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March 16: Geoffrion second player to 50 goals

Plus: Taylor sets single-game record with seven assists; Hall gets final NHL victory

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1961: Bernie Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. He ties the mark set by Maurice Richard in 1944-45 when he scores No. 50 in a 5-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum.

Geoffrion, known to most fans as "Boom Boom" for his big slap shot, reaches the milestone when he beats Cesare Maniago at 14:15, capping a four-goal third period for the Canadiens. The goal triggers an explosion of sound from the 15,011 fans who've packed the Forum (another 2,500 reportedly are turned away), and an emotional outburst from his teammates, who leap on Geoffrion in celebration.

Center Jean Beliveau gets an assist on Geoffrion's goal; it's his second of the game and NHL-record 58th of the season.

Though the Canadiens have two games remaining, Geoffrion is unable to get goal No. 51. He does win the Art Ross Trophy for the second time by leading the League with 95 points in a 70-game season.

Video: Bernie 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion popularized slap shot



1923: Brothers face each other for the first time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Cy and Corb Denneny, and George and Frank Boucher line up on opposite sides of the ice with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Maroons. None of the four scores in Ottawa's 1-0 win.


1935: Toronto forward Charlie Conacher scores three goals for his 12th NHL hat trick in a 5-3 win against the visiting Canadiens. But that achievement is overshadowed when he takes over for injured goalie George Hainsworth and holds the Canadiens scoreless for three minutes. Hainsworth leaves for repairs early in the third period when he is cut over his left eye during a scramble that leads to Montreal's third goal. But rather than await his return, Toronto puts Conacher in net wearing his regular equipment and holding a goalie's stick.

Video: Charlie Conacher was known for his powerful shot


1941: Maple Leafs goalie Turk Broda gets his 26th NHL shutout in a 3-0 win against the Blackhawks. Chicago's Paul Thompson becomes the first NHL coach to pull his goalie for an extra skater; however, nothing comes of the move, even though Toronto has a man in the penalty box.


1947: Billy Taylor Sr. of the Detroit Red Wings sets an NHL record with seven assists in a 10-6 win against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Wayne Gretzky matches Taylor's mark three times in the 1980s.


1955: Richard is suspended by NHL President Clarence Campbell for the remainder of the 1954-55 regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs after striking linesman Cliff Thompson during a melee in the Canadiens' game against the Boston Bruins.


1969: The Bruins tie an NHL record by scoring eight goals in the second period of an 11-3 win against the Maple Leafs at Boston Garden. Derek Sanderson has a six-point night (three goals, three assists), and gets his second NHL hat trick during the record-tying second period. Boston rookie Garnet Bailey scores his first two NHL goals and contributes three assists. Amazingly, Bobby Orr goes without a point despite taking eight shots on goal; In fact, Boston's five defensemen combine for just one point, an assist by Don Awrey, who also finishes plus-7.


1971: Glenn Hall gets his 407th and final NHL victory when the St. Louis Blues defeat the visiting Canadiens 6-2. Hall makes 20 saves and six players score goals.


1983: Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 100 games with three teams when the Buffalo Sabres defeat the visiting Calgary Flames 5-3. Bowman previously reaches triple figures in wins with the Blues and Canadiens.


1989: The Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1982 when they defeat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Rob Brown scores one goal and sets up Paul Coffey for the other. Brown surpasses the 100-point mark for the only time in his NHL career.


1993: Brian Bradley of the Tampa Bay Lightning sets set an NHL record for most goals by a player on an expansion team when he scores his 39th of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Hartford Whalers. He breaks the record of 38 set by Gilbert Perreault of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970-71.


2004: Chris Osgood gets his 300th NHL win and Keith Tkachuk scores his 30th goal of the season to help the St. Louis Blues defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 at Staples Center. Osgood becomes the third-youngest and fifth-fastest goalie to win 300 games; Tkachuk reaches 30 goals for the ninth time in his NHL career.


2017: Frederik Andersen makes 33 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 5-0 win against the Lightning at Amalie Arena. The shutout is the first for Toronto in Tampa since a 3-0 win on Feb. 2, 1999.


2018: The Nashville Predators become the first team to clinch a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Pepsi Center. It's their fourth consecutive appearance and 11th since entering the NHL in 1998. The Predators go on to win the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champion.

Video: Sissons, Forsberg propel Preds past Avalanche, 4-2


2019: The Lightning set team single-season records for wins (55) and points (114) when they defeat the Washington Capitals 6-3 at Amalie Arena. It's the 12th time in NHL history a team has had at least 55 wins in a season. The Lightning score at least six goals in a game for the 17th time in 2018-19, the most in a season since the Penguins (26) and Avalanche (18) in 1995-96.

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