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Oct. 22: Irvin first NHL coach to win 600 games

Plus: Hull scores first goal; Fuhr gets 400th victory

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 22

1953: Dick Irvin becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 600 games when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Chicago Stadium.

Irvin coached two seasons with the Blackhawks and nine with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he's hired by the Canadiens in 1940. He guides Montreal to the Stanley Cup three times, the last one in the spring of 1953.

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Oct. 21: Lafleur, Dionne score as teammates with Rangers

Plus: Esposito reaches 1,500 points, Lindros gets 200th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 21

1988: After 2,283 NHL games and 1,245 goals between them, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne score as teammates for the first time.

Dionne gets a power-play goal 7:52 into the first period and Lafleur scores at 5:30 of the third to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at Landover, Maryland. It's the first goal of the season for Dionne and the second for Lafleur. Dionne is in his second full season with New York after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 10, 1987; Lafleur is returning to the NHL after retiring from the Montreal Canadiens in November 1984 and being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Oct. 20: Brodeur earns first NHL shutout

Plus: Final preseason All-Star Game played; Ovechkin gets 900th point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 20

1993: Rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils gets his first NHL shutout in a 4-0 victory against the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Brodeur makes 17 saves, and the Devils blow the game open with third-period goals by Alexander Semak, Randy McKay and Claude Lemieux. It's the first of three shutouts in 1993-94 for Brodeur, who finishes his NHL career with a League-record 125, all but the last one with the Devils.

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Oct. 19: Richard scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Orr plays first game, Stastny gets 1,000th point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 19

1957: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first 500-goal scorer in the NHL when he gets a first-period power-play goal in a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum.

No. 500 comes when Richard takes a pass from Jean Beliveau and beats Blackhawks goaltender Glenn Hall with a wrist shot. After the puck hits the back of the net, fans reward Richard with a thunderous ovation. At the time, no other NHL player has as many as 400 goals.

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Oct. 18: Crosby gets 500th assist

Plus: Flyers win first game, Esposito scores final hat trick of NHL career

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 18

2014: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins earns his 500th NHL assist by setting up two goals in a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby assists on Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period before getting No. 500 with an assist on Patric Hornqvist's empty-net goal with 1:20 remaining.

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Oct. 17: Kurri scores 500th NHL goal

Plus: Flames rally for tie after stunning third-period comeback, Roy sets wins record

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: Kurri scores 500th goal

Memories: Jari Kurri scores his 500th career goal

On October 17, 1992 Los Angelas Kings forward Jari Kurri scores his 500th career goal against the Boston Bruins

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: OCTOBER 17

1992: Jari Kurri becomes the first European-trained player (and the 18th player in NHL history) to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when the forward hits the empty net to clinch the Los Angeles Kings' 8-6 victory against the Boston Bruins at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Oct. 16: Howe makes NHL debut

Plus: Ullman gets 1,000th point, Gartner scores first goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 16

1946: Gordie Howe makes an instant impact in his first NHL game.

The 18-year-old scores a goal and gets into two fights during the Detroit Red Wings' 3-3 tie with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Howe wears No. 17 to score the first of his 801 NHL goals. The last one comes April 9, 1980, when Howe, now 52, is playing for the Hartford Whalers.

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Oct. 15: Gretzky passes Howe

Plus: Mikita, Lidstrom reach 1,000 points, Lemieux has eight points against Blues

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 15

1989: Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe to become the NHL all-time scoring leader, and he does it in front of the fans who cheered for him for nearly a decade.

Gretzky ties Howe's record of 1,850 points when he gets an assist on Bernie Nicholls' first-period goal, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 lead against Gretzky's former team, the Edmonton Oilers, at Northlands Coliseum. The first 1,669 points come during Gretzky's nine seasons with the Oilers.

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Oct. 14: Gretzky scores first NHL goal

Plus: Flyers' 35-game unbeaten streak begins, Mike Gartner gets No. 500

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 14

1979: Wayne Gretzky scores his first NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-4 tie with the Vancouver Canucks at Northlands Coliseum.

Gretzky beats goaltender Glen Hanlon for a game-tying power-play goal with 1:09 remaining in the third period. He also assists on a first-period goal by defenseman Risto Siltanen.

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Oct. 13: Howe gets first NHL goal in eight years

Plus: Messier scores in debut; League holds neutral-site games

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 13

1979: Gordie Howe shows he hasn't lost his scoring touch.

Howe, 51, who hasn't played an NHL game since retiring from the Detroit Red Wings after the 1970-71 season, scores a first-period goal in the Hartford Whalers' 3-3 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Center.

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