THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 24
This is a day Hall of Famer Mike Bossy will never forget
1981: Bossy matches Maurice Richard's record of 50 goals in 50 games when he scores twice late in the third period of the New York Islanders' 7-4 victory against the Quebec Nordiques at Nassau Coliseum.
Bossy comes into the Islanders' 50th game of the 1980-81 season with 48 goals, and it looks like he might leave with that many when he's kept off the scoresheet for more than 55 minutes. But with the Islanders on a power play, Bossy gets No. 49 with 4:10 remaining in the third period. With the Coliseum crowd in full roar, Bossy catches Richard when he beats Ron Grahame from the lower left circle with 1:29 remaining.
1986: Five years later, Bossy has a goal and three assists in the Islanders' 7-5 win against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland, to become the 20th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. The milestone comes in his 656th regular-season game, faster than anyone in NHL history (at the time) except Wayne Gretzky.
1937: Howie Morenz scores the 271st and final goal of his NHL career during the Montreal Canadiens' 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Four days later, his career comes to an abrupt end when he sustains a career-ending leg injury against the Blackhawks in a game at the Forum.
1960: Chicago's Glenn Hall ties the NHL record for consecutive games played by a goaltender when he appears in his 328th straight game, a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens. Hall matches the mark set by Montreal's Georges Vezina.
1988: Defenseman Neil Sheehy of the Hartford Whalers becomes the first skater in NHL history to wear No. 0. Sheehy takes seven minutes in penalties during the Whalers' 2-1 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the Civic Center.
2001: Mario Lemieux scores a goal in each period for his 40th NHL hat trick (passing Bossy for second in career hat tricks). He has all three goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 victory against Montreal at Mellon Arena. Lemieux scores his three goals on three shots.
2007: The NHL All-Star Game comes to Dallas for the first time. A full house at American Airlines Center sees the Western Conference outscore the Eastern Conference 12-9. East forward Danny Briere wins the MVP award by scoring one goal and assisting on four others. Marty Turco of the hometown Dallas Stars is the winning goaltender.
2014: Eric Nystrom of the Nashville Predators has the biggest night of his NHL career. Nystrom, who has one goal in his previous 19 games, scores four against his former team, the Calgary Flames, at Scotiabank Saddledome. However, the Flames tie the game on late goals by Mikael Backlund and David Jones, then win 5-4 when Sean Monahan scores the deciding goal in the shootout.