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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 5: Alex Ovechkin makes NHL debut

Plus: Wayne Gretzky begins record scoring streak; Detroit becomes Red Wings; Stars born

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2005: Alex Ovechkin becomes the first Washington Capitals player to score twice in his first NHL game, a 3-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center.

Ovechkin, the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, ties it 1-1 when he scores his first NHL goal at 7:21 of the second period. His second goal comes at 11:51 and gets the Capitals even at 2-2. Dainius Zubrus scores the winning goal five minutes later.

The goals are the first two of 52 Ovechkin scores on his way to winning the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie and being named to the NHL First All-Star Team for the first of three consecutive seasons.



1932: Detroit is renamed the Red Wings; the team logo is changed to a winged wheel, and red uniforms are introduced. It's the third name for the franchise, known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926-30 and as the Detroit Falcons from 1930-32.


1976: The NHL comes to Denver when the Colorado Rockies play their first game after relocating from Kansas City. The Rockies defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2, with rookie forward Larry Skinner scoring the first goal. The franchise relocates again in 1982, this time to New Jersey. Exactly six years after playing its first game in Denver, the twice-relocated New Jersey Devils also play their first NHL game, a 3-3 tie with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.


1983: Wayne Gretzky begins his NHL-record 51-game scoring streak with a goal and an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat Toronto 5-4 at Northlands Coliseum. Gretzky gets at least one point in every Oilers game until Jan. 28.


1990: Penguins forward Kevin Stevens sets an NHL record for most points in a season-opening game when he scores two goals and has four assists in a 7-4 victory against the Capitals in Washington.


1993: The Dallas Stars defeat the Red Wings 6-4 at Reunion Arena in their first NHL game since relocating from Minnesota. Neal Broten scores twice for the Stars, and Andy Moog makes 31 saves.

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