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March 6: Hawerchuk has record-setting period

Plus: Bruins trade Bourque to Avalanche; Vachon earns final NHL win

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1984: Dale Hawerchuk sets an NHL record that still stands with five assists in one period, helping the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Jets already lead 1-0 when Hawerchuk sets up Morris Lukowich at 3:31 for a 2-0 lead. After the Kings tie the game 2-2, Hawerchuk helps the Jets take a 3-2 lead when he assists on a goal by defenseman Wade Campbell at 7:45.

The next two assists come on goals by linemate Paul MacLean, who scores a power-play goal at 9:29 and beats Markus Mattsson less than four minutes later at even strength. Hawerchuk wraps up his record-setting period by setting up Lukowich again with nine seconds remaining.

Video: Memories: Hawerchuk sets record with five assists



1949: Bill Durnan earns his fourth consecutive shutout (and the 25th of his career) when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 1-0 at Boston Garden. Durnan surpasses Frankie Brimsek's 1938 mark of three straight shutouts.


1971: The Bruins defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 at the Civic Arena to set an NHL record for most wins in a season. It's their 47th victory, one more than the mark of 46 set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1968-69.Phil Esposito scores three goals and sets a modern NHL record with his sixth hat trick of the season.


1979: Robbie Moore become the 15th goalie to have a shutout in his first NHL game when the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 at the Spectrum. Moore has two shutouts and goes 3-0-1 in five appearances for the Flyers in 1978-79, but he returns to the minors for the 1979-80 season and plays only one more NHL game (with the Washington Capitals in 1982-83).


1982: Future Hall of Fame goalie Rogie Vachon earns his 355th (and final) NHL win in the Bruins' 4-0 victory against the Kings at Boston Garden. It's also his 51st and final NHL shutout.


1996: Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the second goaltender in NHL history to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net. Osgood fires the puck the length of the ice and into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining to cap the Red Wings' 4-2 victory against the Hartford Whalers at the Civic Center.


1997: Mike Gartner scores twice in the Phoenix Coyotes' 5-0 road win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to reach the 30-goal mark for the 17th time in his career, an NHL record. Gartner's second goal of the game also gives him 1,300 points in his NHL career.


2000: The Bruins trade two future Hall of Famers, defenseman Ray Bourque and left wing Dave Andreychuk, to the Colorado Avalanche for left wing Brian Rolston, defenseman Martin Grenier, center Samuel Pahlsson and a first-round in the 2000 NHL Draft. Bourque, who's drafted by the Bruins in 1979, wins the Norris Trophy five times in 21 years with Boston but never wins the Stanley Cup there. The trade comes less than a week after he asks to be sent to a Cup contender. 


2004: Mike Sillinger becomes the third player in NHL history to play for 10 different teams during his career. He makes his debut with team No. 10, the St. Louis Blues, and has two assists in a 4-2 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Sillinger ends his career by playing three seasons with the Islanders, his 12th NHL team.


2017: Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks becomes the 13th player in NHL history to have 1,000 assists. The milestone assist comes when he sets up Joe Pavelski for an empty-net goal that proves to be the game-winner in San Jose's 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.


2018: Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has two assists in a 6-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center, giving him at least one point in 26 consecutive appearances. He's the sixth player in the past 40 years with a personal point streak of at last 26 games. It's also his 19th straight Devils game with at least one point, extending his Devils/Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies franchise record.


2019: Marc-Andre Fleury earns his 437th NHL victory when he makes 30 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena. He ties Jacques Plante for eighth place on the all-time NHL list. Fleury also extends his shutout streak to 200:41 before Travis Hamonic scores the lone goal for the Flames; it's the 41st time since the start of the 1929-30 season, when forward passing is first permitted in all three zones, that a goalie has a shutout streak of at least 200 minutes.


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