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March 4: Bossy scores 50 goals for fifth time

Plus: Bruins set NHL record for shots; Plante gets 81st shutout

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

1982: Mike Bossy 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 New York Islanders' 10-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum. The milestone goal comes when he beats Michel Larocque 7:46 into the third period.

Bossy scores 50 or more 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 (16-0-1).

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 a 5-1 victory at the Montreal Maroons.


1941: The Boston Bruins set an NHL record with 83 shots on goal against goalie Sam LoPresti of the Chicago Blackhawks but they need a late goal to pull out a 3-2 win at Boston Garden. LoPresti sets a record of his own by making 80 saves.


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


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 goaltender 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.

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