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March 15: Orr gets 100 points in one season

Plus: Lindsay becomes all-time games played leader; Esposito scores 31st NHL hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Orr records 100th point

Memories: Orr scores his 100th point of the season

On March 15, 1970 Bobby Orr scored a short-handed goal recording his 100th point of the season, becoming the first defensemen to ever do so

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1970: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to have 100 points in a season. He reaches the milestone by scoring two goals and assisting on two more in a 5-5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden.

Orr enters the game with 97 points, then scores a goal and has an assist in the first period. Point No. 100 comes when he scores a shorthanded goal on an end-to-end rush 27 seconds into the second period, and he assists on a third-period power-play goal by Phil Esposito

Orr is the fourth player in League history to have 100 points in a season, joining Esposito, Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe; he's the first to have 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in the same season.

Orr finishes the season with 120 points, becoming the first defenseman in NHL history to win the scoring title.



1934: The visiting New York Americans defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2. It's the final NHL game played in Ottawa until the second version of the Senators begins play in the 1992-93 season.


1941: Montreal Canadiens coach Dick Irvin rotates goaltenders Bert Gardiner and Paul Bibeault approximately every seven minutes for the first shared shutout in the NHL, a 6-0 victory against the Americans at the Forum. With no clear No. 1 goalie entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Irvin decides to have a look at each in Montreal's regular-season finale. He opts to use Gardiner in the playoffs, but the Canadiens lose 2-1 in their Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.


1942: Lynn Patrick scores twice and the New York Rangers clinch their first regular-season championship by defeating the Blackhawks 5-1 at Chicago Stadium. They end the season at 29-17-2, winning the Prince of Wales Trophy; their 60 points are three more than the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers don't finish first in the regular season again until 1991-92.


1959: Blackhawks forward Ted Lindsay becomes the NHL all-time games played leader with 928, passing Maurice Richard of the Canadiens. The milestone game comes in a 4-1 loss to his longtime team, the Red Wings, at Chicago Stadium.


1979: Phil Esposito, now with the Rangers, scores four goals in New York's 7-4 victory against the Bruins at Boston Garden. It's the 31st hat trick of Esposito's NHL career.


1981: Wayne Gretzky becomes a 50-goal scorer for the second straight season. He gets No. 50 midway through the third period, giving the Edmonton Oilers a 3-3 tie against the Calgary Flames at Stampede Corral.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


1988: Craig Simpson becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals while playing for two teams in one season. His 50th of the 1987-88 season comes in the Oilers' 6-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Northlands Coliseum. Simpson finishes the season with 56 goals; the last 43 come with the Oilers, who acquire him in a trade after he scores 13 in 21 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2003: Brett Hull becomes a 30-goal scorer for the 13th time in his NHL career when he beats Patrick Roy at 5:56 of the third period in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. It's Hull's 709th NHL goal, moving him past Mike Gartner into fifth place on the all-time list.


2004: Alexander Mogilny becomes the second Russia-born player to have 1,000 points in the NHL. Mogilny reaches the milestone by getting three assists for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-5 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre. It comes 29 days after Sergei Fedorov becomes the first NHL player born in Russia to reach 1,000 points.


2018: Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets extends his point streak to 14 games, the longest in NHL history by a teenager, when he has an assist in a 6-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bell MTS Place. It's the 25th home win of the season for the Jets, breaking the franchise record of 24 set by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005-06.

Video: The crew discusses Laine's continued hot streak

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