1934 – St. Louis’ Ralph Bowman scored the first penalty shot goal in NHL history. It came during a 2-1 Maroons win over the St. Louis Eagles. It was Bowman’s first NHL goal and just the second penalty shot attempt in NHL history.
1941 – The Brooklyn Americans (renamed from the “New York” Americans) played their first game, losing 2-1 to Chicago. — Note: From Wiki – “The season started respectably for the Americans with a 3-3-1 record before going through a 10-game losing streak from November 22 through December 16. The United States entered World War II after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Americans suspended operations after the season, expecting many of their players to enlist.”
1992 – The NJ Devils set an NHL record for alternating wins and losses (13 straight games) and goaltender Craig Billington recorded his third career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Capitals in New Jersey. — Note: Billington is currently the Colorado Avalanche’s VP of Player Development and assistant goaltending coach.
1992 – Goaltender Pat Jablonski recorded the first shutout in Tampa Bay Lightning history (and the first of his NHL career) to lead the Lightning to a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators, in Tampa Bay.
1964 – Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe moved past Maurice Richard as the NHL’s all time goal scoring leader (including playoffs). The goal was Howe’s 627th of his career, and came in a 4-2 loss at Montreal.
1985 – Philadelphia honored the memory of goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, fatally injured in an automobile accident four days earlier, in a pre-game ceremony before a 5-3 win over the Oilers. It was the Flyers’ 11th straight win.
1997 – Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) made 20 saves to record his 9th consecutive victory, breaking the club record set by Chris Terreri in 1991-92, as the Devils won 4-1 over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.
2000 – Ryan Smyth scored his 3rd career hat trick and Tommy Salo got his 18th career shutout as the Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0. Smyth became the first player in NHL history to score all three goals in a 3-0 victory twice in his career.
2001 – Patrick Roy became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 200 games with two teams (Montreal and Colorado) when the Avalanche won 1-0 against the visiting Minnesota Wild. It was Roy’s 54th career shutout. — Note: Roy is currently Head Coach of the Avalanche.
1938 – Boston extended their overtime undefeated streak to 37 straight games (10-0-27) with a 1-1 tie against Toronto. The 37 game streak, which began in December 1934, is the longest in NHL history.
1964 – Former NHL goalie Chris Terreri born in Providence, RI. Terreri played in the NHL 1986-87 through 2000-01 with New Jersey, San Jose, Chicago and the New York Islanders. — Note: Terreri is currently the goaltending coach for the NJ Devils.
1972 – Ranger rookie Steve Vickers became the first player in NHL history to get hat tricks in back-to-back games, when he got three goals just three days after scoring his first career hat trick as New York beat the Flyers 7-3 at MSG.
1979 – The Los Angeles Kings tied the Penguins 3-3 at the Forum. It was the 56th straight game of the Triple Crown Line’s point scoring streak — this time they combined for five points. — Note: The “Line” consisted of Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer, and Marcel Dionne. – From Wiki – “This was the first line in NHL history where each player scored 100 points or more in the same season (1980–81).”
1975 – Goaltender John Davidson recorded his first career NHL shutout, when the New York Rangers beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-0. The opposing goalie was Ed Giacomin, who had been picked up on waivers by the Red Wings two weeks earlier. — Note: Davidson is currently Pres. of Hockey operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
1983 – Buffalo defenseman Mike Ramsey scored the Sabres’ first ever regular season overtime goal in a 6-5 win over the Jets, in Winnipeg. It came just :17 into overtime.
1993 – Paul Holmgren resigned as coach of the Hartford Whalers and named assistant General Manager Pierre McGuire as the new head coach while Holmgren continued as the General Manager. — Note: Holmgren is currently the GM of the Flyers. Pierre McGuire is best known now as NHL on NBC’s “Between the Glass” commentator.
2002 – Dwayne Roloson recorded his 8th career shutout as the Wild outshot the visiting Washington Capitals 31-17 for a 1-0 victory. — Note: Roloson is currently the goaltender consultant/coach for the Anaheim Ducks.
2003 – Calgary Flames acquired goalie Miikka Kiprusoff from the San Jose Sharks, in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick in 2005. Kiprusoff went on to lead the NHL in GAA etc. Kiprusoff went on to have a record of 24-10-4, and led the NHL with a 1.69 GAA. — Note: Kiprusoff retired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
1922 – The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation was founded.
1926 – The Chicago Black Hawks played their first NHL game, a 4-1 win over the Toronto St. Pats at the Coliseum in Chicago.
1932 – When Detroit met Montreal for the first time in the season there was a problem: both teams had nearly identical red jerseys! The Wings were forced to wear white pullovers in a 1-0 loss.
1979 – Rookie Wayne Gretzky played against Gordie Howe for the first of four times in their NHL careers. Gretzky went scoreless while Howe picked up one assist in the Hartford Whalers’ 4-0 win over Edmonton.
1992 – Arturs Irbe made 39 saves to record the first shutout in the San Jose Sharks team history, a 6-0 win over the Kings, at the Cow Palace in Oakland, California. It came in the Sharks’ 99th all-time NHL game. It was also Irbe’s first career shutout.
1926 – The Detroit Cougars (now the Red Wings) played their first NHL game, losing to Boston 2-0 at the Border Cities Arena in Windsor before 6,000 fans. All Detroit “home” games were played in Windsor in the Cougars’ first season.
1967 – Tim Horton played in his 1,000th career NHL game in the Maple Leafs’ 2-2 tie against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. Horton became the first to play 1,000 games with Toronto.
1983 – Bruce Hood became the first referee to officiate 1,000 NHL games, when Toronto beat Detroit 5-4, at Maple Leaf Gardens
2002 – Saku Koivu (Anaheim Ducks) scored his first career hat trick, including 2 power-play goals and one shorthanded goal, and added an assist, as Montreal won 5-4 over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.
2000 – Ottawa’s Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his first career hat trick, including two shorthanded and one on a power play and added an assist as the Senators won 5-2 against the visiting Florida Panthers.
1946 – Former NHL goalie Robbie Irons born in Toronto, Ont. Irons had the briefest career of any goaltender in NHL history, playing just three minutes in one game for the St. Louis Blues in 1968-69.
1985 – Scotty Bowman became the first coach in Sabres history to record 200 victories in a Sabres 2-0 win against the Whalers, in Hartford. — Note: Bowman is the winningest coach in NHL history with a total of 1244 regular-season and 223 playoff wins….and 9 Stanley Cups. In 30 years of NHL head coaching, Bowman never suffered a losing record over an entire season. He is currently the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks.
1987 – Calgary’s Hakan Loob and Perry Berezan combined to set an NHL record by scoring shorthanded goals only eight seconds apart. The Flames beat the Quebec Nordiques 9-1.
1997 – The Pittsburgh Penguins retired jersey #66 in honor of Mario Lemieux in a pre-game ceremony before a 3-3 tie against the Boston Bruins. — Note: Lemieux is the owner of the Penguins. From Wiki – “The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Lemieux immediately after his first retirement in 1997, waiving the normal three-year waiting period; upon his return in 2000, he became the third Hall of Famer (after Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur) to play after being inducted.”
1998 – Garth Snow recorded his 5th career shutout as Vancouver won 5-0 at Colorado. The game ended the Canucks’ 15-game winless streak against the Avalanche, (0-12-3 since December 1995). — Note: Garth Snow is currently the General Manager of the NY Islanders.
1999 – Florida traded goaltender Sean Burke to Phoenix in exchange for goaltender Mikhail Shtalenkov. — Note: Burke is currently the goaltender coach for the Phoenix Coyotes.