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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 12: Mario Lemieux named All-Star MVP as rookie

Plus: Bill Cowley becomes NHL all-time scoring leader; Canadiens extend road undefeated streak to 17

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1985: Mario Lemieux becomes the first rookie to win MVP honors at the NHL All-Star Game.

The 19-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins center scores two goals, including the game-winner, and has an assist to help the Wales Conference defeat the Campbell Conference 6-4 at the Saddledome in Calgary.

Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque has four assists for the Wales Conference and sets up each of Lemieux's goals.




1935: Defenseman Eddie Shore has a goal and three assists for the Bruins in a 6-5 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Garden. Two of the assists come in a span of 12 seconds in overtime; in those days, overtime was a full 10 minutes, not sudden death.


1947: Bill Cowley scores a goal and has an assist for the Bruins in a 10-1 victory against the New York Rangers at Boston Garden to become the NHL all-time scoring leader. His 529 points are one more than Syd Howe, who retired one year earlier.


1975: The Montreal Canadiens extend their NHL-record road undefeated streak to 17 games (10-0-7) with a 2-2 tie against Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. Larry Robinson has a goal and an assist for Montreal, and Ken Dryden makes 43 saves.


1976: The Vancouver Canucks defeat the Canadiens for the first time since entering the League in 1970. Ron Sedlbauer and Dennis Ververgaert each score two goals in a 6-4 victory at the Forum, ending Vancouver's 30-game (0-25-5) streak without a win against the Canadiens. 


1995: Sergei Fedorov scores all four goals for the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena. Fedorov gets a chance to win the game but misses a fifth goal when he fails to convert on a penalty shot at 3:52 of overtime. 


2003: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim set an NHL record with their 10th consecutive one-goal victory when Mike Leclerc scores 10 seconds into overtime for a 4-3 win against the visiting Calgary Flames. The Ducks break the record for consecutive one-goal wins set by Ottawa in 1926-27.

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