January 22nd is a very eventful date in the history of the National Hockey League. It gave us everything from big personal milestones, great goaltending and even a pair of games played in very strange circumstances. Let’s wrap up our daily travels and look back at the best this date has to offer.
A pair of unusual games
The Detroit Red Wings make a strange appearance at the Historic Forum on January 22, 1966 for their game against the Montreal Canadiens. Their sweaters had been stolen from the famous arena locker room the night before, so they had to wear their junior team sweaters in Hamilton. The new uniforms didn’t hold the Red Wings back tonight as goaltender Roger Crozier picked up his 15th career shutout in a 3-0 win.
On January 21, 1987, a massive snowstorm hit the Northeast and caused major problems for the New Jersey Devils’ game against the Calgary Flames that evening. After 18 inches of snow fell throughout the day, only 334 fans out of an expected 11,000 braved the elements to make it to the Brendan Byrne Arena.
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After a two-hour delay, the puck was finally dropped on an almost empty field, which hockey fans have become accustomed to seeing in the COVID era. Those in attendance were treated to a 7-5 Devils win that included Doug Suliman’s only NHL hat trick. During the game, the team staff goes around and collects the personal information of all the fans and gives them access to their very exclusive “334 Club”.
A huge night in 2003
January 22, 2003, was one of the most eventful nights in recent NHL history. Starting in Edmonton, where Brett Hull Scored a power-play goal in Red Wings 4-3 overtime loss to Oilers. The target was 699m of his career and made him only the second player to score at least 20 goals in each of his first 16 seasons in the league.
Jaromir Jagr scored twice to give him at least 25 goals in each of his first 13 NHL seasons. He also added an assist in the Washington Capitals’ 5–3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Olaf Kölzig Became the first goaltender in team history to win 200 games with 35 saves. He still holds the franchise record for wins with 301.
Joe Newendyk San Jose scored the game-tying goal with 13 seconds left in regulation before lighting the lamp for the Devils’ 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks. He added a pair of assists to goaltender Martin Brodeur’s 350m career game
Mike Modano The Dallas Stars had a big night in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He dressed for his 992n.d play, tie Neil Broughton Most in franchise history. He then raised his 594m Assists, breaking the team record also held by Broten.
Finally, Steve Ruchin, in his 500th NHL game, had two goals and an assist in the Mighty Ducks’ 6–5 home win in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Kings. He became just the second player to appear in 500 games with the Mighty Ducks, joining Paul Kariya.
Great day for goalies
patient speech On January 22, 1976, became the first goaltender to win 100 games for the Kings in a 6–3 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Mike Murphy Scored four goals, including three in the third period for his second career hat trick and first for Los Angeles. Hall of Famer Marcel Dion Set a new team record with five assists.
Exactly two decades later, on January 22, 1996, Alan Bester picked up his first NHL win in five years and 297 days when he led the Stars to a 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. After both he was called to duty Andy Moog And Darcy Walkaluk lost to injury.
Craig Anderson On January 22, 2004, he made 30 saves for his first career shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 7–0. He entered the night with an 0-11-2 record to start his career. He has since won 295 games with the Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators, Capitals and Buffalo Sabres.
Brodeur stopped 24 shots he faced for his 120m Career shutout on January 22, 2013, leading the Devils to a 3–0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers. This was his 10m The career shutout against the Flyers, who lost their third straight game to start the season for the first time since 1994-95, was the last time the lockout started the season late.
Big-time personal milestones
Gene Pronovost On January 22, 1978, scored twice in the first period, becoming the first player in Pittsburgh Penguins history to score 300 goals. His milestone was tallied in a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers.
defenseman Phil Housley Scored his 250th career goal on January 22, 1995, as the Calgary Flames won 4–1 at Detroit.
Pat LaFontaineHis third-period goal on January 22, 1998 gave him 1,000 points in his NHL career. He also had an assist in the Rangers’ 4-3 home-ice loss to the Flyers.
Pavel Bure scored two goalsOn January 22, 2000, with the game-winning overtime hit, to lead the Panthers to a 4–3 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins. His first goal, in the middle frame, brought him to 300 in his career and made him the seventh-fastest player in NHL history to reach the milestone. His performance gave him 34 goals on the season, setting a new Florida team record.
Peter Laviolette 500 wonm His career game on January 22, 2017, when he coached the Nashville Predators to a 4–2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Predators scored the final four goals of the night after trailing 2-0 in the first period. Join Laviolette John Tortorella As only two US-born head coaches to win 500 NHL games.
odds and ends
The Canucks celebrated their 1,000th game in franchise history on January 22, 1983, with a 4–3 victory over the Oilers. Defenseman Doug Hallward led the offense by scoring the first two goals of the contest.
The Penguins finally picked up their first win in Edmonton on January 22, 1986, when they beat the Oilers 7-4. They went 0-9-1 in their first 10 trips to Alberta after the Oilers joined the NHL at the start of the 1979-80 season. Mike Bullard had his fifth career hat trick to lead the offense Mario Lemieux Recorded four assists.
Another 10-game losing streak ended tonight when the Red Wings beat the Bruins 6-5 in overtime. Warren Young scored two goals, including the game winner, to snap Detroit’s 0-7-3 streak against Boston on home ice.
team captain Lindy Ruff Scored his 100th career goal on January 22, 1989, as the Sabers beat the Bruins 6–4 to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (5–0–2).
Despite scoring a total of 17 goals on January 22, 1994, Rangers goaltender Mike Richter Was named Most Valuable Player of the NHL All-Star Game. He played the second period and allowed just two goals on 21 shots and denied Bure on three breaks. His MVP win was very popular with fans who packed his home court, Madison Square Garden. Senators rookie Alexei Yashin scored the game-winning goal as the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 9-8.
took the cam Scored three power-play goals for his 12m A career hat trick came on Jan. 22, 1995, when the Bruins beat the Flyers 4-1 for their eighth straight win. Hall of Famers Ray Bourque And Adam Oates Each had three assists. Rookie goaltender Blaine Lacher picked up the win in his NHL debut.
On January 22, 1998, Minnesota’s new NHL franchise announced that their new team would be called the “Wild”. The news came two and a half years before they began playing at the start of the 2000-01 season.
The game was called a hat trick when the Capitals hosted the Sharks on January 22, 2019. Alex Ovechkin His 23 runsrd Career hat trick, tied Jari Kuri for 10m in NHL history. However, it was not enough Thomas Hartle Scored three goals in the Sharks’ 7-6 overtime win. His third goal was the game-winner, which included an overtime goal to make him the first player in team history to score a hat trick.
All four Hall of Famers with ties to Montreal were born on this date. The late Canadiens’ goaltending is great Bill Durnan Born on January 22, 1916. Emler Lach, a member of the famous “Punch Line”, was born two years later. All-Star defenseman and former Habs general manager Serge Savard Born on January 22, 1946. sit down mikeA legendary goal scorer for the New York Islanders, was born on this date in 1957 in Montreal.
Other notable players with January 22 birthdays are Greg Gilbert (61), Derrick Smith (58), David Wyborny (48), Sean Donovan (48), Ben Egger (39), John Mitchell (38), Nicklas Grossman (38). Josh Ho-Sang (27) Robby Fabbri (27), Kole Shorewood (26), Jasper Weatherby (25), and the late JC Tremblay.
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