THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 9
Two teams set NHL marks for fastest starts on this date.
1984: The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Washington Capitals 8-5 at Capital Centre to establish an NHL record for the longest undefeated streak from the start of the season (15 games; 12 wins, three ties). Wayne Gretzky scores twice and has four assists, and Jari Kurri gets his 11th NHL hat trick and an assist. The Oilers surpass the previous record of 14 games (11-0 with three ties) set by the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens.
2006: The Anaheim Ducks set a record by getting a point in their 16th straight game from the start of the season when they defeat the Vancouver Canucks 6-0. The Ducks have 12 wins and four overtime/shootout losses.
1944: The "Punch Line" has a big night for the Montreal Canadiens in a 9-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. Maurice Richard scores three goals for his fourth NHL hat trick and also has two assists for a five-point night. But he's at least partially eclipsed by linemates Elmer Lach (two goals, four assists) and Toe Blake (one goal, five assists); each finishes the night with six points.
1957: Claude Provost of the Canadiens sets an NHL record (later tied by Denis Savard and James van Riemsdyk) when he scores four seconds into the second period of a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. It's the fastest goal from the start of any period in League history.
1972: Bruins left wing Johnny Bucyk becomes the seventh player in NHL history to have 1,000 points. Bucyk reaches the milestone with a goal and an assist in an 8-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden.
1973: Alex Delvecchio announces his retirement after 24 years with the Red Wings and immediately is named their coach. He ends his NHL career with 1,281 points (456 goals, 825 assists) in 1,549 games and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.
1977: Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers moves into second place on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Esposito scores twice and has two assists in New York's 8-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. The four-point night gives Esposito 1,354 in his career, more than anyone in NHL history at the time except Gordie Howe.
1996: Craig MacTavish of the St. Louis Blues scores the final goal in NHL history by a player not wearing a helmet. It comes in the third period of a 3-2 road win against the Calgary Flames. MacTavish is the last of the players who are "grandfathered" and don't have to wear a helmet after the NHL makes them mandatory for all incoming players in 1979.
2001: Luc Robitaille of the Red Wings scores during a power play 8:53 into the first period for the 600th goal of his NHL career, becoming the 13th player to reach the milestone. It turns out to be the only goal of a 1-0 road victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Dominik Hasek makes 19 saves for his first shutout with the Red Wings.
2005: Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes becomes the second player in NHL history to be awarded two penalty shots in one game. He scores on the first one, helping the Hurricanes to a 5-3 road victory against the Buffalo Sabres. The victory is the eighth in a row for the Hurricanes, a franchise record. Cole is the first player since Mud Bruneteau of the Red Wings on Nov. 24, 1938, to be awarded two penalty shots in the same game. Bruneteau goes 0-for-2 against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Mike Karakas.
2017: Jaromir Jagr scores his first goal with the Calgary Flames during a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome. It's his lone goal of the season and the 766th of his NHL career. Jagr also has an assist in his 540th NHL multipoint game, more than anyone else in League history except Gretzky (824).