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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 19: Lemieux's No. 66 retired by Penguins

Plus: Gretzky has eight-point game; Jagr scores 600th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1997: Mario Lemieux's No. 66 is retired by the Pittsburgh Penguins two days after he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lemieux receives numerous gifts, as well as donations to his foundation, before taking the microphone to thank the packed house at Mellon Arena, saying he wants to be remembered by Pittsburgh fans as "somebody who took a last-place team and was able to win a championship seven or eight years later."

At the time, that's likely how they expect to remember Lemieux, who's been worn down by cancer and back problems before retiring at age 32. Instead, after three-plus seasons in retirement, Lemieux, now owner of the Penguins, announces that he will return on Dec. 27, 2000. Wearing his familiar No. 66, Lemieux has a goal and two assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finishes the season with 76 points (35 goals, 41 assists) in 43 games and plays until 2006, when he retires for good.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times



1929: Two defensemen score four goals in the same game for the only time in NHL history. John McKinnon of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores four times in a 10-5 victory against the visiting Maple Leafs. Four of Toronto's five goals are scored by defenseman Hap Day, who assists on the other. Day finishes the season with seven goals.

1932: Alec Connell becomes the first NHL goalie to have 70 career shutouts. He reaches the milestone when the Ottawa Senators defeat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Connell finishes his NHL career with 81 shutouts and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.


1983: Wayne Gretzky has an eight-point game (three goals, five assists) and Jari Kurri scores five goals in the Edmonton Oilers' 13-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Northlands Coliseum. Willy Lindstrom also has a hat trick for the Oilers, who score their 13 goals after New Jersey led 2-0.

On the same night, Bruce Hood becomes the first referee to officiate 1,000 NHL games. The milestone comes when he works Toronto's 5-4 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. Hood retires after the 1983-84 season having worked 1,033 regular-season games and another 157 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


1984: Marcel Dionne scores three goals for his 28th (and final) NHL hat trick, helping the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Calgary Flames 5-4 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The three goals give Dionne 1,400 points.


1991: Mark Messier gets his first hat trick as a member of the New York Rangers and scores his 400th NHL goal during a 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Pacific Coliseum. Messier gets No. 400 and completes his hat trick when he scores 5:06 into the third period to break a 3-3 tie. He also assists on Adam Graves' shorthanded goal.


1998: Mike Keenan becomes the sixth coach in NHL history to reach 500 victories when the Canucks defeat the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 at McNichols Arena. The victory ends Vancouver's 15-game winless streak (12 losses, three ties) against Colorado.

On the same night, Geoff Courtnall of the St. Louis Blues becomes the first player in NHL history to score at least 75 goals for four different teams. Courtnall scores his 75th goal as a member of the Blues in a 3-2 road loss to the Nashville Predators.


2006: Jaromir Jagr scores his 600th NHL goal in the first period of the Rangers' 4-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Jagr's milestone goal comes 1:43 into the game when his wrist shot gets past Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist.


2007: The New York Islanders defeat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden and become the first team in NHL history to play seven straight games decided by one goal, all in regulation. Rick DiPietro makes 18 saves for his 100th NHL victory. It's also the 500th road win in Islanders history.


2016: Connor McDavid scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick, helping the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Dallas Stars 5-2 at American Airlines Center. McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ends a 10-game goal-scoring drought with an unassisted goal 2:57 into the first period, then scores again in the second before completing the hat trick at 6:51 of the third.


2019: For the second straight game, the Islanders rally from two goals down in the final seven minutes of the third period to win. New York trails the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 with less than five minutes remaining in the third period, but goals by Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock force overtime before Brock Nelson scores at 2:55 of OT for a 5-4 win. The victory extends New York's point streak to 15 games (14-0-1), tying the team record; the Islanders rally from multigoal deficits to win consecutive games for the 10th time in their history.

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