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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 17: Flames rally for remarkable tie

Plus: Capitals win first game, Kurri scores 500th, Roy sets win record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1989: The Calgary Flames pull off the greatest late-game comeback in NHL history to earn an 8-8 tie against the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

The Flames trail 8-3 with less than seven minutes left in the third period before Gary Roberts scores twice in 16 seconds and Jim Peplinski gets another goal 11 seconds later to cut the deficit to 8-6. With the Flames shorthanded and goaltender Mike Vernon off for an extra attacker, Doug Gilmour scores a goal with 15 seconds remaining, then sets up Paul Ranheim for the tying goal four seconds later. The Flames set an NHL record for the fastest two shorthanded goals.



1974: The Washington Capitals win their first game, a 4-3 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Capital Centre, in Landover, Maryland. Jack Egers gets the winning goal midway through the third period, and Ron Low makes 33 saves. The win gives the Capitals a 1-2-1 record after four games, but they would win seven of their final 76 games and finish 8-67-5.


1982: Kings forward Victor Nechaev scores the first ever goal in the NHL by a Russian trained player.

Video: Nechaev first Russian trained player to to score


1991: Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history. He has two assists in an 8-5 victory against the New York Islanders at Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, giving him 1,053 career points. Coffey passes Hockey Hall of Fame member and longtime Islanders star Denis Potvin.


1992: Jari Kurri becomes the first European-trained NHL player, and the 18th ever, to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when he hits the empty net to clinch the Los Angeles Kings' 8-6 victory against the Boston Bruins at Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. Kurri reaches 500 goals in 833 NHL games.


2000: Patrick Roy sets the NHL record for most wins by a goaltender when the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Capitals 4-3 in overtime at MCI Center (now Verizon Center) in Washington. It's the 448th victory of his career, one more than Terry Sawchuk.


2015: The undefeated Montreal Canadiens extend their best-ever start by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Bell Centre in Montreal for their sixth consecutive victory. The best previous six-game start by the Canadiens is 5-0-1, accomplished four times but not since 1977-78.

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