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This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky sets single-season goals record; 'Miracle on Ice' remembered

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It was a week to remember for Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who became the first NHL player in more than seven years to score three goals in back-to-back games. No one had accomplished that feat since Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 5-7, 2010.

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

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Feb. 19-25:

 

Feb. 25, 1940: The NHL comes to television in the United States, even if only a few people could actually watch.

 

Feb. 25, 1977: Bruce Boudreau is more than happy to recount his role in "Slap Shot" on the 40th anniversary of its release.

 

Feb. 24, 1982: Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL-record 77th goal, then gets two more to complete a hat trick against the Buffalo Sabres.

Video: Memories: Gretzky breaks Esposito's record

 

Feb. 23, 1972: The Boston Bruins become the first team in NHL history to win a game after trailing by five goals.

 

Feb. 22, 1981: Peter Stastny and younger brother Anton Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques each finish with eight points in an 11-7 victory at the Washington Capitals, still the most points scored in a road game.

 

Feb. 22, 1980: The "Miracle on Ice" is still a vivid memory for Ken Morrow.

 

Feb. 22, 1980: Only a handful of players on the U.S. "Miracle on Ice" team had lengthy NHL careers.

 

Feb. 21, 1970: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the third member of the NHL's 500-goal club.

 

Feb. 20, 1930: Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons becomes the first NHL goaltender to wear a face mask.

 

Feb. 20, 1971: For the first of three times in a span of four seasons, Phil Esposito celebrates his birthday by scoring his 50th goal.

 

Feb 19, 2008: The Montreal Canadiens complete the biggest comeback in their history when Saku Koivu's shootout goal gives them a 6-5 victory against the New York Rangers.

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