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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 11: Smith gets seven points in North Stars' victory against Jets

Plus: Ciccarelli fastest to 20 goals; Lafleur ties Richard on all-time list

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 11

1981: Bobby Smith and the Minnesota North Stars enjoy the biggest offensive nights in their history.

Smith scores four goals and has three assists for a seven-point game to help the North Stars defeat the Winnipeg Jets 15-2 at Met Center. Two of Smith's goals come during Minnesota's eight-goal second period.

The Jets get within 4-2 when Bengt Lundholm scores 5:02 into the second period, but the North Stars score 11 straight goals.

Minnesota becomes the second team since the adoption of the red line in 1943 to score 15 goals in one game, joining the Detroit Red Wings (15-0 against the New York Rangers on Jan. 23, 1944).

 

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1930: The NHL comes to Philadelphia for the first time. But the Philadelphia Quakers lose 3-0 to the New York Rangers when goaltender John Ross Roach earns his 28th NHL shutout. The Quakers go 4-36-4 and drop out of the NHL after one season, leaving Philadelphia without an NHL team until the arrival of the Flyers in 1967.

 

1986: Dino Ciccarelli of the North Stars scores twice in his 15th game of the season, setting a modern-day NHL record for the fastest 20 goals from a season's start. He gets both goals for Minnesota in a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals. Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins ties the record in 1992-93. Joe Malone holds the all-time mark with 20 goals in seven games in 1917-18, the NHL's first season.

 

1989: Guy Lafleur scores his 544th NHL goal, tying Maurice Richard for eighth place on the all-time list. It comes in the Quebec Nordiques' 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Le Colisee.

 

2009: Ken Hitchcock's 1,000th game as an NHL coach turns out to be one he'd rather forget. The Red Wings score four times in the first period and roll to a 9-1 victory against Hitchcock's Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

 

2010: Alexander Semin scores three goals in the third period and has two assists to power Washington to a 6-3 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Semin steals the spotlight from teammate Alex Ovechkin and NHL scoring leader Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, and helps the Capitals win their sixth consecutive game.

 

2016: Defenseman Andy Greene scores on a penalty shot in overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Greene is the first Devils player to score on a penalty shot in OT and the first New Jersey defenseman to score on a penalty shot since Scott Niedermayer exactly 18 years earlier against Montreal.

 

2017: Mike Hoffman scores two goals to help the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche and a sweep of the two-game NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden. The back-to-back wins come less than a week after Ottawa acquires forward Matt Duchene from Colorado in a three-team trade that also involves the Nashville Predators.

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