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This Date in NHL History

March 26: Esposito wins 30 games for eighth time

Plus: Broten becomes first U.S.-born 100-point scorer; first-year Golden Knights clinch playoff berth

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1980: Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the first goalie in NHL history with eight 30-win seasons.

Esposito's milestone victory comes in a 7-2 road victory against the Quebec Nordiques, the Blackhawks' first win at Le Colisee. It also comes 10 years to the day after Esposito breaks Harry Lumley's 16-year-old "modern" record with his 14th shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.

Video: Tony Esposito won Vezina, Calder in 1969-70



1919: The Seattle Metropolitans and Montreal Canadiens, playing in the fourth game of the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Final, finish in a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Canadiens even the series three days later with a 4-3 overtime victory, but neither team is able to play another game because of an influenza outbreak. It marks the first time the Final is not played to completion, and the Stanley Cup is not awarded.


1936: The Toronto Maple Leafs set a playoff record for most power-play goals in one period, scoring four in the second against the Boston Bruins. Toronto's 8-3 win in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals is led by Charlie Conacher, who scores three goals and assists on another.


1950: Ted Lindsay gets his NHL-record 55th assist for the Red Wings in a 5-4 season-ending loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Olympia Stadium. Lindsay, who leads a 1-2-3 sweep of the race for the Art Ross Trophy with linemates Sid Abel and Gordie Howe, surpasses the record set by Montreal's Elmer Lach in 1944-45.


1961: The Blackhawks defeat the Canadiens 2-1 in Game 3 of their Semifinal series at Chicago Stadium. Glenn Hall makes 53 saves before Murray Balfour scores the winning goal at 12:12 of the third overtime, 28 seconds after Montreal's Dickie Moore is penalized. It's the eighth overtime power-play goal in NHL history.


1985: Jari Kurri became the third player in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season. Kurri scores No. 70 with one second remaining in the third period, wrapping up the Edmonton Oilers' 7-5 win against the New York Islanders. Teammate Paul Coffey has two goals and an assist to reach the 100-point mark for the second straight season. It's the first regular-season victory for the Oilers at Nassau Coliseum in 10 tries; they were 0-5 with four ties.


1986: Minnesota North Stars' center Neal Broten becomes the first U.S.-born NHL player to score 100 points in a season. He reaches the milestone with two assists in a 6-1 victory against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.


1988: Jimmy Carson of the Los Angeles Kings scores three times to become the second-youngest player (19 years, eight months) in NHL history with 50 goals in a season. He reaches the milestone at 19:05 of the first period with his second goal of the game in a 9-5 win against the Blackhawks at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Carson scores again early in the second period and gets a third-period assist to reach 100 points for the first time.

On the same night, Hakan Loob (three assists) and Mike Bullard (one assist) each reaches the 100-point mark in the Calgary Flames' 6-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at the Saddledome. it's the third time in NHL history that teammates get their 100th points in the same game.


1992: The New York Rangers clinch their first regular-season NHL championship in 50 years without lifting a finger. The Rangers are assured of finishing on top for the first time since 1941-42 when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Vancouver Canucks 7-3 at the Civic Arena. Vancouver's loss assures that the Rangers will finish with more points than the Canucks, who have the NHL's second-best record.


1996: Mario Lemieux scores five goals in a game for the fourth time in his NHL career, tying Gretzky for the most in the NHL's modern era. Lemieux scores two goals in the first period and two more in the second for the Penguins in an 8-4 victory against the St. Louis Blues at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.


1999: Patrick Roy ties Jacques Plante for the most victories (regular season and playoffs) by a goalie in NHL history. Roy gets his 505th win by making 19 saves for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals at McNichols Arena.


2002: The Toronto Maple Leafs set a team record by scoring four goals in a span of 1:25 during a 7-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre. Toronto leads 3-2 until Robert Reichel scores at 5:10 of the third period, Mats Sundin scores at 5:53 and Tie Domi gets back-to-back goals at 6:09 and 6:35.

On the same night, Brian Rolston breaks a 27-year-old Bruins record with his eighth shorthanded goal of the season. Rolston passes the mark he's shared with four other players when he scores at 19:04 of the second period in Boston's 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Avalanche 4-1 at T-Mobile Arena to become the first expansion team since 1967-68 to start from scratch and clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in its first NHL season. The Golden Knights go on to win the Pacific Division and advance to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural NHL season.

2019: Alex Ovechkin scores his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season for the Washington Capitals in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes at Capital One Arena. It's the 656th goal of Ovechkin's NHL career, tying Brendan Shanahan for 13th on the all-time list, and puts him one goal away from becoming the third player in League history with at least eight 50-goal seasons.

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