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Feb. 26: Bentley brothers combine for 10-point night with Blackhawks

Plus: Messier reaches 20-goal mark at age 40; Sweden wins gold medal at Torino Olympics

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 26

1947: The Bentley brothers are too much for the New York Rangers.

Doug Bentley scores four goals and sets up two more, and brother Max Bentley scores three goals and assists on another to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Rangers 9-7 at Madison Square Garden.

Though Max is outscored by his brother for one night, he ends up leading the NHL in scoring with 72 points (29 goals. 43 assists). Doug finishes the season with 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists), finishing sixth in the scoring race.

 

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1955: Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadiens is credited with his 41st assist of the season, setting an NHL record for defensemen, in a 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. Harvey surpasses the mark of 40 set by Babe Pratt of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1943-44 when he assists on a goal by Maurice Richard at 13:15 of the first period.

Video: Doug Harvey led Canadiens' deadly power-play unit

 

1967: The Canadiens take some unusual transportation to Chicago Stadium for a game against the Blackhawks. When their chartered bus fails to show, the Canadiens travel to the game in a taxi, a police paddy wagon and a couple of police cruisers. The game ends in a 2-2 tie.

 

1984: Mario Gosselin of the Quebec Nordiques becomes the 16th goalie to have a shutout in his first NHL game. He makes 26 saves in a 5-0 victory against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

 

1989: Mario Lemieux has three assists to become the third NHL player to have 100 in a season, joining Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky. Despite Lemieux's three assists (and a goal), the Pittsburgh Penguins lose 8-6 to the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Center.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times

 

1990: Rookie Darren Turcotte scores three goals for his second NHL hat trick to help the Rangers to a 6-1 win against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden, completing a sweep of the three-game season series. It's the first time since entering the League in 1926 that the Rangers sweep a season series from Boston.

 

2001: Mark Messier becomes the fourth player in NHL history to have a 20-goal season at age 40. Messier gets his 20th goal in the first period of the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden.

Video: Mark Messier was one of NHL's greatest leaders

 

2006: Sweden edges Finland 3-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scores the winning goal 10 seconds into the third period. Henrik Lundqvist makes 25 saves, including one with his stick on a shot by Olli Jokinen in the final seconds that preserves the win.

 

2018: Alex Ovechkin plays in his 984th NHL game, passing Calle Johansson for the most in the history of the Washington Capitals. He scores his 39th goal of the season and the 597th of his career in Washington's 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Video: WSH@CBJ: Ovechkin nets PPG in milestone game

 

2019: Jordan Binnington makes 19 shots in the Blues' 2-0 win against the Nashville Predators at Enterprise Center. St. Louis finishes February with a 12-1-1 record, matching its team record for most wins in a calendar month. Binnington improves to 15-2-1 and gets his fifth shutout in his first 18 starts; he joins Jacques Plante (1952-54) as the only goalies in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to have five shutouts in their first 18 starts.

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