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This Date in NHL History

March 4: Bossy scores 50 goals for fifth consecutive season

Plus: Sawchuk gets 100th NHL shutout; Trottier sets rookie scoring record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1982: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in each of his first five seasons.

Bossy scores his 49th, 50th and 51st goals in the third period of the Islanders' 10-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum. The milestone goal comes when he beats Michel Larocque at 7:46.

Bossy scores at least 50 goals in each of the next four seasons, extending his NHL record for consecutive 50-goal seasons to nine.

The victory extends the Islanders' team-record home unbeaten streak to 17 games (16-0, one tie).

Video: Mike Bossy had record nine straight 50-goal seasons



1925: Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators becomes the first player in NHL history to score 200 goals. Denneny scores his milestone goal and has an assist in Ottawa's 5-1 road victory against the Montreal Maroons.


1967: Terry Sawchuk of the Toronto Maple Leafs becomes the first NHL goalie with 100 regular-season shutouts. Sawchuk reaches the milestone by making 22 saves in Toronto's 3-0 win against Chicago at Maple Leaf Gardens.


1973: Jacques Plante, age 44, makes 27 saves in his first game with the Bruins, a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden. It's Plante's 81st NHL shutout. He goes 7-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and two shutouts for the Bruins in his final eight NHL regular-season games.

Video: Jacques Plante changed game when he donned mask


1976: Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders sets two NHL records for rookies during a 3-3 tie with the Vancouver Canucks at Nassau Coliseum. His first of two assists gives him 53, passing the mark of 52 set by Jude Drouin of the Minnesota North Stars in 1970-71, and the two points give him 79, breaking the mark of 77 set by Marcel Dionne of the Detroit Red Wings in 1971-72.


1989: Wayne Gretzky scores twice to reach 50 goals for the ninth and final time in his NHL career. He also has four assists, all in the second period, to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky joins Bossy as the only players with nine seasons of 50 or more goals.

Exactly three years later, Gretzky is credited with his 1,500th NHL assist in the Kings' 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks.


1999: The Toronto Maple Leafs make the most of their nine shots, scoring on four of them in a 4-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Steve Sullivan scores on one of Toronto's three shots in the first period, and Mats Sundin scores the first of the Maple Leafs' three goals on four second-period shots. Toronto is outshot 10-2 in the third and 28-9 for the game, but goalie Curtis Joseph is perfect for Toronto. 

The nine shots are the fewest by a winning team in NHL history and the fewest in any game for the Maple Leafs.


2008: Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers becomes the first NHL goalie with back-to-back 1-0 shutouts on the road. Anderson makes 40 saves before Nathan Horton scores 22 seconds into overtime to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory against the Bruins at TD Garden. It comes two days after he makes 53 saves in a 1-0 win against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.


2017: The Washington Capitals win their 15th consecutive home game when Nicklas Backstrom scores a power-play goal with 1:35 remaining in overtime for a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center. Braden Holtby makes 30 saves for Washington, which improves to 16-0-1 in its past 17 games at home.


2018: Filip Forsberg scores 1:07 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Nashville ties a team record with its eighth straight win and extends its winning streak against Colorado to nine games.


2019: Ted Lindsay, a Hockey Hall of Famer and member of the Detroit Red Wings' famed "Production Line," dies at age 93. Lindsay, a left wing nicknamed "Terrible Ted," helps Detroit win the Stanley Cup four times in a span of six seasons from 1949-50 through 1954-55, and he wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer in 1949-50. Lindsay also helps organize the NHL Players' Association, becomes a broadcaster and serves as general manager of the Red Wings in the late 1970s. The Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by his fellow players, is renamed the Ted Lindsay Award in 2010, and he's named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017.

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