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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 1: Golden Knights set NHL record for wins by first-year team

Plus: Sawchuk earns final victory; Commissioner Bettman takes office

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights set an NHL record for victories by a team in its first season when they defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime at Bell MTS Place for their 34th win.

The Golden Knights (34-12-4) need 50 games to surpass the mark held by the Florida Panthers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1993-94, when each newcomer wins 33 of its 84 games.

David Perron's high shot past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 1:03 remaining in OT gives the Golden Knights the record-setting win. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes 24 saves for his 389th NHL win, moving him into a tie for 13th on the all-time list.

The Golden Knights go on to finish first in the Pacific Division and set NHL records for first-year teams with 51 wins and 109 points, then advance to the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Washington Capitals in five games.



1947: With his team struggling offensively, New York Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner skates the puck all the way into the Montreal Canadiens zone three times to try to score a goal. The strategy doesn't work, and the Rangers lose 2-1 at the Forum.


1964: Canadiens forward Bobby Rousseau scores five goals in a 9-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the Forum. It's the first time in Rousseau's NHL career that he scores more than two goals in a game, and it's the only five-goal game in the League between February 1955 and November 1968.


1970: Terry Sawchuk makes 29 saves for his 445th (and final) NHL victory and 103rd shutout, helping the Rangers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-0 at Madison Square Garden. Sawchuk holds both NHL records when he plays his final game in April 1970.

Video: Terry Sawchuk was four-time Vezina-winning goalie


1977: Guy Lafleur begins an NHL-record 28-game single-season point streak with a goal and three assists in the Montreal Canadiens' 7-3 win against the Cleveland Barons at Richfield Coliseum. The streak lasts through the end of the 1976-77 season.


1980: Wayne Gretzky scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and has an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Winnipeg Jets 9-2 at Northlands Coliseum. He scores once in each period, giving him 31 goals for the season. It comes in Gretzky's 50th NHL game and is the first of his NHL-record 50 hat tricks.


1992: Denis Potvin becomes the first member of the New York Islanders to have his number retired. Potvin's No. 5 is raised to the rafters at Nassau Coliseum four years after he retires as the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history.

Video: Denis Potvin was captain of Islanders' 1980s dynasty


1993: Gary Bettman officially takes office as the first NHL Commissioner.


1997: Ray Bourque passes Johnny Bucyk to become the top scorer in the history of the Boston Bruins when he scores a first-period goal in a 3-0 road victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The goal is the 1,340th point of Bourque's NHL career and comes two days after he ties Bucyk's record with a shorthanded goal against the Florida Panthers. Bourque also has a third-period assist and extends his Bruins record to 1,506 points before he's traded to the Colorado Avalanche on March 6, 2000.

Video: Ray Bourque capped career with dramatic Cup in 2001


2001: Patrick Roy becomes the first goalie in NHL history to play in at least 40 games for 16 straight seasons, extending his own League record. He reaches the milestone by playing in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-3 road loss to the Vancouver Canucks.


2019: Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the fifth-fastest U.S.-born player to reach 900 points when he scores twice and has two assists in a 7-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Kane, a Buffalo native, gets his 900th point in his 873rd NHL game; at 30 years, 74 days, he's also the youngest to reach the milestone, surpassing Jeremy Roenick (30 years, 304 days).

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