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Feb. 25: Canadiens unbeaten streak ends at 28

Plus: Richard sets record with 45th goal of season; Lundqvist wins 30th game for seventh straight time

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 25

1978: The Montreal Canadiens' NHL-record 28-game unbeaten streak comes to an end against a goaltender making his debut with the New York Rangers.

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Feb. 23: Bruins win after trailing by five goals

Roy gets first NHL victory; Lemieux, 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.

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

Plus: U.S. upsets Soviet Union at 1980 Lake Placid Olympics; 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 in the Quebec Nordiques' 11-7 victory against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland.

Peter has four goals and four assists, three on goals by Anton. In turn, Anton has three of his five assists on goals by Peter.

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Feb. 21: Bobby Hull scores 500th goal

Plus: 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: Esposito gets 50th goal on birthday

Plus: 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 to defeat Rangers

Plus: Gilbert gets 1,000th NHL point; 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: 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.

Richard scores the winning goal with 4:50 remaining in the third period when he takes a pass from Elmer Lach, swings around Reg Hamilton and shoots from close range. Toronto goalie Frank McCool appears to make the save, but the puck pops into the air, drops and rolls into the net.

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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 Smthye purchases Toronto franchise

Plus: Howe youngest player to 200 goals; 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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