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March 23: Wayne Gretzky scores 802nd NHL goal

Plus: Gerry Cheevers extends unbeaten streak to 31 games; Brendan Shanahan gets No. 500

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 23

1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 802nd NHL goal, breaking Gordie Howe's career record

The goal comes at 14:47 of the second period in the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky takes a cross-ice pass from defenseman Marty McSorley on a give-and-go that leaves Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean badly out of position and allows Gretzky to score into a virtually empty net.

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March 22: Bruins goalie Eddie Johnston an iron man

Plus: Newsy Lalonde scores four times in Cup Final game; Bobby Orr first defenseman to have 30-goal season

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1964: Eddie Johnston of the Boston Bruins becomes the last goalie in NHL history to play every minute of every game in a season.

As was the case in each of Boston's first 69 games, Johnston is in a goal for the Bruins' season finale against the Chicago Blackhawks. And as is usually the case, he loses; the Blackhawks score four times on 40 shots and hold off the Bruins for a 4-3 victory at Boston Garden.

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March 21: Ron Tugnutt makes 70 saves

Plus: CBC televises first NHL game; Bobby Orr delivers on promise

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 21

1991: Goaltender Ron Tugnutt makes 70 saves to give the Quebec Nordiques a 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden.

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March 20: Bobby Hull scores record 55th of season

Plus: Toronto becomes first team to play in Stanley Cup Final; Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe with 801st NHL goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 20

1969: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins each make NHL history in a 5-5 tie at Boston Garden.

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March 19: Howie Morenz becomes all-time top scorer

Plus: Ed Giacomin becomes first goalie with two assists; Brett Hull third to score 80 goals in one season

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 19

1932: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens passes Cy Denneny as the NHL's all-time scoring leader.

Morenz scores a goal and has three assists against the Montreal Maroons in the Canadiens' 6-4 overtime victory at the Forum. That moves him past Denneny's career total of 333 points, set during 12 NHL seasons before he retires in 1929.

Morenz has 472 points when his career is cut short by a broken leg on Jan. 28, 1937.

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March 18: Maurice Richard first to 50 goals

Plus: Stanley Cup is born; Gordie Howe makes NHL coaching debut

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 18

1945: In the final game of the 1944-45 season, Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. Richard scores his 50th goal in 50 games to help the Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 4-2 at Boston Garden.

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March 17: Martin Brodeur becomes NHL wins leader

Plus: Nels Stewart gets 300th goal; 'Kraut Line' finishes 1-2-3 in scoring

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 17

2009: Martin Brodeur becomes the winningest goaltender in NHL history, but not without a scare.

Brodeur makes 30 saves, including one in the final seconds on Troy Brouwer, to help the New Jersey Devils hold off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Prudential Center for his 552nd NHL win, moving him past Patrick Roy for first place on the all-time list.

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March 16: Bernie Geoffrion second player to 50 goals

Plus: Scotty Bowman wins 100th game with third team; Chris Osgood gets 300th NHL victory

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 16

1961: Bernie Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. He ties the mark set by Maurice Richard in 1944-45 when he scores No. 50 in a 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum.

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March 15: Bobby Orr gets 100 points in one season

Plus: Ted Lindsay becomes all-time games played leader; Phil Esposito scores 31st NHL hat trick

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 15

1970: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to have 100 points in a season. He reaches the milestone by scoring two goals and assisting on two more in a 5-5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden.

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March 14: Joe Mullen scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Ken Dryden makes debut; George Hainsworth has 22nd shutout of season

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 14

1997: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joe Mullen becomes the first United States-born player to score 500 NHL goals when he beats goalie Patrick Roy during a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at McNichols Arena.

Mullen reaches the milestone when he scores at 16:01 of the second period, giving Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. However, Colorado scores four consecutive goals for the win.

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