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This Date in NHL History

Dec. 17: Gretzky gets 800th point, 500th assist

Plus: First 0-0 tie in NHL history; Malkin scores 400th goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1983: Wayne Gretzky reaches two NHL milestones when he scores one goal and assists on five others to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Quebec Nordiques 8-1 at Northlands Coliseum. Gretzky gets his 500th assist and 800th point in his 352nd NHL game. No one has reached either total faster.

Exactly three years later, Gretzky scores four goals, including a natural hat trick in the first 12:38 of the first period, and assists on another in a 5-3 home win against the Nordiques. It's his 41st NHL hat trick.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points



1924: The NHL has the first 0-0 tie in its eight-year history. Goalie Jake Forbes of the Hamilton Tigers and Alec Connell of the Ottawa Senators are perfect through three periods of regulation time and a 20-minute overtime period.


1935: It's a milestone night for five original New York Rangers. Bill Cook, Fred Cook (better known as Bun), Frank Boucher, Ivan Johnson and Murray Murdoch each plays in his 500th NHL game when the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens skate to a 1-1 tie at Madison Square Garden.


1957: In the largest trade in NHL history at the time, the Chicago Blackhawks send Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey and Hec Lalande to the Detroit Red Wings for Dutch Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen and Lorne Ferguson.


1977: Barry Beck of the Colorado Rockies scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and gets an assist in a 5-1 win against the Minnesota North Stars in Denver. Beck sets a League record for rookie defensemen by scoring in his sixth consecutive game. He finishes his first NHL season with 22 goals, also a record for rookie defensemen.


1991: The Pittsburgh Penguins set a team record by scoring eight second-period goals in a 10-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at the Civic Arena. Joe Mullen has a goal and two assists to give him 800 NHL points.


2008: Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival scores on a penalty shot in the second period, and again in overtime to give New York a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Rozsival becomes the second player since the NHL reinstitutes overtime in 1983 to score on a penalty shot before winning the game with an overtime goal. Steve Thomas of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim is the other (April 1, 2003).


2018: Jaroslav Halak makes 22 saves and the Boston Bruins shut out the Canadiens 4-0 for their fifth straight win at Bell Center. Halak earns his third shutout of the season and 45th of his NHL career. Boston's longest previous winning streak in Montreal is four games, from Jan. 11-Dec. 20, 1941.


2019: Evgeni Malkin becomes the seventh Russia-born player in NHL history to score 400 goals when he scores at 18:02 of the third period for the Penguins in a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. He's the fourth player in Penguins history to score 400 goals and joins countryman Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as the only members of the 2004 NHL Draft class to reach the milestone. Goal No. 400 comes in his 873rd NHL game.

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