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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 2: Turnbull sets NHL record for defensemen with five goals

Plus: Esposito scores No. 700; Gagner has eight-point game for Oilers

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1977: Ian Turnbull of the Toronto Maple Leafs sets an NHL single-game record for defensemen by scoring five goals in a 9-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Turnbull scores two goals against Ed Giacomin and three against Jim Rutherford, becoming the first player in NHL history to score five goals on five shots.

"It was one of those nights where things happened to click," Turnbull says after scoring two goals in the second period and three in the third.

More than four decades later, he is still the only defenseman in NHL history to score five goals in a game.



1918: Joe Malone scores five goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 11-2 win against Toronto to extend his goal-scoring streak to 13 games, beginning with NHL's opening night on Dec. 19, 1917. Malone scores 34 goals in the 13 games.


1974: Bobby Clarke has six points, including his second NHL hat trick, Ross Lonsberry scores three goals and Simon Nolet has a goal and four assists in the Philadelphia Flyers' 12-2 win against Detroit at the Spectrum. It's the first double hat trick in Flyers' history.

Video: Bobby Clarke led Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups


1980: Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers becomes the second player in NHL history to score 700 goals when he gets Nos. 699 and 700 in a 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland. He scores No. 699 in the second period, then joins Gordie Howe in the NHL's 700-goal club early in the third period by taking a pass from Don Maloney and beating Wayne Stephenson with a wrist shot.

Video: Phil Esposito was record-setting goal scorer


1989: The Pittsburgh Penguins end a 42-game winless streak at the Spectrum by defeating the Flyers 5-3. It's Pittsburgh's first win in Philadelphia since Jan. 20, 1974; the Penguins lose 39 games and tie three between wins at the Spectrum.


1991: Rookie forward Jaromir Jagr scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick, helping the Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins 6-2 at the Civic Arena. Jagr, 19, becomes the youngest player in Penguins history to score three goals in a game.

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list


1994: Scotty Bowman earns his 1,000th coaching victory (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs) when the visiting Red Wings defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Bowman became the first coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 total wins. His record improves to 1,000-578-231. Bowman finishes his career with 1,244 regular-season wins, 2,141 regular-season games coached, 223 playoff wins, 353 playoff games coached and nine Stanley Cup championships; all are NHL records for coaches.

Video: Memories: Scotty Bowman's 1,000th win as head coach


2011: Johan Franzen scores five goals in Detroit's 7-5 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Franzen becomes the first Detroit player to score five goals in a game since Sergei Fedorov on Dec. 26, 1996. No NHL player scores five goals in a game again until Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 24, 2018.


2012: Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers becomes the first NHL player in more than 23 years to have eight points in a game. Gagner scores four goals and has four assists in an 8-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place. Gagner is the first NHL player to have eight points in a game since Mario Lemieux on Dec. 31, 1988, and he ties the Oilers record for points in a game held by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey. Gagner's performance comes after he enters the night with five goals and 17 assists in his first 43 games of the 2011-12 season.


2017: Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks becomes the 45th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when he scores 9:30 into the first period of a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. All 500 goals come with the Sharks after he's taken with the No. 2 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft.

Video: Patrick Marleau reaches 500 goals


2019: The Winnipeg Jets set a Jets/Atlanta Thrashers record for goals in any period of a regular-season game when they score six times in the first period of a 9-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Bell MTS Place. The nine goals are also the most in a home game by the Jets/Thrashers since entering the NHL in Atlanta in 1999, as well as tying the franchise single-game record.

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