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This Date in NHL History

Dec. 14: Orr gets first NHL hat trick

Plus: Morenz becomes League's all-time leading goal-scorer; Gartner fifth to No. 700

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1968: Bobby Orr scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick in the Boston Bruins' 10-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden.

Orr, 20, scores twice in the first period and once in the second. Each of the three goals is set up by a lead pass from forward Ed Westfall, who also has a goal and keeps Chicago's Bobby Hull off the scoresheet. Orr also has two assists, the second on Westfall's third-period goal.

Orr gets his hat trick midway through the second period, beating goalie Dave Dryden from 35 feet. He receives an 80-second standing ovation and more than 50 hats are tossed onto the ice. Orr misses the chance for a fourth goal by shooting wide of an open net in the third period.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position



1933: Howie Morenz becomes the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer when the 247th of his career moves him ahead of Cy Denneny. The milestone comes in the Montreal Canadiens' 2-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum. Lorne Chabot gets the shutout in a game played without a penalty being called.


1943: Boston's Bill Cowley sets up two goals (and scores one) in a 4-3 victory against Chicago to become the NHL's all-time leader in assists with 258, one more than former New York Rangers center Frank Boucher. Cowley retires four years later as the NHL record holder with 353 assists.


1968: Tony Esposito earns his first NHL shutout by making 25 saves for the Montreal Canadiens in a 1-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. It's one of Esposito's five wins with the Canadiens, who lose him to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1969 intraleague draft; he wins 418 games with Chicago before retiring in 1984. He is inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988


1982: Marcel Dionne becomes the ninth player in NHL history to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when his second of the game gets the visiting Los Angeles Kings even with the Washington Capitals at 2-2. But the Capitals score five unanswered goals for a 7-2 victory.

Video: Marcel Dionne was "offensive genius"


1985: Ron Wicks referees his 1,034th NHL regular-season game, passing Bruce Hood for the most in League history. Wicks calls eight minor penalties in a 6-6 tie between the Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs at Met Center.


1997: Mike Gartner of the Phoenix Coyotes becomes the fifth member of the League's 700-goal club when he scores twice in a 3-3 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at America West Arena. Goal No. 700 comes at 10:41 of the first period when he beats goalie Chris Osgood for his first of the night. Gartner retires after the 1997-98 season with 708 goals.


2002; Markus Naslund scores four goals for the Vancouver Canucks in a 6-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Skyreach Center. Naslund becomes the NHL's first 20-goal scorer of the 2002-03 season and the fifth player in Vancouver history to get 200 goals.


2006: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist plays against his twin brother, Joel Lundqvist of the Dallas Stars, for the first time in the League. Henrik makes 43 saves in New York's 5-2 win at American Airlines Center; Joel, a forward, plays 5:44 and does not have a shot on goal in his fifth NHL game. It's the third twin vs. twin matchup in NHL history, the first since Ron Sutter (Quebec Nordiques) and Rich Sutter (Chicago Blackhawks) face each other on March 14, 1994.


2017: The Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena for their 20th win in 31 games (20-9-2), setting an NHL record for fewest games needed by an expansion team to reach 20 victories. Marc-Andre Fleury, selected by Vegas from the Penguins in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, makes 24 saves in his first game against his former team.


2018: Alex Ovechkin scores three goals for his second hat trick in as many games, extending his point streak to 13 games. Ovechkin's 22nd NHL hat trick helps the Washington Capitals rally from three goals down to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 in a shootout at PNC Arena. The 13-game point streak matches his NHL career high.

On the same night, Nico Hischier scores the first overtime goal of his NHL career to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-4 win against the Golden Knights at Prudential Center. Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, gives the Devils the win in a game they twice trail by three goals; it's New Jersey's first win in seven games that have gone past regulation time. The victory is the first in 19 starts for Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who ends an 0-15-3 streak since his last previous victory on Dec. 27, 2017.


2019: Frederik Andersen earns his 200th NHL win in his 344th League game when he makes 36 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 4-1 win against the Oilers at Rogers Place. Andersen ties Osgood as the fourth-fastest goalie to 200 regular-season wins. He also improves to 12-0-1 in his career against the Oilers, including 6-0-0 with Toronto.

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