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Feb. 18: Gretzky's first five-goal game in NHL

Plus: Vezina earns League's first shutout; Rangers open new Madison Square Garden with win

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 18

1981: Wayne Gretzky scores five goals for the first time in his NHL career to help the Edmonton Oilers to a 9-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Northlands Coliseum.

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Feb. 17: Richard ties NHL single-season record for goals

Plus: Howe scores 100th of career; Dryden earns final shutout

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 17

1945: Maurice Richard ties the NHL single-season record with his 44th goal when he scores for the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Feb. 16: Crosby reaches 1,000-point mark

Plus: Robitaille scores four times; Goulet gets 500th goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 16

2017: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when he assists on a first-period goal by Chris Kunitz against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Feb. 15: Conn Smythe purchases Toronto franchise

Plus: Howe youngest player to 200 goals; Gretzky has five assists in only NHL visit to Nashville

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 15

1927: Conn Smythe buys the struggling Toronto St. Patricks, preventing the franchise from moving to Philadelphia. He quickly renames them the Toronto Maple Leafs and soon changes the team colors to blue and white from green and white.

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Feb. 14: Bailey's number first in NHL to be retired

Gretzky has seven assists; Lemieux's scoring streak ends at 46 games

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 14

1934: A standing-room-only crowd jams Maple Leaf Gardens to see the defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs defeat a team of NHL all-stars 7-3. The game is played to benefit former Maple Leafs player Ace Bailey, whose career is ended prematurely when his skull is fractured earlier in the season from a hit by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins.

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Feb. 13: Maple Leaf Gardens hosts final game

Plus: Orr reaches 100 points for sixth straight season; Trottier scores 500th NHL goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 13

1999: The NHL says goodbye to the last arena still in use from the Original Six era when Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto hosts its final game.

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Feb. 12: Lemieux named All-Star Game MVP as rookie in 1985

Plus: Cowley becomes NHL all-time scoring leader; Canadiens extend road undefeated streak to 17

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 12

1985: Mario Lemieux becomes the first rookie to be named most valuable player at the NHL All-Star Game.

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Feb. 11: Beliveau scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Howe has first hat trick; Crosby gets 400th goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 11

1971: Jean Beliveau scores the 500th goal of his NHL career when he completes a hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens' 6-2 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum.

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Feb. 10: 'Kraut Line' totals 11 points for Bruins in farewell

Plus: Red Wings trade Kelly; Brett Hull scores 700th NHL goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 10

1942: The Boston Bruins' "Kraut Line" of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart combines for 11 points in an 8-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Boston Garden in the final game before all three leave to join the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Feb. 9: NHL announces 'Second Six'

Plus: Lafleur becomes Canadiens all-time scoring leader; Bruins extend home unbeaten streak to 21

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 9

1966: The NHL, a six-team league since the 1942-43 season, announces that six conditional franchises have been granted for teams scheduled to begin play in 1967-68.

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