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This Date in NHL History

March 19: Morenz becomes NHL's all-time top scorer

Plus: Giacomin first goalie with two assists in game; Brett Hull third to have 80 goals in one season

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1932: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens passes Cy Denneny as the NHL's all-time scoring leader.

Morenz scores a goal and has three assists against the Montreal Maroons in the Canadiens' 6-4 overtime victory at the Forum. That moves him past Denneny's career total of 333 points, set during 12 NHL seasons before he retires in 1929.

Morenz has 472 points when his career is cut short by a broken leg on Jan. 28, 1937.

Video: Howie Morenz was feared for his one-man rushes up ice



1929: Tiny Thompson becomes the second NHL rookie goalie to earn a shutout in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, a 1-0 win by the Boston Bruins against the visiting Canadiens in Game 1 of the Semifinals. Cooney Weiland scores the only goal in the first postseason game played at Boston Garden.


1933: With NHL President Frank Calder looking on, the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at Chicago Stadium in the first afternoon game in League history. The crowd, estimated at about 5,500, sees Chicago forward Mush March score twice in the second period to get the Blackhawks within 3-2, but a third-period goal by Eddie Wiseman puts the game away.


1944: The Canadiens defeat the New York Rangers 6-1 at Madison Square Garden to finish the 1943-44 regular season 25 points ahead of the second-place Red Wings, setting an NHL record. Rookie goalie Bill Durnan ties the NHL single-season record with his 38th victory, matching Thompson in 1929-30.


1960: Johnny Bower sets a Toronto Maple Leafs record with his 33rd victory of the season, a 1-0 victory against Chicago at Maple Leaf Gardens. Bower breaks the mark of 32 wins shared by Turk Broda (1947-48) and Harry Lumley (1953-54).


1969: Gordie Howe breaks his own NHL record for points by a right wing. Howe has a goal and an assist for the Detroit Red Wings in their 4-4 tie against the Oakland Seals at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, giving him 96 points. That's one more than the 95 he had in 1952-53.

On the same night, Bobby Orr becomes the second defenseman in NHL history to score 20 goals in a season. He ties the League record set by Flash Hollett in 1944-45 during Boston's 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Arena.


1972: Ed Giacomin of the Rangers becomes the first NHL goalie with two assists in a game. The Rangers defeat Toronto 5-3 at Madison Square Garden.

On the same night, Boston's Gerry Cheevers extends his NHL-record unbeaten streak to 30 games (23 wins, seven ties) when the Bruins defeat the Minnesota North Stars 7-3 at Boston Garden.


1978: Phil Esposito becomes the second player in NHL history with 1,400 points. Esposito, who's second on the all-time points list behind Howe, reaches the milestone with an assist in the Rangers' 7-7 tie with the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center.


1981: The Buffalo Sabres set an NHL record for goals in a period when they score nine times in the second period of a 14-4 victory against Toronto at Memorial Auditorium. Andre Savard scores three goals and has three assists, and Gilbert Perreault has his 12th NHL hat trick and an assist.

On the same night, Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers gets his 1,000th NHL point, a goal during a 5-3 win against the Bruins at the Spectrum.


1991: Brett Hull becomes the third player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season when he beats Don Beaupre of the Washington Capitals during a first-period power play in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 win at Landover, Maryland. Hull joins Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as the only players in League history to accomplish the feat.


1992: Kevin Stevens has an assist in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against the Quebec Nordiques to give him 111 points, the most in one season by a U.S.-born player. He breaks the record of 110 set by former teammate Joe Mullen


2007: Jaromir Jagr becomes the first player in NHL history to score at least 25 goals in each of his first 16 seasons. Jagr's milestone goal comes with 33.8 seconds remaining in the third period and gives the Rangers a 2-1 win against the Penguins at Madison Square Garden.


2014: Joel Quenneville becomes the third coach with 700 NHL victories when the Blackhawks defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 at United Center. The milestone win comes against the team he first coached in the NHL. Quenneville joins Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Al Arbour (782) in the 700-win club.


2015: Jagr, now with the Florida Panthers, passes Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL all-time goals list. He scores his 718th goal by beating Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot from the left circle at 10:55 of the second period in the Panthers' 3-1 win against the Red Wings at BB&T Center.

Two years later, Jagr becomes the fourth player in NHL history to play in 1,700 games, though he doesn't score in 15:15 of ice time in the Panthers' 4-0 loss at Pittsburgh.


2018: Roberto Luongo makes 28 saves for his 76th NHL shutout when the Panthers defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 at Bell Centre. He moves into a tie for ninth place on the all-time shutouts list with Hockey Hall of Famers Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito.

Video: FLA@MTL: Luongo denies multiple chances by Gallagher


2019: The Carolina Panthers reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2010-11 by defeating the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout at PNC Arena. Justin Williams ties the game with 1:56 remaining in the third period before Dougie Hamilton scores the deciding goal in the tiebreaker. The Hurricanes get win No. 40 in their 72nd game; the only time they reach 40 wins faster is their Stanley Cup-winning season of 2005-06 (58 games).


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