Skip to main content
This Date in NHL History

Feb. 19: Canadiens rally from down 5-0 to defeat Rangers

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

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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 left in the third, and Saku Koivu scores the game-deciding goal in the second round of the tiebreaker.



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: Edmonton Oilers rookie Wayne Gretzky plays against Howe for the fourth (and final) time in their NHL career. Neither player scores in a 6-2 win for Hartford the Whalers at the Hartford 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 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 left. The victory ends Montreal's 31-0-3 undefeated streak against the Capitals.


1996: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the second-youngest goaltender 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 goaltender 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: Chicago Blackhawks forward 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. He gets the milestone goal in his hometown, scoring No. 20 at 6:36 of the third period in Chicago's 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

View More