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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 28: Teemu Selanne scores 50th goal as rookie

Plus: United States wins first hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley Olympics; Bobby Orr gets 500th NHL assist

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 28

1993: Teemu Selanne becomes the third rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, and he does it with a flourish.

Selanne scores Nos. 48, 49, 50 and 51 to help the Winnipeg Jets outlast the Minnesota North Stars 7-6 at Winnipeg Arena. He scores his 48th of the season midway through the first period, gets his 49th and 50th goals late in the second and scores No. 51 at 7:33 of the third period.

Exactly four years later, Selanne, now with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, scores his 200th NHL goal and becomes the first NHL player to score against 25 teams in one season when he scored in a 4-1 road win against the Washington Capitals.

Video: Teemu Selanne scored record 76 goals as rookie

 

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1929: The Chicago Blackhawks are shut out for an NHL-record eighth consecutive game. But they don't go home empty-handed: Blackhawks goaltender Charlie Gardiner matches New York's John Ross Roach in a scoreless tie at Chicago. Roach sets a Rangers record with his 13th shutout of the season.

 

1960: The United States wins its first hockey gold medal at the Winter Olympics by scoring six goals in the third period to defeat Czechoslovakia 9-4 in its final game at Squaw Valley, California. The U.S. trails 4-3 after two periods, but Roger Christian scores three times in the third; his brother, Bill Christian, assists on two of the three goals. Bill's son, Dave Christian, follows in his father's footsteps by helping the 1980 U.S. "Miracle On Ice" team win gold at Lake Placid, New York, 20 years later.

 

1963: Andy Bathgate scores three goals for his fourth NHL hat trick in the Rangers' 6-1 victory against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Bathgate becomes the first player in Rangers history (and the 10th in NHL history) to score 250 goals. 

Video: Andy Bathgate had it all: talent, toughness, looks

 

1974: Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr is credited with the 499th and 500th assists of his NHL career in his 522nd game, an 8-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden. Ross Brooks, Boston's 36-year-old rookie goaltender, ties an NHL record with his 14th consecutive victory. 

 

1974: Claude Larose scores four goals to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 at the Forum. It comes two nights after Larose has a hat trick in a 6-5 win against the Atlanta Flames at the Omni.

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