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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 18: Sidney Crosby gets 500th assist

Plus: Flyers win first game, Phil Esposito scores final hat trick of career

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2014: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins reaches 500 career assists by setting up two goals in a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center.

He assists on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period before getting No. 500 with an assist on Patric Hornqvist's empty-net goal with 1:20 remaining.

Crosby reaches the 500-assist plateau in his 554th NHL game. Only five players in League history reach 500 assists in fewer games than Crosby: Wayne Gretzky (352 games), Mario Lemieux (433), Peter Stastny (507), Bobby Orr (522) and Peter Forsberg (551).



1967: After losing the first two games in franchise history, the Philadelphia Flyers get their first victory when they defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 at St. Louis Arena. Doug Favell makes 34 saves and Ed Hoekstra scores the winning goal at 12:20 into the third period for the Flyers, who complete their season-opening three-game road trip with a 1-2-0 record.


1979: Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers has the 32nd (and final) hat trick of his career and assists on two other goals for a five-point night in a 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. The 32 hat tricks are an NHL record at the time, and Esposito is still fifth on the all-time list.


1984: The Flyers tie their franchise single-game record for goals by defeating the Canucks 13-2 at the Spectrum. Brian Propp and Ilkka Sinisalo each score three goals for the Flyers, who outshoot the Canucks 58-19. It's the second 13-goal game in the same calendar year for the Flyers and comes less than seven months after a 13-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 22.


2000: The Minnesota Wild earn the first victory in franchise history by rallying to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 at Xcel Energy Center. Marian Gaborik, an 18-year-old rookie, scores twice in the final 2:28 for the Wild, who enter the game with an 0-4-1 record.


2014: Jonathan Toews scores a shorthanded goal with 1:34 remaining in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at United Center. Toews is the first player to score an overtime shorthanded goal in a regular-season game since Glen Wesley did it for the Carolina Hurricanes against Philadelphia on Feb. 22, 2007.

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