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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 17: Maurice Richard ties season record for goals

Plus: Gordie Howe scores 100th of NHL career; Ken Dryden earns 46th shutout

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1945: Maurice Richard ties an NHL single-season record with his 44th goal when he scores for the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. 

Richard scores the winning goal with 4:50 remaining in the third period when he takes a pass from Elmer Lach, swings around Reg Hamilton and shoots from close range. Toronto goalie Frank McCool appears to make the save, but the puck pops into the air, drops and rolls into the net.

Richard equals the mark set by Joe Malone, who scored 44 goals in 1917-18, the first NHL season. The victory extends Montreal's undefeated streak to 16 games (15 wins, one tie).



1923: Cy Denneny scores his 143rd NHL goal to help the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 victory against the Canadiens to pass Malone as the League's all-time goal-scoring leader. Denneny holds the record for the next 11 years.


1927: The newly renamed Toronto Maple Leafs play their first game under the ownership and direction of Conn Smythe and defeat the New York Americans 4-1 in Toronto. George Patterson scores the first goal for the Maple Leafs.

1951: Gordie Howe upstages Richard by scoring his 100th NHL goal and assisting on another for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-1 victory in Montreal. The win comes on a night when Richard is honored with a car and other gifts in a ceremony at the Forum.

1960: Trainer Joe Schaefer, 35, becomes the first New York native to play goal for the New York Rangers when he takes over after Gump Worsley is injured during the second period of a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden. Schaefer enters the game with a 1-0 lead but allows five goals on 22 shots.

1979: Montreal's Ken Dryden earns his 46th and final NHL shutout when the Canadiens defeat the Washington Capitals 2-0 at the Forum. The win gives Dryden a record of 22-1-4 in his past 27 games.


1993: Wayne Gretzky has his 91st NHL game with five or more points to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 10-5 win against the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center. Gretzky scores a goal in the first period and assists on four others, two each by Tony Granato and Mike Donnelly.

1994: Mike Ricci scores five goals, tying a franchise record, to lift the Quebec Nordiques to an 8-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at San Jose. It's the only five-goal game of the 1993-94 season.

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