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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 January 28 through April 11.  

Jan 28, 1968    Terry Sawchuk notched his 101st career shutout (and his first with Los Angeles) as the Kings had their first NHL road shutout, 2-0 over the Flyers at Philadelphia.  Sawchuk also extended his NHL record with one (or more) shutouts in 19 straight years.

Jan 28, 1988    Marcel Dionne became the first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons when he scored for the Rangers in a 5-2 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia.

Feb 12, 1980   Charlie Simmer scored his 37th goal of the season -- the most ever by a Kings' left wing -- in a 5-2 loss to Washington. Simmer's 37th goal broke the old mark of 36 held by Bob Berry.

Feb 12, 1985   19-year-old rookie Mario Lemieux skated away with All Star Game MVP honors after getting two goals and an assist in the Wales Conference’s 6-4 win over the Campbell squad in Calgary. Lemieux became the first rookie MVP and Ray Bourque picked up four assists.

Feb 14, 1987   Tiger Williams set a new Kings record for the fastest goal from start of a game. He scored just seven seconds after the opening faceoff in a 5-2 win over the Hartford Whalers.

Feb 14, 1999   Colorado's Patrick Roy set an NHL record by appearing in his 40th game of the year for the 14th straight season (breaking Tony Esposito's mark of 13 straight 40-plus game seasons thru 1981-82).

Feb 16, 1974   Boston's Bobby Orr became the first defenseman in NHL history to record 700 career NHL points, when he picked up an assist in a 5-2 win in Los Angeles. Orr’s 700th point came in his 518th NHL game.

Feb 16, 2001   Mathieu Schneider of the Kings became the first defenseman in NHL history to get a goal against all 30 NHL teams when he scored in a 4-0 win in Minnesota.  Jamie Storr recorded his 11th career shutout.

Feb 24, 1982   Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky beat Don Edwards for his 77th goal of the season to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito.  Gretzky had a hat trick this night and went on to score 92 goals for the season.

Feb 24, 1983   Markus Mattsson got his fifth career shutout (and his first with Los Angeles) as the Kings beat Vancouver, 8-0, at the Forum.

Feb 26, 1984   Marcel Dionne scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark for the 10th straight year as the Kings lost, 5-2, to the visiting Calgary Flames.

Feb 26, 1994   The Hartford Whalers' Pat Verbeek became the first NHL player to get 500 (or more) goals and 2,000 career penalty minutes when he picked up his 2,000th all-time penalty minute in a 1-1 tie against the visiting New Jersey Devils.

Mar 5, 1985    New York's Mike Bossy became the first NHL player to get eight straight 50-goal seasons in a 5-4 Islanders' loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

Mar 5, 2014    The Kings acquired right wing Marian Gaborik from Columbus in exchange for right wing Matt Frattin, a second-round selection in the 2014 or 2015 Entry Draft (previously acquired) and a conditional draft choice.

Mar 7, 1985    Bob Johnson became the first U.S.-born coach to win 100 NHL games as the Calgary Flames beat the visiting Rangers 11-5.

Mar 7, 1991    Los Angeles' Wayne Gretzky picked up an assist to give him 100 assists for the 11th consecutive season in Pittsburgh.

Mar 14, 1962  Detroit's Gordie Howe became the second player in NHL history to get 500 career goals.  Number 500 came shorthanded in Howe’s 1,045th career game but the Red Wings lost, 3-2, to the Rangers at MSG.

Mar 14, 1981  Dave Taylor scored four goals and added an assist to give him 100 points on the season (for the first time in his NHL career) as the Kings won, 10-4, over the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum.

Mar 16, 1969  Boston Bruins rookie Garnet "Ace" Bailey scored the first two goals of his NHL career and added three assists in an 11-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mar 16, 1991  Defenseman Steve Duchesne recorded his third consecutive 20-plus goal season when he scored a goal and rookie defenseman Rob Blake had two goals and two assists to lead the Kings to a 4-3 win at Calgary.

Mar 21, 1981  Vancouver's Tiger Williams (who scored his 30th goal four days earlier) became the first player in NHL history to get 30 goals and 300 penalty minutes in the same season when his 31 minutes (in a 5-3 loss at Montreal) put him over the 300 PIM mark.

Mar 21, 2002  Andy Murray became the first coach in Kings history to win 35 (or more) games in three straight seasons when the Kings beat the visiting Colorado Avalanche 3-1.

Apr 2, 1972    Vic Hadfield scored twice to become the first 50 goal scorer in NY Rangers history. The milestone came in a 6-5 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Apr 2, 1977    Marcel Dionne scored three times to become the first King (and 19th NHL player) to score 50 goals in a season as the Kings beat the Minnesota North Stars, 7-2, at the Forum.

Apr 4, 1976    The California Golden Seals beat the Kings, 5-2, at the Oakland Coliseum in the final NHL game played in the San Francisco Bay area until the Sharks returned in October 1991.

Apr 4, 2002    Felix Potvin recorded his 24th career shutout in front of 18,621 as the Kings won, 3-0, against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Apr 11, 1980  Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull appeared in their final NHL games when the Hartford Whalers lost to Montreal in Game 4 of their playoff series.

Apr 11, 2012  The Kings opened their 12th consecutive playoff series on the road and won, 4-2, in Vancouver in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  Brad Richardson led the scoring with a goal and two assists and Dustin Penner got the winner at 16:46 of the third.

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