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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 23: Bruins win after trailing by five goals

Plus: Patrick Roy gets first NHL victory; Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr reach 50 goals in same game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor



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.

The Golden Seals lead 3-1 after one period and 6-1 after Craig Patrick scores 8:53 into the second period. But Bobby Orr sets up goals by Wayne Cashman and Fred Stanfield before the period ends, then has a goal and two assists during a five-goal third period. Orr finishes with one goal and four assists; Stanfield scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick.



1952: Elmer Lach of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the NHL all-time scoring leader. Lach scores a goal and has three assists in a 7-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. The four points give Lach 550 in his career, two more than Bill Cowley, who's held the record since 1946.


1964: Glenn Hall becomes the third goaltender in NHL history to have five 30-win seasons. He gets win No. 30 when the Blackhawks defeat the Bruins 2-0 at Chicago Stadium. Hall also has an assist in the game.


1983: Mark Pavelich of the New York Rangers becomes the first United States-born player to score five goals in a game. He does it during an 11-3 victory against the Hartford Whalers at Madison Square Garden. The five goals tie a Rangers record set by Don Murdoch on Oct. 12, 1976.


1985: Rookie Patrick Roy gets a victory in his first NHL game when the Canadiens outscore the Winnipeg Jets 6-4 at the Forum. Chris Nilan leads the scoring with two goals and an assist.


1989: The Detroit Red Wings trail 6-0 in the second period but rally for a 6-6 tie against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena. Steve Yzerman scores two goals and sets up two others. The two goals give Yzerman 57, breaking the Red Wings' single-season record of 55 set by John Ogrodnick in 1984-85.


1996: Mario Lemieux scores his 50th goal of the season in the first period, and Jaromir Jagr scores Nos. 49 and 50 to help the Penguins defeat the visiting Whalers 5-4. It's the second time in NHL history that teammates each score his 50th goal of the season in the same game. Lemieux and Kevin Stevens each scored No. 50 in a 6-4 road win against the Edmonton Oilers on March 21, 1993.


2004: Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes scores the 545th goal of his NHL career, passing Maurice Richard for 20th place on the League's all-time goals list. He does it in a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

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