1955 – Jean Beliveau scored four goals, including 3 during one power play in a span of 44 seconds in the 2nd period. The Canadiens won the game 4-2 over Boston. After the season, the NHL changed the rules to end a minor power play after a goal was scored.
1983 – The Chicago Black Hawks scored the fastest two goals from the start of a period in NHL history. Ken Yaremchuk scored at :12 and Darryl Sutter followed at :21 of the 2nd period, in a 10-5 loss to the North Stars at Minnesota. (Made history….blew the lead!)
1946 – Boston tied Detroit 3-3 in a penalty-free game played in Detroit. There were none called against either team for the entire game. It was the first penalty free game in Bruins’ history.
1990 – Chicago’s rookie goaltender Dominik Hasek played in the first game of his NHL career as the Blackhawks tied 1-1 against the Whalers, in Hartford.
1959 – Jacques Plante started a game for Montreal wearing a face mask for the first time in his NHL career, and led the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie with the Black Hawks, at the Forum in Montreal.
1968 – St. Louis Blues Red Berenson scored six goals (for his first career hat trick) and an assist in an 8-0 win over the visiting Flyers. It was the NHL’s first six goal game since Detroit’s Syd Howe did it in 1944.
1995 – Toronto’s Larry Murphy picked up three assists to get 961 NHL career points, passing Larry Robinson and moving into 4th on the all-time scoring list for defenseman (behind Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and Denis Potvin). The Leafs won 6-3 over Anaheim.
2001 – New Jersey’s Bobby Holik scored two goals, including the game-winner — and the 5,000th goal in Devils’ history — and added an assist in a 3-2 win against the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.
1952 – Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored his 325th career goal to break the all-time record for NHL goals, previously held by Nels Stewart. It came in a 6-4 win over the Black Hawks, in Montreal, exactly 10 years after Richard’s first NHL goal.
1971 – The state of New York received its third NHL club as the New York Islanders were awarded the rights to a new NHL expansion team. They began play in the 1972-73 season.
1998 – Chris Chelios became Chicago’s all-time leader in career penalty minutes, when his two minors (in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton) gave him 1,444 PIM’s with the Blackhawks, two more than Keith Magnuson (who retired with 1,442 PIM).
2000 – Joe Sakic tied the Avalanche franchise mark for career assists, when he picked up his 668th with the team in a 3-3 tie against the St. Louis Blues. Sakic tied the record set by Peter Stastny (when the team was in Quebec City).
2000 – Roman Cechmanek became the first goaltender since 1938 to get each of his first two victories as shutouts, in the Flyers 2-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. He had picked up his first victory (and shutout) five nights earlier.
1934 – Canadiens’ Armand Mondou became the first player in NHL history to take a penalty shot. He missed in his attempt against George Hainsworth of Toronto. Three days later Ralph Bowman of the St. Louis Eagles scored the first penalty shot goal in NHL history.
1948 – Unseasonable heat forced the postponement of a game with the Red Wings at Boston Garden. After nine minutes of play, thick fog and soft ice forced referee Bill Chadwick to call the game. It was replayed the next night (Bos 4, Det 1).
1962 – 31-year-old Chicago goalie Glenn Hall was forced to sit out a game due to a back injury, ending a streak of 503 consecutive games played. The streak spanned 7 years. Denis DeJordy took his place as the Black Hawks won 3-1, in Montreal.
1991 – The Detroit Red Wings retired the numbers of left wing Ted Lindsay (#7) and center Alex Delvecchio (#10) in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena. They then beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in the game that night.
1999 – Rob Valicevic scored three goals in the first period, for the Predators’ first hat trick in Nashville team history, in a 4-2 victory at Chicago.
1943 – Clint Smith scored the first empty net goal in NHL history after Bruins’ coach Art Ross pulled goalie Bert Gardiner with his team trailing 5-4. Smith made history at 19:12 and gave Chicago a 6-4 win at Boston Garden.
1986 – Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli scored twice in his 15th game of the season to set a modern NHL record for the fastest 20 goals from season’s start, in a 2-2 tie against the Caps. Joe Malone holds the all time record with 20 in 8 games in 1917-18.
1997 – The NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000-2001) announced that the team’s name would be called the “Blue Jackets”.
2002 – Dave Andreychuk scored the 249th power-play goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito’s NHL record as Tampa Bay won 4-2 over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.
1910 – At the annual meeting of the National Hockey Association (a forerunner of the NHL), a new rule was passed changing hockey’s playing time from two 30 minute periods to three 20 minute periods (with two ten-minute intermissions).
1931 – The first NHL game was played at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Black Hawks won 2-1 over the Leafs.
1975 – Phil Esposito was named new Captain of the New York Rangers, replacing Brad Park (who had been traded to Boston five days earlier for Esposito).
2003 – Maxim Afinogenov scored at 13:13 of the third period to lead the Sabres to a 2-2 tie with the New Jersey Devils. It was the first NHL game played in Rochester, New York.