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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 12: Lemieux named All-Star Game MVP as rookie in 1985

Plus: Cowley becomes NHL all-time scoring leader; Canadiens extend road unbeaten streak to 17

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1985: Mario Lemieux becomes the first rookie to be named most valuable player at the NHL All-Star Game.

The 19-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins center scores two goals, including the game-winner, and has an assist to help the Wales Conference defeat the Campbell Conference 6-4 at the Saddledome in Calgary.

Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque has four assists for the Wales Conference and sets up each of Lemieux's goals. No rookie wins MVP honors at the All-Star Game again until Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks in 2018.



1935: Eddie Shore has four points (one goal, three assists) for the Bruins in a 6-5 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Garden. Two of the assists come in a span of 12 seconds in overtime; in those days, overtime is a full 10 minutes, not sudden death.

Video: Eddie Shore was Bruins' first great defenseman


1947: Bill Cowley scores a goal and has an assist for the Bruins in a 10-1 victory against the New York Rangers at Boston Garden to become the NHL all-time scoring leader. His 529 points are one more than recently retired Syd Howe.


1975: The Montreal Canadiens extend their NHL-record road undefeated streak to 17 games (10-0, seven ties) with a 2-2 tie against Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. Larry Robinson has a goal and an assist and Ken Dryden makes 43 saves for Montreal.


1976: The Canucks defeat the Canadiens for the first time since entering the League in 1970. Ron Sedlbauer and Dennis Ververgaert each scores two goals in a 6-4 victory at the Forum, ending Vancouver's 30-game (0-25, five ties) streak without a win against Montreal.


1995: Sergei Fedorov scores all four goals for the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena. Fedorov gets a chance to win the game but misses a fifth goal when he fails to convert on a penalty shot at 3:52 of overtime.

Video: Sergei Fedorov leads all Russians in assists, points


2003: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim set an NHL record with their 10th consecutive one-goal victory when Mike Leclerc scores 10 seconds into overtime for a 4-3 win against the visiting Calgary Flames. The Ducks break the record for consecutive one-goal wins set by the Ottawa Senators in 1926-27.


2019: Jordan Binnington makes 20 saves and the St. Louis Blues win their 10th consecutive game against the New Jersey Devils, 8-3 at Enterprise Center. Binnington improves to 10-1-1 since joining the Blues in early January and extends his personal winning streak to six games. He goes on to spark the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship four months later.

On the same night, Nikita Kucherov scores one goal and has three assists for his NHL-leading fifth game with at least four points in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 6-3 win against the Flames at Amalie Arena.


2020: After the Canucks retire the numbers of Daniel Sedin (No. 22) and Henrik Sedin (No. 33), Swedish countryman Jacob Markstrom sets a team record with 49 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena. It's the most saves by a Vancouver goalie in a shutout, as well as his second 40-plus save shutout of the season.

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