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This Date in NHL History

March 20: Hull scores record 55th of season

Plus: Toronto becomes first NHL team to play in Stanley Cup Final; Gretzky ties Howe with 801st goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1969: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins each make NHL history in a 5-5 tie at Boston Garden.

Hull sets a League record when he scores his 55th goal of the season, breaking his own mark of 54 set in 1965-66. Hull gets his 54th goal at 17:19 of the third period to tie the game 4-4, then scores No. 55 just 13 seconds later.

Hull also becomes the second player in NHL history to get 100 points in a season. He reaches the mark 18 days after Boston's Phil Esposito becomes the NHL's first 100-point scorer.

Video: Bobby Hull used slap shot to win three scoring titles

Orr sets an NHL record for defensemen with his 21st goal of the season, breaking the mark set by Flash Hollett in 1944-45. The record-setting goal comes with one second remaining in the third period and earns the Bruins a tie after they can't hole a 4-0 lead.



1918: The Toronto Arenas (now the Maple Leafs) become the first NHL team to compete in the Stanley Cup Final and they defeat Vancouver of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association 5-3 in Toronto. Reg Noble scores two goals and has an assist in the first period to lead the way.


1955: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to have at least 40 wins in a season three times in his career. Sawchuk gets his 40th victory of the 1954-55 season when the Red Wings defeat the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 at Olympia Stadium. Ted Lindsay scores three goals for his fourth NHL hat trick and has two assists, giving Sawchuk more than enough support to tie his own Red Wings record of nine consecutive wins.


1971: Brothers face each other in goal for the first time in an NHL game. Ken Dryden and the Canadiens get a 5-2 win against Dave Dryden and the Buffalo Sabres at the Forum. Ken enters the game after a second-period injury to Rogie Vachon; Dave is immediately put in by coach Buffalo coach Punch Imlach, giving the fans a historic treat.


1993: Mario Lemieux scores four goals for the second straight game, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 9-3 at the Civic Arena. It comes two nights after he scores four times in a 7-5 victory against the Washington Capitals.


1994: Wayne Gretzky scores twice to tie Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals. He scores 6:16 into the first period and again at 19:11 of the third to give the visiting Los Angeles Kings a 6-6 tie against the San Jose Sharks.


2001: Ray Bourque scores his final regular-season goal in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-1 win against the Sharks at Pepsi Center. Bourque retires as the NHL's record-holder for goals by a defenseman with 410, a mark he still holds.

2004: Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings has a goal and an assist to give him 1,369 career points, tying the NHL record for left wings held by Johnny Bucyk. However, the Kings lose 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center.


2014: Darryl Sutter becomes the 18th coach in NHL history to reach 500 wins. The milestone comes when the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a shootout at Staples Center. Marian Gaborik scores the deciding goal in the third round of the tiebreaker.


2018: Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals passes Jari Kurri for 19th place on the NHL's all-time goals list when he scores at 13:41 of the second period in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. It's Ovechkin's League-leading 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career, one more than Kurri.

On the same night, the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Kings 2-1 in overtime at Bell MTS Place for their 44th win, a single-season record for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise. The Jets go on to push the record for wins to 52 and finish with a franchise-record 110 points.

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