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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 8: Scotty Bowman wins 1,000th NHL game

Wayne Gretzky begins 25-game point streak; Mark Messier gets 19th regular-season hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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 Philadelphia Flyers.

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



1958: Harry Lumley of the Boston Bruins became the second goaltender in NHL history to reach 300 career victories. Lumley's milestone win comes in a 7-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.


1964: Terry Sawchuk sets the League record for games by a goaltender when he appeared in the 804th of his NHL career, a 3-2 victory for the Red Wings against the Bruins at Boston Garden. Sawchuk surpasses the mark of 803 set by Lumley.


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.

Video: Wayne Gretzky nets four 3rd period All-Star goals


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


1997: Mark Messier of the New York Rangers scores three goals for his 19th NHL regular-season hat trick in a 5-2 win at the New York Islanders. Messier's hat trick was the first by a Rangers player at Nassau Coliseum in the 25-year history between the two rivals. It's also the final hat trick of his NHL career.

Exactly five years later, Messier joins Gordie Howe, Larry Murphy and Ray Bourque as the only players to skate in 1,600 NHL games. The milestone comes in a 2-1 victory for the Rangers against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.


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

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