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Oct. 28: Orr scores final NHL goal

Plus: 100th shutout for Sawchuk; Crosby gets first hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1978: Bobby Orr scores the 270th and final goal of his NHL career during the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Olympia Stadium.

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.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position



1962: Terry Sawchuk of the Red Wings earns the 100th shutout of his NHL career (90 in the regular season, 10 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs), a 2-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Olympic Stadium. Sawchuk makes 24 saves and defenseman Bill Gadsby assists on goals by Parker MacDonald and Gordie Howe. Sawchuk finishes his career with 103 regular-season shutouts and 12 in the playoffs.


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 goals 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).


1993: Toronto extends its NHL record to 10 straight wins from the start of the season with a 4-2 victory against the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Wendel Clark scores two goals and Felix Potvin makes 46 saves for the Maple Leafs.

On the same night, Ron Francis of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a goal and has an assist in a 7-3 loss to the visiting Nordiques to reach the 1,000-point mark.


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


2000: Randy McKay and John Madden each scores 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 the Canadiens in January 1922.


2006: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and rookie Evgeni Malkin scores 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 Wachovia Center. 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.


2017: The Red Wings set an NHL record with their 12th consecutive shootout victory when they win 3-2 against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Gustav Nyquist scores the only goal of the tiebreaker in the third round after Jimmy Howard stops all three Florida shooters. The Red Wings break the mark previously held by the 2005-06 Dallas Stars, who win their first 11 shootouts after the tiebreaker is introduced as a way to settle games that are tied following the five-minute overtime.


2018: Jonathan Marchessault scores on a penalty shot at 2:24 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights outshoot the Senators 53-22, but Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson makes 49 saves before Marchessault scores the game-winner. It's the 15th overtime game in NHL history to be decided on a penalty shot.


2019: The Vancouver Canucks become the 10th team since 1989-90 to score at least 28 goals (including shootout-deciding goals) in its first five home games when they defeat the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Rogers Arena. The Canucks score five goals in the first period, marking the second time in a week that they've had a five-goal period. Vancouver also scores at least five goals in three consecutive games for the third time in 20 years.

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