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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 for 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 in 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: Goalie 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).


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


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 Pittsburgh 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 25 or more 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 in NHL history with 700 victories when the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 at United Center. The milestone win comes against the team his 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 goaltender 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. Jagr doesn't score in 15:15 of ice time in the Panthers' 4-0 loss at Pittsburgh.


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

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

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