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Jan. 22: 334 fans brave snow for Devils, Flames game

Plus: LaFontaine scores 1,000th NHL point; Brodeur gets 120th shutout

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

New Jersey Devils 334 Club

334 fans show up to Devils game after snow storm

Close to two feet of snow in the tri-state area allow just 334 fans to make the Devils-Flames game at the Meadowlands

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 22

1987: The New Jersey Devils defeat the Calgary Flames 7-5 before 334 fans who brave a winter storm to get to Brendan Byrne Arena.

The Devils are expecting more than 11,000 to attend, but a storm that drops more than 18 inches of snow makes getting to the game almost impossible. The Flames, staying at a nearby hotel, have few problems reaching the arena. However, many of the Devils are delayed and the start time is pushed back two hours.

The fans who do show up see a wide-open game when Devils forward Doug Sulliman scores three goals for the only hat trick of his NHL career. The last two come during New Jersey's four-goal third period.

The Devils later honor the diehard fans who attend the game by forming the "334 Club."

 

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1966: The Detroit Red Wings have a slightly different look for their game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. The Red Wings must wear the jerseys of their junior team in Hamilton because their jerseys are stolen from the Forum locker room the night before. Despite not having their own uniforms, the Red Wings win 3-0, with Roger Crozier making 31 saves for his 15th NHL shutout.

 

1994: Though the Eastern and Western conferences combine for 17 goals, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter is named the most valuable player of the NHL All-Star Game. Playing in front of his home fans at Madison Square Garden, Richter makes 19 saves on 21 shots during the second period and the East wins 9-8 on a late goal by Alexei Yashin. Three of Richter's saves come on breakaways from Pavel Bure.

 

1998: Pat LaFontaine gets his 1,000th NHL point with a third-period goal and has an assist, but the Rangers lose 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

 

2000: Bure scores twice, including the winner at 1:31 of overtime, in the Florida Panthers' 4-3 win against the visiting Boston Bruins. Bure's first goal, early in the second period, is the 300th of his NHL career; he's the seventh-fastest player in League history to reach the mark. The goal is his 34th of the season, setting a Panthers record.

 

2003: Brett Hull becomes the second player in NHL history to score 20 goals in each of his first 16 NHL seasons. Hull scores a second-period power-play goal in the Red Wings' 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Skyreach Center. It's the 699th of his NHL career.

 

2004: Goaltender Craig Anderson makes 30 saves for his first NHL win in the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center. Anderson enters the game 0-11-2 in his first 13 NHL decisions.

 

2013: Martin Brodeur makes 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout and the Devils defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at Prudential Center. It's Brodeur's 10th shutout against the Flyers, who lose their first three games of the season for the first time since 1994-95.

 

2017: Peter Laviolette becomes the second U.S.-born coach with 500 NHL victories when the Nashville Predators rally to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center. The Predators give up two goals in the first period but score once in the second period and three times in the third. Laviolette joins John Tortorella as the only U.S.-born coaches to reach 500 wins in the NHL.

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