THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 13
Two years, two teams, two milestones for Mark Messier
1991: Messier joins the 1,000-point club with three assists in the third period of the Edmonton Oilers' 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. The first of the three assists comes when he sets up Glenn Anderson's 400th NHL goal.
1993: Exactly two years later, Messier scores a goal and has three assists to reach 1,200 points and help the New York Rangers hold off the Washington Capitals 5-4 at Madison Square Garden. He scores the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and sets up Adam Graves for what turn out to be the game-winner at 15:42.
1926: Babe Ruth drops the puck for a ceremonial faceoff at Madison Square Garden prior to a game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans. The Canadiens defeat the Americans 2-1 in front of a crowd of more than 10,000.
1940: The Rangers defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 to extend their winning streak to 10 games, their unbeaten streak to 19 and their road unbeaten streak to 11 games. The 10-game winning streak (matched in 1972-73) is still the longest in franchise history. Goaltender Dave Kerr extends his personal unbeaten streak to 19 games, a Rangers record that stands until 1994.
1971: Five days after being named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Ned Harkness trades left with Frank Mahovlich to the Canadiens for forwards Mickey Redmond, Bill Collins and Guy Charron. Mahovlich helps the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1971 and 1973.
1979: The Los Angeles Kings "Triple Crown Line" plays together for the first time in a 7-3 victory against the Red Wings in Detroit. Center Marcel Dionne scores four goals, including the 300th of his NHL career, playing between right wing Dave Taylor and left wing Charlie Simmer, who gets the spot two days after being recalled from the minors. Taylor scores a goal and Simmer contributes an assist.
2006: Capitals rookie Alex Ovechkin scores all three goals in Washington's 3-2 victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Honda Center for his first NHL hat trick. Ovechkin gives the last-place Capitals the win when he beats Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 3:04 of overtime for his 30th goal of the season.
2007: Goalie Yutaka Fukufuji of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the first Japanese native to play in the NHL when he relieves Barry Brust to start the third period of a 6-5 loss at the St. Louis Blues. Fukufuji enters the game with the Blues leading 5-4; he makes four saves, allows one goal to Dennis Wideman and winds up with the loss. Fukufuji makes his first NHL start three nights later.