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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 12: Devils use four players from Soviet Union

Plus: Malone becomes NHL's first 20-goal scorer; Howe returns to Joe Louis Arena; Rangers retire Messier's No. 11

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1992: The New Jersey Devils make NHL history when they use four players born in the Soviet Union.

Defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov, and forwards Valeri Zelepukin and Alexander Semak all play during a 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It's the first time an NHL team has dressed four players born in the Soviet Union in the same game.

Zelepukin has a goal and an assist, and Kasatonov assists on his first-period power-play goal.



1918: Joe Malone scores five goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 9-4 victory against the Ottawa Senators to become the NHL's first 20-goal scorer. Malone extends his goal-scoring streak (from the start of the NHL) to seven games.


1943: Bep Guidolin, a 16-year-old rookie, scores twice and has an assist in the Boston Bruins' 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden, and Frank Brimsek earns his 26th NHL shutout. It's the second of four games to benefit the American Red Cross war fund and raises $10,624.


1980: Gordie Howe gets a tremendous ovation in his first NHL appearance in Detroit in nine years when he and the Hartford Whalers come to Joe Louis Arena to play the Red Wings. Howe retired as a player in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Red Wings, but returned to the ice two years later and played six seasons in the World Hockey Association. When the Whalers were one of four WHA teams absorbed by the NHL in 1979, Howe returned to the NHL. He doesn't have a point in the Whalers' 6-4 victory, but son Mark Howe finishes with two assists, helping Hartford end a nine-game winless streak.

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


1993: The Pittsburgh Penguins announce that Mario Lemieux has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Lemieux is found to be in the early stages of the disease after a large lymph node is removed from his neck. He has radiation treatments and misses nearly two months. He returns on March 2 and wins the scoring title with 160 points in 60 games.

Video: Memories: Lemieux makes return after cancer treatment


1994: Wayne Gretzky scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to reach 2,400 points and the seventh player in Los Angeles Kings history to score 200 goals. The milestones, along with two assists, come in the Kings' 6-4 victory against the Whalers at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


2001: Defenseman Jean-Jacques Daigneault becomes the second player to play for 10 different NHL teams when he appears in his first game with the expansion Minnesota Wild, a 5-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Daigneault ties the mark set by defenseman Michel Petit.


2006: The New York Rangers retire Mark Messier's No. 11 prior to their 5-4 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers. Messier, the No. 2 scorer in NHL history who won the Stanley Cup five times with the Oilers, then scores the Cup-winning goal for the Rangers in the 1994 Final, giving New York its first championship since 1940.

Video: Mark Messier was one of NHL's greatest leaders


2016: Arizona Coyotes rookie Max Domi accomplishes something his father, Tie Domi, never managed during his 16 NHL seasons: scoring three goals in a game. Max gets his first NHL hat trick before Oliver Ekman-Larsson's goal with nine seconds remaining in overtime gives the Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena.

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2019: The New York Rangers get their first win in eight tries in Brooklyn when they defeat the New York Islanders 2-1 at Barclays Center. A goal by Mats Zuccarello with 5:05 remaining breaks a 1-1 tie and ends the Rangers' seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) in Brooklyn after the Islanders move there to start the 2015-16 season.

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