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This Date in NHL History

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

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

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1957: The NHL comes to network television in the United States for the first time when CBS airs a Saturday afternoon game 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 goaltender Gilles Meloche. After the Blues win the ensuing faceoff, Mullen scores again by deflecting Brian Sutter's pass behind Meloche. Mullen sets a Blues record for fastest two goals by one player.


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 goaltender Lyle Moffat, then set up Anton's goal 6:29 into the third period.


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


2003: Brett Hull becomes the second NHL player to score 250 power-play goals in his 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 winner. Hull finishes his career with 265 power-play goals, nine behind record-holder Dave Andreychuk.

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