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This Date In Kings & NHL History

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

Bob Borgen, the Kings’ former TV Producer, takes a look back at key events in both Kings history and the NHL with highlighted dates that coincide with each Kings home game from November 29 through January 19.  


Nov 29, 1967  Scotty Bowman picked up the first coaching victory of his NHL career when the Blues beat the Kings, 3-2, in St. Louis.

Nov 29, 1988  A 9-3 victory over the visiting Devils had the Kings winning 10 games in one month for the first time in team history.

Dec 2, 1978     Marcel Dionne set a Kings record with a goal in his sixth straight game, a 5-2 win over the Red Wings at the Forum.

Dec 2, 1986     Denis Potvin became the first defenseman in NHL history to score 700 career assists.  The milestone came in a 3-3 New York Islanders tie in Calgary.

Dec 6, 1959     Chicago's Bobby Hull registered the first hat trick of his NHL career and added an assist as the Blackhawks won, 6-3, at Boston.

Dec 6, 1989     Defenseman Larry Robinson scored his 200th career goal and 900th career NHL point as the Kings won, 5-4, over the Canucks. Robinson became the first NHL player to score 200 career goals without ever getting as many as 20 in one season.

Dec 18, 1983   Wayne Gretzky registered two goals and two assists for his 100th points of the season as the Oilers beat the Winnipeg Jets, 7-5. Gretzky's 100th point came in the Oilers’ 34th game of the season, the fastest 100 points by a player in NHL history.

Dec 18, 1999   Ian Laperriere recorded the first "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" of his NHL career with a goal, an assist and a fight in an 8-4 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

Dec 20, 1988   John Tonelli scored his fifth (and final) career hat trick (his only one with Los Angeles) as the Kings recorded the 400th home win in franchise history, 7-3, over the Calgary Flames.

Dec 20, 2005   Mike Sillinger became the first player in NHL history to get 10 or more goals with seven different NHL teams when he scored for the St. Louis Blues in a 5-4 win at Phoenix.

Dec 22, 1971   Chicago's Bobby Hull scored the first three goals of the game -- his 28th and final career hat trick -- to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-1 win against the Seals at Oakland. Hull became the first player in NHL history to score 28 hat tricks.

Dec 22, 1998   Larry Robinson earned his 100th NHL victory as coach as Los Angeles won, 3-0, at Pittsburgh. Robinson became the fourth coach in Kings' history to record 100 wins. 

Dec 27, 1986   Boston's Reed Larson became the first American born player in NHL history to score 600 career points. The Bruins' defenseman set the new mark with an assist in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings.

Dec 27, 2003   The Kings and Sharks set a state of California attendance record for a hockey game when 18,743 were on hand for a 4-4 tie in Los Angeles.

Jan 3, 1987      Mike Bossy became just the second player in NHL history to get 25 goals in each of his first 10 seasons when he scored twice for the Islanders in a 5-4 loss against the visiting Boston Bruins.

Jan 3, 2007      Mathieu Garon recorded his 10th career shutout as Los Angeles won, 3-0, against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jan 8, 1973      Montreal's rookie defenseman Larry Robinson made his NHL debut in a 3-3 tie against the visiting Minnesota North Stars.

Jan 8, 1989      Wayne Gretzky became the sixth player in NHL history to get 30-plus goals for 10 straight seasons when he scored his 30th of the year for the Kings in a 4-4 tie at Winnipeg.

Jan 10, 1996    Rookie defenseman Sean O'Donnell scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 5-4 Kings loss at Toronto.

Jan 10, 2004    Evgeni Nabokov became the first goaltender to win 100 games as a member of the San Jose Sharks in a 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.

Jan 12, 1937    Lorne Chabot became the first goaltender in NHL history to record shutouts with six different teams when he led the New York Americans to a 4-0 win over the visiting Montreal Maroons with his 71st and final career shutout.

Jan 12, 1991    Bob Kudelski of the Kings scored his first career NHL hat trick as Los Angeles won, 6-2, over the Vancouver Canucks at the Forum.

Jan 14, 1943    Montreal's Alex Smart became the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first NHL game. His three goals (and an assist) led the Canadiens to a 5-1 win over Chicago. Smart went on to play just eight games in his NHL career.

Jan 14, 2010    Dustin Brown scored his 100th career NHL goal and Jonathan Quick became the first goalie in Kings history to win four straight games against Anaheim when he led the team to a 4-0 win over the visiting Ducks.

Jan 17, 1973    23-year-old Bobby Clarke became the youngest captain in NHL history when the Philadelphia Flyers named him as their new captain, the third in team history.

Jan 17, 2002    Kings scored three goals in the final period and Adam Deadmarsh scored the winning goal at 18:44 of the third period for a 4-2 victory against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Jan 19, 2006    Luc Robitaille scored his 15th career hat trick giving him the franchise record of 552 goals (moving past Marcel Dionne's record of 550 goals).  The milestone came in the Kings’ 8-6 win over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.

Jan 19, 2009    New Jersey's Brendan Shanahan scored in his debut to lead the Devils to a 3-1 win at Nashville.  He also set an NHL record for longest gap between goals with one team. His previous goal for the Devils had been in March 1991 (a span of 17 years, 294 days).

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