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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 13: Maple Leaf Gardens hosts final game

Plus: Orr reaches 100 points for sixth straight season; Trottier scores 500th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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

As was the case when the Gardens opens on Nov. 12, 1931, the Chicago Blackhawks are the opponent. Chicago wins 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. A second-period goal by Derek King 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."



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


1966: Longtime Detroit Red Wings linemates Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio reach milestones 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.

Video: Alex Delvecchio was third member of 1,000-point club


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 NHL 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 streak of 27 losses and five ties, giving 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 goals. The milestone 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.

Video: Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams


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


2000: Ed Belfour becomes the 16th goalie in NHL history to reach 300 wins when the Dallas Stars defeat the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1. Belfour makes 14 saves and Brenden Morrow scores both goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Exactly seven years later, Belfour gets the 76th and final shutout of his Hall of Fame career by making 29 saves for the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 win against the Canadiens at Bell Centre.


2008: Martin Brodeur sets an NHL record by winning 30 games for the 12th consecutive season. Win No. 30 comes when Brian Gionta scores at 2:14 of overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center.


2015: Todd McLellan becomes the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins when the San Jose Sharks defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 4-2 at Gila River Arena. A hat trick by Joe Pavelski helps McLellan reach the milestone in his 515th game, Only Bruce Boudreau (496 games) is faster to No. 300.


2018: Filip Forsberg scores on a penalty shot at 1:18 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators trail 3-0 but rally to force overtime before Forsberg wins the game by becoming the second player in Predators history (after David Legwand) and the 13th since the NHL reinstitutes overtime in 1983 to score on a penalty shot in OT.

2019: Sidney Crosby improves to 6-0-0 in head-to-head matchups against Connor McDavid when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 at PPG Paints Arena. Each player has an assist. The Penguins extend their point streak against the Oilers to 17 games (14-0-3) since their last regulation loss to Edmonton on Jan. 10, 2006.

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