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March 13: Gretzky gets 900th NHL point

Plus: Reay wins No. 501 as Blackhawks coach; Housley becomes highest-scoring U.S.-born player

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1984: Wayne Gretzky reaches 900 points in his NHL career when he has a goal and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers' 6-5 overtime victory against the Quebec Nordiques at Le Colisee.

Point No. 900 comes in Gretzky's 385th NHL game, the fewest ever needed to reach that milestone. He scores his 82nd goal of the season at 8:44 of the first period and assists on Paul Coffey's goal at 4:35 of overtime.



1938: Carl Liscombe scores the fastest three goals in NHL history (to that point) when he gets a hat trick in 1:52 during the Detroit Red Wings' 5-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Olympia Stadium. The rookie forward's record lasts until March 23, 1952, when Chicago's Bill Mosienko scores three times in 21 seconds, still an NHL record.


1954: Camille Henry of the New York Rangers scores an NHL-record four power-play goals in one game. The rookie forward's big night against Terry Sawchuk helps the Rangers defeat the Red Wings 5-2 at Olympia Stadium. His record has been matched seven times but never surpassed.


1966: Glenn Hall of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the second goalie in NHL history with six 30-win seasons. His 30th win of the 1965-66 season comes when he makes 29 saves to help the Blackhawks defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 at Chicago Stadium.


1971: At age 35, Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins scores a goal in a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Pacific Coliseum to become the fifth player in NHL history with 100 points in one season. Three of the five (Bucyk, Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr) are Bruins. Bucyk finishes with 116 points (51 goals, 65 assists).


1976: Billy Reay becomes the winningest coach with one team in NHL history. He gets his 501st regular-season win with the Chicago Blackhawks when they defeat the Minnesota North Stars 4-1 at Met Center. Reay passes Toe Blake, who wins 500 games with the Montreal Canadiens.


1999: Phil Housley passes Joe Mullen to become the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history when he has three assists in the visiting Calgary Flames' 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. The three assists give him 1,066 points, three more than Mullen.

On the same night, Ray Bourque passes Bucyk as the Bruins' all-time leader in games played. He appears in his 1,437th game, a 3-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres.


2001: Mark Recchi becomes the 60th player in NHL history to have 1,000 points. He reaches the milestone by scoring the first goal of the game and assisting on two others for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at First Union Center. Recchi is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.


2003: Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes joins Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to have at least 50 points in 22 consecutive seasons. Francis reaches the 50-point mark when he has two assists in a 5-3 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He finishes the season with 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists) in 82 games.

On the same night, Joe Sakic scores three straight goals in the first period for the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. It's the 12th NHL hat trick for Sakic, and it's the first natural hat trick for the Avalanche since the franchise moves from Quebec in 1995.


2017: The Flames defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout at Scotiabank Saddledome for their 10th consecutive victory. Kris Versteeg scores the lone goal in the tiebreaker. The Flames join the Columbus Blue Jackets (16 consecutive wins), Minnesota Wild (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (10) to make 2016-17 the first season in which four teams have winning streaks of at least 10 games.


2018: The Nashville Predators extend their point streak to 12 games (11-0-1) and move into first place in the NHL standings by defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville reaches the 100-point mark for the sixth time since entering the NHL in 1988; the Predators go on to win the Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season champion for the first time.


2019: Connor McDavid has three assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place to reach the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season. He becomes the 19th player in NHL history to have at least three consecutive 100-point seasons, as well as the fourth active player to reach 100 points at least three times.

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