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Oct. 17: Kurri scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Capitals earn first win; Flames get tie after stunning third-period comeback

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Kurri scores 500th goal

Memories: Jari Kurri scores his 500th career goal

On October 17, 1992 Los Angeles Kings forward Jari Kurri scores his 500th career goal against the Boston Bruins

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1992: Jari Kurri becomes the first player trained in Europe (and the 18th player in NHL history) to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when the Finland-born forward hits the empty net to clinch the Los Angeles Kings' 8-6 victory against the Boston Bruins at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

After a face-off in his own zone, Kurri steals the puck from Boston defenseman Ray Bourque, then outraces him and another defender down the left wing before lofting a wrist shot into the net from about 30 feet.

Kurri reaches 500 goals in 833 NHL games. The milestone comes one day shy of the anniversary of his first NHL goal, Oct. 18, 1980, against the New York Islanders.

Video: Jari Kurri Gretzky's wingman during Oilers' dynasty



1957: Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and assists on three other goals for a six-point night in a 9-3 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.


1974: The expansion Washington Capitals earn their first victory when they defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Capital Centre. Jack Egers scores the winning goal midway through the third period, and Ron Low makes 33 saves. The win gives the Capitals a record of 1-2 with one tie after four games; they win seven of their final 76 and finish 8-67 with five ties.


1989: The Calgary Flames pull off the greatest late-game comeback in NHL history to earn an 8-8 tie against the Quebec Nordiques at the Colisee. The Flames trail 8-3 with less than seven minutes left in the third period before Gary Roberts scores twice in 16 seconds and Jim Peplinski gets another goal 11 seconds later to cut the deficit to 8-6. With the Flames shorthanded and goalie Mike Vernon off for an extra attacker, Doug Gilmour scores a goal with 15 seconds remaining, then sets up Paul Ranheim for the tying goal four seconds later. The Flames set an NHL record for the fastest two shorthanded goals.


1991: Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history. He has two assists in an 8-5 victory against the Islanders at the Civic Arena, giving him 1,053 career points. Coffey passes Hockey Hall of Famer (and longtime Islanders star) Denis Potvin.

Video: Paul Coffey is one of three D-men to score 40 goals

2000: Patrick Roy becomes the NHL's all-time winningest goalie when the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime at MCI Center. Roy makes 27 saves before a goal by Peter Forsberg at 2:37 of OT gives him his 446th regular-season victory; that's one more than Terry Sawchuk, whose record has stood since his 445th and final victory on Feb. 1, 1970, a 6-0 victory for the New York Rangers against the Penguins at Madison Square Garden.


2015: The undefeated Canadiens extend the best start in their history by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Bell Centre for their sixth consecutive victory. Montreal's best previous six-game start is 5-0-1, accomplished four times but not since 1977-78.


2017: Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the sixth player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943) to score a goal in each of his team's first seven games, joining Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Hodge and Tony Tanti. Kucherov's second-period goal extends his streak, but the Lightning lose 5-4 in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils.


2019: Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils defeat Kaapo Kakko and the Rangers 5-2 at Prudential Center in the first game between the top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft. Hughes, a center taken No. 1 by New Jersey, gets an assist on Miles Wood's game-winning goal for his first NHL point. It's the seventh consecutive season that players chosen with the first two selections in the previous draft face off.

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