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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 19: Canadiens rally from down 5-0

Plus: Rod Gilbert gets 1,000th NHL point; Mike Bossy scores 100th goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 19

2008: The Montreal Canadiens tie the NHL record for biggest single-game comeback, rallying from down 5-0 to defeat the visiting New York Rangers 6-5 in a shootout. 

New York leads 5-0 after Chris Drury's power-play goal 5:03 into the second period. But Michael Ryder scores twice before the end of the period, and goals by Alex Kovalev and Mark Streit make it 5-4 with more than 13 minutes remaining in the third. 
 
Kovalev ties the game by scoring a power-play goal with 4:22 remaining in the third, and Saku Koivu scores the game-deciding goal in the second round of the tiebreaker.

 

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1977: Rod Gilbert scores a goal with an assist to become the 11th player in NHL history and the first member of the Rangers to earn 1,000 points. He reaches the milestone in his 1,027th NHL game, a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

 

1979: Mike Bossy of the Islanders scores his 100th NHL goal in an 8-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Goal No. 100 comes in his 129th NHL game, five games faster than Maurice Richard's longstanding record (134 games) for fastest 100 goals.

Video: Mike Bossy had record nine straight 50-goal seasons

 

1980: Edmonton Oilers rookie Wayne Gretzky plays against Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers for the fourth (and final) time in their NHL career. Neither player scores in a 6-2 win for the Whalers at the Hartford Civic Center.

On the same night, the Washington Capitals defeat Montreal 3-1 at Capital Center for their first victory against the Canadiens in 35 games since entering the League in 1974. Bengt-Ake Gustafsson scores against Denis Herron with 7:37 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie, and Mike Gartner hits the empty net with 50 seconds remaining. The victory ends Montreal's 31-0-3 undefeated streak against the Capitals.

 

2007: Ryan Malone of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the first player in NHL history to get a hat trick by scoring in the first minute of play in all three periods. Despite Malone's unusual record-setting performance, the Penguins lose 6-5 to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

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