One of the greatest goaltenders in National Hockey League history had two major accomplishments on this date. He was far from the only Hockey Hall of Fame member to have a memorable night and play in a trio of All-Star Games. Let’s take our daily trip back through time and relive the most important moments from January 23.
50 out of 50, 1,000 points for Bossi
On January 24, 1981, Mike Bossy of the New Islanders entered his game against the Quebec Nordiques with 48 goals in 49 games. He became the second player in NHL history to attempt 50 goals in 50 games after Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice Richard accomplished the feat in the 1944–45 season.
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Fans who packed the Nassau Coliseum hoping to witness history began to feel disappointed as Bassey couldn’t find the back of the net with less than five minutes to play. Then, at the 15:50 mark of the third period, he scored a power-play goal for his 49th run.m By this point in the season every time his skates touched the ice, the crowd began to cheer. He beat goaltender Ron Graham from the left circle with just 1:29 left in regulation, making his historic 50.m His two goals helped the Islanders to a 7-4 win.
Exactly five years later, on January 24, 1986, Boss turned 20.m Player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points. He hit the big milestone with a goal and three assists in the Islanders’ 7-5 win over the Washington Capitals. Bassey’s Hall of Fame teammate, Brian Trottier, scored 15 of his runsm A career hat trick.
Hall of Famers take center stage
Howie Morenz scored 271 runsSt and his final career goal on January 24, 1937 in the Canadiens’ 4–1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He suffered a serious leg injury four days later in a rematch with the Blackhawks, ending his career. He eventually died of complications from these injuries on March 8, 1937. His 257 goals are still 11 with the Canadiens.m– the most in franchise history after all these years.
Glenn Hall Georges Vezina tied the record for most consecutive games played by a goaltender on January 24, 1960, when he netted 328 runs.m Direct competition. He lost 3-2 tonight to Montreal, the team starring Vezina. He played in 502 consecutive games before the streak ended, a That record will never be broken.
Bobby Orr extended his point streak to 18 games on January 24, 1971, with a goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins’ 4–2 win over the visiting Canadiens. He scored nine goals and 35 points during this streak. The win extended the Bruins’ winning streak at the Boston Garden to 15 games.
Two decades later, on January 24, 1991, another Bruins legendary blueliner captured the spotlight. Ray Bourque had two assists to give him 888 career points, passing Orr for the most of any Boston defenseman. Cam Neely made his 250m NHL goals, and Andy Moog earned his 11m The career came to a close as the Bruins beat the Hartford Whalers 3-0.
Timo Selan scored his 250th career goal on January 24, 1998, when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Kings tied 3–3.
Mario Lemieux scored a goal in each period on January 24, 2001, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3–1 victory over Montreal. Its 40m The career hat trick came on just three shots on goal and moved him past the second-most in league history. It was the last hat-trick of his remarkable career; Only Wayne Gretzky had more than 50.
That same night, defenseman Larry Murphy became just the second player in league history to appear in 1,600 games. He added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings topped the visiting Nashville Predators 4–3.
The New York Rangers retire Brian Leach’s No. 2 before their 2-1 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers on January 24, 2008. The Hall of Fame defenseman played in 1,129 games for the Blueshirts, second only to Harry Howell. he Franchise’s all-time leader with 741 assists and placed second with 981 points. Only Rod Gilbert scored more with his 1,021.
A busy night in 2003
January 24, 2003, was a memorable night across the NHL. Starting in Dallas, where Mike Modano became the Stars’ all-time leader in games played while taking the ice for 993.rd He broke Neil Broten’s old record in a 4–2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Also, Sergei Fedorov Scored his 20th goal of the season for the 12th time in his NHL career and added two assists in a 5-2 Red Wings win at the Vancouver Canucks.
Finally, goaltender Martin Biron earned his third straight shutout in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and went 201:12 without a goal in a Buffalo Sabers team record. Miroslav Shaitan factored in each goal, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on the other two.
All-Star Game Memory
Buffalo played host On this date in the 1978 NHL All-Star Game. The hometown favorites played a big role as Rick Martin tied the game late in regulation and Gilbert Perreault scored in overtime to give the Wells Conference a 3-2 win over the Campbell Conference. This is the first All-Star Game to go to overtime.
Team North America defeated Team World 8-6 on January 24, 1999, as Tampa Bay hosted the event. Arthur Irbe of the Carolina Hurricanes became the first goaltender to record an assist in All-Star Game history. Gretzky was named the game’s most valuable player after adding a goal and two assists for the North American squad.
The All-Star Game came to Dallas for the first time on January 24, 2007, and a sellout crowd saw the home Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 12–9. Stars goaltender Marty Turco picked up the win. Daniel Briere earned MVP honors with a goal and four assists in the losing effort.
odds and ends
Chris Odlifson became the first player in Canucks franchise history to score two shorthanded goals in a game on January 24, 1975, during a 5–5 tie with the Maple Leafs.
Bassey scored his 50 on the same nightm His 50 goalsm In the game, the Kings’ Charlie Simmer scored a hat trick, giving him 49 goals in 50 games, as Los Angeles cruised to a 6–4 victory in Boston.
Whalers defenseman Neal Sheehy became the first, and still only, player in NHL history to win the Red Wings’ 2-1 overtime win on January 24, 1988. He didn’t pick up any points, but got on the scoresheet in seven penalty minutes. Sheehy is now an NHL agent representing several players, including Ryan Suter, Nick Ladyand Casey Mittelstadt.
Mike Vernon became the 24th goaltender in NHL history to record 250 career wins on January 24, 1995, when the Red Wings beat the Canucks 6-3. Ray Shepard led the attack with his sixth career hat trick and an assist, while defenseman Paul Coffey picked up four helpers.
Kevin Dinnen played in his 500th career game with the Whalers on January 24., 1996, the team lost 4-2 in Buffalo. He joins Ron Francis as the only two players in franchise history to appear in 500 games.
While the league’s best players were in the All-Star Game on January 24, 1999, the Canucks fired head coach Mike Keenan. Mark Crawford was named his replacement and became the 15th head coach in team history.
Ryan Smith became the eighth player in Edmonton Oilers history to score 400 points on January 24, 2004, when he picked up an assist in a 4–3 loss to the visiting Predators.
Speaking of Predators, a decade later, on January 24, 2017, Erik Nystrom had a huge game against the Calgary Flames. Having scored just one goal in his previous 19 matches, he scored four times against his former team. However, the Flames made a late comeback to win 5-4 in a shootout.
William Nylander scored on a penalty shot just six seconds into overtime on January 24, 2018, to give the Maple Leafs a 3–2 win over the Blackhawks. He tied Mats Sundin, David Legwand, Alex Ovechkin and Andreas Athanasiou for the fastest goals scored in regular season overtime.
A total of 20 current and former NHL players were born on this date. The most notable birthday boys on January 24 are Guy Charon (73), Danny Geoffrion (64), Tom Kostopolos (43), Jake Hillen (36), Griffin Reinhart (28), Dylan Samberg (23), and the late Cy Wentworth and Gus Mortson. .
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