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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 29: Howe first to have 1,000 assists

Plus: Richard ties NHL career goal-scoring mark; Lemieux second-fastest to 1,700 points

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1970: Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio each makes history with the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at Olympia Stadium.

Playing on the 23rd anniversary of the first time he wore No. 9, Howe has two assists to become the first player in NHL history to reach 1,000 in his career.

Delvecchio, his longtime linemate, scores twice, and his third-period goal (assisted by Howe) is the 400th of his NHL career, He joins Howe, Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull and Jean Beliveau as the only players (at the time) to score 400 NHL goals.



1951: Floyd Curry of the Montreal Canadiens puts on a show for the future Queen of England. With then-Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in attendance at the Forum, Curry scores three consecutive goals in the second period of a 6-1 victory against the New York Rangers. It's the only hat trick of Curry's NHL career.


1952: Maurice Richard of the Canadiens scores the 323rd and 324th goals of his NHL career to tie the all-time goal-scoring record held by Nels Stewart. Richard also has two assists in Montreal's 7-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal


1969: Jean Beliveau becomes the first player in the history of the Canadiens to play 1,000 NHL games when he appears in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at Met Center.


2001: Theo Fleury of the New York Rangers joins the NHL's 1,000-point club when he has two assists in a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. The assists come on goals by Mike York; the second one starts a burst of three goals in less than five minutes late in the second period by the Rangers.


2003: Mario Lemieux becomes the sixth player in NHL history to reach 1,700 career points with an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-4 tie against the visiting New York Islanders. Lemieux becomes the second-fastest player to reach 1,700 points; only Wayne Gretzky does it faster.


2009: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals ties the NHL record for most multiple-goal games by a player in the month of October. Ovechkin has his sixth two-goal game of the month in a 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

Video: Alex Ovechkin is three-time Hart Trophy winner


2011: At age 42, Dwayne Roloson makes 28 saves for the 29th shutout of his NHL career, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 1-0. The victory gives Roloson a 10-0-0 record against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.


2017: The Jets score a franchise-record five goals in the first period and defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 at Bell MTS Place. Blake Wheeler scores three of the five goals in a span of 4:20, becoming the first player in Jets/Thrashers history to have a first-period hat trick. The Jets also set a franchise record by scoring three goals in 34 seconds.


2019: Alex Ovechkin passes Luc Robitaille for 12th place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list when his second of the game gives the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Ovechkin's 669th NHL goal also moves him past Robitaille for the most goals scored by a left wing. It's his 23rd overtime goal, extending his own NHL record.

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