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Oct. 11: Mario Lemieux scores first goal in NHL debut

Wayne Gretzky gets 50th career hat trick; Wild, Sharks begin season with two straight shutouts

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Mario Lemieux scores 1st NHL goal

Mario Lemieux scores first goal on first shift in NHL

Mario Lemieux scores the first goal of his NHL career on his first shift in his first game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 11

1984: Mario Lemieux wastes no time announcing his arrival in the NHL, scoring a goal in his debut.

Lemieux, the No. 1 pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, also assists on the second of Warren Young's two goals, but the Penguins fail to hold leads of 2-0 and 3-1, losing 4-3 at Boston Garden. Bourque scores the winning goal with 5:32 remaining in the third period.

 

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1924: The Bruins and Montreal Maroons are granted NHL franchises for $15,000 each. The Bruins, who become the first U.S. team to join the League, name Art Ross as their general manager.

 

1975: Guy Lafleur of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to have three or more points in each of his team's first three games of a season. Lafleur has a goal and two assists in Montreal's 7-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at the Forum.

 

1979:  After retiring from the Red Wings in 1971, Gordie Howe returns to play in the NHL for the Hartford Whalers

Video: Gordie Howe, 51, returns to NHL with Hartford Whalers

 

1997: Wayne Gretzky gets his 50th NHL hat trick and first with the New York Rangers in a 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place. Gretzky also has assists on two goals by defenseman Bruce Driver for his 66th five-point game.

 

2001: Peter Laviolette becomes the first coach in NHL history to start his career with four consecutive road victories when the New York Islanders defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-4.

 

2014: The Minnesota Wild become the fifth team since the adoption of the red line in 1943 to begin a season with back-to-back shutouts by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The win comes two nights after the Wild's 5-0 victory against Colorado at Xcel Energy Center. Less than an hour after the Wild complete their second shutout, the San Jose Sharks match that accomplishment when they defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at SAP Center; that victory comes three nights after San Jose starts its season by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 at Staples Center. The Wild and Sharks join the 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens, the 1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers, the 2001-02 Calgary Flames and the 2005-06 Florida Panthers as the only teams to begin their season with consecutive shutouts.

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