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This Date in NHL History

March 22: Johnston finishes NHL's last iron-man season for Bruins

Plus: Lalonde scores four goal in Cup Final game; Golden Knights first expansion team to get 100 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1964: Eddie Johnston of the Boston Bruins becomes the last goalie in NHL history to play every minute of every game in a season.

As is the case in each of Boston's first 69 games, Johnston is in goal for the Bruins' season finale against the Chicago Blackhawks. And as is usually the case, he loses; the Blackhawks score four times on 40 shots and hold off the Bruins for a 4-3 victory at Boston Garden.

The loss leaves Johnston with a record of 18-40 and 12 ties; he finishes with a 3.01 goals-against average in 70 games for the last-place Bruins.



1919: Newsy Lalonde becomes the first NHL player to score four goals in a Stanley Cup Final game. Lalonde gets all of the Montreal Canadiens' goals in a 4-2 win against the PCHA's Seattle Metropolitans in Game 2.


1932: Experimental rules are tried in the New York Americans' 8-6 win against the Bruins at Boston Garden. With the teams assured of not making the playoffs, the blue lines are eliminated with the center red line used to determine offside.


1937: Normie Smith wins the Vezina Trophy, becoming the first member of the Detroit Red Wings to win a major NHL award.


1959: Six years to the day that Detroit's Gordie Howe sets the NHL single-season record for points with 95, Montreal Canadiens forward Dickie Moore passes him on the last night of the regular season. Moore ends the season with 96 points when he scores a goal and has an assist in the first period of a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Moore, a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, finishes with 41 goals and 55 assists. He earns $1,000 for winning the scoring title.


1962: Montreal's Jacques Plante becomes the second goalie in NHL history to win 40 games three times in his career. Win No. 40 comes when in the Canadiens' 68th game of the season, a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum. Plante makes 28 saves to join Terry Sawchuk as a three-time 40-game winner.


1970: Bobby Orr sets two marks by scoring two goals and assisting on two others in the Boston Bruins' 5-0 win against the Minnesota North Stars at Boston Garden. Orr scores late in the first period and again with 1:03 remaining in the third; the second goal makes him the first defenseman in NHL history to score 30 in a season, The two assists give Orr 78, surpassing the NHL single-season record of 77 set by teammate Phil Esposito in 1968-69.

Exactly five years later, Orr scores three goals for his ninth and final NHL hat trick in Boston's 8-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Boston Garden.


1984: Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders ties Doug Smail's NHL record for fastest goal from the start of a game. Trottier beats Doug Keans five seconds after the opening faceoff at Boston Garden to give the Islanders a quick lead;, but New York needs two goals by Mike Bossy to rally for a 3-3 tie with the Bruins.

Video: Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams


1989: Patrick Roy extends his unbeaten streak at the Montreal Forum to 26 games (24 wins, two ties) when the Canadiens defeat the Quebec Nordiques 8-0. He makes 16 saves and surpasses the team record of 25 consecutive home games without a loss that's set by Bill Durnan in 1943-44.

On the same night, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the third player in NHL history to score 30 power-play goals in a season. He reaches the milestone during a 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Civic Arena.


1992: Mark Messier scores four goals to become the fourth player in New York Rangers history to reach 100 points in a season. The milestone came in New York's 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. It's Messier's 16th NHL hat trick and sixth 100-point season.


1996: San Jose Sharks rookie forward Jan Caloun scores the tying goal in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, giving him four goals on his first four NHL shots. Later in the game, Caloun finally misses on a shot, for a shooting percentage of .800 (4-for-5) at the start of his NHL career, which finishes with eight goals in 24 games.


2000: Pat Verbeek reaches the 500-goal mark when he scores twice for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-2 tie against the Flames at Joe Louis Arena. Verbeek scores at 4:42 of the first period to become the 28th NHL player to score 500 goals -- and the first to do so while also taking 2,000 penalty minutes. He finishes his career with 522 goals and 2,905 penalty minutes in 1,424 games.

On the same night, Al MacInnis of the St. Louis Blues becomes the fifth defenseman to reach 1,100 points in his career. Point No. 1,100 comes when MacInnis scores at 17:47 of the third period to give the visiting Blues a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It's the 47th win of the season for the Blues, tying their team record.


2004: Luc Robitaille becomes the NHL's all-time leader for points by a left wing when he has an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. The assist in the 1,370th point of his career, moving him past Johnny Bucyk.


2014: Henrik Lundqvist passes Ed Giacomin for the most shutouts in Rangers history. Lundqvist, playing in front of his parents, becomes the first Rangers goalie to have 50 shutouts when he makes 21 saves in a 2-0 victory against the Devils at Prudential Center.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights become the first team in NHL history to have 100 points in its first season when they get one point in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Sharks at SAP Center. Tomas Tatar scores and Malcolm Subban makes 42 saves for Vegas before Logan Couture wins it by scoring 39 seconds into overtime.

On the same night, the Columbus Blue Jackets win their 10th consecutive game, defeating the Florida Panthers 4-0 at Nationwide Arena. It's the second time in as many seasons that the Blue Jackets have a winning streak of at least 10 games, joining the Philadelphia Flyers (1984-85 and 1985-86) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13) as the only teams to have double-figure winning streaks in consecutive seasons.

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