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This Date in NHL History

March 11: Esposito first in NHL history to score 60 goals in season

Plus: Gretzky reaches 1,500 career points; Montreal Forum hosts final game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1971: Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores twice in a 7-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to become the NHL's all-time single-season leader in goals.

Esposito breaks Bobby Hull's single-season record of 58 when he scores No. 59, beating Denis DeJordy at 7:03 of the first period. He becomes the first NHL player to score 60 goals in a season when he beats DeJordy again at 15:40 of the second period.

Teammate Johnny Bucyk surpasses another Hull record by scoring two goals, giving him 99 points and surpassing Hull's single-season mark for left wings.

The Bruins also become the first NHL team to win 50 games in one season.

Video: Memories: Esposito tops Hull's record with 59th goal



1934: The Montreal Maroons set an NHL record by scoring four goals in the 10-minute overtime period, giving them a 7-3 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Russ Blinco scores two of the four goals for the Maroons. Under the overtime format in use, teams play the full 10 minutes in the extra period rather than sudden-death.


1951: Rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk sets an NHL record for most wins in a season with his 39th in the Detroit Red Wings' 7-0 victory against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. The shutout is Sawchuk's 10th of the season, George Gee fuels the offense with three goals and two assists.


1986: Mike Bossy scores four goals to reach 50 for an NHL-record ninth straight season. Bossy also has an assist in the New York Islanders'8-4 win against the Calgary Flames at Nassau Coliseum. It's the 36th hat trick of Bossy's NHL career.


1987: Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores a goal and sets up three others, all in the third period, to reach 1,500 points. The milestone comes in his 620th NHL regular-season game, a 6-3 victory against the Red Wings at Northlands Coliseum.


1996: The Montreal Canadiens close the Forum by defeating the Dallas Stars 4-1. Andrei Kovalenko scores the final goal in the Forum's 72-year history. The game is followed by a ceremony that sees each former captain pass a torch to the next in line, ending with a handoff to Pierre Turgeon. The loudest cheers are for Maurice Richard, who receives an ovation that lasts nearly 10 minutes.

Video: Montreal Forum closes; Maurice Richard's epic ovation


1998: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche became the NHL's leader in victories among active goalies with 376, breaking a tie with Grant Fuhr of the St. Louis Blues. He does it in person, making 21 saves in Colorado's 3-2 win against the Blues in Denver.


2001: Colorado defenseman Ray Bourque becomes the third player in NHL history to appear in 1,600 games. Bourque has no points and two shots on goal in 29:55 of ice time as the Avalanche defeat the visiting Dallas Stars 3-2.


2002: The Carolina Hurricanes set an NHL record by playing their sixth consecutive tie at home. The Hurricanes lead 3-2 until Calgary's Craig Conroy scores against Arturs Irbe with 1:19 remaining in the third period, and the game ends 3-3.

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