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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 22: 334 fans brave snow for Devils, Flames game

Plus: Pat LaFontaine scores 1,000th NHL point; Martin Brodeur gets 120th career shutout

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

New Jersey Devils 334 Club

334 fans show up to Devils game after snow storm

Close to two feet of snow in the tri-state area allow just 334 fans to make the Devils-Flames game at the Meadowlands

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 22

1987: In one of the most unusual games in NHL history, the New Jersey Devils defeat the Calgary Flames 7-5 in front of a crowd of 334 fans who brave a winter storm to get to Brendan Byrne Arena.

The Devils are expecting more than 11,000 to attend, but a storm that drops more than 18 inches of snow makes getting to the game almost impossible. The Flames, staying at a nearby hotel, have few problems reaching the arena; however, many of the Devils are delayed, and the start time is pushed back two hours.

 

READ: Historic storm produced history for Devils in '87

 

The fans who do show up see a wide-open game in which Devils forward Doug Sulliman scores three goals for the only hat trick of his NHL career. The last two come during New Jersey's four-goal third period.

The Devils honor the diehard fans who attend the game by forming the "334 Club."

 

MORE MOMENTS

1966: The Detroit Red Wings have a slightly different look for their game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. The Red Wings are forced to wear the jerseys of their junior team in Hamilton because their jerseys are stolen from the Forum locker room the night before. Despite not having their own uniforms, the Red Wings win 3-0, with Roger Crozier making 28 saves for his 15th NHL shutout.

 

1994: Though the Eastern and Western conferences combine for 17 goals, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter is named the most valuable player of the All-Star Game. Playing in front of his home fans at Madison Square Garden, Richter makes 19 saves on 21 shots during the second period, and the East wins 9-8 on a late goal by Alexei Yashin. Three of Richter's saves come on breakaways on Pavel Bure.

 

1998: Pat LaFontaine gets his 1,000th NHL point with a third-period goal and also has an assist, but the Rangers lose 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

 

2000: Pavel Bure scores twice, including the winner at 1:31 of overtime, in the Florida Panthers' 4-3 win against the visiting Boston Bruins. Bure's first goal, early in the second period, is the 300th of his NHL career; he's the seventh-fastest player in League history to reach the mark. The goal is his 34th of the season, setting a team record.

 

2003: Brett Hull becomes the second player in NHL history to score 20 goals in each of his first 16 NHL seasons. Hull scores a second-period power-play goal in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Skyreach Center. It's the 699th of his NHL career.

 

 

2004: Goaltender Craig Anderson makes 30 saves for his first NHL win and shutout in the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center. Anderson enters the game with an 0-11-2 record in parts of two NHL seasons.

 

2013: Martin Brodeur makes 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout and the Devils defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at Prudential Center. It's Brodeur's 10th career shutout against the Flyers, who lose their first three games of the season for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

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