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March 24: Red Wings win longest game in NHL history

Plus: Esposito gets record hat trick; Lemieux earns 1,000th point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1936: Mud Bruneteau scores at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons at the Forum in what remains the longest game in NHL history.

The Red Wings and Maroons play the equivalent of nearly three full games. They begin Game 1 of their best-of-5 Stanley Cup Semifinal series on March 24; Bruneteau's goal comes at 2:25 a.m. the following morning after 116:30 of extra time.

Bruneteau, a 21-year-old rookie forward, is an unlikely candidate for overtime heroics; he enters the playoffs having scored two goals in 24 games during his first NHL season. He ends the game when he picks up an errant pass from Hec Kilrea and fires a low shot past Maroons goaltender Lorne Chabot.

Though shots on goal aren't an official NHL statistic, Red Wings goalie Normie Smith, who loses 12 pounds of body weight during the game, reportedly makes 92 saves.



1953: Red Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk ties an NHL record with his third straight playoff shutout, a 7-0 win against the Boston Bruins at Olympia Stadium in Game 1 of the Semifinals. Ted Lindsay leads the offense with two goals and two assists.


1957: Gordie Howe is credited with two assists in Detroit's final game of the 1956-57 season, a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Olympia Stadium. Howe finishes with 89 points (44 goals, 45 assists) and wins the Art Ross Trophy for the fifth time.


1978: Phil Esposito sets an NHL record with his 29th hat trick when his New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 11-4 at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Esposito, who also has an assist, passes the mark set by his former linemate, Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks.


1982: Rick Vaive becomes the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs history. Goal No. 50 comes in a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Exactly 12 years later, Toronto's Dave Andreychuk hits the 50-goal mark when he scores in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Maple Leaf Gardens.


1992: Mario Lemieux scores his 40th goal of the season and the 1,000th point of his NHL career in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Lemieux is the 36th player to reach 1,000 points. He does it in 513 games, faster than everyone in NHL history except Wayne Gretzky (424 games).

In the same game, linemate Kevin Stevens scores his 50th goal, becoming the first player in NHL history with 50 goals and 200 penalty minutes.


2000: Al MacInnis scores twice in the Blues' 5-1 road win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to become the fifth defenseman in NHL history with 300 goals. The Blues set a team single-season record with their 48th victory.


2018: Connor McDavid scores two goals for the Edmonton Oilers in a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place to pass Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL scoring lead with 96 points. McDavid goes on to repeat as the NHL's scoring champion, becoming the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy in back-to-back seasons since Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins wins four in a row from 1997-98 to 2000-01.

On the same night, the Toronto Maple Leafs rally to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 at Air Canada Centre for their team-record 13th consecutive home win. The Maple Leafs also match team records for wins (45) and home wins (26) in a season.

Also, Bruce Boudreau gets his 500th win as an NHL coach when the Minnesota Wild defeat the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Xcel Energy Center. Boudreau gets the milestone victory in his 837th game, the second-fewest behind Scotty Bowman (825 games).

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