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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 20: Bruins play first game at Boston Garden

Plus: Blackhawks retire numbers of Hall, Esposito; Yzerman gets 1,500th NHL point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1928: The Boston Bruins play their first game at Boston Garden.

After four seasons at Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena), the Bruins, then wearing brown and gold, make their debut at the Garden. A crowd estimated at 16,000 goes home disappointed when the home team loses 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens.

But the real star of the night, according to the Boston Globe's John J. Hallahan, is the new Garden itself.

"While the surroundings were new to the spectators they found it easy to locate their seats … As an ice palace -- a place where hockey is to be played -- nothing is to be lacking," Hallahan writes.

The Bruins remain at the Garden for 67 years before moving to their current home, now known as TD Garden. The old Garden goes out the way it came in; with a (preseason) game between the Bruins and Canadiens on Sept. 26, 1995.



1934: Busher Jackson becomes the first NHL player to score four goals in one period of a regular-season game. Jackson scores four times in the third period to power the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Eagles.


1955: With all of the Original Six teams in action on a Sunday night (Montreal at New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto at Boston), each of the three games ends in a 1-1 tie. Each is the second of a home-and-home series when the visiting teams Sunday had won at home Saturday. None of the three games has a goal scored in the third period.


1974: Toronto center Dave Keon has his fifth NHL hat trick in his 1,000th game in the League, an 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Arena. Keon becomes the third player to appear in 1,000 games with the Maple Leafs.


1988: The Blackhawks retire the numbers of goalies Glenn Hall (No. 1) and Tony Esposito (No. 35) in a pregame ceremony at Chicago Stadium. Hall plays 10 seasons in Chicago; Esposito is with the Blackhawks for 15. In the game that follows, the Vancouver Canucks score seven times on 23 shots against Darren Pang in a 7-4 victory.

Video: Tony Esposito won Vezina, Calder in 1969-70


1999: Steve Yzerman becomes the seventh player in NHL history to reach 1,500 points when he has an assist in the Red Wings' 2-1 road loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Yzerman joins Detroit icon Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) as the only NHL players to have 1,500 points with one team.

On the same night, the Washington Capitals set an NHL record by not allowing a power-play goal for the 12th consecutive game. On this night, they don't allow a goal of any kind; Washington wins 3-0 at Boston.

Video: Steve Yzerman was Detroit's captain for 19 seasons


2003: Dan Fritsche, a rookie forward, becomes the first Ohio native to score a goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Fritsche beats Manny Legace 3:11 into the third period of a 3-0 victory against the Red Wings at Nationwide Arena.


2006: The Buffalo Sabres defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2, scoring all seven of their goals in the second period. The Lightning lead 1-0 before Paul Gaustad's first of two goals opens the flood gates. Thomas Vanek also scores two goals, and Chris Drury, Jiri Novotny and Jaroslav Spacek get one apiece. The seven goals come in a span of 16:05 against goaltender Marc Denis.


2018: One day being hired after Todd McLellan is fired, Ken Hitchcock wins his coaching debut with the Edmonton Oilers when Leon Draisaitl scores 51 seconds into overtime for a 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place. Sharks forward Joe Thornton has his 1,033rd NHL assist, tying Mario Lemieux for 11th place in NHL history.


2019: Henrik Lundqvist ties Curtis Joseph for fifth on the NHL all-time list for wins by goalies when he makes 30 saves in the Rangers' 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. It's the 454th victory of Lundqvist's NHL career, all with New York, and his 22nd against the Capitals, the most by any Rangers goalie against Washington.

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