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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 16: Luc Robitaille scores four times

Plus: Ron Francis earns 1,100th NHL point; Michel Goulet gets 500th goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1995: Three Pittsburgh Penguins each has a night to remember in a 5-2 victory against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Arena.

Luc Robitaille scores four goals, including three in the second period, for his first hat trick with Pittsburgh. Robitaille enters the night with three goals in 12 games.

Each of Robitaille's three second-period goals is assisted by Ron Francis, who gets his 1,100th NHL point.

Goaltender Ken Wregget makes 24 saves, giving him a 12-0-1 record for the Penguins, who extend their season-opening undefeated streak to 13 games.



1937: New York Americans forward Nels Stewart scores the 272nd goal of his NHL career, passing Howie Morenz for the all-time lead. Stewart scores New York's only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden. He retires after the 1939-40 season with 324 NHL goals.


1969: Detroit Red Wings center Alex Delvecchio becomes the third player in NHL history with 1,000 points when he assists on two goals by Gordie Howe in a 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Olympia Stadium. He gets point No. 1,000 in his 1,143rd NHL game, joining Howe and Montreal center Jean Beliveau in the 1,000-point club.

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


1986: Red Wings goalie Corrado Micalef stops penalty shots by Pierre Larouche and rookie Mike Ridley of the New York Rangers. But Larouche scores in the first period and Ridley in the second, helping the Rangers to a 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden.


1992: Michel Goulet of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the 17th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. The milestone goal comes when Goulet scores against Jeff Reese in Chicago's 5-5 tie with the Calgary Flames.


1998: The new Atlanta NHL franchise announces that the team name will be Thrashers. It's taken from the state bird of Georgia: the brown thrasher. The team begins play in the 1999-2000 season.


2001: Mathieu Schneider becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score a goal against all 30 teams. Schneider scores a first-period power-play goal for the Kings in their 4-0 victory against the first-year Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

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