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Oct. 23: Messier scores 600th NHL goal

Plus: Maple Leafs earn ninth straight victory to begin season; Oilers win outdoors at Winnipeg

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1998: Mark Messier scores his 600th NHL goal during the Vancouver Canucks' road 5-0 win against the Florida Panthers. The milestone goal comes at 12:58 of the third period, when he one-times a pass from Alexander Mogilny past goalie Kirk McLean.

Messier's teammates stream off the bench to congratulate their captain. The crowd of 18,070 warmly applauds Messier after he becomes the 10th NHL player to reach 600 goals and the fourth to have 600 goals and 900 career assists.

Messier, a member of six Stanley Cup-winning teams, downplays his own accomplishment, saying, "Individual success comes from winning as a team. That's the bottom line.

"I always put the team ahead of any individual goals. I didn't want the guys to think I was pressing for 600."

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1965: Bobby Hull scores three goals for an opening-night hat trick in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. It's the start of a record-setting 54-goal season for Hull, the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a season.


1966: Bobby Orr scores his first NHL goal. The Boston Bruins' rookie defenseman's 50-foot slap shot beats Montreal Canadiens goalie Gump Worsley at 4:13 of the third period to tie the game, but Boston loses 3-2 on a goal by defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot with 2:05 remaining.


1971: Five years to the day that Orr scores his first NHL goal, Guy Lafleur does the same. He scores at 18:52 of the second period against Gary Edwards and is credited with the game-winner in Montreal's 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum in Inglewood, California.


1974: Washington Capitals goalie Michel Belhumeur faces two penalty shots, and makes saves against Chicago's Jim Pappin and Stan Mikita. Despite Belhumeur's heroics, the Capitals lose 3-2 at Chicago Stadium.


1983: Philadelphia Flyers rookie Rich Sutter scores a goal, making the Sutters the first family in NHL history to have six brothers score goals. It comes at 13:29 of the third period of an 8-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum.

Exactly 25 years later, nephew Brandon Sutter scores his first NHL goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.


1993: Toronto sets an NHL record for most victories from the start of season by winning its ninth consecutive game, 2-0 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mark Osborne scores twice for the Maple Leafs and goalie Felix Potvin makes 25 saves for the shutout.


2014: Darcy Kuemper earns his third shutout in four games when the Minnesota Wild defeat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0. Kuemper becomes the second goalie since 1943-44 (when the red line is introduced) to have three shutouts in his first four games of the season, joining Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007-08.


2016: Cam Talbot makes 31 saves for the third shutout in an NHL outdoor game, helping the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at Investors Group Field. Talbot, playing in an outdoor game for the first time after serving as a backup goalie twice, spoils the party for Winnipeg fans with his 12th shutout in 119 NHL games. The win by the Oilers gives road teams a 14-4-1 record in 19 outdoor games.


2018: Sidney Crosby scores his first two goals of the season, the second on a spectacular individual move at 2:12 of overtime, to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 win against the Oilers at Rexall Place. He scores his first goal of 2018-19 at 10:58 of the first period in Pittsburgh's seventh game of the season, then gives the Penguins the win when he puts the puck between the legs of Oilers forward Ryan Strome, goes to the net and scores on a backhand shot.


2019: Crosby gets his 1,230th NHL point with an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. He moves past Hall of Famer Norm Ullman into 40th place on the League's all-time scoring list.

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