THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 23
1978: Bryan Trottier sets an NHL record with six points in the second period and finishes the game with five goals and three assists in the New York Islanders' 9-4 victory against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.
Trottier puts the Islanders ahead 1-0 with a first-period goal, scores three times and has three assists during the Islanders' seven-goal second period, and ends his night with a third-period power-play goal. A two-goal, five-point night by linemate Mike Bossy is almost an afterthought.
It's the last game before Christmas for the Islanders, who take a 16-game home unbeaten streak (12-0, four ties) into the break.
Video: Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams
1933: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 249th NHL goal in a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at the Forum to become the League's all-time leader. Morenz surpasses Cy Denneny, the previous record holder with 248. Morenz finishes his NHL career with 271.
Video: Memories: Howie Morenz becomes all-time goals leader
1967: Rookie goalie Wayne Rutledge makes 21 saves for his first NHL shutout and the first for the Los Angeles Kings, who defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-0. Bryan Campbell scores twice for the Kings, who play their final game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. After a two-game trip, they return for the opening of the Forum in Inglewood, California.
1980: The Winnipeg Jets defeat the visiting Colorado Rockies 5-4 to end their 30-game winless streak (0-23 with seven ties). Willy Lindstrom's power-play goal with 1:50 remaining in the third period breaks a 4-4 tie. It's the Jets' first victory since defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Oct. 17. During the streak, they go through three coaches (Tommy McVie, Bill Sutherland and Mike Smith).
1988: Wayne Gretzky moves past Bobby Hull for fourth place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list by scoring two empty-net goals for the Kings in a 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Pacific Coliseum. The two goals give Gretzky 611 in his NHL career, one more than Hull. He also has two assists.
Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points
1999: Paul Coffey of the Carolina Hurricanes has an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators to become the first defenseman (and eighth player) in NHL history to reach 1,500 points. The milestone comes when he sets up Sami Kapanen's power-play goal late in the second period.
Video: Paul Coffey is one of three D-men to score 40 goals
2006: Mike Sillinger becomes the first player in NHL history to reach double figures in goals with nine different teams when he scores his 10th of the season in the Islanders' 4-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nassau Coliseum.
2016: Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan reaches two milestones on the same night at Gila River Arena. Doan plays in his 1,500th NHL game, all with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise, and scores his 400th goal when he beats Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs at 19:16 of the second period. However, the Coyotes lose 4-1. Leo Komarov scores two goals for Toronto.
Video: TOR@ARI: Doan nets 400th career goal in 1,500th game
2017: Brock Boeser becomes the fastest rookie in Vancouver Canucks history to score 20 goals when he beats Jake Allen of the St. louis Blues in a 3-1 loss at Rogers Arena. Boeser gets his 20th goal in his 34th game. The 20-year-old is the fifth player in the NHL and the first rookie to score 20 goals in the 2017-18 season.
Video: STL@VAN: Boeser finishes Vanek's awesome dish
2018: Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each has a four-point night (two goals, two assists) for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena. Each player scores one of his goals shorthanded. The Hurricanes, wearing the green uniforms of their predecessors, the Hartford Whalers (the franchise moved to North Carolina in 1997) rally after spotting the Bruins a two-goal lead.
2019: The NHL has the highest-scoring Monday in its history with 91 goals in 13 games, an average of 7.0 goals per game, surpassing the mark of 84 goals set exactly six years earlier. The wildest game comes at Scotiabank Arena, where Toronto takes a 3-0 lead in its Next Gen game against the Hurricanes, falls behind 5-3, then rallies for an 8-6 victory. It's the most goals scored by the Maple Leafs since the 2017 edition of the event on Dec. 19, 2017 -- an 8-1 win against Carolina.