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This Date In Kings/NHL History

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

By Bob Borgen

Former Kings TV Producer Bob Borgen takes a look back at key events in both the Kings and NHL history with the highlighted dates that coincide with each of the Kings 14 home games from November 30 through January 30.

Nov. 30, 1974 - Gary Edwards was in net as the Kings recorded their first home shutout against Boston, a 2-0 win over the visiting Bruins; it was his sixth career shutout.

Nov. 30, 1968 - Pittsburgh forward Val Fonteyne extended his NHL-record penalty-free game streak to 185 straight games, when the Penguins beat the Kings 4-2 in Los Angeles. The streak ended the next night in Oakland, when he picked up a minor penalty in the first period.

Dec. 2, 1993 - Jari Kurri scored twice and added an assist to lead the Kings to a 3-2 win over the Mighty Ducks, at the Forum, in the first ever meeting between the two southern California teams.

Dec. 2, 1969 – The NHL Board of Governors announced in New York that expansion franchises had been awarded to Buffalo and Vancouver. The two new teams would begin play in 1970-71, and would raise the NHL team total to 14.

Dec. 7, 1985 - Marcel Dionne became the first player to score 500 goals as a member of the Kings. The milestone came in a 3-2 win over the Jets, in Winnipeg.

Dec. 7, 1966 - Montreal's Henri Richard joined his brother Maurice as the first set of brothers to each score 250 career NHL goals, when he scored in a 6-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dec. 17, 1986 - Darren Eliot recorded his only career NHL shutout as the Kings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at the Forum.

Dec. 17, 1999 - Raymond Bourque became just the third player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and Byron Dafoe recorded his 100th NHL victory in Boston's 3-1 win over the Thrashers, at Atlanta.

Dec. 19, 1979 - Charlie Simmer tied a modern NHL record with a goal in his 10th straight game, during a Kings 4-4 tie at Toronto.

Dec. 19, 1917 - The first two games in NHL history were played. The Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa 7-4, and the Montreal Wanderers beat Toronto 10-9 (before a crowd of 700).

Dec. 21, 1988 - Dave Taylor recorded his 900th career NHL point as the Kings won 8-6 over the Minnesota North Stars.

Dec. 21, 1972 - Boston's Bobby Orr had two assists to set a new NHL record for career points (541) by a defenseman. It came in Orr's 423rd career NHL game, an 8-1 win over Detroit. Doug Harvey held the previous record, with 540 points in 1,113 games.

Dec. 23, 1972 - Rogie Vachon registered his 15th career shutout as the Kings notched their first shutout ever against Buffalo, a 2-0 win over the visiting Sabres.

Dec. 23, 2000 - Nashville's David Legwand scored the first overtime penalty shot goal in NHL history as the Predators beat the Rangers for the first time in team history, winning 3-2 in overtime in New York.

Jan. 4, 2010 - Drew Doughty had a career-high four assists and Jonathan Quick made a career high 45 saves as the Kings beat the Sharks 6-2 in San Jose.

Jan. 4, 1984 – The Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8, to set an NHL record for most goals by two teams in a game. Wayne Gretzky led the scoring with four goals and four assists, and Mark Messier added six assists.

Jan. 7, 1999 – The Kings Luc Robitaille scored twice to become the 27th player in NHL history to reach 500 goals as Los Angeles won 4-2 against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Jan. 7, 1989 - Calgary rookie Theoren Fleury scored his first two career NHL goals in a Flames 7-2 win over Edmonton.

Jan. 9, 2002 – The Kings became the first team in NHL history to sweep the Rangers, Islanders and the Devils in one trip and Jamie Storr beat the Rangers 4-0 for the Kings first ever shutout in New York (dating back to 1967-68).

Jan. 9, 1979 - Boston officially retired Bobby Orr's uniform No. 4 during a ceremony preceding an exhibition game between Bruins and the Soviet Wings at Boston Garden.

Jan. 11, 1986 - Marcel Dionne became the first player in NHL history to get 20 or more goals in each of his first 15 seasons, when he scored twice (and added an assist) in a 4-4 Kings tie at St. Louis.

Jan. 11, 1983 - Edmonton's Pat Hughes set an NHL record for the fastest two short-handed goals (25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win at St. Louis). Hughes became the first player to break a Gretzky record.

Jan. 13, 1979 - Two days after being called up from minor league Springfield by the Kings, Charlie Simmer played his first game with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor. Dionne scored four goals in a 7-3 Kings win at Detroit – and the famous "Triple Crown Line" was born.

Jan. 13, 1990 - Calgary's Joey Mullen scored two goals to give him 686 career points, making him the NHL's all-time leading scorer among U.S. born players, passing Reed Larson. The Flames lost to Toronto that night, 6-5.

Jan. 25, 1990 – The Kings Dave Taylor scored his eighth (and final) career hat trick in a 7-6 loss at Edmonton.

Jan. 25, 1964 - Chicago's rookie Phil Esposito scored his first career NHL goal. It came against Detroit's Terry Sawchuk as the Blackhawks lost 5-3 to the Red Wings.

Jan. 30, 1990 – The Kings Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record by scoring his 100th point of the season for the 11th straight season; the milestone came with an assist in a 5-2 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.

Jan. 30, 2002 - Mario Lemieux became the Pittsburgh Penguins all-time leader in games played, when he appeared in the 807th game of his career (and picked up two assists) in a 6-3 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks. He broke the mark of 806 games held by Jaromir Jagr.

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