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Nov. 6: Messier scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Gretzky reaches 1,700 points; Zetterberg gets No. 300

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Messier nets No. 500 on hat trick

Nov. 6, 1995: Messier notches 500th goal on hat trick

Rangers captain Mark Messier joins the 500-goal club in style, reaching the milestone by completing the hat trick vs. the Calgary Flames at MSG

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1995: Mark Messier of the New York Rangers becomes the 21st player in NHL history to score 500 goals when he has a hat trick in a 4-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden.

Messier scores No. 500 and completes the 21st hat trick of his NHL career when he beats Rick Tabaracci at 12:32 of the third period.

"I've never considered myself a natural goal scorer," Messier says. "I always look to make the play for my wings. But if you stay around long enough, you're bound to get some goals."

It's Messier's first hat trick since his three-goal performance against the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final after guaranteeing a Rangers victory.



1943: For the first time in NHL history, a player who's at least 40 years old scores against a teenage goalie. It happens when 42-year-old center Frank Boucher of the Rangers scores at 14:11 of the second period against 19-year-old Hec Highton of the Chicago Blackhawks. But Highton gets his first NHL victory when the Blackhawks leave Madison Square Garden with a 4-3 win.

1946: The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play to a 3-3 tie at Olympia Stadium in a penalty-free game. It's the first game in the Bruins' 22-year history played without a penalty being called.


1983: Wayne Gretzky scores four goals for his 19th NHL hat trick and assists on three others to help the Edmonton Oilers to an 8-5 road win against the Winnipeg Jets. Exactly five years later, Gretzky becomes the third player in NHL history to score 1,700 points when he gets two goals and an assist in career game No. 711, helping the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points

1985: The Philadelphia Flyers become the first team in NHL history to score the first goal for the 12th consecutive game from the start of a season. It happens when Peter Zezel scores 14:01 into a 5-2 victory against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


2011: The Vancouver Canucks use their special teams to defeat the Blackhawks 6-2 at United Center. Six players score goals for the Canucks, who go 5-for-6 on the power play and kill off all five man-advantages for the Blackhawks. 


2015: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg scores his 300th NHL goal in a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. He joins Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov as the only players in Red Wings history with 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points.


2016: The Anaheim Ducks set an NHL regular-season record for the most consecutive wins against one team at home by defeating the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Honda Center. Ryan Kesler scores two goals, and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each has three assists. It's the 24th consecutive victory for the Ducks against the Flames in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004.


2018: Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks becomes the fourth player in the previous 90 years, and the 17th overall, to score 10 goals in his first 10 NHL games. However, the rookie forward from Sweden is stopped by goalie Jimmy Howard in the shootout, and the Canucks lose 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

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