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Feb. 24: Wayne Gretzky sets season record for goals

Plus: United States defeats Finland to win Olympic gold medal; Steve Yzerman earns 1,000th NHL point

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Gretzky's 77th Passes Esposito

Wayne Gretzky's 77th goal breaks single-season mark

Feb 24, 1982: Gretzky's hat trick vs. Sabres breaks Phil Esposito's single-season goal record, en route to a 92 goal, 212 point season

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 24

1982: Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers breaks Phil Esposito's single-season record for goals when he scores his 77th against goaltender Don Edwards and the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium.

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Feb. 23: Bruins win after trailing by five goals

Plus: Patrick Roy gets first NHL victory; Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr reach 50 goals in same game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 23

 

1972: The Boston Bruins defeat the California Golden Seals 8-6 in Oakland, becoming the first team in NHL history to win a game after trailing by five goals.

The Golden Seals lead 3-1 after one period and 6-1 after Craig Patrick scores 8:53 into the second period. But Bobby Orr sets up goals by Wayne Cashman and Fred Stanfield before the period ends, then has a goal and two assists during a five-goal third period. Orr finishes with one goal and four assists; Stanfield scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick.

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Feb. 22: Peter Stastny, Anton Stastny total 16 points

Plus: U.S. upsets Soviet Union at 1980 Lake Placid Olympics; Teemu Selanne scores against 24th team

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 22

1981: Brothers Peter Stastny and Anton Stastny combine for 16 points for the Quebec Nordiques in an 11-7 victory against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland.

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Feb. 21: Bobby Hull scores 500th goal

Plus: Wayne Gretzky gets 27th NHL hat trick; Kings defeat Sharks in Stadium Series game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 21

1970: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the third player in NHL history to score 500 goals when he beats Ed Giacomin for his second goal of the game in a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

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Feb. 20: Phil Esposito gets 50th goal on birthday

Plus: Clint Benedict first goalie to wear mask; Islanders win 15th straight game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 20

Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito had a number of birthday celebrations.

1971: On his 29th birthday, Esposito becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, joining Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull and Bernie Geoffrion. The Boston Bruins center scores in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Feb. 19: Canadiens rally from down 5-0

Plus: Rod Gilbert gets 1,000th NHL point; Mike Bossy scores 100th goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 19

2008: The Montreal Canadiens tie the NHL record for biggest single-game comeback, rallying from down 5-0 to defeat the visiting New York Rangers 6-5 in a shootout. 

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

Plus: Georges 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, 20, has the first five-goal game of 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: Maurice Richard ties season record for goals

Plus: Gordie Howe scores 100th of NHL career; Ken Dryden earns 46th shutout

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 17

1945: Maurice Richard ties an 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: Luc Robitaille scores four times

Plus: Ron Francis earns 1,100th NHL point; Michel Goulet gets 500th goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 16

1995: Three Pittsburgh Penguins each has a night to remember in a 5-2 victory against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Arena.

Luc Robitaille scores four goals, including three in the second period, for his first hat trick with Pittsburgh. Robitaille enters the night with three goals in 12 games.

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Feb. 15: Conn Smthye purchases Toronto franchise

Gordie Howe youngest player to 200 goals; Wayne Gretzky has five assists in his only NHL game in 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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