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This Date in NHL History

Dec. 16: Panthers win 20-round shootout against Capitals

Plus: Beliveau makes debut with Canadiens; Lightning, Senators officially join NHL

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 16

2014: The longest shootout in NHL history finally ends when Nick Bjugstad scores in the bottom of the 20th round to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center.

Bjugstad freezes goaltender Braden Holtby with a quick fake, moves the puck to his forehand and fires high into an open net, capping a tiebreaker that takes 17:43. It comes on Bjugstad's second try in the shootout (each team uses all 18 skaters and has to start over again), and after Roberto Luongo makes a save on Alex Ovechkin to begin the 20th round.

The Capitals take the lead on five occasions only to have the Panthers tie the game each time. The 11 combined goals also are a shootout record.

The Panthers and Capitals shatter the previous mark for longest shootout, a 15-round loss by the Capitals to the New York Rangers on Nov. 26, 2005.

 

MORE MOMENTS

1934: Two brothers oppose each other as coaches for the first time in NHL history. Lester Patrick gets the better of younger brother Frank Patrick when the New York Rangers defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.

 

1950: Two future Hall of Famers make their debuts for the Montreal Canadiens in a 1-1 tie against the Rangers at the Forum. One of the newcomers, Bernie Geoffrion, scores Montreal's goal. The other, center Jean Beliveau, wears No. 17 in the first of two games he plays during an amateur tryout. Beliveau doesn't have much interest in turning pro, and the Canadiens wind up having to buy an entire amateur league to bring him to Montreal. Beliveau doesn't join them full-time until the 1953-54 season.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times

 

1964: Gordie Howe and the Detroit Red Wings each reach a milestone during a 7-3 victory against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Howe scores two goals and has two assists to become the first NHL player with 1,300 points. The win is the 1,000th in the history of the Red Wings since entering the League in 1926.

 

1970: The Chicago Blackhawks' combination of Stan Mikita and Cliff Koroll is too much for the St. Louis Blues. Koroll sets a Blackhawks record with four assists in the second period, and Mikita scores four goals and sets up another to help Chicago to an 8-3 victory. The victory extends the Blackhawks' unbeaten streak at Chicago Stadium to 17 games (15-0-2).

 

1991: The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators are officially granted membership in the NHL, bringing the League to 24 teams. They begin play at the start of the 1992-93 season.

 

2000: Luc Robitaille becomes the second player to score 500 goals as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. The milestone comes in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Lightning. Robitaille also becomes the 16th NHL player to score 500 goals with one team.

Video: Luc Robitaille highest-scoring LW in history

 

2002: Canadiens center Doug Gilmour becomes the 14th player in NHL history to reach 1,400 points. Point No. 1,400 is a goal at 15:30 of the first period in Montreal's 3-2 win at the Ottawa Senators.

 

2017: Ottawa native Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores the game-winning goal and Craig Anderson makes 28 saves in a 3-0 win for the Senators against the Canadiens at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. The outdoor game, played before a sellout crowd of 33,959, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NHL's first games, which took place on Dec. 19, 1917.

On the same night, Alex Ovechkin extends his own NHL record for overtime goals to 21 when he scores at 1:58 of OT to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Capital One Arena. Ovechkin's goal caps Washington's comeback after the Ducks lead 2-0 with less than 17 minutes remaining in the third period.

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