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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 28: Bobby Orr scores final NHL goal

Plus: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby gets first hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1978: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Bobby Orr scores the 270th and final goal of his NHL career during a 7-2 road loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago trails 6-0 when Orr beats Rogie Vachon for his second goal of the season with 5:18 remaining in the third period. It comes in one of the six games he plays for Chicago during the 1978-79 season. The knee problems that plague him throughout his career force him to retire on Nov. 8. At 30 years old, he leaves the NHL as the all-time leader in goals and points among defensemen.



1979: The Quebec Nordiques, one of four teams the NHL admits from the World Hockey Association, host the Montreal Canadiens for the first time at Le Colisee in Quebec City. Jamie Hislop's goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation proves to be the game-winner in Quebec's 5-4 victory.


1980: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders gets the first of his nine hat tricks during the 1980-81 season by scoring three times in the third period of a 6-4 victory against the Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum. Bossy's nine hat tricks set a single-season NHL record (later broken by Wayne Gretzky).


1998: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Calgary Flames 5-2, with all five of their goals coming on the power play. It's the seventh time in NHL history that a team scores five or more goals in a game, all on the power play.


2000: Randy McKay and John Madden each score four goals in the New Jersey Devils' 9-0 win at Pittsburgh. McKay and Madden become the first teammates to score four goals in a game since Odie Cleghorn and Sprague Cleghorn do it for Montreal in January 1922.


2006: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby gets his first NHL hat trick and rookie Evgeni Malkin scores a goal in his fifth straight game from the start of his career to help the Penguins roll to an 8-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum. Crosby scores once in the first period and twice in the second, Malkin assists on Crosby's second goal before scoring later in the second period.

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