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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 15: Orr first NHL defenseman with seven-point game

Plus: Adams wins first game as coach; Flyers retire Clarke's No. 16

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1973: Bobby Orr has a special night, even by his own standards.

Orr scores three goals and assists on four others for the first seven-point game by a defenseman in NHL history, helping the Boston Bruins to a 10-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Boston Garden.

Orr has a goal and two assists in the first period, then scores twice and sets up two goals by Andre Savard in the third.

It's a measure of revenge for the Bruins, whose bid to win the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year is ended by the Rangers seven months earlier when New York wins their Quarterfinal series in five games.

Video: Memories: Orr sets record with seven-point game



1927: Jack Adams gets a victory in his first game as an NHL coach when the Detroit Red Wings (then known as the Detroit Cougars) defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0. Adams coaches Detroit for 20 seasons and is general manager for 36. He remains the only person to have won the Stanley Cup as a player, coach and general manager.


1972: Steve Vickers of the Rangers becomes the first rookie in modern-day NHL history to have hat tricks in back-to-back games. Three nights after scoring three goals against the Los Angeles Kings, he does it again in New York's 7-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.


1984: The Flyers retire No. 16 in honor of center Bobby Clarke. The ceremony comes after Clarke ends his 15-year NHL career following the 1983-84 season as Philadelphia's all-time leading scorer (1,210 points). He's also the captain of the Flyers' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975.


2002: Two future Hall of Famers reach NHL milestones when the Dallas Stars defeat the visiting Colorado Avalanche 4-2. Stars forward Mike Modano has an assist to become the fifth U.S.-born player to reach 1,000 points. Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy passes Terry Sawchuk to become the all-time League leader in minutes played (a record now held by Martin Brodeur)

On the same night, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dave Andreychuk becomes the first NHL player to score 250 power-play goals. He reaches the milestone during a 4-2 win against the visiting San Jose Sharks. Andreychuk finishes with 274 power-play goals, still an NHL record.


2015: The Rangers win their ninth consecutive game, their longest winning streak since the 1972-73 season, by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Mats Zuccarello assists on two goals before he scores the game-winner at 19:04 of the third period.


2018: The New York Islanders defeat their archrivals, the Rangers, for the eighth consecutive time when they rally for a 7-5 win at Barclays Center. Anthony Beauvillier scores three goals for the Islanders, who also improve to 7-0-0 against the Rangers in Brooklyn.


2019: Brad Marchand of the Bruins earns a piece of NHL history when he scores 11 seconds into the third period of Boston's 4-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. It's the seventh time in his career that Marchand scores within the first 15 seconds of any period (including overtime), the most of anyone in League history. Marchand scores again at 5:08 of the third to break a 2-2 tie.

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