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March 9: Gordie Howe skates on line with sons

Plus: Orr sets single-season record for goals by defenseman; Robitaille scores No. 650

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1980: Gordie Howe skates on the same line with his sons, Mark and Marty, for the Hartford Whalers at Boston Garden for a shift midway through a 1-1 tie with the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden.

Howe retires from the NHL in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he returns to pro hockey in 1973 with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association to be able to play with his sons. All three move to the Whalers after Houston folds and come to the NHL when Hartford is one of four WHA teams absorbed by the League for the 1979-80 season.

Mark Howe plays all of 1979-80 with the Whalers and goes on to become a Hall of Fame defenseman. But Marty Howe spends much of it in the minor leagues before being recalled in early March, setting up the chance to take a shift with his father and brother.



1952: Center Sid Abel scores his final goal as a member of the Red Wings and their famed "Production Line." The goal by Abel, assisted by longtime linemates Howe and Ted Lindsay, helps Detroit defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 at Olympia Stadium.


1975: Bobby Orr of the Bruins sets the NHL single-season record for goals by a defenseman when he scores his 38th in a 5-2 win against the visiting Atlanta Flames. He breaks his own mark, set in 1970-71. Orr finishes the season with 46 goals. He also has three assists and becomes the first defenseman in League history to reach 600 in his career.


1991: Theo Fleury of the Calgary Flames sets an NHL record by scoring three shorthanded goals in an 8-4 road victory against the St. Louis Blues. Fleury scores his first at 5:52 of the first period with Al MacInnis in the penalty box, gets the second one 24 seconds into the third period, and completes his shorthanded hat trick at 17:35 with an unassisted goal.


2004: Luc Robitaille becomes the 10th player in NHL history to score 650 goals in his career. No. 650 is a game-winner, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.


2006: Nicklas Lidstrom passes Borje Salming to become the highest-scoring Swedish defenseman in NHL history. Lidstrom has a goal and three assists for the Red Wings in a 7-3 win against the Kings at Joe Louis Arena, giving him 789 points, two more than Salming.


2015: Evgeny Romasko becomes the first referee born in Russia to officiate an NHL game. Romasko and longtime NHL referee Paul Devorski combine to call eight minor penalties in the Red Wings' 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.

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