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Jan. 10: Wayne Gretzky becomes combined points leader

Passes Gordie Howe for total scoring in regular season, Stanley Cup Playoffs

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1989: Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe for the most combined points (regular season and playoffs) in NHL history. 

Gretzky has four assists for the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at the Forum in Inglewood, California, giving him a total of 2,011 points in regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games. That's one more than Howe amassed in 26 NHL seasons, 25 of them with the Detroit Red Wings.

That Gretzky passes Howe's mark against Edmonton is ironic: 1,669 of his regular-season points and 242 of his playoff points come with the Oilers before he's traded to the Kings on Aug. 9, 1988.

Gretzky breaks Howe's NHL regular-season record for points on Oct. 15, 1989, also against the Oilers.



1920: Newsy Lalonde scores six goals to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Toronto St. Pats 14-7 at the Mount Royal Arena in Montreal. The 21 total goals set an NHL record that isn't matched for 65 years.


1931: The Philadelphia Quakers defeat the Montreal Maroons 4-3 in overtime to end their 15-game losing streak. Ron Lyons gives the Quakers the win when he scores midway through the 10-minute overtime. It's the longest losing streak in NHL history until the first-year Washington Capitals lose 17 straight in 1974-75.


1960: Less than two-and-a-half months after Jacques Plante makes history by becoming the first NHL goalie to wear a mask on a regular basis, Don Simmons of the Boston Bruins becomes the second to do so. Simmons, wearing a mask, makes 37 saves in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Garden.


1975: Johnny Bucyk becomes the first player to score 500 goals as a member of the Bruins. He gets the milestone goal during a 3-2 win against the California Seals at Boston Garden. Bucyk finishes his NHL career with 556 goals, 545 of them with the Bruins.


1985: Boston native Tom Barrasso becomes the first goaltender to shut out the Bruins at Boston Garden in more than seven years when the Buffalo Sabres win 3-0. It's the first time the Bruins fail to score a goal on home ice since a 2-0 loss to Montreal on Oct. 16, 1977. Barrasso makes 20 saves for his fifth NHL shutout.


2004: Sheldon Souray sets the single-game record for points by a Canadiens defenseman by scoring a goal and getting five assists in Montreal's 8-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Souray surpasses the previous record of five points shared by Doug Harvey and Lyle Odelein.

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