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March 14: Mullen becomes first U.S.-born player to score 500 goals

Plus: Dryden makes NHL debut with Canadiens; Gretzky breaks assist streak record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 14

1997: Joe Mullen becomes the first United States-born player to score 500 NHL goals when he beats goalie Patrick Roy during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at McNichols Arena.

Mullen reaches the milestone when he scores at 16:01 of the second period, giving Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. However, Colorado scores four consecutive goals for the win.

Mullen retires at the end of the 1996-97 season as the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history. He finishes with 1,063 points (502 goals, 561 assists) in 1,062 games.

Video: Memories: Mullen becomes first American to score 500

 

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1929: George Hainsworth earns his NHL-record 22nd shutout of the season to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons at the Forum. Hainsworth finishes the season with a League-record 0.98 goals-against average and 22 shutouts in 44 games.

 

1933: The Chicago Blackhawks forfeit a game for the only time in their history when players refuse to return to the ice after coach Tom Gorman is ejected. The Boston Bruins, who lead 3-2 at the time of the incident, are awarded a 1-0 victory.

 

1944: Herb Cain of the Bruins has two assists in a 6-4 win against the Blackhawks at Boston Garden, giving him an NHL single-season record of 75 points. He passes the record of 73 set by Chicago's Doug Bentley the previous season. Cain finishes the season with 82 points, a record that lasts until Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings gets 86 points in 1950-51.

 

1962: Howe joins Maurice Richard in the NHL 500-goal club when he scores for the Red Wings in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The milestone goal comes when Howe slips past Rangers defenseman Doug Harvey, their player/coach, after taking a mid-ice pass from Alex Delvecchio and beats goalie Gump Worsley while the Red Wings are shorthanded. Howe gets a standing ovation.

1965: Jean Beliveau scores his 350th NHL goal, all for the Canadiens, during a 6-4 win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The goal at 12:37 of the second period puts the Canadiens ahead to stay and makes Beliveau the third player in Montreal history to score 350 goals.

1968: The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings skate to a 0-0 tie in a "home game" for the Flyers played at Quebec City after part of the roof blows off the Spectrum. Bernie Parent makes 32 saves for the Flyers, seven against Gord Labossiere; Terry Sawchuk finishes with 20 for the Kings. It's the first 0-0 game in Flyers' history.

1971: Future Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, a late-season call-up from the minors, makes his NHL debut with the Canadiens in a 5-1 victory against the Penguins at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Dryden finishes with 35 saves, allowing only a goal by John Stewart.

Video: Ken Dryden won Conn Smythe before he won Calder

 

1977: The Canadiens extend their home unbeaten streak to an NHL-record 30 games (25 wins, five ties) by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at the Forum. Dryden gets his 34th NHL shutout and the Canadiens win their 11th in a row at home, a team record.

1980: Guy Lafleur becomes the fourth player in Canadiens history to reach the 400-goal mark when he scores twice in a 4-3 road victory against the Winnipeg Jets. It's Lafleur's 45th goal of the season, and at age 28, he becomes the youngest 400-goal scorer in NHL history.

 

1986: Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers ties Tom Bladon's NHL record for most points in a game by a defenseman. Coffey finishes with eight points (two goals, six assists) in a 12-3 victory against the Red Wings at Northlands Coliseum. Glenn Anderson scores three goals for his fourth hat trick of the season and reaches 50 goals for the second time in his NHL career.

 

1991: Wayne Gretzky of the Kings sets an NHL record with an assist in his 18th consecutive game, surpassing the mark of 17 that he shares with Coffey. It comes in a 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. The winning goaltender is Ed Belfour, who sets a Blackhawks record with his 39th victory of the season.

 

2001: Ron Francis becomes the first player to have 1,000 points for the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise. He reaches the milestone with an assist in the Hurricanes' 6-3 loss to the visiting Canadiens.

 

2016: Jonathan Quick becomes the NHL's all-time leader in shutouts among goaltenders born in the United States when the Kings defeat the Blackhawks 5-0 at United Center. It's the 41st shutout of Quick's NHL career, breaking a tie with Frank Brimsek and John Vanbiesbrouck.

 

2017: Alex Ovechkin ends a 10-game goal drought, the longest of his NHL career, when he scores for the Washington Capitals in a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at Verizon Center. The goal is the 28th of the season for Ovechkin and his first since Feb. 19.

 

2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning win their 15th consecutive game against the Detroit Red Wings, coming from three goals down for a 5-4 victory at Little Caesars Arena. It's the longest winning streak against the Red Wings since they enter the NHL in 1926. The victory is the Lightning's 54th in 2018-19; Tampa Bay becomes the fourth team in NHL history to win at least 54 games in consecutive seasons.

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