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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 20: Martin Brodeur earns first NHL shutout

Plus: Final preseason All-Star Game played; Alex Ovechkin gets 900th point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1993: Rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils gets his first NHL shutout in a 4-0 victory against the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Brodeur makes 17 saves, and the Devils blow the game open with third-period goals by Alexander Semak, Randy McKay and Claude Lemieux. It's the first of three shutouts in 1993-94 for Brodeur, who finishes his NHL career with a League-record 125, all but one of them with the Devils.



1965: In the 19th and final preseason NHL All-Star Game, Gordie Howe has two goals and an assist to lift the All-Stars to a 5-2 victory against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. Beginning in the 1966-67 season, the game is shifted to midseason, and the format is changed after the League's first expansion adds six teams beginning in 1967-68.


1974: The New York Islanders get the first shutout in their history, in their third season and 161st game, when they defeat the Washington Capitals 5-0 at Capital Centre. Billy Smith makes 24 saves for his first NHL shutout.


1978: Wayne Gretzky, a 17-year-old center for Indianapolis of the World Hockey Association playing in his second game, scores his first two goals as a professional, doing so against his future team, the Edmonton Oilers, in a 4-3 loss. Gretzky plays six more games for Indianapolis before being traded to Edmonton.

Exactly 15 years later, Gretzky has a goal and two assists for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's the first time Gretzky plays an NHL game against younger brother Brent, a 21-year-old center for Tampa Bay.


1999: Jozef Stumpel scores with 1:09 remaining in the third period to give the Kings a 2-2 tie against the Boston Bruins in the first NHL game played at Staples Center. The game draws 18,188 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game in California.


2015: Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals gets his 900th NHL point when he scores a second-period goal in a 6-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. He's the first player in Capitals history to reach 900 points. The goal is his 483rd, four shy of Sergei Fedorov's record for NHL players born in Russia.

Video: WSH@CGY: Ovechkin gathers own rebound for 900th point

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