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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 19: Canadiens rally from five goals down to defeat Rangers

Plus: Gilbert gets 1,000th NHL point; Bossy fastest to 100 goals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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

New York leads 5-0 after Chris Drury scores a 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 left in the third, and Saku Koivu scores the game-deciding goal in the second round of the tiebreaker.



1955: Bernie Geoffrion scores five goals and defenseman Doug Harvey has five assists for the Canadiens in a 10-2 victory against the Rangers at the Forum. Four of Geoffrion's five goals come on the power play. It's the only five-goal game in the NHL between 1947 and 1961.


1977: Rod Gilbert scores a goal and has 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. It 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: Wayne Gretzky plays against Howe for the fourth (and final) time in their NHL career. Neither player scores in the Edmonton Oilers' 6-2 win for the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Center.

On the same night, the Washington Capitals defeat Montreal 3-1 in Landover, Maryland, for their first victory against the Canadiens in 35 games since entering the NHL 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 left. The victory ends Montreal's 34-game undefeated streak (31 wins, three ties) against the Capitals.


1996: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the second-youngest goalie in NHL history to reach 300 wins. The milestone comes in a 7-5 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. Peter Forsberg has his second NHL hat trick and assists on two other goals for the Avalanche.

Exactly five years later, Roy becomes the fourth goalie in NHL history with six consecutive 30-win seasons. He again gets help from Forsberg, who has four points (two goals, two assists) in a 5-1 road victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Video: Patrick Roy won Stanley Cup four times, three Vezinas


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


2017: Patrick Kane becomes the first U.S.-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks forward gets the milestone goal in his hometown, scoring No. 20 at 6:36 of the third period in a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.


2019: Ryan O'Reilly scores 34 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Enterprise Center. It's the team-record 11th consecutive win for the Blues. Jordan Binnington makes 31 saves to become the sixth goalie in NHL history to win at least 13 of his first 15 NHL starts.

On the same night, the Tampa Bay Lightning win their seventh in a row by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at Wells Fargo Center. The Lightning become the sixth team in NHL history to have at least three winning streaks of seven or more games in the same season. Backup goalie Louis Domingue extends his personal winning streak to 11 games, the longest in Lightning history.

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