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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 21: Bobby Hull scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Kings top Sharks in Stadium Series game; Golden Knights set points record for first-year team

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1970: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the third player in NHL history to score 500 goals when he beats Ed Giacomin for his second goal of the game in a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

Hull is credited with his 499th goal at 9:26 of the second period when a shot caroms off his skate and goes past Giacomin. He joins Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard as the only 500-goal scorers in League history at 16:51 when his shot from the left of the crease goes past Giacomin. The packed house gives him a two-minute ovation.

It's the third time Hull achieves a major milestone against the Rangers. He reaches the 50-goal mark for the first time in his career when he scores against Gump Worsley on March 25, 1962, and becomes the first player to score more than 50 goals in a season when he beats Cesare Maniago on March 12, 1966.

Video: Bobby Hull used slap shot to win three scoring titles



1928: For the first time in NHL history, brothers oppose each other as coaches. Sprague Cleghorn is acting coach for the Boston Bruins with Art Ross ill and Odie Cleghorn coaches the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fred Gordon and Harry Oliver score goals and Boston's Hal Winkler is perfect in a 2-0 victory.


1946: New York Rangers general manager Lester Patrick resigns for health reasons and is succeeded by coach Frank Boucher. Patrick continues as a vice president of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers win the Stanley Cup three times during Patrick's tenure as GM.


1970: Howe has an assist for the Detroit Red Wings to become the first player in NHL history to have 50 or more points in a season 21 times during his career. The milestone comes in a 7-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career


1984: Wayne Gretzky scores four goals for his 27th NHL hat trick and has an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-5. One night later, Gretzky scores four more against the Pittsburgh Penguins to give him eight goals in two nights.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


1999: Ray Sheppard of the Carolina Hurricanes scores twice in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders, making him the first player in NHL history to score at least 20 goals in a season for six teams. He has 20-goal seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Rangers, Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers prior to doing it with the Hurricanes.


2001: Ray Bourque, traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the Bruins on March 6, 2000, plays against his former team for the first time in his 22-year NHL career. The future Hall of Fame defenseman has two assists to help the Avalanche defeat the Bruins 8-2 at Pepsi Center.

Video: Ray Bourque capped career with dramatic Cup in 2001


2015: Marian Gaborik scores the go-ahead goal 4:04 into the third period to power the Los Angeles Kings past the Sharks 2-1 in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The sellout crowd of 70,205 marks the third-highest attendance at an NHL outdoor game at the time, trailing the 2014 and 2008 Winter Classics.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights set an NHL record for most points by a team in its inaugural season when they defeat the Calgary Flames 7-3 at T-Mobile Arena. The win gives the Golden Knights (40-16-4) 84 points, one more than the 1993-94 Panthers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Vegas improves to 23-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena, passing the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers for the most home wins by a first-year team. The Golden Knights move past the Tampa Bay Lightning into first place in the overall NHL standings.

Video: Knights score four unanswered goals in 7-3 win

On the same night, Joel Quenneville becomes the third man in NHL history to coach 1,600 regular-season games when the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout at United Center.


2019: Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the first player to reach 100 points in 2018-19 when he scores midway through the second period in a 2-1 shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena. Kucherov gets point No. 100 in his 62nd game, the fewest needed to hit the mark since Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets his 100th point of the 1996-97 season in his 61st game. Kucherov also becomes the first player in Lightning history to have multiple 100-point seasons.


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