the referee and the Chicago players refused to return to the ice as a result.The referee placed the puck at center ice with the score tied 2-2, then Cooney Weiland took the puck and fired it into the empty Chicago goal and the game was forfeited 1-0 to Boston.
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This day in hockey history, March 14th 1971, Ken Dryden made his NHL debut when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Penguins 5-1 at Pittsburgh.
Fans of the Montreal Canadiens knew well of Ken Dryden, who had been an All-American goalie with Cornell University and played on Canada’s national team. The 23 year old was quickly becoming established in Montreal in his first pro season with AHL Voyageurs.
Dryden was impressive in the Canadiens training camp in September, playing in two pre-season games against Chicago and Boston.
He would begin the 1970-71 season studying law, in his second year at McGill University, while at the same time posting a 16-7-8 record, with a 2.68 GAA and 3 shutouts with the Canadiens farm club. After signing a new contract with Montreal in January of 1971, Dryden began focusing more on hockey, referring to his law studies as a “hobby”.
Dryden was officially called up by the Canadiens on March 7, when the team decided to carry three goalies; Dryden, Phil Myre and Rogie Vachon. Coach Al McNeil gave the rookie his first start on March 14, against the fifth-place Pittsbugh Penguins, after Vachon had played 15 straight games for Montreal. McNeil said the veteran goalie “deserved a break.”
“Our club was getting a little dull the last three games,” McNeil said as the Canadiens had just a tie to go with two straight losses. “We didn’t have too much life.” With the team playing at home against Chicago the night before, the timing for Dryden’s debut in Pittsburgh was just right. Dryden admitted being nervous filling the shoes of the popular Canadiens netminder. “Sometimes you feel it in your stomach, and other times in your legs,” he said. “This time it was in my legs.”
The Penguins managed to get 36 shots on Dryden, beating him just once on a deflection by Penguins rookie John Stewart at 18:01 of the second period.It was Stewart’s first NHL goal. “I was following the shot from the from the point, and it deflected right into Stewart’s stick,” Dryden said. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Canadiens had already scored three goals on route to a 5-1 win.
The young netminder even admitted thinking he might get a shutout.
Maybe some goalies say they don’t think of shutouts, but I do,” he said. “Trouble is it’s when you just start patting yourself on the back that you get beaten.” Dryden was happy with his performance, but felt that debut jitters may have led to being exposed on rebounds that his teammates safely cleared. “They had very few real good shots,” he said. “Sure I made a couple of reasonably difficult saves but I was warmed up to them after easier ones on the same shifts. I couldn’t wait until the game was over. I was really careless at times.”
Dryden would win his next five starts with the Canadiens, posting a 1.65 GAA, leaving McNeil to chose him over Vachon to lead the Canadiens into the memorable Stanley Cup quarter-finals against the first place Bruins and A legend was born.
On the night little brother Ken made his NHL debut, big brother Dave recorded a shutout, playing for the Buffalo Sabres, against the Minnesota North Stars. To top it off, he also recorded an assist. “I’ll call him Monday,” Dave Dryden said. “Yeah I’ll call collect. It was a perfect night.”
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On this date in hockey history, March 12th 1967, former New York Rangers goaltender Gump Worsley returned to Madison Square Garden as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. He suffered a rather unusual injury when he was hit in the head with a raw egg thrown from the crowd and had to be replaced by backup Rogatien Vachon. Worsley was concussed from the impact and with egg dripping from his face, a clearing pass by a teammate was intercepted and the Rangers scored on the concussed Worsley. Worsley's record with the Rangers was 204-207-201 in 582 games with a 3.05 GAA. This medicrity was a true team effort as the Rangers gave up an average of 38.1 shots per game. With Montreal the Gumper played 172 games with a 2.42 GAA and a 92-44-25 W-L-T record. He the Stanley Cup four times in his five seasons with the Habs, going 29-7, including an amazing 11-0 in the 1968 playoffs. He led the playoffs in GAA twice, 1.68 in 1965 and 1.99 in 1966. While he was with New York, Gump was once asked which team gave him the most trouble to which he famously replied “the Rangers.”




On this date in hockey history, March 11th, 1971, the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 setting a plethora of NHL records in the process. They became the first NHL team with 50 wins in a single season, finishing 57-14-7 and scoring a record 399 goals while surrendering 207. Phil Esposito scored twice to reach 60 goals, breaking Bobby Hull's single season record of 58. Esposito finished with 76-76-152 totals. And Bobby Orr scored once to go with three assists breaking his own records for defenseman scoring of 121 points and 88 assists.




On this date in hockey history, March 10th, 1985, the New York Rangers acquired Marcel Dionne from the Los Angeles Kings for Tom Laidlaw and Bobby Carpenter. Dionne was the Kings all time leading scorer after 12 seasons having played 921 games and scoring 550 goals, 757 assists and 1307 points.




On this date in hockey history, March 10, 1980, the trade deadline blockbuster deal was born when the New York Islanders acquired center Butch Goring from the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders had been a strong team but hadn't been able to advance through the playoffs against Boston and Montreal in the late 1970's. With the addition of Goring the Islanders, reeled off 12 straight wins and advanced to the finals winning their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups against the Flyers.




March 7, 1951 – Scotty Bowman played his last hockey game at age 18, suffering a severe head injury while playing in a junior hockey game resulting from a Jean-Guy Talbot slash to the head. His playing career was done, but it was a bit of a blessing in disguise, though, as his desire to remain in hockey led him to a career in coaching that started that just five years later at age 23, coaching in the juniors. And not just any coaching career, but perhaps the greatest coaching career of all time. He holds the record for wins (1,244 in the regular season and 223 in the playoffs) and Stanley Cup wins with nine.

On this date in hockey history, March 10th, 1980, the Buffalo Sabres traded Jerry Korab to Los Angeles for the Kings first round draft pick in 1982. The Sabres drafted Phil Housley with that pick. Sabres GM scotty Bowman pulled one the great trade heists of all time with that deal. Korab had been a useful veteran but at age 31 his career was near the end. Housley became the highest scoring American player ever with 1232 career points in 1495 games played. Bowman was never charged with grand larceny in this case.




On this date in hockey history, March 9th, 1977, the New York Rangers made Rod Gilbert the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired. Gilberts famous number seven was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden before a game against the Minnestota North Stars. Gilbert played 1,065 games for New York scoring 406 goals and 615 assists for 1.021 points. His totals for games played, goals and points are all franchise records.




On this date in hockey history, March 9th, 1975, Greg Sheppard of the Boston Bruins scored a pair of shorthanded goals in just 21 seconds during a 5-2 victory against the Atlanta Flames. Then on March 9th, 1991, Calgary Flame Theoren Fleury scored three shorthanded goals in one game, an 8-4 victory over St. Louis. Fleury's accomplishment set an NHL record.



This day in hockey history, March 7th 1976, the Toronto Maple Leafs and California Golden Seals played to a 7-7- tie at Maple Leaf Gardens. Wayne Thomas was in goal for the Leafs and Gilles Meloche guarded the nets for the Seals in the last game played between these franchises before the Seals moved to Cleveland.


On this date in hockey history, March 7th, 1971, the Montreal Canadiens promoted Ken Dryden from their American Hockey League farm team the Montreal Voyageurs. Dryden had gone 16-7-8 with a 2.65 GAA in the minors and went 6-0 with a 1.65 GAA with the Canadiens. When the playoffs began, Dryden supplanted Rogie Vachon as the starter and led the Habs to the Stanley Cup championship, winning the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. In an odd twist, Dryden won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie the next year, becoming the only player to be selected as rookie of the year after winning a major individual award. In a further oddity, Dryden had been a Boston Bruins draft pick who defeated the Bobby Orr led B's in the opening round of the playoffs. Even odder was that the Dryden was a law student at Montreal's McGill University having graduated from Ivy League Cornell w\here he had played college hockey, a rather unusual path to to pro hockey at that time.




On this date in hockey history, March 7th, 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored four goals during a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Wayne had two even strength and two power play goals, including one into an empty net with 42 seconds left in the game. This gave Gretzky 100 career goals in only 145 games. It was also his sixth NHL hat trick and he wasn't even 21 years old yet, which set an NHL record. Lee Fogolin had the other Oilers goal while Behn Wilson, Brian Propp and Rick MacLiesh scored for the Flyers.




On this date in hockey history, March 7th, 1951, Scotty Bowman was seriously injured playing for the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Bowman was on a breakaway with 30 seconds left in a playoff game again the Shawinigan Falls Cataracts when he was slashed in the head from behind by Shawinigan defenseman Jean Guy Talbot.

Players in the 1950's did not wear helmets and the blow sliced Bowman's head open and the crowd at the Montreal Forum was stunned into silence as he lay on the ice next to a piece of his skull.

But young Scotty Bowman had already dodged tragedy. As a youth, Bowman returned from a year long stay in Scotland with his mother on a ship named the Athena. On it's way back to Scotland, the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine.

Bowman was taken to the hospital where a metal plate was placed in his skull which was sewn back together. A comeback was unsuccessful and Bowman prepared for life without hockey as a paint salesman.


Scotty was well known to Sam Pollock in his Montreal neighborhood of Notre Dame de Grace for his organizational skills with baseball and hockey teams. Pollock was then the GM of the Montreal Jr. Canadiens and he hired Bowman to coach the juniors and the rest is history

On this date in hockey history, March 6th, 1983, Ron Francis of the Hartford Whalers dented the twine three times for his first NHL hat trick in a 7-3 loss to the Quebec Nordiques.

On this date in hockey history, March 6th, 1968, Norm Ullman made his debut as a Toronto Maple Leaf, picking up three points (1-2-3) at Maple Leafs Gardens during a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Ullman was acquired by the Leafs from Detroit in one of the biggest trades in NHL history. Toronto GM Punch Imlach sen his star Frank Mahovlich and the rights to Carl Brewer to detroit for Ullman, Paul Henderson, and Floyd Smith. The Leafs 1960's dynasty was over and Imalch wanted the new players to invigorate the fading Leafs. Ullman and Henderson had productive careers in Toronto, with Henderson becoming a legend for his performance against the Soviets in 1972. Nonetheless, the Leafs became a mediocre team following the swap. Mahovlich scored a career high 49 goals playing with Gordie Howe in Detroit and won two more cups with Montreal.


On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1967, Rogie Vachon was a rookie goalie with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned his first career shutout at Madison Square Garden defeating the New York Rangers 2-0.


On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1992, Quebec Nordiques Mats Sundin scored five goals and two assists during a 10-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers. This was Sundins third career hat trick. The victory was momentous for Quebec which ended a 33 game winless streak on the road. The Nords finished the season 2-29-9 on the road.


On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1972, Brad Park scored for the New York Rangers in a 6-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. This gave Park 20 goals, making him only the third NHL defenseman to score 20 goals in a season. Flash Hollet, in 1943-44, and Bobby Orr were the first to accomplish this feat.


On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1961, the New York Rangers Andy Bathgate and Pat Hannigan combined to score two goals in five seconds setting a team record during an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. In 1980 Doug Sulliman and Eddie Johnstone tied this record. In 1991 Kris King and James Patrick (empty net) set a new record scoring twice in four seconds. Martin St;. Louis and Rick Nash tied this record on October 19, 2014 against the San Jose Sharks.


On this date in Toronto Maple leafs history, March 4th 1973, the Leafs suffered a 10-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers at The Spectrum. Rick MacLiesh scored four goals and Doug Favell had the shutout. When Favell as traded to the Leafs in the offseason, I wonder if he thought of himself being on the receiving end of such a beatdown from the Flyers?


On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1981, Guy Lafleur pots a pair of goals for the Montreal Canadiens becoming the 15th NHL player with 1,000 career points.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1973, Jacques Plante shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. What's unusual is that Plante was playing for the Boston Bruins that night. Plante closed out his NHL career going 7-1 with a 2.00 GAA for the B's. Not too shabby. But in the playoffs he was 0-2 with a 5.00 GAA to end his NHL career. Plante played 31 games for the Alberta Oilers in the WHA next season with rather pedestrian nunbers 3.32 GAA and .890 save %. He did not appear in the playoffs for the Oilers.







On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1967, Terry Sawchuk and the Toronto Maple Leafs shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 at Maple Leaf Gardens. This was Sawchuks 100th shutout of his career, the first NHL goaltender to reach that mark. Sawchuk played 734 games in 14 NHL seasons with 103 shutouts. Martin Brodeur is the only other goalie with over 100 NHL shutouts, he finished with 124 but he played 1259 games over 21 seasons.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1944, Bill Cowley of the Boston Bruins had the third six point game of his career with four goals and a pair of helpers in a 10-9 victory over the New York Rangers.

On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1992, Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings had three assists in a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks, This gave Gretzky 1,500 career assists. He inished his career with 1,963 assists earning the nickname Sir Pass. Ron Francis is second all time in assists with “only” 1,249.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1982, Mike Bossy had a hot stick scoring three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-1 victory. This gave Bossy 50 goals in his first five seasons, the first NHL player to do so. He would go on the record nine straight 50 goal seasons before injuries reduced him to 63 games and 38 goals in his final season. Wayne Gretzky scored 50+ goals in his first eight seasons, falling one short of Bossy's record.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1959, Sam Lopresti of the Chicago Black Hawks set an NHL record that will neever be broken, with 80 saves in a game against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the game 3-2 peppering the Hawks with 37 shots in the first period alone, also an NHL record.




This day in hockey history, March 3rd, 1959, The Detroit Red Wings held “Gordie Howe Night” to honor the great Gordie Howe who was in his 13th season with the team. The Wings gave Gordie a free new car which the team drove onto the ice to award to Gordie before he game. When he skated onto the ice to receive the car, Gordie was surprised to see his parents Albert and Catherine in the back seat! This was the first NHL game his parents ever saw him play. It was also the first NHL game they had ever seen. The game against the Boston Bruins ended in a 2-2 tie.





On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1967, Rogie Vachon was a rookie goalie with the Montreal Canadiens. He earned his first career shutout at Madison Square Garden defeating the New York Rangers 2-0.




On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1992, Quebec Nordiques Mats Sundin scored five goals and two assists during a 10-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers. This was Sundins third career hat trick. The victory was momentous for Quebec which ended a 33 game winless streak on the road. The Nords finished the season 2-29-9 on the road.




On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1972, Brad Park scored for the New York Rangers in a 6-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. This gave Park 20 goals, making him only the third NHL defenseman to score 20 goals in a season. Flash Hollet, in 1943-44, and Bobby Orr were the first to accomplish this feat.




On this date in hockey history, March 5th, 1961, the New York Rangers Andy Bathgate and Pat Hanigan combined to score two goals in five seconds setting a team record during an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. In 1980 Doug Sulliman and Eddie Johnstone tied this record. In 1991 Kris King and James Patrick (empty net) set a new record scoring twice in four seconds. Martin St;. Louis and Rick Nash tied this record on October 19, 2014 against the San Jose Sharks.







On this date in Toronto Maple leafs history, March 4th 1973, the Leafs suffered a 10-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers at The Spectrum. Rick MacLiesh scored four goals and Doug Favell had the shutout. When Favell as traded to the Leafs in the offseason, I wonder if he thought of himself being on the receiving end of such a beatdown from the Flyers?


On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1981, Guy Lafleur pots a pair of goals for the Montreal Canadiens becoming the 15th NHL player with 1,000 career points.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1973, Jacques Plante shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. What's unusual is that Plante was playing for the Boston Bruins that night. Plante closed out his NHL career going 7-1 with a 2.00 GAA for the B's. Not too shabby. But in the playoffs he was 0-2 with a 5.00 GAA to end his NHL career. Plante played 31 games for the Alberta Oilers in the WHA next season with rather pedestrian nunbers 3.32 GAA and .890 save %. He did not appear in the playoffs for the Oilers.







On this date in hockey history, March 4th, 1967, Terry Sawchuk and the Toronto Maple Leafs shutout the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 at Maple Leaf Gardens. This was Sawchuks 100th shutout of his career, the first NHL goaltender to reach that mark. Sawchuk played 734 games in 14 NHL seasons with 103 shutouts. Martin Brodeur is the only other goalie with over 100 NHL shutouts, he finished with 124 but he played 1259 games over 21 seasons.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1944, Bill Cowley of the Boston Bruins had the third six point game of his career with four goals and a pair of helpers in a 10-9 victory over the New York Rangers.

On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1992, Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings had three assists in a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks, This gave Gretzky 1,500 career assists. He inished his career with 1,963 assists earning the nickname Sir Pass. Ron Francis is second all time in assists with “only” 1,249.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1982, Mike Bossy had a hot stick scoring three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-1 victory. This gave Bossy 50 goals in his first five seasons, the first NHL player to do so. He would go on the record nine straight 50 goal seasons before injuries reduced him to 63 games and 38 goals in his final season. Wayne Gretzky scored 50+ goals in his first eight seasons, falling one short of Bossy's record.




On this date in hockey history, March 4th 1959, Sam Lopresti of the Chicago Black Hawks set an NHL record that will neever be broken, with 80 saves in a game against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the game 3-2 peppering the Hawks with 37 shots in the first period alone, also an NHL record.




This day in hockey history, March 3rd, 1959, The Detroit Red Wings held “Gordie Howe Night” to honor the great Gordie Howe who was in his 13th season with the team. The Wings gave Gordie a free new car which the team drove onto the ice to award to Gordie before he game. When he skated onto the ice to receive the car, Gordie was surprised to see his parents Albert and Catherine in the back seat! This was the first NHL game his parents ever saw him play. It was also the first NHL game they had ever seen. The game against the Boston Bruins ended in a 2-2 tie.


This day in hockey history, March 1st 1988, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 with Wayne Gretzky picking up a single assist to pass Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all-time assist leader with 1,050. It took Gretzky nine seasons to to accumulate 1,049 assists, while Gordie Howe did so in 26 years.

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Cameron Alan Comartos That's Marcel Donnie 
I have one of his single season record card, wow No.09 took 26 years to do what NinetyNine did in Nine seasons Damn
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1973, the Philadelphia Flyers set a single season record for penalty minutes when Bob Kelly’s hooking penalty during a game against the Kings broke the old NHL mark of 1,371 set by Vancouver in 1970-71. With 13 more games that season they added a few more and finished with 1,744 total PIMs.The current record holder is the Buffalo Sabres 1991-92 team with 2,713 PIM's led by Rob Ray with 354.
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1977, the Montreal Canadiens' defeated the New York Islanders 5-4 in Uniondale with Steve Shutt becoming the 4th player in Montreal Canadiens history to score 50 goals in a season. Shutt joined Rocket Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion and Guy Lafleur in the Habs exclusive 50 goal club.
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1989, the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Islanders 6-5 with Steve Yzerman scoring a goal and two assists becoming the 11th player in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season.
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1992, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 11-0 for the biggest win in team history with Kirk McLean picking up the shutout.
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1993, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in a neutral site game in Hamilton Ontario with Pavel Bure scoring two goals to become the first player in Vancouver history with a 50 goal season.
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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1988, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 with Wayne Gretzky picking up a single assist to pass Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all-time assist leader with 1,050. It took Gretzky nine seasons to to accumulate 1,049 assists, while Gordie Howe did so in 26 years.

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This day in hockey history, March 1st 1970, Charlie Burns became the last player/coach in NHL history when he played for the Minnesota North Stars’ in an 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He remained player/coach for the rest of the season. 
Apparently he knew how to put together his lineup because the Stars had been on a 20 game winless streak (0-15-5) which ended that game with an eight goal win. Cesare Maniago picked up the shutout.

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