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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 16: Crosby reaches 1,000-point mark

Plus: Robitaille scores four times; Goulet gets 500th goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2017: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when he assists on a first-period goal by Chris Kunitz against the Winnipeg Jets.

Crosby reaches the milestone in his 757th regular-season game, making him the 12th-fastest to get to 1,000 points (368 goals, 632 assists) in NHL history and the third to do so during the 2016-17 season, joining Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Jan. 11) and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks (Jan. 20).

Crosby gets started on his next 1,000 points with another assist and the overtime goal that gives the Penguins a 4-3 win against the Jets at PPG Paints Arena.



1937: Nels Stewart of the New York Americans 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 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 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Olympia Stadium. Delvecchio 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


1980: Jean Ratelle of the Boston Bruins has an assist in a 5-3 win against the Colorado Rockies in Denver to move past Beliveau into seventh place on the NHL's all-time scoring list. The assist gives him 1,220 points. Ratelle finishes his NHL career in 1981 with 1,267 and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame five years later.

Video: Jean Ratelle finished career sixth all-time in points


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.


1995: Three Penguins have nights to remember in a 5-2 victory against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Arena. Luc Robitaille scores four goals, three in the second period, for his first hat trick with Pittsburgh. Each of his 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 unbeaten streak to 13 games.


1998: The new Atlanta NHL franchise announces it will be known as the Thrashers. It's taken from the state bird of Georgia: the brown thrasher. The Thrashers begin 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.


2018: Thomas Greiss caps a two-game stretch in which New York Islanders goalies make 95 saves without allowing a goal when he finishes with 45 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. It's the second straight shutout for the Islanders, who go on to allow the most goals in the NHL during the 2017-18 season, and comes one night after Jaroslav Halak makes 50 saves in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers.


2019: The Philadelphia Flyers become the seventh team in NHL history to win after surrendering a four-goal lead in the third period when they defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in overtime at Wells Fargo Center. Travis Konecny's goal at 1:27 of OT saves the day for the Flyers after Detroit ties the game when Anthony Mantha scores with seven seconds left in the third period. It comes one day short of three months after the Flyers rally from 5-1 down in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning only to lose in OT.

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