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Sept. 26: Canada evens Summit Series against USSR

Plus: Rangers sign Hockey Hall of Famer Lafleur

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 26

1972: Paul Henderson scores the tie-breaking goal with 2:06 remaining in the third period to give Canada a 4-3 victory against the Soviet Union in Game 7 of the Summit Series.

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Sept. 25: NHL approves teams in Chicago, Detroit

Esposito, Lemaire, Parent inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame; Potvin retires

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 25

1926: The NHL officially approves franchises in Chicago and Detroit for the 1926-27 season. Along with a second franchise awarded earlier to New York. The NHL becomes a 10-team league and soon adopts a two-division format.

The Detroit team calls itself the Cougars after purchasing players from the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League, which ceases operations after the 1925-26 season. The franchise changes its name to Falcons in 1930 before becoming known as the Red Wings two years later.

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Sept. 24: Canada wins Game 6 of Summit Series

Plus: NHL adapts icing rule; Stevens named captain of Devils

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 24

1972: Canada scores three goals in a 1:23 span during the second period and holds on to defeat the Soviet Union 3-2 in Game 6 of the Summit Series at Luzhniki Ice Palace in Moscow.

Two days after blowing a 4-1 lead in the third period, Canada overcomes a 1-0 deficit on goals by Dennis Hull (5:13), Yvan Cournoyer (6:21) and Paul Henderson (6:36). The Soviets get a power-play goal from Alexander Yakushev at 17:11 of the second period, but Ken Dryden stops all nine shots he faces in the scoreless third for the win.

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Sept. 23: Rheaume makes history with Lightning

Plus: Bossy, Potvin, Bowman inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 23

1992: Goaltender Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in any of the major North American sports leagues when she takes the ice for the first-year Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues. She allows goals by Jeff Brown and Brendan Shanahan on nine shots in the first period, which ends 2-2.

Rheaume's appearance attracts tremendous attention for the Lightning, one of two teams that join the NHL for the 1992-93 season.

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Sept. 22: Soviet Union has comeback win vs. Canada in Summit Series

Plus: Richter born in Pennsylvania; Hull, Mikita inducted into Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 22

1972: The Summit Series resumes in Moscow after a two-week break, and the Soviet Union rallies for five third-period goals to defeat Canada 5-4 at Luzhniki Ice Palace.

Canada leads 3-0 after two periods and 4-1 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the third. But the Soviets score four times in less than six minutes against Tony Esposito. Vladimir Vikulov gets the game-winning goal with 5:14 remaining.

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Sept. 21: Canadiens star Morenz born in Ontario

Plus: Dionne, McDonald among Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 21

1902: Howie Morenz, the most electrifying NHL player of his era, is born in Mitchell, Ontario.

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Sept. 20: Hall of Famer, five-time Cup winner Lafleur born

Plus: Blue Jackets make preseason debut

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 20

1951: Guy Lafleur, arguably the biggest star during the Montreal Canadiens' dynasty years of the late 1970s, is born in Thurso, Quebec.

After scoring 103 and 130 goals in his final two seasons with Quebec of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Lafleur is taken by the Canadiens with the No. 1 pick in the 1971 NHL Draft. He averages 26 goals through his first three seasons before breaking out with a 53-goal, 119-point performance in 1974-75. Lafleur leads the NHL in scoring with 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 1975-76 and wins the Art Ross Trophy again in 1976-77 and 1977-78; in all, the forward scores at least 50 goals and finishes with 119 or more points in each season from 1974-75 through 1979-80. Lafleur wins the Hart Trophy as the regular-season MVP and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1976-77, when the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the second time in what eventually becomes four consecutive seasons.

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Sept. 19: Lindros makes NHL debut with Flyers in preseason

Plus: Maple Leafs acquire Fuhr, Anderson from Oilers; Predators play first game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 19

1992: Eric Lindros makes his much-anticipated NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game against the Quebec Nordiques at the Spectrum. Lindros doesn't disappoint; he has two points (one goal, one assist) in Philadelphia's 4-3 victory.

Lindros' first NHL appearance comes against the team he refuses to play for after being taken with the first pick in the 1991 NHL Draft, opting instead to play with Canada's national team. In June 1992, the Flyers acquire Lindros in a blockbuster trade that isn't made official until an arbitrator sides with Philadelphia after the New York Rangers think they've acquired him in a trade with Quebec.

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Sept. 18: Hall of fame coach Bowman born in Montreal

Plus: Maple Leafs acquire Kessel in trade with Bruins; Expansion Kings play first preseason game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 18

1933: Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in NHL history, is born in Montreal.

After an injury ends his hopes of becoming an NHL player, Bowman turns to coaching and gets his first NHL job at age 34 in 1967 as an assistant with the expansion St. Louis Blues. He replaces Lynn Patrick as coach later that season and leads the Blues to the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons. Bowman moves to the Montreal Canadiens in 1971-72 and wins the Stanley Cup five times in eight seasons, including four in a row from 1976-79, before leaving to become coach and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.

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Sept. 17: Ovechkin born in Moscow

Plus: Expansion Sabres play first preseason game; Hall of Famer Lafleur makes debut for Canadiens

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 17

1985: Left wing Alex Ovechkin, the first Russia-born player in NHL history to score 500 goals, is born in Moscow.

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