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Nov. 23: Gretzky scores 600th goal

Plus: Gilbert plays final game; Bruins become second franchise with 2,500 victories

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 23

1988: Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal and has five assists to power the Los Angeles Kings to an 8-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

At age 27, Gretzky becomes the fifth player in NHL history to reach 600 goals when he converts a pass from Dave Taylor at 8:23 of the first period to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

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Nov. 22: Canadiens win first NHL outdoor game

Plus: Kelly plays 1,000th game; Gretzky scores No. 500

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Making history outdoors

Memories: First regular season game played outdoors

On November 22, 2003, the Oilers and Canadiens met in the first ever outdoor NHL regular season game as the Habs won the Heritage Classic, 4-3

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 22

2003: The NHL heads outdoors for the first time in its 86-year history. Before a record crowd of 57,167 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, the Montreal Canadiens edge the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in the Heritage Classic.

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Nov. 21: Jagr becomes NHL's all-time European goal scorer

Plus: Crosby returns after 10-month absence; Sawchuk sets shutout record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Jagr passes Kurri

Memories: Jagr scores two goals, passes Kurri

On November 21, 2006, Jaromir Jagr tallied two goals, passing Jari Kurri to become the NHL's leader in goals by a European-trained player

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 21

2006: Jaromir Jagr scores twice in the New York Rangers' 4-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden to pass Jari Kurri and become the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer among European-trained players.

Two nights after becoming the 16th player in League history to score 600 goals, Jagr ties Kurri's total of 601 goals when he scores on a wrist shot at 13:36 of the second period, then passes him with goal No. 602 at 3:11 of the third period.

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Nov. 20: Bruins play first game at Boston Garden

Plus: Blackhawks retire numbers of Hall, Esposito; Yzerman gets 1,500th NHL point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 20

1928: The Boston Bruins play their first game at Boston Garden.

After four seasons at Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena), the Bruins, then wearing brown and gold, make their debut at the Garden. A crowd estimated at 16,000 goes home disappointed when the Bruins lose 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens.

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Nov. 19: Lemieux's No. 66 retired by Penguins

Plus: Messier, Jagr each score milestone goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 19

1997: Mario Lemieux's No. 66 is retired by the Pittsburgh Penguins two days after he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lemieux receives numerous gifts, as well as donations to his foundation, before taking the microphone to thank the packed house at Mellon Arena, saying he wants to be remembered by Pittsburgh fans as "somebody who took a last-place team and was able to win a championship seven or eight years later."

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Nov. 18: Detroit franchise plays first game

Plus: Recchi has six points; Predators score most goals in their history

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 18

1926: Detroit's new NHL franchise, known as the Cougars, plays its first game but loses 2-0 to the Boston Bruins.
Duke Keats scores an early goal and sets up one by Archie Briden to give Boston a two-goal lead before the game is five minutes old. Those are the only shots to get past Detroit goaltender Herb Stuart, but Bruins goalie Doc Stewart makes 21 saves for the shutout. 

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Nov. 17: Howe, Gretzky play one another

Plus: Black Hawks win first game; Bossy ties hat trick record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 17

1979: One era ends and another begins when two of hockey's greatest players face each other for the first time in their NHL careers during the Hartford Whalers' 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at the Hartford Civic Center.

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Nov. 16: Rangers win NHL debut

Plus: Yzerman scores 650th goal; Flames acquire Kiprusoff

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 16

1926: The New York Rangers are a winner in their NHL debut.

One season after the New York Americans join the League and show that hockey can be a big draw in the Big Apple, the Rangers (owned by Madison Square Garden, where the Americans are a tenant) draw more than 13,000 fans for their first NHL game, a 1-0 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Maroons.

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Nov. 15: Bruins defenseman Orr has seven points

Plus: Adams wins first game as coach; Flyers retire Clarke's No. 16

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 15

1973: Bobby Orr has a special night, even by his own standards.

Orr scores three goals and assists on four others for the first seven-point game by a defenseman in NHL history, helping the Boston Bruins to a 10-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Boston Garden.

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Nov. 14: Hull reaches 1,000 points

Plus: Cheevers begins 32-game unbeaten streak, Roy first to win 200 games with two teams

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 14

1998: Brett Hull becomes the 53rd player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark when he scores two goals and has an assist to help the visiting Dallas Stars defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1.

He also becomes part of the first father-son tandem to score 1,000 points in the League. Bobby Hull has 610 goals and 1,170 points in 1,063 NHL games before retiring in 1980. Brett Hull ends his career in 2005 with 1,391 points (741 goals, 650 assists).

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