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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 23: Red Wings score 15 straight goals

Plus: Beliveau first NHL player on cover of Sports Illustrated; Francis appears in 1,700th game

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1944: The Detroit Red Wings set an NHL record by scoring 15 straight goals to defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 at Olympia Stadium. Syd Howe leads the Red Wings with three goals and two assists, and Connie Dion gets his first NHL shutout.

Rangers goalie Ken McAuley makes 43 saves. Detroit nearly scores a 16th goal, but the puck slides into the net just after time expires in the third period.



1934: Rangers forward Murray Murdoch is honored in a ceremony prior to playing in his 400th consecutive NHL game, a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, makes a presentation to Murdoch, the NHL's first "Iron Man," who plays 508 consecutive games during 11 seasons before retiring from the League. He goes on to coach Yale University from 1938-65.


1956: Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first hockey player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times


1983: Wayne Gretzky scores a goal and has three assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 8-6 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Northlands Coliseum. Gretzky's 400th assist comes in his 290th NHL game.


1985: The Kings end a 21-game home winless streak against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 6-3 victory. It's the Kings' first win against Philadelphia at the Forum in more than 12 years; they had been 0-17 with four ties since a 3-0 victory on Oct. 20, 1973.


1993: Rangers forward Mike Gartner becomes the first player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 14 consecutive seasons. Gartner scores his 30th of the 1992-93 season in New York's 8-3 victory against the Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.


2004: Carolina Hurricanes forward Ron Francis becomes the third player in NHL history to appear in 1,700 regular-season games. Francis has an assist in a 3-2 loss to the visiting New York Islanders.

2018: William Karlsson scores two goals against his former team to help the Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 at T-Mobile Arena. The victory extends their point streak at home to 12 games (10-0-2). It's the 32nd win for the Golden Knights, one shy of the NHL record for a first-year team set in 1993-94 by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Florida Panthers.


2019: Nazem Kadri's fifth NHL hat trick helps Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Washington Capitals 6-3 at Scotiabank Arena. The Maple Leafs reach 30 wins in their 49th game for the second time in their history and the first time since finishing 30-14 with four ties in 1934-35, when the NHL plays a 48-game season.

Alex Ovechkin scores one of Washington's three goals, giving him 1,179 points and tying him with Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov for the most in NHL history by a Russia-born player.

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