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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 21: Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne score as Rangers

Plus: Phil Esposito reaches 1,500 points, Eric Lindros gets 200th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1988: After 2,283 NHL games and 1,245 goals between them, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne score as teammates for the first time.

Dionne gets a power-play goal 7:52 into the first period and Lafleur scores at 5:30 of the third to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at Landover, Maryland. It's the first goal of the season for Dionne and the second for Lafleur. Dionne is in his second full season with New York after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 10, 1987; Lafleur is returning to the NHL after retiring from the Montreal Canadiens in November 1984 and being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.



1954: Red Kelly becomes the second defenseman in Detroit Red Wings history to score three goals in a game. His first NHL hat trick helps the Red Wings to a 5-3 victory against the visiting Boston Bruins. Kelly scores a power-play goal in the first period, an even-strength goal 1:05 into the third period and a shorthanded goal at 7:06.


1979: Phil Esposito of the Rangers joins Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to reach 1,500 points. The milestone comes when Esposito scores a power-play goal at 16:56 of the first period during New York's 6-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.


1993: NHL history is made in Detroit when Paul Devorski referees a game where his younger brother Greg is a linesman; it's the first NHL game ever played with brothers as on-ice officials. The Red Wings defeat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 at Joe Louis Arena.


1997: Eric Lindros scores his 200th NHL goal and has four assists to help the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1. Lindros needs 307 games to score 200 goals, the fifth-fastest in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.


2006: Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores two shorthanded goals in a 5-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena. He becomes the first NHL rookie in 24 years to score each of his first three NHL goals while his team is shorthanded.

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