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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 3: Arbour coaches one last game with Islanders

Plus: Howe makes first NHL All-Star Game appearance; Dionne second player to 1,700 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2007: Hockey Hall of Famer Al Arbour comes out of retirement to coach one last game with the New York Islanders.

At the suggestion of current coach Ted Nolan, Arbour, the coach during their Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s, goes back behind the bench with his old team for one night, giving him an even 1,500 games coached with New York. Miroslav Satan scores twice and the Islanders rally to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 at a sold-out Nassau Coliseum.

After the game, the banner commemorating Arbour's 739 victories with the Islanders is lowered and replaced by one celebrating his 1,500 games as their coach.

"Just by him being here won the game," Nolan says. "Al said he didn't know all the names of the players, but they sure knew him."



1948: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings makes the first of his NHL-record 23 All-Star Game appearances. He helps the All-Stars to a 3-1 victory against the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career


1951: Maurice Richard scores his scores his 300th and 301st NHL goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 loss to the Red Wings at the Forum. Richard becomes the second player in NHL history (after Nels Stewart) to score 300 career goals.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal


1974: Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins becomes the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history. His two assists in a 10-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at Boston Garden move him ahead of Bobby Hull's 1,153 points, all with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Video: Johnny Bucyk became leader of 'Big Bad Bruins'


1987: Marcel Dionne becomes the second player in NHL history to reach 1,700 career points. The milestone comes when he scores a goal for the visiting New York Rangers in a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Video: Marcel Dionne was "offensive genius"


1990: Linesman Wayne Bonney takes part in a personal doubleheader. Bonney officiates an afternoon game between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum, then hops on a plane and works a night game between the Buffalo Sabres and Bruins in Boston as a replacement for injured colleague Gerard Gauthier.


1998: The Penguins extend their own NHL record by scoring on their 12th consecutive power play. Maxim Galanov scores on the first of Pittsburgh's seven power-play opportunities in a 4-4 tie against the Flyers at the Spectrum; the Penguins fail to cash in on six other chances. Galanov's second goal of the game at 14:36 of the third period gives the Penguins a point after they fall behind by three goals 11:28 into the first period.


2002: Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, moving past Larry Murphy into second place on the NHL's all-time games-played list. Messier scores a goal for the New York Rangers in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. He finishes his career with 1,756 games played, 11 shy of Howe's record.

Video: Mark Messier was one of NHL's greatest leaders


2011: Hours after signing a seven-year contract, $49 million extension on his 29th birthday, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne completes a personal one-day hat trick with a 3-0 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Rinne makes 35 saves to cap "a day that I'll remember for the rest of my life, for sure."


2018: Marc-Andre Fleury becomes the 29th goalie in NHL history to have 50 career shutouts. No. 50 comes when Fleury makes 34 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at T-Mobile Arena.


2019: Alex Ovechkin plays in his 1,100th NHL game, but he's overshadowed by Jakub Vrana, who scores three goals for his first League hat trick to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2 at Capital One Arena. Only Wayne Gretzky (793 goals) and Brett Hull (679) score more goals than Ovechkin (669) through their 1,100th NHL games.

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