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Feb. 13: Maple Leaf Gardens hosts final game

Bobby Orr has sixth straight 100-point season; Bryan Trottier scores 500th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 13

1999: The NHL says goodbye to part of its history when Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the last Original Six arena still in use, hosts its final game.

As was the case when the Gardens opened on Nov. 12, 1931, the Chicago Blackhawks are the opponent. Chicago won the opening-night game 2-1 and closes the building with a 6-2 victory. Bob Probert of the Blackhawks is the last player to score at the Gardens, beating Curtis Joseph midway through the third period. Derek King's goal 8:15 into the second period is the last by a Toronto player.

"We're disappointed and we're sorry we let everybody down," forward Tie Domi says afterward.

Following the game, more than 100 Maple Leafs from the 1930s through the 1990s are introduced, and Anne Murray sings "The Maple Leaf Forever."

Video: Memories: Leafs play last game at Maple Leaf Gardens

 

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1944: Toronto's Babe Pratt sets the NHL single-season scoring record for defensemen with an assist in a 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It's his 45th point, one more than the old mark of 44 set by Flash Hollett in 1942-43.

 

1966: Longtime Detroit Red Wings linemates Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio each reach a milestone in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Howe scores a goal and sets up two more, earning his 800th NHL assist. Delvecchio became the second player (after Howe) to play 1,000 games with Detroit.

 

1975: Bobby Orr has an assist for the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres to become the first player in League history to reach 100 points in six consecutive seasons. It's the final 100-point season of his NHL career.

 

1983: The Los Angeles Kings end a 32-game winless streak against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-4 victory at the Spectrum. Marcel Dionne scores the winning goal to end the 0-27-5 streak and give the Kings their first win against the Flyers since Oct. 10, 1974.

 

1990: Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders becomes the 15th player in NHL history to score 500 career goals. The milestone goal comes during a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Nassau Coliseum. Trottier joins longtime linemate Mike Bossy as the only Islanders to reach 500 goals. Exactly eight years earlier, Trottier scores five times on five shots in an 8-2 win against the Flyers at the Coliseum.

 

1992: Steve Larmer sets an NHL record for most consecutive games played with one team when he appears in his 777th straight game with the Blackhawks, a 2-2 tie against the Kings. Larmer breaks the record set by Buffalo's Craig Ramsay.

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