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This Date in NHL History

March 5: Bobby Hull scores 50 for fourth time

Plus: Gretzky gets 1,400th NHL assist; Sundin has five-goal game for Nordiques

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1969: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the first player to score 50 goals in a season four times in his NHL career when he gets two in a 4-4 tie against the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

Hull scores his 49th goal late in the first period and gets No. 50 at 1:43 of the third, beating Ed Giacomin. Chico Maki and Andre Boudrias assist on each. He finishes the season with an NHL-record 58 goals.

Hull's four 50-goal seasons are two more than anyone in NHL history combined; the only other 50-goal seasons belong to Maurice Richard (1944-45) and Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion (1960-61).

It's the latest of Hull's milestones to come against the Rangers. Gump Worsley is the victim when Hull reaches 50 goals for the first time on March 25, 1962, and Cesare Maniago allows his record-setting 51st goal on March 12, 1966.

Video: Bobby Hull used slap shot to win three scoring titles



1969: Phil Esposito assists on each of the Boston Bruins' goals in a 2-2 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden. The assists are Esposito's 62nd and 63rd of the season, setting an NHL single-season record.


1972: Brad Park becomes the third defenseman in NHL history to score 20 goals in a season when he beats Dunc Wilson in the third period of the Rangers' 6-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Park joins Flash Hollett (1943-44) and Bobby Orr, who does in it 1971-72 for the fourth of seven consecutive seasons.


1977: Marcel Dionne scores a goal in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-3 tie against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to become the first player in Kings history to have 100 points in a season. Dionne, a 121-point scorer with the Detroit Red Wings in 1974-75, also becomes the first player in NHL history to score 100 points with two different teams.

Exactly eight years later, Dionne has an assist in the Kings' 6-0 victory against the Penguins to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season eight times in his career.


1991: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first player in NHL history with 1,400 career assists when he sets up all of the Kings' goals in a 3-3 tie against the Washington Capitals in Landover, Maryland. Assist No. 1,400 comes when Tony Granato converts his pass for a power-play goal at 13:11 of the first period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. Gretzky also assists on a goal by Rod Buskas in the first period and another by Tomas Sandstrom in the second. 


1992: Mats Sundin scores five goals and has two assists to help the Quebec Nordiques to a 10-4 victory against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Center. The win ends the Nordiques' 33-game road winless streak (0-25, eight ties) from the start of the season. Owen Nolan scores one goal and assists on five others.


2000: Steve Yzerman becomes the NHL's all-time leader in assists among players who've spent their entire careers with one team. His 36th of the season comes in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-3 road victory against the Dallas Stars. It's the 927th of his NHL career, one more than Chicago's Stan Mikita.


2016: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas scores two goals and has two assists in a 6-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Wells Fargo Center. It's the first two-goal game of his NHL career; he hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 4, 2014, with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Gudas nets his second goal of the game

On the same night, the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Staples Center for their team-record 11th consecutive win. The Ducks improve to 18-1-1 in a 20-game stretch that moves them first place in the Pacific Division less than two months after trailing the Kings by 16 points. Bruce Boudreau of the Ducks becomes the fastest coach to 400 NHL wins (400-186-77).


2019: Barry Trotz becomes the fourth coach in NHL history to have 800 regular-season wins when the New York Islanders defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in a shootout at Nassau Coliseum. Trotz joins Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock as the only coaches to have 800 victories.

On the same night, Sidney Crosby becomes the 48th player in NHL history to have 1,200 points when he scores a goal and has two assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby is the 11th-fastest player to reach 1,200 points; he does it in his 927th NHL game.

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