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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 13: Blues use three goalies to defeat Rangers

Plus: Tony Esposito gets 400th win; Bruins end 12-game losing streak to Canadiens

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1968: The St. Louis Blues use three goalies to defeat the New York Rangers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers take a 1-0 lead 1:16 into the game on a goal by Vic Hadfield. Goalie Glenn Hall isn't happy and receives a game misconduct 45 seconds later from referee Vern Buffey for protesting too persistently after a penalty call. Rookie backup Robbie Irons replaces Hall but injures his leg during the two-minute warmup. Irons hangs in for three minutes, which is enough time for Jacques Plante to go from the press box to the locker room, get dressed and take over five minutes into the game.

Plante stops all 22 shots he faces, and the Blues score once in each period for the unlikely victory. 

"Too bad I don't get credit for the shutout," Plante jokes afterward. Little does he know that the Blues will go nearly 12 years until their next victory at Madison Square Garden.

Irons makes one save during his three-minute stint, the only NHL appearance of his career.



1934: Ralph Bowman scores the first penalty-shot goal in NHL history. It's the only goal for the St. Louis Eagles in a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Maroons. The goal is Bowman's first in the NHL and comes on the second penalty shot attempt in League history.


1955: Hall, a rookie goalie with the Detroit Red Wings, and Terry Sawchuk of the Boston Bruins play to a 0-0 tie at Boston Garden. It comes less than a month after they play a scoreless game at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. The shutout in the 61st for Sawchuk and the fourth of Hall's NHL career.


1975: John Marks of the Chicago Blackhawks sets an NHL record for the fastest two goals from the start of a game when he scores twice in the first 33 seconds against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. Despite taking a quick 2-0 lead, the Blackhawks blow a 5-1 advantage and end up having to settle for a 5-5 tie. The record lasts until Mike Knuble of the Boston Bruins scores twice in the first 27 seconds against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 14, 2003.


1982: Tony Esposito becomes the fourth goalie in NHL history with 400 victories. He makes 34 saves to help the Blackhawks defeat the Red Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena. Tom Lysiak's power-play goal midway through the third period breaks a 2-2 tie.

Video: Tony Esposito calls in to discuss his NHL career


1984: Bernie Nicholls becomes the first player in NHL history to get a goal in all four periods of a game. He scores once in each period and again at 2:57 of overtime to give the visiting Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 victory against the Quebec Nordiques.


2006: The Buffalo Sabres extend their NHL record for most road wins from the start of a season to 10 by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4. Adam Mair's third-period goal breaks a 3-3 tie and Jochen Hecht scores twice for the Sabres.


2008: The Bruins end a 12-game losing streak to the Montreal Canadiens with a 6-1 victory. Marco Sturm and Stephane Yelle each scores twice, and Boston ends an 0-10-2 drought against its biggest rival.


2013: The Dallas Stars defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 at Rexall Place, with goalie Kari Lehtonen making 22 saves. It's the first time in Oilers history that they've been shut out in three consecutive home games.


2019: The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time, scoring five unanswered goals for a 5-3 win at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights go 7-0-0 in their first seven games against Chicago before losing; the Blackhawks are the last team to defeat the NHL's 31st franchise.

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