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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 7: Flyers undefeated run ends at 35 games

Plus: Bobby Hull scores 400th NHL goal; Brian Boucher earns fourth straight shutout

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1980: The longest undefeated streak in North American team sports ends at 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties) when the Philadelphia Flyers lose 7-1 to the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center.

Philadelphia takes a 1-0 lead on Bill Barber's goal 3:49 into the first period, but Minnesota scores the next seven goals, handing the Flyers their first loss since they were defeated 9-2 at the Atlanta Flames on Oct. 13, their second game of the season.

The Flyers easily surpass the NHL-record 28-game run set by the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (23 wins, five ties) and also pass the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' mark of 33 (all victories).

Video: Flyers from the 1979-80 team discuss unbeaten streak



1928: Howie Morenz of the Canadiens scores three goals for his third NHL hat trick during a 9-1 road victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving him 100 goals in his NHL career. The Canadiens become the first NHL team to allow two goals or fewer in 20 consecutive games.


1968: Bobby Hull scores twice to become the first player in Chicago Blackhawks history, and the fourth in NHL history, to score 400 goals. The milestone comes in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium.


1976: The New York Rangers fire coach Ron Stewart and general manager Emile Francis, giving both jobs to longtime Canadiens forward John Ferguson. He is the 15th coach in Rangers history and the first who has no previous connection with them.


1981: Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings scores two goals to become the 14th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. Dionne reaches the milestone in a 5-3 win at the Hartford Whalers, his 740th NHL game. At the time, he's the fastest to 1,000 points in NHL history.


1987: Al Secord of the Blackhawks scores four goals in a span of 8:24 during the second period of a 6-4 win against the Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium. It's the fifth hat trick of his NHL career. Rookie Mark Lavarre has four assists, three of them on goals by Secord.


1999: Luc Robitaille of the Kings scores twice to become the 27th player in NHL history to reach 500 goals. He scores in the first and third periods against goaltender Dwayne Roloson during a 4-2 victory against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.


2004: Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes becomes the first NHL goaltender in nearly 55 years to have four consecutive shutouts. Boucher makes 27 saves in a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals. The last goalie with four straight shutouts was Bill Durnan of the Canadiens from Feb. 26 to March 6, 1949.

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