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Oct. 20: Brodeur earns first NHL shutout

Plus: Final preseason All-Star Game played; Jagr scores 750th goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1993: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils gets his first NHL shutout in a 4-0 victory against the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The rookie goalie makes 17 saves, and the Devils blow the game open with third-period goals by Alexander Semak, Randy McKay and Claude Lemieux. It's the first of three shutouts in 1993-94 for Brodeur, who finishes his NHL career with a League-record 125, all but the last one with the Devils.

He is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.



1965: In the 19th and final preseason NHL All-Star Game, Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores two goals and assists on another to lift the All-Stars to a 5-2 victory against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. Beginning in 1966-67, the game is shifted to midseason and the format is changed after the League's first expansion adds six teams in 1967-68.


1974: The New York Islanders get the first shutout in their history, in their third season and 161st game, when they defeat the Washington Capitals 5-0 at Capital Centre. Billy Smith makes 26 saves for his first NHL shutout.


1978: Wayne Gretzky, a 17-year-old center for Indianapolis of the World Hockey Association playing in his second game, scores his first two goals as a professional. He gets them against his future team, the Edmonton Oilers, in a 4-3 loss. Gretzky plays six more games for Indianapolis before being traded to Edmonton. Exactly 15 years later, Gretzky scores a goal and has two assists for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's the first time Wayne plays an NHL game against younger brother Brent Gretzky, a 21-year-old center for Tampa Bay.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points


1999: Jozef Stumpel scores with 1:09 remaining in the third period to give the Kings a 2-2 tie against the Boston Bruins in the first NHL game played at Staples Center. The game draws 18,188 fans, then the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game in California.


2001: Scotty Bowman earns his 1,200th regular-season NHL victory and Luc Robitaille scores the game-winner in the second period against his former team when the Red Wings defeat the Kings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena.


2015: Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals gets his 900th NHL point when he scores a second-period goal in a 6-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. He's the first player in Capitals history to reach 900 points. The goal is his 483rd, four shy of Sergei Fedorov's record for NHL players born in Russia.


2016: Jaromir Jagr becomes the third player in NHL history to score 750 goals. He joins Gretzky and Howe in the 750-goal club when he gets his first of the season at 14:10 of the second period in the Florida Panthers' 4-2 loss to the Capitals at BB&T Center.


2017: Ovechkin scores his 20th regular-season overtime goal, breaking a tie with Jagr for the most in NHL history. It comes 1:56 into the five-minute extra period and gives the Capitals a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. The goal is Ovechkin's 10th in Washington's first eight games of the season, and it gives Barry Trotz the win in his 1,450th game as an NHL coach; he passes Dick Irvin for sixth place on the all-time list.

On the same night, Paul Maurice becomes the 17th coach in NHL history with 600 wins when the Winnipeg Jets rally to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 at Bell MTS Place.


2018: Marc-Andre Fleury moves into 10th place on the NHL's all-time wins list by making 17 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena. It's Fleury's 408th victory, one more than Hall of Famer Glenn Hall. It's Fleury's 744th NHL game, tying him with Chris Osgood for 21st all-time.

On the same night, Gustav Nyquist scores on a breakaway 3:44 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings their first victory of the season, 4-3 against the Panthers at BB&T Center. The win ends the longest losing streak from the start of the season for the Red Wings, who go 0-5-2 in their first seven games.


2019: Exactly two years after earning his 600th win, Maurice becomes the seventh coach in NHL history to reach 700 victories when the Jets defeat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 in a shootout at Bell MTS Place. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes 28 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout.

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