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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 14: Quenneville passes Arbour with 783rd win

Plus: Potvin scores 300th goal, Bossy gets No. 400

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2016: Joel Quenneville passes Al Arbour to become the second-winningest NHL coach when the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at United Center.

It's the 783rd regular-season victory for Quenneville. As a defenseman; he spends much of his playing career competing against Arbour's New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup four consecutive times from 1980-83.

Quenneville guides the Blackhawks to the Cup three times in a six-season stretch from 2009-15.

"Trying to play against [Arbour's] teams over the years, he was one of those guys that was distinguished behind the bench," said Quenneville, who wins for the 347th time with the Blackhawks. "His teams were always winning teams and they always played hard and were tough to play against. I think as a player you heard a lot of good things about Al as well. His teams were successful, and catching him, I'm very honored."



1922: For the first time in the NHL, brothers on the same team score four goals in the same game. Defenseman Sprague Cleghorn and brother Odie Cleghorn each score four goals in the Canadiens' 10-6 win against the visiting Hamilton Tigers.


1936: The New York Rangers and coach Lester Patrick each reach an NHL milestone in a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Maroons at the Forum. The Rangers become the fifth team with 200 regular-season wins; Patrick, New York's coach since the inception of the Rangers in 1926, becomes the first coach with 200.


1943: Left wing Alex Smart becomes the first player to score three goals in his NHL debut. Smart also has an assist for a four-point game in Montreal's 5-1 win against Chicago at the Forum. Smart plays eight games in his NHL career, finishing with five goals and seven points, before being returned to senior hockey.


1971: Phil Esposito scores three goals, setting a modern NHL record with his fifth hat trick of the season, in the Boston Bruins' 9-5 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Boston Garden. Esposito also has three assists for a six-point night. It's his 10th NHL hat trick and it helps the Bruins extend their home winning streak to 12 games.

Video: Phil Esposito was record-setting goal scorer


1984: Mike Bossy scores his 400th goal in his 506th NHL game, a 4-2 victory for the Islanders against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. Bossy becomes the fastest player in League history to score 400 goals (a mark later broken by Wayne Gretzky).

Video: Mike Bossy had record nine straight 50-goal seasons


1988: Denis Potvin becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 300 goals when he gets a power-play goal in the second period of the Islanders' 8-5 victory against the Quebec Nordiques at Nassau Coliseum. Potvin, already the first NHL defenseman to reach 1,000 NHL points, scores goal No. 300 when he picks up a loose puck in the high slot and beats Quebec goaltender Ron Tugnutt through traffic from 35 feet. The game is stopped for several minutes when Potvin receives a standing ovation. He retires at the end of the season with NHL-record totals (since surpassed) of 310 goals and 1,052 points.

Video: Denis Potvin was captain of Islanders' 1980s dynasty


2006: The Buffalo Sabres reach double figures in goals for the first time in nearly 13 years when they defeat the visiting Los Angeles Kings 10-1. Jason Pominville scores three consecutive goals for a natural hat trick and Jochen Hecht scores three times in Buffalo's biggest offensive night since a 10-7 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 24, 1993. The 10 goals are the most allowed by the Kings since a 10-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 13, 1993.


2014: Two 41-year-olds, goaltender Martin Brodeur and forward Jaromir Jagr, power the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre. Brodeur makes 29 saves to improve his record in Montreal to 20-9-1; he receives an ovation after being named First Star of the Game in what turns out to be his final appearance in the city where he grew up. Jagr scores at 17:23 of the first period to end a 10-game drought. It's the 695th goal of his NHL career, passing Mark Messier for seventh on the all-time list.


2019: A six-game night in the NHL produces 52 goals (8.67 per game). It's the first time at least 52 goals are scored on a six-game night since March 28, 1995 (also 52). The Devils lead the way with eight goals in their 8-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers (7-4 against the Minnesota Wild) and Edmonton Oilers (7-2 against the Buffalo Sabres). There are at least five goals scored in every game.

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