THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 29
Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores two memorable goals exactly 10 years apart.
1945: Richard scores twice, giving him 100 goals in 145 NHL games, in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. It's the fastest 100 goals by any player in NHL history.
1955: Richard scores the 500th goal of his NHL career (including Stanley Cup Playoffs) in a 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum. The goal gives Richard 443 in the regular season and 57 in the playoffs at this point in his career.
It's also the first game NHL officials wear vertically striped uniforms, a practice that continues to this day.
1957: Lefty Wilson, the assistant trainer of the Detroit Red Wings, is pressed into service after Boston Bruins goaltender Don Simmons is forced to leave because of a dislocated shoulder during the first period and Boston has no replacement available. Wilson makes 23 saves and allows one goal in a 2-2 tie at Olympia Stadium. It's the third and final time in his 32 years with the Red Wings (1950-82) that he's forced to play goal, and the only time he gets a decision.
1984: Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores three goals for his 32nd NHL hat trick and sets up three more in a 6-3 victory against the Red Wings to give him 100 points in 35 games. It's the second-fastest 100 points in NHL history; Gretzky did it in 34 games to begin the 1983-84 season.
1992: The Philadelphia Flyers spot the Los Angeles Kings an early two-goal lead, then score 10 consecutive goals for a 10-2 victory at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Rod Brind'Amour scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and has three assists, Brent Fedyk has two goals and two assists, and Brian Benning has a goal and three assists.
1995: Scotty Bowman coaches his NHL-record 1,607th regular-season game when the Red Wings defeat the Dallas Stars 2-1. Bowman breaks the record held by Al Arbour. He improves his record to 939-428-240.
1996: Philadelphia's Dale Hawerchuk becomes the 10th player in NHL history with 1,400 career points. He reaches the milestone with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory at the Calgary Flames.
2014: Martin Brodeur makes 16 saves for his 125th and final NHL shutout in the St. Louis Blues' 3-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Scottrade Center. It's Brodeur's first shutout for an NHL team other than the New Jersey Devils. At 42 years and 237 days old, Brodeur is the fifth-oldest goaltender in NHL history to have a shutout, trailing Jacques Plante (whose last shutout comes at age 44), Johnny Bower (44), Dominik Hasek (43) and Gump Worsley (an older 42 than Brodeur).
2017: Jaromir Jagr skates in his 1,732nd NHL game, passing Ron Francis for sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time list. Jagr plays 13:01 and goes without a point for the Flames in a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
On the same night, Jeff Glass (32 years, 40 days) of the Blackhawks becomes the second-oldest goalie in the expansion era to win his NHL debut. Glass makes 42 saves before Patrick Kane's overtime goal gives Chicago a 4-3 win at the Edmonton Oilers. The only goalie older than Glass to win his NHL debut is Rob Zepp (34 years, 106 days) of the Philadelphia Flyers, who defeats the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 21, 2014.
2018: Mathew Barzal scores three goals in the second period for his first NHL hat trick and the New York Islanders defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 at Scotiabank Arena in their first game against former captain John Tavares. Barzal, who becomes New York's No. 1 center when Tavares signs as a free agent with the Maple Leafs on July 1, 2018, scores three times in 7:44 to blow the game open. Thomas Greiss makes 36 saves, including five against Tavares, for the shutout.
2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning win their 16th consecutive game against the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 at Amalie Arena. The Lightning tie the New York Islanders (16 straight wins against the Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils) for the third-longest regular-season winning streak by one team against another. The record is 23 by the Montreal Canadiens, who won their first 23 games against the Washington Capitals from Oct. 31, 1974, through March 25, 1978.