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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 14: Joel Quenneville passes Al Arbour in wins

Plus: Rangers win 200th game, Denis Potvin scores 300th goal, Mike Bossy scores 400th

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, who had spent much of his playing career battling Arbour's New York Islanders, which won the Stanley Cup four consecutive times from 1980-83. Quenneville has won the Cup three times with the Blackhawks 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," says 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 Montreal 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 to reach 200 regular-season wins; Patrick, New York's coach since the inception of the team in 1926, becomes the first coach with 200 wins.


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.


1962: Terry Sawchuk becomes the first goaltender to win 300 games with the Detroit Red Wings. The milestone victory comes in a 2-1 defeat of the Rangers at Olympia Stadium in a penalty-free game. Sawchuk makes 28 saves, allowing only a third-period goal by Dean Prentice, and gets the win when Norm Ullman scores against Gump Worsley with 1:30 remaining in the third period. Sawchuk finishes his career with 447 wins, 351 of them with Detroit.


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 game. It's his 10th NHL hat trick and helps the Bruins extend their home winning streak to 12 games.


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


1988: Denis Potvin of the Islanders becomes the first NHL defenseman to score 300 goals when he gets a power-play goal in the second period of an 8-5 victory against the Quebec Nordiques at Nassau Coliseum. Potvin, already the first NHL defenseman to reach 1,000 points, scores goal No. 300 when he picks up a loose puck in the high slot and beats Nordiques goaltender Ron Tugnutt through traffic from 35 feet. The game is stopped for several minutes as 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.


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 the Sabres' 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.

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