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Feb. 8: Gretzky scores four goals at All-Star Game

Plus: Bowman earns 1,000th NHL win; Messier gets 19th regular-season hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

All-Star MVP Gretzky's four goals

Wayne Gretzky nets four 3rd period All-Star goals

Feb 8, 1983: Wayne Gretzky's 3rd period outburst earns him MVP and linemate Mark Messier a most-assists-in-a-period (3) record too

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 8

1983: Wayne Gretzky puts on a show for the sellout crowd attending the NHL All-Star Game at Nassau Coliseum, scoring four goals in the third period of the Campbell Conference's 9-3 win against the Wales Conference.

With the Campbell Conference leading 3-2, Gretzky scores his first goal at 6:20, beats goaltender Pelle Lindbergh at 10:31 and again at 15:32, then ends the night with his fourth goal of the period at 19:18.

He breaks Ted Lindsay's record of three goals in an All-Star Game, set in 1950.

 

MORE MOMENTS

1958: Harry Lumley becomes the second NHL goaltender to reach 300 wins. Lumley's milestone win comes in the Boston Bruins' 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.

 

1970: Gordie Howe becomes the first NHL player to score 750 goals. Howe gets No. 750 by beating Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent 3:10 into the third period, but the Detroit Red Wings lose 5-3 at Olympia Stadium.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career

 

1975: Rookie goaltender Pete LoPresti gets his first NHL shutout when the Minnesota North Stars won 5-0 against the Flyers 5-0 at Met Center. LoPresti becomes part of the first father/son combo to have a shutout in the NHL; his father, Sam LoPresti, had four in two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1940-42. (link to )

 

1991: Gretzky begins a pair of streaks when he gets a second-period assist during the Los Angeles Kings' 4-4 tie against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium. It's the start of a 23-game assist streak and a 25-game point streak.

 

1997: Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 regular-season games when Brendan Shanahan scores 2:01 into overtime to give the visiting Detroit Red Wings a 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The victory moves Bowman to 1,000-452-255 with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Penguins and Red Wings. At the time, he has more victories than all but seven NHL franchises, the Original Six teams and the Flyers.

Video: Memories: Scotty Bowman's 1,000th win as head coach

On the same night, Mark Messier scores three goals for his 19th regular-season hat trick in the visiting New York Rangers' 5-2 win against the New York Islanders. Messier's hat trick was the first by a member of the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum in the 25-year history between the two rivals. It's also the final hat trick of his NHL career.

 

2003: Mario Lemieux has four assists in the Penguins' 5-2 win against the Bruins in Boston, becoming the 10th NHL player with 1,000 in his career. "It's nice," he says. "It's only numbers though."

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