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Oct. 25: Bourque passes Coffey as highest-scoring NHL defenseman

Plus: Lafleur scores final goal with Canadiens; Hull has hat tricks on back-to-back nights

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Bourque passes Coffey

Memories: Bourque passes Coffey in most total points

On October 25, 2000, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Raymond Bourque passes Paul Coffey to become the all-time leading defenseman in total points

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2000: Ray Bourque becomes the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history.

Bourque passes Paul Coffey when he is credited with two assists in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-1 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center. He ends the 2000-01 season with 1,579 points, still an NHL record for defensemen.

After that, Bourque plays on a Stanley Cup-winning team for the only time in his career when he helps the Avalanche win the second championship in their history.



1969: Tony Esposito wins his first game against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, after being claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1969 NHL Intraleague Draft. Esposito makes 30 saves in a 5-0 victory at the Forum. It's the first of 15 shutouts for Esposito in 1969-70; that's still the NHL single-season record for rookie goalies.


1984: Guy Lafleur scores his 518th and final goal as a member of the Canadiens in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres. His goal late in the second period ties the game 2-2. Lafleur retires from the Canadiens a month later and is voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but decides to play again and joins the New York Rangers for the 1988-89 season.


1990: Brett Hull becomes the first player in St. Louis Blues history to have back-to-back hat tricks when he scores three times in an 8-5 victory against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs one night after getting three goals against Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. The goals give him 13 in the Blues' first 10 games.

Video: Brett Hull fourth leading goal-scorer in NHL


1991: Vincent Riendeau and Tim Cheveldae combine for the first shared shutout in the Detroit Red Wings' 65-year history. They face a combined total of 13 shots in Detroit's 4-0 victory against the Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena. Riendeau leaves with an injury at 7:09 of the second period after making eight saves, but gets credit for the victory. Cheveldae makes five saves in the final 32:51.


2002: New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko ends his NHL-record 256-game goal drought when he scores in a 2-1 road victory against the Sabres. The goal comes on a slap shot during a delayed penalty and is his first since Feb. 9, 1999, when he scores against the Vancouver Canucks.


2008: Sergei Fedorov scores twice in the Washington Capitals' 6-5 overtime win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center to become the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer among players born in Russia. The two goals give Fedorov 475, moving him past Alexander Mogilny (473).


2014: Jaromir Jagr extends his own NHL record for most regular-season overtime goals to 19 when he scores at 3:39 of OT to give the Devils a 3-2 victory at the Ottawa Senators. It's Jagr's third regular-season overtime goal against the Senators, the most he's scored against one team.

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list


2018: The Pittsburgh Penguins hand the Calgary Flames their worst home loss in nearly 18 years when they win 9-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the first time the Flames have lost by at least eight goals at home since an 8-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4, 2000. The Penguins score nine goals for the first time since defeating the New York Islanders 9-2 on Dec. 11, 2008. Sidney Crosby has three points against the Flames, matching his output in the win against the Islanders nearly 11 years earlier.

Video: Crosby, Hornqvist, Kessel power Pens in 9-1 rout


2019: Nick Leddy becomes the first defenseman in Islanders history to score on a penalty shot when he beats Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson at 17:19 of the first period in a 4-2 victory at Canadian Tire Centre. Leddy is hauled down on a breakaway and converts the penalty shot attempt with a wrist shot to the far corner that puts New York ahead to stay on the way to its sixth consecutive victory.

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