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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 Nov. 5-11:


Nov. 11, 1981: Bobby Smith and the Minnesota North Stars enjoy the biggest offensive nights in their history. Smith scores four goals and has three assists for a seven-point game to help the North Stars defeat the Winnipeg Jets 15-2 at Met Center. Two of Smith's goals come during Minnesota's eight-goal second period.


Nov. 10, 1962: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Glenn Hall doesn't play against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum, ending one of the most incredible games-played streak in any sport. Hall sits out with a back injury after playing 502 consecutive regular-season games, the most of any goaltender in NHL history. Denis DeJordy makes 33 saves in a 3-1 win.

Video: Goalie Glenn Hall's 502 complete games streak ends


Nov. 9, 1984: The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Washington Capitals 8-5 at Capital Centre to establish an NHL record for the longest undefeated streak from the start of the season (15 games; 12 wins, three ties). The Oilers surpass the previous record of 14 games (11-0-3) set by the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens.


Nov. 8, 1952: Ten years to the day after scoring his first NHL goal, Maurice Richard becomes the League's all-time leader when he gets the 325th goal of his career during the Canadiens' 6-4 victory against the Blackhawks at the Forum. Goal No. 325 puts Richard one ahead of Nels Stewart, who holds the record for 12 years after retiring in 1940. Richard retires in 1960 with 544 goals.

Video: Memories: Richard becomes NHL's all-time goals leader


Nov. 7, 1975: The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, archrivals for the first half of the 1970s, complete a franchise-altering trade. The Rangers send two future Hockey Hall of Famers, center Jean Ratelle and defenseman Brad Park, along with minor league defenseman Joe Zanussi, to the Bruins for center Phil Esposito, another future Hall of Famer, and defenseman Carol Vadnais.

Video: Bruins trade Phil Esposito to NYR


Nov. 6, 1995: Mark Messier of the New York Rangers becomes the 21st player in NHL history to score 500 goals when he gets three in a 4-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Messier scores No. 500 and completes the 21st hat trick of his NHL career when he beats goaltender Rick Tabaracci at 12:32 of the third period. 

Video: Mark Messier was one of NHL's greatest leaders


Nov. 5, 1955: Jean Beliveau scores all four goals for the Canadiens in a 4-2 win against the Bruins at the Forum. Three of the four are power-play goals, and all are scored on the same penalty in a span of 44 seconds. Under the rules at the time, a penalized player must serve his entire minor penalty. Montreal's Bert Olmstead assists on each of Beliveau's power-play goals for the second-fastest three assists in NHL history.

Video: Memories: Beliveau scores 3 PPGs in 44 seconds

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