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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 22: Irvin first NHL coach to win 600 games

Plus: Hull scores first goal; Fuhr gets 400th victory

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1953: Dick Irvin becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 600 games when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Chicago Stadium.

Irvin has coached two seasons with the Blackhawks and nine with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he's hired by the Canadiens in 1940. He guides Montreal to the Stanley Cup three times, the last in the spring of 1953.

Irvin coaches the Canadiens through the 1954-55 season, then returns to the Blackhawks for one season before retiring in 1956 with a record of 691-527 and 230 ties, including 431-313 and 152 ties with Montreal.



1957: Bobby Hull scores the first goal of his NHL career to help the Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at Chicago Stadium. The rookie left wing beats goalie Don Simmons at 16:00 of the first period for an unassisted goal. Hull finishes his NHL career with 610 goals.

1974: The Philadelphia Flyers begin a 32-game unbeaten streak against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 victory at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Flyers go 27-0 with five ties against Los Angeles until the Kings win 5-4 at Philadelphia on Feb. 13, 1983.


1980: Rookie defenseman Paul Coffey scores his first NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-3 victory against the Calgary Flames at Northlands Coliseum. Coffey finishes his NHL career with 396 goals, second to Ray Bourque all-time among defensemen, and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.


1986: Mario Lemieux scores twice in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-4 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres to reach the 100-goal mark early in his third NHL season. It's the seventh straight win from the start of the season for the Penguins, one short of the NHL record (at that time) shared by Toronto (1934-35) and Buffalo (1975-76).

Exactly six years later, Lemieux scores three goals for his 28th NHL hat trick and has two assists for a five-point night in Pittsburgh's 9-6 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at the Civic Arena.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times


1999: Grant Fuhr becomes the sixth goalie in NHL history to win 400 games when defenseman Derek Morris scores 20 seconds into overtime to give the Flames a 3-2 road victory against the Florida Panthers.


2002: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche ties Terry Sawchuk's NHL record for career appearances by playing in his 971st game, a 3-3 tie against the Oilers at Pepsi Center. He finishes his career with 1,029 appearances, then an NHL record.

On the same night, Cliff Ronning scores in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory against the Flames. The victory ends an 18-game winless streak in overtime (0-11 with seven ties) for the Wild, dating to March 2001.


2016: The Canadiens defeat the Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden, extending their road winning streak against the Bruins to nine games, their longest since Boston enters the NHL in 1924. The streak includes eight wins at TD Garden and one at Gillette Stadium, site of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.


2018: Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche each extends his season-opening point streak to nine games in a 4-1 victory against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Rantanen scores two goals; MacKinnon assists on the first one. They are the first players in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to have simultaneous nine-game point streaks at the start of a season.


2019: Marc-Andre Fleury passes Sawchuk for seventh place on the all-time wins list when the Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout at United Center. Fleury makes 31 saves through overtime and allows one goal in three shootout attempts. He gets his 446th NHL victory when Shea Theodore beats Chicago goalie Robin Lehner in the third round of the tiebreaker.

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