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This Date in NHL History

Dec. 12: Richard becomes NHL all-time leader in points

Plus: Roy moves into third place on wins list; Lemieux scores four goals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1953: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the NHL's all-time leader in points with a goal and two assists in a 7-2 victory against the New York Rangers at the Forum.

Richard scores one of Montreal's three goals in the second period and gets two assists in the third to finish the game with 611 points, one more than injured linemate Elmer Lach, who has held the record since February 1952.

The milestone point comes just over a month after Richard becomes the League's all-time leader in goals with his 325th, one more than Nels Stewart.



1942: The Boston Bruins defeat the Canadiens 3-2 in the first afternoon game in their history. The game's proceeds are donated to the American Red Cross.


1971: Bobby Hull becomes the fifth player in NHL history to have 1,000 points in his career. Point No. 1,000 is an assist in his 909th game, a 5-3 win by the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota North Stars at Chicago Stadium.

On the same night, Brad Park becomes the first Rangers defenseman to score three goals in a game. He also has an assist in New York's 6-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.


1981: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Ian Turnbull scores four goals in a 7-5 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Turnbull is the first Kings defenseman to get a hat trick, but it's not the biggest scoring night of his NHL career; his four-goal game comes almost five years after he scores five times in one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1986: Mario Lemieux scores four goals (three in the first period) and assists on two others to tie the Penguins' single-game record with six points in an 8-3 victory against Toronto at the Civic Arena. Lemieux gets the third hat trick of his NHL career before the game is 14 minutes old, then scores again in the second period.

On the same night, Wayne Gretzky passes the 900-assist mark by setting up three goals in the Edmonton Oilers' 6-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. He finishes the night with 902 assists in 584 NHL games.


1999: Patrick Roy earns his 424th NHL victory to pass Tony Esposito for third place on the all-time list. He gets the win when Milan Hejduk scores at 1:36 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 road victory against the Canucks.


2009: Alex Kovalev ends a 16-game goal drought by scoring three times, including the 400th of his NHL career, in the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place. Kovalev becomes the 82nd player in NHL history to score 400 goals, and the fourth born in Russia.


2010: Corey Perry scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick, helping the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 at Honda Center. Perry scores one goal at even strength, one on a power play and one shorthanded on a penalty shot. He's the first Anaheim player to score in all three manpower situations since Paul Kariya on Jan. 10, 1997.


2017: Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the sixth goalie in NHL history to reach the 20-win mark within his first 25 appearances in a season. Vasilevskiy gets win No. 20 when he makes 32 saves in the Lightning's 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. He finishes the season with 44 wins, tying him for the NHL lead with Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets.


2019: Artemi Panarin of the Rangers scores two of his three goals in a 47-second span of the third period in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. He becomes the 17th player in NHL history to have each of his first three NHL hat tricks with a different team, having scored three goals for the Chicago Blackhawks (Feb. 17, 2016) and Columbus Blue Jackets (March 20, 2018). Each of his first two hat NHL tricks come against New York at Madison Square Garden.

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