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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 21: Lafleur, Dionne score as teammates for first time with Rangers

Plus: Esposito reaches 1,500 points, 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 scores 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 second goal of the season for Lafleur and the first for Dionne, the first two players selected in the 1971 NHL Draft.

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.


1962: Bill Gadsby became the second player in NHL history to appear in 1,000 regular-season games when he plays in Detroit's 3-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Olympia Stadium. Gadsby joins teammate Gordie Howe, who plays his 1,000th game 11 months earlier.


1979: Phil Esposito of the Rangers joins Howe as the only players in NHL history with 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.

Video: Phil Esposito was record-setting goal scorer


1993: NHL history is made in Detroit when Paul Devorski referees a game and younger brother Greg is one of the linesmen. 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.

On the same night, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime at Miami Arena. It's the eighth straight win from the start of the season for the Maple Leafs, tying the NHL record.


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.


2000: The Blackhawks and Red Wings each play in their 5,000th NHL games; they are the fourth and fifth NHL teams to do so. The Blackhawks lose 1-0 at the St. Louis Blues; the Red Wings defeat the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in overtime. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom has two assists to become the third Europe-born defenseman in NHL history to reach 500 career points.


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 with his team shorthanded.


2018: The Tampa Bay Lightning set an NHL record with 33 shots on goal during the second period of a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. It's the most shots on goal in one period since 1965-66, when the League first lists shots by period. The Lightning finish the game with 55 shots on goal, their highest single-game total since entering the NHL in 1992.


2019: Gustav Nyquist becomes the first member of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the 16th player since the NHL revives overtime in 1983 to score a penalty-shot goal in overtime. Nyquist beats Frederik Andersen 1:57 into OT to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

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