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Oct. 14: Gretzky scores first NHL goal

Plus: Flyers begin 35-game unbeaten streak, Gartner gets No. 500

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1979: Wayne Gretzky scores his first NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-4 tie with the Vancouver Canucks at Northlands Coliseum.

Gretzky beats goaltender Glen Hanlon for a game-tying power-play goal with 1:09 remaining in the third period. He also assists on a first-period goal by defenseman Risto Siltanen.

Exactly eight years later, Gretzky reaches another milestone goal in a 5-4 home loss to the Calgary Flames. His goal at 1:46 of the second period is the 545th of his NHL career, moving him past Hockey Hall of Famer Maurice Richard on the all-time list.

Video: Wayne Gretzky scores first NHL goal vs. Glen Hanlon



1967: The Los Angeles Kings defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, to win their NHL debut. Brian Kilrea scores two goals, including the first one in Kings history.


1972: In the first NHL regular-season game played in the southern United States, the Atlanta Flames tie the Buffalo Sabres 1-1 at the Omni. Ernie Hicke scores a power-play goal for the Flames 2:03 into the first period and Phil Myre makes 30 saves, 17 in the third period, allowing only a first-period goal by Jim Lorentz.


1979: The Flyers begin the longest unbeaten streak in NHL history by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at the Spectrum. The Flyers go 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties) without a defeat before the streak ends with a 7-1 road loss to the Minnesota North Stars on Jan. 7, 1980.


1979: The Winnipeg Jets become the first of the four teams added from the World Hockey Association (also the Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques) to defeat an NHL team. The Jets defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 at Winnipeg Arena.


1991: Mike Gartner scores his 500th NHL goal in the New York Rangers' 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Gartner, who begins his NHL career with the Capitals in 1979, beats Mike Liut 3:27 into the game to become the 16th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, but the first to do so in a Rangers uniform.

Video: Mike Gartner had 17 seasons with 30-plus goals


2006: Mike Sillinger becomes the first NHL player to score a goal for 12 teams when he gets one for the New York Islanders in a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum. Sillinger finishes his NHL career with 240 goals in 1,049 games.


2017: Two longtime NHL coaches reach milestones. Ken Hitchcock gets his 783rd victory, passing Al Arbour for third on the all-time list, when the Dallas Stars defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. Mike Babcock becomes the 16th coach in League history with 600 wins when the Maple Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime.

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