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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 20: Lemieux scores 50th goal in his 44th game

Plus: Gretzky gets 12th NHL hat trick; Henrik Sedin reaches 1,000 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1989: Mario Lemieux becomes the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in fewer than 50 games. He joins Wayne Gretzky, who's done it three times.

Lemieux, a center who's in his fifth NHL season, scores 1:18 into the Pittsburgh Penguins' 7-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Winnipeg Arena when he takes a pass from Rob Brown and beats goalie Eldon Reddick to the short side. The goal comes in Lemieux's 44th game of the season and the 46th for the Penguins.

Despite the milestone, the 23-year-old isn't happy after the game. "We didn't put any type of effort in out there," he said. "I don't know what's going on."

Lemieux finishes the season with 85 goals, the fourth-highest single-season total in NHL history, and his 199 points are the most scored in one season by anyone other than Gretzky (212).



1946: Max Bentley scores three goals for his fourth NHL hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the New York Rangers 9-1 in front of an NHL-record crowd of 19,749 at Chicago Stadium.


1970: Gordie Howe scores his 10th and final goal in All-Star Game competition. His power-play goal 7:26 into the first period proves to be the game-winner in the Eastern Conference's 4-1 victory against the Western Conference at St. Louis Arena. Chicago's Bobby Hull has a goal and an assist and is named the game's most valuable player.

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


1977: For the third time in NHL history (and the first time in 23 years), brothers oppose each other as coaches. Johnny Wilson's Colorado Rockies defeat Larry Wilson's Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at Olympia Stadium.


1982: Gretzky becomes the first player in NHL history to have 12 hat tricks before age 21. He gets his sixth hat trick of the season and 12th of his NHL career when he scores three goals (and has two assists) in the Edmonton Oilers' 8-6 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Northlands Coliseum.


1983: Darryl Sittler becomes the 17th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. Sittler gets the milestone with a goal and an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at the Spectrum. It comes one year to the day after the Flyers acquire Sittler in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Video: Darryl Sittler once scored 10 points in one game


2003: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to play in 1,000 regular-season games. Roy makes 29 saves in a 1-1 tie with the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.


2017: Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin becomes the 85th player in NHL history with 1,000 points when he scores a goal 5:50 into the second period of a 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena. The goal comes when he takes a pass from his twin brother, Daniel Sedin, and beats longtime teammate Roberto Luongo. Henrik is the 35th player to get 1,000 points with the same team and the fourth who was born in Sweden. 


2018: Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has two goals and an assist in a 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders at United Center to surpass 800 points in his NHL career. Defenseman Ryan Pulock becomes the second Islanders rookie in 2017-18 to have five points in a game when he finishes with one goal and four assists.


2019: Jonathan Toews becomes the 12th player to score at least 20 goals in each of his first 12 NHL seasons when he scores three times for his sixth hat trick in the Chicago Blackhawks' 8-5 victory against the Washington Capitals at United Center. He's the fourth member of the Blackhawks to do so, joining Kane and Hall of Famers Hull and Stan Mikita. Toews also assists on two goals for his third five-point game in the NHL.


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