THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 12
1980: The 100,000th goal in NHL history is one of the easiest.
Wilf Paiement of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining to wrap up a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. The milestone goal comes in the NHL's 64th season.
The goal was part of a career year for Paiement, the No. 2 pick in the 1974 NHL Draft; he finishes with career highs of 40 goals and 97 points.
1972: Germain Gagnon scores with 1:09 remaining in the third period to give the New York Islanders the first victory in franchise history, 3-2 against the Los Angeles Kings at Nassau Coliseum. Rookie Billy Harris, the No. 1 pick in the 1972 NHL Draft, has the first two goals for the Islanders.
1976: Don Murdoch of the New York Rangers ties the NHL record for most goals in a game by a rookie when he scores five times in a 10-4 win against the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center. Murdoch matches the mark set by Toronto's Howie Meeker on Jan. 8, 1947.
1977: The Montreal Canadiens extend their unbeaten streak in season-openers to 15 games (11-0-4) by defeating the North Stars 7-3 at the Forum. Defenseman Guy Lapointe has a goal and two assists for Montreal.
2005: Alex Ovechkin scores a goal to become the first player in Washington Capitals history to get points in each of his first five games with the team. The milestone comes in a 7-2 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
2006: Ryan Smyth breaks one of Wayne Gretzky's team records when he scores three goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the San Jose Sharks 6-4 at Rexall Place. Smyth's fifth career hat trick breaks Gretzky's team record for fastest three goals by 17 seconds.