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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 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wayne Gretzky's First NHL Goal

Wayne Gretzky scores first NHL goal vs. Glen Hanlon

Oct 14, 1979: The Great One scores the first of 894 NHL goals vs. Vancouver Canucks goaltender Glen Hanlon

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 14

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

Gretzky beats goalie 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.

 

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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.

On the same night, the Winnipeg Jets become the first of the four teams (jets, Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques) added from the World Hockey Association to defeat an NHL team. The Jets top 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

 

1998: The New York Islanders become the first team since 1927 to shut out the same opponent in four consecutive games. Tommy Salo makes 22 saves for the visiting Islanders in a 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

2002: Mats Sundin of the Maple Leafs becomes the first Sweden-born NHL player to score 400 goals. Sundin scores No. 400 and has an assist in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre. Mario Lemieux caps a four-point night by scoring the winning goal with 2:18 remaining in the third period.

 

2006: Mike Sillinger becomes the first NHL player to score a goal for 12 teams when he gets one for the 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 to have 600 wins when the Maple Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. The win also ends Toronto's 14-game losing streak to its oldest rival.

On the same night. Jaromir Jagr gets his first point for the Calgary Flames, an assist in a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. It's the 1,915th point of the 45-year-old forward's NHL career, more than anyone else in League history except Gretzky.

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