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Jan. 16: Ovechkin scores spectacular goal

Plus: Howe passes Richard in points; Yzerman gets No. 1,700

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 16

2006: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scores one of the most spectacular goals in NHL history at 11:54 of the third period in a 6-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

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Jan. 15: Tony Esposito gets final NHL win, shutout

Plus: Howe gets 1,400th point; Orr sets NHL assist mark for defensemen

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 15

It's a date of firsts and lasts for two Chicago Blackhawks stars:

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Jan. 14: Quenneville passes Arbour with 783rd win

Plus: Potvin scores 300th goal, Bossy gets No. 400

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 14

2016: Joel Quenneville passes Al Arbour to become the second-winningest NHL coach when the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at United Center.

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Jan. 13: Double milestones for Messier

Plus: Mahovlich traded to Canadiens; Ovechkin gets first NHL hat trick

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 13

Two years, two teams, two milestones for Mark Messier.

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Jan. 12: Devils use four players from Soviet Union

Plus: Malone becomes NHL's first 20-goal scorer; Howe returns to Joe Louis Arena; Rangers retire Messier's No. 11

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 12

1992: The New Jersey Devils make NHL history when they use four players born in the Soviet Union.

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Jan. 11: Flyers first NHL team to defeat Soviet Red Army

Plus: Blake plays final game; Ducks retire Selanne's No. 8; Ovechkin reaches 1,000 points

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 11

1976: The two-time defending Stanley Cup-champion Philadelphia Flyers become the first NHL team to defeat the Soviet Union's Central Red Army team when they win 4-1 in front of 17,007 fans at the Spectrum.

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Jan. 10: Ovechkin scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Lalonde scores six times for Canadiens; Quakers end record losing streak

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

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Ovechkin fifth-quickest to reach 500-goal milestone

Jan 10, 2016: Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin joins elite company when he becomes the 5th-quickest NHL player to reach the 500-goal milestone

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 10

2016: Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin becomes the fifth-fastest player in NHL history, and the first born in Russia, to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when he scores a power-play goal at 16:19 of the second period in the Capitals' 7-1 victory against the visiting Ottawa Senators.

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Jan. 9: Boucher earns NHL-record fifth straight shutout

Plus: Esposito plays final game; Hunter first with 1,000 points, 3,000 PIMs

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 9

2004: Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher is unbeatable for the fifth game in a row.

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Jan. 8: Sawchuk, Robinson make NHL debuts

Plus: Lemieux extends point streak to 31 games; Ciccarelli scores 500th goal

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 8

Two Hockey Hall of Famers make their NHL debut on this date, 23 years apart.

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Jan. 7: Flyers undefeated streak ends at 35 games

Plus: Hull scores 400th NHL goal; Boucher gets fourth straight shutout

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 7

1980: The Philadelphia Flyers' 35-game unbeaten streak, the longest in North American team sports history, ends when they lose 7-1 to the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center.

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