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Feb. 25: Canadiens unbeaten streak ends at 28

Plus: Richard sets NHL record with 45th goal of season; Brodeur reaches 30 wins for ninth straight time

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 25

1978: The Montreal Canadiens' NHL-record 28-game unbeaten streak comes to an end against a goaltender making his NHL debut with the New York Rangers.

Hardy Astrom makes 29 saves and six Rangers score goals in New York's stunning 6-3 victory at the Forum, ending a run of 23 wins and five ties by the Canadiens. They haven't lost since Dec. 17 (5-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins).

"I knew what was going on," says Astrom, who's called up from the American Hockey League because of injuries to John Davidson and Wayne Thomas and is called on to start by coach Jean-Guy Talbot. "I knew that Montreal had not lost in 28 games, that they were a fast‐skating team and that they swarmed all over you."

Steve Vickers and Phil Esposito score in the first period to give the Rangers a lead they never relinquish.

Astrom splits four decisions with the Rangers before playing two seasons with the Colorado Rockies; He finishes his NHL career with 17 wins, 44 losses and 12 ties.

 

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1930: Cooney Weiland becomes the first Boston Bruins player to score four goals in a game and Tiny Thompson gets his 15th NHL shutout in a 7-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's the 16th consecutive win for the Bruins at Boston Garden.

 

1940: The Rangers face the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden in the first hockey game televised in the U.S. The game airs on station W2XBS in New York, using one camera in a fixed position, and can be viewed on 300 television receivers in New York. The viewers who tune in see the Rangers win 6-2 for their 14th consecutive home victory.

 

1945: Maurice Richard of the Canadiens sets an NHL record with his 45th goal of the season, breaking the mark of 44 set by Montreal's Joe Malone in 1917-18, the NHL's first season. It comes in the Canadiens' 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

1978: Danny Gare scores three goals and has two assists, defenseman Jerry Korab gets two goals and has three assists, and the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Cleveland Barons 13-3 at Richfield Coliseum. The Sabres become the third team in NHL history to score 13 goals in a road game.

 

1990: Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues scores his 59th goal of the season, breaking the family record of 58 set by his father, Bobby Hull. Brett also gets his 60th and 61st goals for his sixth NHL hat trick, but the Blues lose 6-5 to Montreal at the Forum. Defenseman Eric Desjardins scores the 15,000th goal in Canadiens history.

Video: Brett Hull fourth leading goal-scorer in NHL

 

1993: Cam Neely returns to the Bruins lineup after missing 106 games during two seasons because of a knee injury. Neely scores a power-play goal 4:51 into the game, but the Minnesota North Stars rally for a 3-3 tie at Boston Garden.

 

2004: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to win 30 games in nine consecutive seasons. He breaks a tie with Patrick Roy when the Devils defeat the Sabres 8-2 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records

 

2012: Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers becomes the first goaltender in NHL history with at least 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons. Lundqvist gets his 30th win of 2011-12 by making 18 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against Buffalo at Madison Square Garden.

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