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This Date in NHL History

March 14: Mullen scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Dryden makes debut with Canadiens; Hainsworth has 22nd shutout of season

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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



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 has 86 points in 1950-51.


1971: Future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender 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.

Video: Ken Dryden won Conn Smythe before he won Calder


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. Howe gets a standing ovation.


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.


1991: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles 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 team record with his 39th victory of the season.

2016: Jonathan Quick becomes the NHL's all-time leader in shutouts among goaltenders born in the United States when the Los Angeles 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.

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