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Dec. 17: Gretzky gets 800th point, 500th assist

Plus: First 0-0 tie in NHL history; Dineen traded to Blackhawks

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 17

1983: Wayne Gretzky reaches two NHL milestones when he scores one goal and assists on five others to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Quebec Nordiques 8-1 at Northlands Coliseum. Gretzky gets his 500th assist and 800th point in his 352nd NHL game. No one has reached either total faster.

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Dec. 16: Panthers win 20-round shootout against Capitals

Plus: Beliveau makes debut; Lightning, Senators join NHL

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 16

2014: The longest shootout in NHL history finally ends when Nick Bjugstad scores in the bottom of the 20th round to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center.

Bjugstad freezes goaltender Braden Holtby with a quick fake, moves the puck to his forehand and fires high into an open net, capping a tiebreaker that takes 17:43. It comes on Bjugstad's second try in the shootout (each team uses all 18 skaters and has to start over again), and after Roberto Luongo makes a save on Alex Ovechkin to begin the 20th round.

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Dec. 15: First game played in New York

Plus: Chicago Stadium opener; Olympia Stadium finale

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 15

1925: The NHL makes its debut in the Big Apple when the first-year New York Americans play their first home game at the brand-new Madison Square Garden.

Promoter Tex Rickard insists that the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens must be the opponent; the NHL obliges. He turns the first hockey game at the new arena into a high-society affair: The lower bowl is filled with men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns and furs.

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Dec. 14: Orr gets first hat trick

Plus: Morenz becomes NHL's all-time leading goal scorer; Lundqvist plays against twin brother

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 14

1968: Bobby Orr scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick in the Boston Bruins' 10-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden.

Orr, 20, scores twice in the first period and once in the second. Each of the three goals is set up by a lead pass from forward Ed Westfall, who also has a goal and keeps Chicago's Bobby Hull off the scoresheet. Orr also has two assists, the second on Westfall's third-period goal.

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Dec. 13: Gretzky scores 300th NHL goal

Plus: Coffey first defenseman to reach 1,000 assists; Kane sets record for point streak by U.S.-born player

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 13

Wayne Gretzky has his own personal hat trick on this date.

1983: Gretzky scores his 300th NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 8-5 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. He reaches the milestone by scoring during a power play late at 18:07 of third period in his 350th game.

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Dec. 12: Richard becomes NHL scoring leader

Plus: Roy moves into third place on wins list; Lemieux scores four goals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 12

1953: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the NHL's all-time leading scorer with a goal and two assists in a 7-2 victory against the New York Rangers at the Forum.

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Dec. 11: Oilers, Blackhawks combine for 21 goals

Plus: Bettman becomes first NHL commissioner; Lemieux announces return to Penguins

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Highest scoring game

Memories: Oilers and Blackhawks combine for 21 goals

On December 11, 1985, fans in attendance for the Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks game were treated to 21-goal offensive explosion

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 11

1985: The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks play one of the wildest games in modern NHL history, combining for 21 goals on 90 shots in Edmonton's 12-9 victory at Chicago Stadium.

The 21 goals are the most in one game since adoption of the red line in 1943, and the teams set a League record by combining for 12 goals in the second period.

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Dec. 10: Gretzky gets 40th NHL hat trick

Plus: Bower plays final game; Anaheim, Miami awarded franchises

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 10

1986: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first player in NHL history with 40 career hat tricks when he scores three goals to lead the visiting Edmonton Oilers to a 7-4 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Gretzky, playing in his eighth NHL season, scores twice in the first period and completes the milestone hat trick by beating Winnipeg goaltender Daniel Berthiaume 1:47 into the second.

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Dec. 9: NHL announces plans for expansion

Plus: Gretzky's 30-game point streak ends; Robitaille gets first hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 9

1989: The NHL announces that it will expand to 28 teams from 21 within the next 10 years. League president John Ziegler unveils the plan at the Board of Governors meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Dec. 8: Hextall first goalie to score goal

Plus: Kurri highest scoring European; Jagr plays 1,500th NHL game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 8

1987: Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net.

The Flyers lead the Boston Bruins 4-2 at the Spectrum when goalie Rejean Lemelin is pulled for an extra skater. Hextall, already known for his stickhandling skill, grabs a loose puck to the left of his net and lifts a shot that goes past the Boston defense and slides into the empty net at 18:48 of the third period.

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