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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 28: Bobby Orr scores final NHL goal

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

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 28

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.

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1962: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit 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 visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. 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 in 1980-81 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 by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at Chicago Stadium. Wendel Clark scores two goals and Felix Potvin makes 46 saves for the Maple Leafs.

 

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 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 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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