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This Date in NHL History

March 20: Hull scores record 55th of season

Plus: Toronto 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 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 League's 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 hold 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 the Vancouver Millionaires 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.


1948: Maurice Richard scores an even-strength goal, a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal for his 14th NHL hat trick, helping the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Blackhawks 7-4 at the Forum. Richard's shorthanded goal is one of three scored by the Canadiens, who set an NHL single-game record.


1955: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the first goalie 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 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.

1960: Hull wins his first NHL scoring title on the final day of the regular season when the Blackhawks and Bruins play to a 5-5 tie at Boston Garden. Boston's Bronco Horvath enters the game leading Hull by one point in the race for the Art Ross Trophy but is injured in the first period and doesn't return. Hull scores a goal and has an assist to pass him for the scoring championship.


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.

On the same night, Boston's Johnny Bucyk has two assists in a 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Garden; he ties the NHL single-season record for points by a left wing with 107. The Bruins win their 13th straight game and extend their unbeaten streak at home to 27 games (26 wins, one tie).


1993: Mario Lemieux scores four goals for the second straight game, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the 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 the NHL record of 801 goals held by Gordie Howe. Gretzky 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 Kings has a goal and an assist to give him 1,369 career points, tying the NHL record for left wings held by Bucyk. However, the Kings lose 4-2 to the Red Wings at Staples Center.


2014: Darryl Sutter becomes the 18th coach in NHL history to reach 500 wins. The milestone comes when the 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 their record for wins to 52 and finish with a franchise-best 110 points.


2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning become the fourth NHL team to have four winning streaks of at least six games in the same season when they defeat the Capitals 5-4 in overtime at Capital One Arena. Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a Lightning-record 54 saves before Victor Hedman scores in OT to give Tampa Bay the win.


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