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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 3: Syd Howe scores six times

Plus: Dino Ciccarelli reaches 600 NHL goals; Sabres end 14-game losing streak

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1944: Syd Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores six goals in a 12-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. Howe scores twice in each period for his final NHL hat trick.

"I had a good chance to break the all-time record, but I couldn't do it," Howe says, referring to the seven goals scored by Joe Malone for the Quebec Bulldogs on Jan. 31, 1920.

Howe is the first player to score six goals in a game since the NHL becomes the only league to play for the Stanley Cup in 1926. 

Only Red Berenson of the St. Louis Blues (Nov. 7, 1968) and Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Feb. 7, 1976) have matched Howe's six-goal night.



1977: Richie Hansen becomes the first player born on Long Island to score a goal for the New York Islanders. The goal comes midway through the third period and wraps up the a 6-3 win against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.


1982: Grant Mulvey becomes the first Chicago Blackhawks player to score five goals in a game. Mulvey scores four goals in the second period and one in the third of a 9-5 win against the Blues at Chicago Stadium. Mulvey also has two assists for a seven-point game, tying the Chicago record set by Max Bentley on Jan. 28, 1943.


1998: Dino Ciccarelli becomes the ninth player in NHL history to score 600 goals. He scores a power-play goal with 5:09 remaining in the third period to give the Florida Panthers a 1-1 tie with the visiting Red Wings.


1999: The Washington Capitals set NHL records by scoring eight goals in 9:34 during the second period and nine goals in 11:32 (including 1:18 of the third period) in a 10-1 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Peter Bondra scores two goals in 35 seconds and three in 4:47 during the outburst.


2000: Bob Pulford of the Blackhawks becomes the first person in NHL history to coach 800 games in the League after playing in 800 NHL games. The milestone comes in a 5-5 tie against the Calgary Flames.


2015: The Buffalo Sabres end a 14-game losing streak by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Bell Centre. Drew Stafford, Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta score first-period goals, and Jhonas Enroth makes 32 saves. The losing streak is one shy of the third-longest in NHL history, 15 games by the Philadelphia Quakers during the 1930-31 season.

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