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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 Oct. 15-21:


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 Capital Centre.


Oct. 20, 1993: Rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils gets his first NHL shutout, making 17 saves in a 4-0 victory against the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records


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. At the time, no other NHL player has as many as 400 goals.


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


Oct. 17, 1992: Jari Kurri becomes the first Europe-trained player (and the 18th player in NHL history)to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when he hits the empty net to clinch the Los Angeles Kings' 8-6 victory against the Boston Bruins at the Great Western Forum. Kurri reaches 500 goals in 833 NHL games. 

Video: Memories: Jari Kurri scores his 500th career goal


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 at the Olympia. Howe, wearing No. 17, scores the first of his 801 NHL goals.


Oct. 15, 1989: Wayne Gretzky passes Howeto become the NHL's all-time scoring leader. Gretzky ties Howe's longstanding record of 1,850 points when he gets an assist on Bernie Nicholls' first-period goal, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead against Gretzky's former team, the Edmonton Oilers, at Northlands Coliseum. He breaks Howe's record with 53 seconds remaining in the third period when his backhand shot goes past goaltender Bill Ranford to tie the game 4-4. Gretzky then scores at 3:24 of overtime to give Los Angeles a 5-4 win.

Video: Memories: Gretzky tops Howe, becomes leading scorer

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