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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 7: Darryl Sittler has 10-point night

Plus: Gordie Howe reaches 300 goals; Mike Bossy gets record 33rd hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 7

1976: Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs has the greatest single-game offensive performance in NHL history when he scores six goals and assists on four others for a 10-point night in an 11-4 victory against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Sittler assists on first-period goals by Lanny McDonald and Ian Turnbull, scores three goals and sets up two by Borje Salming in the second and completes his historic performance with three goals in the third. 

The Toronto captain breaks the NHL single-game record of eight points, held by Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead.

Video: Memories: Sittler sets NHL record with 10-point game

 

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1933: George Hainsworth and the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Maple Leafs 2-0 at the Forum. It's Hainsworth's 71st shutout, moving him past Alex Connell for the most in NHL history.

 

1956: Gordie Howe becomes the first member of the Detroit Red Wings and the third player in NHL history to score 300 goals. He reaches the milestone with a first-period power-play goal in Detroit's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Olympia Stadium. The goal comes against Al Rollins, Howe's victim on goal No. 200.

Exactly nine years later, Howe becomes the first player in NHL history to score 100 NHL goals against every opposing team. He scores No. 100 against the Canadiens during a five-goal second period in a 6-0 victory at Olympia Stadium.

 

1985: Mike Bossy scores three goals for his NHL-record 33rd hat trick, helping the New York Islanders defeat the New York Rangers 7-5 at Nassau Coliseum. Bossy scores once in each period and breaks the record for NHL career hat tricks held by Phil Esposito.

 

1989: Wayne Gretzky, in his first season with the Los Angeles Kings, is named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, his home during the first nine seasons in the League. Gretzky, playing with longtime Oilers linemate Jari Kurri on his right and Kings teammate Luc Robitaille on his left, has a goal and two assists for the Campbell Conference in a 9-5 victory.

 

1995: Joe Mullen of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the first U.S.-born NHL player to reach 1,000 NHL points. Mullen scores two goals and assists on two others in the Penguins' 7-3 win against the visiting Florida Panthers. He's the 42nd player in NHL history with 1,000 points.

Video: Memories: American-born Mullen tallies 1,000th point

 

1998: The NHL has its busiest day in history to that point with 13 games involving all 26 teams on the eve of the Olympic break. Scoring honors go to Valeri Bure, who gets his first NHL hat trick to help the Calgary Flames defeat the visiting Edmonton Oilers 4-2.

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