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Nov. 8: Richard becomes NHL's all-time goal-scoring leader

Plus: Orr announces retirement; Crosby has five-assist night

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Richard nets 325th goal

Memories: Richard becomes NHL's all-time goals leader

On November 8, 1952, Maurice 'Rocket' Richard scored the 325th goal of his career, passing Nels Stewart as the League's all-time leading scorer

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1952: Ten years to the day after scoring his first NHL goal, Maurice Richard becomes the League's all-time leader when he scores the 325th of his career during the Montreal Canadiens' 6-4 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum.

Goal No. 325 puts Richard one ahead of Nels Stewart, who holds the record for 12 years after retiring in 1940. Richard retires in 1960 with 544 goals.

Ten years earlier, on Nov. 8, 1942, Richard scores his first goal in a 10-4 victory against the New York Rangers at the Forum. Richard is overshadowed by teammate Buddy O'Connor, who has a goal and five assists and sets an NHL record by getting four of them in one period.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal



1934: The NHL comes to St. Louis; 12,600 fans are on hand at the Coliseum to see the Eagles play their home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks. They lose 3-1, finish the season 11-31 with six ties and are forced to fold.


1969: Billy Dea scores a goal for the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Olympia Stadium. It's his first goal for the Red Wings since Nov. 28, 1957; the gap of 11 years, 11 months and 11 days sets an NHL record for the longest between goals for the same team. Dea's mark lasts until Feb. 11, 1999, when it's broken by Randy Cunneyworth of the Buffalo Sabres.


1971: The state of New York receives its third NHL franchise when the New York Islanders are awarded the rights to an expansion team that will begin play in 1972-73. The franchise will be based at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Long Island.


1978: Bobby Orr announces his retirement from the NHL at a news conference in Chicago. Knee injuries limit Orr to 657 regular-season games, but he finishes his career with 270 goals, 645 assists and 915 points; at the time, all are records for defensemen.

Video: Memories: Orr retires after 12 illustrious seasons


1985: Wayne Gretzky is held without a goal, but his Edmonton Oilers teammates more than make up for it in a 13-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Northlands Coliseum. Dave Lumley has a hat trick and two assists, Jari Kurri scores twice and Gretzky has four assists.


1990: The Los Angeles Kings retire Marcel Dionne's No. 16 prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings. After spending his first four NHL seasons with Detroit, Dionne plays with the Kings from 1975-87, scoring 550 goals and finishing with 1,307 points in 921 games.


1991: Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the leading goal-scorer among defensemen in NHL history. Coffey scores his 311th NHL goal in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Winnipeg Arena, breaking the mark of 310 set by Denis Potvin during his career with the New York Islanders.


1997: Phil Housley of the Washington Capitals becomes the fifth defenseman in NHL history to have 1,000 points when he gets an assist in a 2-1 victory against the visiting Oilers. Housley also becomes the second U.S.-born player to reach 1,000 points.


2014: Sidney Crosby has five assists to help the Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 at First Niagara Center for their seventh consecutive victory. It's the fourth five-point game of Crosby's NHL career and the third time he's had five assists. The big night also extends his scoring streak against Buffalo to 19 games, during which he has 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists).


2018: Joe Thornton becomes the 19th player in NHL history to play in 1,500 games when he takes the ice for the San Jose Sharks against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Thornton is credited with the 1,032nd assist of his career in San Jose's 4-3 loss, leaving him one behind Mario Lemieux for 11th place in League history.


2019: Sweden-born defenseman Victor Hedman has an assist for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Eriksson Globe in Stockholm. It's the first NHL regular-season game in his home country for the 2018 Norris Trophy winner. Tampa Bay scores its three goals against Linus Ullmark, one of five Swedes on Buffalo's roster.

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