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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 21: Jagr becomes NHL's all-time top European goal scorer

Plus: Overtime ended because of World War II; Rangers set team single-game scoring mark

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Jagr passes Kurri

Memories: Jagr scores two goals, passes Kurri

On November 21, 2006, Jaromir Jagr tallied two goals, passing Jari Kurri to become the NHL's leader in goals by a European-trained player

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2006: Jaromir Jagr scores twice in the New York Rangers' 4-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden to pass Jari Kurri and become the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer among players born and trained in Europe.

Two nights after becoming the 16th player in NHL history to score 600 goals, Jagr, born in Czechoslovakia, ties Kurri's total of 601 when he scores on a wrist shot at 13:36 of the second period, then passes the native of Finland with goal No. 602 at 3:11 of the third.

"Now I'm looking for the 700th," he says with a chuckle. "Jari Kurri was a guy everybody looked up to from Europe. He was our idol. To score more goals than him ... It's huge."

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list



1942: Regular-season overtime becomes a casualty of World War II when the NHL Board of Governors announces that it will be discontinued because of conflicts with train schedules. Overtime is reinstated for the 1983-84 season after a 41-year absence, although in a five-minute, sudden-death format rather than the prewar version that saw teams play a full 10-minute extra period.


1943: Buddy O'Connor of the Montreal Canadiens has his second five-point game in as many nights. He gets his first NHL hat trick and has two assists in a 13-4 victory against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. One night earlier, O'Connor has a goal and four assists in a 7-2 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1958: The Maple Leafs hire Punch Imlach as their new general manager, replacing Hap Day. Eight days later, Imlach replaces Billy Reay as coach. Imlach rebuilds Toronto into a Stanley Cup finalist in 1959, then guides the Maple Leafs to three straight championships from 1962-64 and another in 1967.


1964: Toronto's Terry Sawchuk becomes the first goalie in NHL history to have at least one shutout in 16 straight seasons when he outduels Glenn Hall in a 1-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Maple Leaf Gardens. Sawchuk breaks the record of 15 seasons with at least one shutout set by Harry Lumley. Sawchuk extends the record to 19 seasons before going without a shutout with the Detroit Red Wings in 1968-69.

Video: Terry Sawchuk was four-time Vezina-winning goalie


1971: The Rangers enjoy the biggest offensive game in their history, defeating the California Golden Seals 12-1 at Madison Square Garden. Center Jean Ratelle scores four times for New York, which outshoots California 52-16. The Rangers blow the game open with eight goals in the third period, including two in eight seconds by rookie Pierre Jarry.


1987: With King Olav V of Norway watching from behind their bench, the Canadiens edge the New Jersey Devils 2-1 at the Forum. Bobby Smith and Chris Chelios each has a goal and an assist in the second period for Montreal.


2011: Sidney Crosby returns from an absence of more than 10 months without missing a beat. In his first game back after a lengthy concussion-related absence, Crosby scores on his first shot and finishes with two goals and two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-0 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center. Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 6, whips a backhand shot under the crossbar and into the net at 5:24 of the first period to make it 1-0. It's his first goal since Dec. 28, 2010. He assists on Kris Letang's goal later in the first period and Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal early in the second, then ends the night by winning a face-off and scoring on a backhand shot.


2015: Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks becomes the 83rd player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points, and the 16th to do so with one organization. The milestone comes when the 36-year-old forward assists on the first of two goals by defenseman Brent Burns in a 3-1 win against the Penguins at Consol Energy Center.


2018: The Buffalo Sabres score four goals in the first period and defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at KeyBank Center for their seventh consecutive win. Jeff Skinner scores his 14th goal in 15 games for the Sabres. It's the longest winning streak for Buffalo since 2006-07, when the Sabres opened the season with 10 consecutive victories.


2019: The New York Islanders extend their point streak to a team-record 16 games by rallying to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime at Barclays Center. Brock Nelson's OT goal, his second in as many games, gives the Islanders a 15-0-1 record since their last regulation loss on Oct. 11.

On the same night, the Florida Panthers rally from four goals down to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in overtime at BB&T Center. It's the second time in nine days the Panthers come back to win after trailing by four goals, matching the single-season record set by the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers.

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