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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 5: NHL debuts on U.S. network television

Plus: Bucyk oldest to score four times in game; Hull scores 250th power-play goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1957: An NHL game is shown on network television in the United States for the first time when CBS airs a Saturday afternoon match between the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks from Madison Square Garden.

Bud Palmer does play-by-play and Fred Cusick handles the color commentary and interviews during the Rangers' 4-1 victory. It's the first of a series of Saturday afternoon telecasts that extends through the 1959-60 season.



1974: At age 38, Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins becomes the oldest NHL player to score four goals in a game. Bucyk's big night, plus one goal and three assists by teammate Phil Esposito, help the Bruins defeat the New York Islanders 6-2 at Nassau Coliseum.


1982: Joe Mullen, playing his seventh NHL game, scores his first two goals eight seconds apart in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars. Mullen banks his first NHL goal into the net off the back of goalie Gilles Meloche. After the Blues win the ensuing face-off, Mullen scores again by deflecting a pass by Brian Sutter behind Meloche. Mullen sets a Blues record for fastest two goals by one player.

Exactly seven years later, Mullen scores four goals and has two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to an 8-6 win against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.


1984: Each of the three Stastny brothers, Peter, Anton and Marian, scores a goal in the Quebec Nordiques' 8-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden. Marian and Peter score 1:46 apart late in the second period against goalie Mike Moffat, then set up Anton's goal at 6:29 of the third.


1999: Tom Barrasso is credited with two assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-1 victory against the Calgary Flames to become the highest-scoring goalie in NHL history. His 47th and 48th assists move him one point ahead of Grant Fuhr. Barrasso's 48 points remain No. 1 among goalies, with Fuhr and Martin Brodeur next with 47 points (two goals, 45 assists).


2003: Brett Hull scored the 250th power-play goal of his NHL career. He reaches the milestone when he scores at 12:33 of the third period during the Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Hull later gets the tying goal and sets up Jason Woolley for the overtime goal. He finishes his career with 265 power-play goals, nine behind record-holder Dave Andreychuk's 274.


2019: The New York Islanders score four goals on 14 shots and defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 at Enterprise Center for their sixth straight victory. The Blues drop to 16-19-4, last in the Western Conference. Before their next game two days later, the Blues recall goalie Jordan Binnington from the minors. The 25-year-old rookie goes 24-5-1 in 30 starts to get them into the playoffs, then wins 16 games during St. Louis' run to its first Stanley Cup championship since entering the NHL in 1967.

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