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This Week in Centennial History

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Dec. 17-23:

Dec. 23. 1978: New York Islanders center Bryan Trottier sets an NHL record with six points (three goals, three assists) in the second period and finishes with eight points (five goals, three assists) in the Islanders' 9-4 victor against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.

 Video: Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams


Dec. 22, 2016: Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr passes Mark Messier for No. 2 on the NHL's all-time scoring list.The 44-year-old forward's assist on a third-period goal by center Aleksander Barkov during a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at BB&T Center gives Jagr 1,888 points, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (2,857).


Dec. 21, 2009: New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur gets his NHL-record 104th shutout when he makes 35 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. Brodeur breaks a tie with Terry Sawchuk, who has 103 shutouts in a career that ends in 1970, and adds the shutout mark to a collection that includes NHL records for victories and minutes played.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records


Dec. 20, 1973: Canadiens center Henri Richard becomes the ninth player in NHL historyto reach 1,000 points. It comes when he sets up a second-period goal by forward Jimmy Roberts in a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium. 

Video: Henri Richard won Cup a record 11 times as a player


Exactly 10 years later, Canadiens center Guy Lafleur scores his 500th NHL goal and linemate Steve Shutt gets his 400th in a 6-0 victory against the Devils at Brendan Byrne Arena.


Dec. 19, 1917: The NHL plays its first games, with the Montreal Wanderers edging the Toronto Arenas 10-9 and the Canadiens defeating the Ottawa Senators 7-4. 

Video: The National Hockey League is born in 1917


Dec. 18, 1954: Canadiens center Maurice Richard becomes the first player in NHL history to score 400 goals, during a 4-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Richard reaches the milestone when he beats goaltender Al Rollins at 4:05 of the third period for what proves to be the game-winning goal.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal


Dec. 17, 1983: Edmonton Oilers center 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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