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This Week in Centennial History

Maple Leafs say goodbye to Gardens; Punch Broadbent extends goal-scoring streak @NHLdotcom

Two of the NHL's all-time greats reached significant milestones this past week. Jaromir Jagr celebrated his 45th birthday on Feb. 15 by becoming the second player in League history to score 1,900 points. One night later, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins became the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.    

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 Feb. 12-18:


Feb. 18, 1918: Georges Vezina of the Montreal Canadiens has the first shutout in NHL history, defeating the Ottawa Senators 9-0.


Feb. 17, 1945: Maurice Richard of the Canadiens scores his 44th goal of the season, tying the NHL record set by Joe Malone in 1917-18.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal


Feb. 16, 1995: One day before his 29th birthday, future Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille scores four goals for the Penguins against the Hartford Whalers. Three of the goals come in the second period; each is assisted by another future Hall of Famer, Ron Francis.


Feb. 15, 1922: Punch Broadbent extends his goal-scoring streak to 16 games(a record that still stands) by scoring twice for the Senators in a 6-6 tie with the Canadiens.


Feb. 14, 1934: The defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs defeat a team of NHL All-Stars 7-3 at Maple Leaf Gardensin a game played to benefit Toronto star Ace Bailey, whose career ends prematurely because of a fractured skull, which he sustained on a hit by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins.


Feb. 13, 1999: The NHL says goodbye to one of its iconic arenas when the Toronto Maple Leafs play their final game in Maple Leaf Gardens.Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto hosts its final game.

Feb. 12, 1985: Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomesfirst rookie to be named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times

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