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This Date In NHL/Kings History

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

March 16, 1981 - Edmonton's Mark Messier scored the first hat trick of his career in a 7-6 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. It also gave the Oilers four players under the age of 21 with 20 or more goals.

March 16, 1994 - Marty McSorley became the Kings all-time leader in penalty minutes, when he broke Dave Taylor's record of 1,589 minutes, during a 5-2 loss in Anaheim.

March 18, 1945 - In the last game of the 1944-45 season, Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to get 50 goals in one season, with his 50 goals coming in 50 games, as Montreal won 4-2 at Boston.

March 18, 1993 - Kelly Hrudey became the second goalie to win 100 games with the Kings, and the seventh to win 100 games with two different teams and Jimmy Carson scored twice to give him 250 goals when the Kings beat the visiting Islanders 7-4.

March 19, 1980 - Charlie Simmer's 50th goal of season (plus two assists) led the Kings to a 4-3 win over the Red Wings; at the Forum. Simmer became just the second King (and 22nd player in NHL history) to score 50 goals in a season.

March 19, 1991 - Brett Hull became the third player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season, in a 2-1 Blues win over the Caps, at Landover, Maryland. Hull joined Gretzky and Lemieux as the only players in NHL history to accomplish the feat.

March 21, 1954 - Detroit's Gordie Howe became the first player in NHL history to lead the league in scoring four straight years, when had a goal and two assists in the final game of season, a 6-1 win over Toronto. He also had a fight for his second career "Gordie Howe Hat Trick."

March 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.

March 23, 1944 - Playing in his second career playoff game, Montreal's Maurice Richard tied an NHL playoff record with five goals and Toe Blake set a record with five assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over Toronto, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

March 23, 1994 - Wayne Gretzky scored career goal #802, to break Gordie Howe's record for most all-time NHL goals. The record came in his 15th NHL season, as the Kings lost 6-3 to Vancouver at the Forum.

April 4, 1968 – The Kings played their first Stanley Cup playoff game - and took 40 shots in the game, beating the Minnesota North Stars, 2-1 at the Forum.

April 4, 1978 - Mike Bossy became the first player in NHL history to get 25 power play goals in his rookie season, in the Islanders' 3-3 tie against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

April 6, 1980 - Hartford's 52-year-old Gordie Howe scored his 801st (and final) NHL goal, a backhander past Detroit goaltender Rogie Vachon. The Whalers won 5-3 over the visiting Red Wings.

April 6, 2003- Jamie Storr recorded his 16th and final career shutout as the Kings scored twice in the last six minutes to end a six-game winless streak against the Canucks with a 2-0 win at Vancouver.

April 11, 1989 - Chris Kontos set a Kings playoff record with his fifth power play goal of the 1989 playoffs to lead the Kings to a 4-2 win over the Oilers, in Game 5 of the Smythe Division Semifinals.

April 11, 2008 – Thirty-eight-year-old Keith Carney became the oldest defenseman in NHL history to score an overtime goal when he connected at 1:14 of OT to lead Minnesota to a 3-2 win over the visiting Avalanche, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

April 13, 2008 - Curtis Joseph became the first goaltender in NHL history to win a playoff game for five different teams, when he led the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the visiting Sharks, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

April 13, 2012 - Dustin Brown tied a Stanley Cup record with two shorthanded goals and added an assist as the Kings won 4-2 in Vancouver for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

April 18, 1959 – The Montreal Canadiens became the first team ever to win four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships, with a 5-3 win over Toronto in Game Five of the Final.

April 18, 1999 - Rookie Jason Blake scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, a 3-2 loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues, in the final regular season game at the Forum in Los Angeles.

April 21, 1989 - Montreal's Pat Burns became the first coach in Stanley Cup history to win his first seven playoff games when the Canadiens won 5-4 at Boston, in Game 3 of the Adams Division Finals.

April 21, 2006 – The Los Angeles Kings named Dean Lombardi as their new General Manager. The move came three days after Dave Taylor was dismissed as G.M.

April 27, 1993 - Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Kings to a 9-4 playoff win at Calgary in Game 5 of the Smythe Divison Semifinals.

April 27, 2002 - Detroit's Brett Hull became the Stanley Cup all-time leader in career power play goals, when he scored his 36th career playoff PPG in a 6-4 win at Vancouver, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Hull broke the mark of 35 set by Mike Bossy.

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