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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 30: Wayne Gretzky reaches 100 points again

Plus: Nels Stewart becomes NHL all-time goal-scoring leader; Sabres end Bruins' 32-game undefeated streak

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


Two NHL all-time greats make history on the same night:

1990: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings sets an NHL record by reaching 100 points for the 11th consecutive season. The milestone comes when Gretzky has an assist in a 5-2 win against the visiting New Jersey Devils. It's his second 100-point season with the Kings after he reaches triple figures in each of his nine seasons with the Edmonton Oilers.

A few hours earlier, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins extends his point streak to 40 games, the second-longest in NHL history, when he assists on all three of Tony Tanti's goals in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Lemieux passes Gretzky's 39-game streak from the 1985-86 season, though he still trails Gretzky's 51-game streak, set in 1983-84.



1937: Nels Stewart of the New York Americans becomes the NHL all-time goal-scoring leader. Stewart scores the 272nd goal of his NHL career in a 4-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum, moving him past Howie Morenz. Stewart retires after the 1939-40 season with an NHL-record 324 goals.


1969: The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Flyers 12-0 at the Spectrum for the biggest shutout win in their history. Denis DeJordy gets his 13th NHL shutout. Dennis Hull has two goals and three assists, and Jim Pappin scores three goals for his second NHL hat trick.


1976: The Buffalo Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 6-2 at Boston Garden, ending the Boston's 32-game undefeated streak (over two seasons). The Bruins are 27-0-5 before the loss.


1997: Ray Bourque scores Boston's only goal in a 3-1 road loss to the Florida Panthers. It's the 1,339th point of his NHL career, tying Johnny Bucyk for the most in Bruins history.


1999: The Canadiens limit the visiting Carolina Hurricanes to 10 shots on goal, setting a team record, but lose 3-1. Jeff Hackett allows three goals on eight shots in the second period; the Canadiens then hold the Hurricanes without a shot on goal in the third period, another franchise first. Montreal outshoots Carolina 18-0 in the third period and 45-10 for the game, but Arturs Irbe makes 44 saves.


2015: Carolina's Cam Ward sets an NHL record for the longest relief appearance by a goaltender without allowing a goal. Ward replaces starter Anton Khudobin 3:25 into the game against the St. Louis Blues after Khudobin allows two goals on three shots. Ward goes the rest of the way for Carolina, stopping all 29 shots he faces during the final 61:35 of regulation time and overtime. However, he's beaten by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the shootout, giving the Blues a 3-2 victory. The longest previous scoreless performance in relief was 60:05 by Bob Essensa of the Detroit Red Wings against the Washington Capitals on March 25, 1994.

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