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Oct. 18: Crosby earns 500th assist

Plus: Flyers get first victory; Esposito scores final hat trick of NHL career

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2014: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins earns his 500th NHL assist by setting up two goals in a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby assists on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period before getting No. 500 with an assist on an empty-net goal by Patric Hornqvist with 1:20 remaining.

Crosby reaches the 500-assist plateau in his 554th NHL game. Only five players in League history reach 500 assists in fewer games than Crosby: Wayne Gretzky (352 games), Mario Lemieux (433), Peter Stastny (507), Bobby Orr (522) and Peter Forsberg (551).



1930: The Detroit Cougars are renamed the Falcons after a poll conducted by the city's newspapers. The name lasts two seasons until new owner James Norris renames them the Red Wings.


1967: After losing the first two games in their history, the Philadelphia Flyers get their first victory when they defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 at St. Louis Arena. Doug Favell makes 34 saves and Ed Hoekstra scores the winning goal 12:20 into the third period for the Flyers, who complete their season-opening three-game road trip with one win and two losses.


1977: Rogie Vachon makes 41 saves to earn his 43rd NHL shutout, and Glenn Resch makes 28 for his 15th in a 0-0 tie between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It's the first 0-0 tie involving the Islanders since entering the NHL in 1972.


1979: Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers scores three goals for the 32nd (and final) hat trick of his NHL career. He assists on two other goals for a five-point night in a 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. The 32 hat tricks are an NHL record at the time, and Esposito is still fifth on the all-time list.


1984: The Flyers tie their single-game record for goals by defeating the Canucks 13-2 at the Spectrum. Brian Propp and Ilkka Sinisalo score three goals apiece for the Flyers, who outshoot the Canucks 58-19. It's the second 13-goal game in the same calendar year for the Flyers and comes less than seven months after a 13-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 22.


1989: Brett Hull scores three goals for his first hat trick as a member of the St. Louis Blues during a 9-3 win against the Penguins at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Hull also has two assists for a five-point game. It's the first of his five hat tricks during the 1989-90 season.


2000: The Minnesota Wild earn the first victory in their history by rallying to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 at Xcel Energy Center. Marian Gaborik , an 18-year-old rookie, scores twice in the final 2:28 for the Wild, who enter the game 0-4-1.


2014: Jonathan Toews scores a shorthanded goal with 1:34 remaining in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at United Center. Toews is the first player to score an overtime shorthanded goal in a regular-season game since Glen Wesley of the Carolina Hurricanes against Philadelphia on Feb. 22, 2007.


2017: Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in the 1,500th game of his NHL career, becoming the 18th player in League history to reach the milestone. Marleau plays 16:54 and is scoreless in Toronto's 6-3 win against the Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena.


2018: The Penguins end Auston Matthews' season-opening streak of seven multipoint games when they defeat the Maple Leafs 3-0 at Scotiabank Arena. Matt Murray makes 38 saves for Pittsburgh, which also ends Toronto's five-game winning streak.


2019: John Carlson of the Washington Capitals becomes the sixth defenseman in NHL history to have at least three three-point performances in his team's first nine games. Carlson has three assists for the Capitals in a 5-2 win against the Rangers at Capital One Arena. The three assists give Carlson 17 points on Washington's 30 goals in 2019-20; he joins Tomas Kaberle of the 2009-10 Maple Leafs as the only defensemen in NHL history to have as many as 17 points on his team's first 30 goals in any season.

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