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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 23: Bruins become first team to win after trailing by five goals

Roy gets Initial NHL victory; Lemieux, Jagr score 50th goal in same game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1972: The Boston Bruins defeat the California Golden Seals 8-6 in Oakland, becoming the first team in NHL history to win a game after trailing by five goals.

The Golden Seals lead 3-1 after one period and 6-1 after Craig Patrick scores 8:53 into the second period. But Bobby Orr sets up goals by Wayne Cashman and Fred Stanfield before the period ends, then scores a goal and has two assists during a five-goal third.

Orr finishes with one goal and four assists; Stanfield scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick.



1952: Elmer Lach of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the NHL all-time scoring leader. Lach gets four points (one goal, three assists) in a 7-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. The four points give Lach 550 in his NHL career, two more than Bill Cowley, who's held the record since 1946.


1964: Glenn Hall becomes the third goalie in NHL history to have five 30-win seasons. He gets win No. 30 when the Blackhawks defeat the Bruins 2-0 at Chicago Stadium. Hall also has an assist in the game.

Video: Ironman Glenn Hall started 502 straight games in goal


1983: Mark Pavelich of the New York Rangers becomes the first United States-born player to score five goals in a game. He does it during an 11-3 victory against the Hartford Whalers at Madison Square Garden. The five goals tie a Rangers record set by Don Murdoch on Oct. 12, 1976.


1985: Rookie Patrick Roy gets a victory in his first NHL game when the Canadiens outscore the Winnipeg Jets 6-4 at the Forum. Chris Nilan leads the scoring with three points (two goals, assist).


1989: The Detroit Red Wings trail 6-0 in the second period but rally for a 6-6 tie against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena. Steve Yzerman scores two goals and sets up two others. The two goals give Yzerman 57, breaking the Red Wings' single-season record of 55 set by John Ogrodnick in 1984-85.


1996: Mario Lemieux scores his 50th goal of the season in the first period, and Jaromir Jagr scores Nos. 49 and 50, to help the Penguins defeat the visiting Whalers 5-4. It's the second time in NHL history that teammates each score his 50th goal of the season in the same game. Lemieux and Kevin Stevens each score No. 50 in a 6-4 road win against the Edmonton Oilers on March 21, 1993.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times


2001: Yzerman scores a goal to become the sixth player in NHL history with 1,600 points. It comes in a 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena. The game is Scotty Bowman's 600th game as Detroit's coach.

On the same night, Jeremy Roenick of the Phoenix Coyotes scores three goals to become the third U.S.-born player to score 400 in his NHL career. Roenick also has an assist in the Coyotes' 7-3 road win against the Buffalo Sabres.


2003: Joe Nieuwendyk scores a goal for the New Jersey Devils in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh to become the 65th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. Nieuwendyk's goal at 9:04 of the third period ties the game 3-3, and Scott Gomez gets the game-winner 37 seconds later.

2012: Five of the nine games on the schedule end in shootouts, with the visiting team winning all five. Three of the five games end 3-2, with the other two finishing 4-3. None of the shootouts go past three rounds.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 at T-Mobile Arena to give them the best record in the NHL. Vegas (41-18-6) passes the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the overall standings. No previous expansion team in the modern era has finished over .500.


2019: The Philadelphia Flyers score twice in the final 3:04 of the third period, including a game-tying goal by Jakub Voracek with 20 seconds remaining, before Claude Giroux's overtime goal gives them a 4-3 win against the Penguins at the NHL Stadium Series in Philadelphia. Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 69.620 fans at Lincoln Financial Field, the Flyers become the fifth team to win an outdoor game after trailing by more than one goal, but they're first to do so with a third-period rally.

On the same night, Roberto Luongo makes 18 saves for the Florida Panthers in a 6-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at BB&T Center for his 484th NHL win, tying him with Ed Belfour for third place on the all-time list.

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