December 21, 2007

Five Goal Games in NHL History

The hockey world is talking about Marian Gaborik's 5 goal game on Thursday night. It was only the 42nd time in NHL history that one player scored at least 5 goals in one game, and the first time in almost exactly 11 years when Sergei Fedorov last turned the trick.

A good percentage of 5 goal games occurred in the NHL's infancy years. Joe Malone scored 5 goals on 3 occasions, as well as a six goal and NHL record seven goal game. Six other times players have scored 6 goals, with Red Berenson and Darryl Sittler being the only modern players.

Wayne Gretzky scored 5 goals on 4 different nights, while Mario Lemieux did it three times. Lemieux may have the most famous 5 goal night. On Dec. 31, 1988 he scored 5 goals in 5 different ways - PP, PK, even strength, penalty shot and empty net.

Bryan Trottier is the only other modern player with more than one 5 goal night.

Ian Turnbull is the only defenseman to ever score 5 goals in one game.

Interestingly the 5 goal in a game club includes Rocket Richard, Jari Kurri and Peter Bondra, but not Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Pavel Bure or Brett Hull. The club also includes unlikely names like Willy Lindstrom, Pat Hughes, Tim Young, Grant Mulvey and Mike Ricci

Here's a list of all 5 or more goals games in NHL history.

Player Team Date
Seven Goals

Joe Malone Quebec Bulldogs 31-Jan-20
Six Goals

Newsy Lalonde Montreal 10-Jan-20
Joe Malone Quebec Bulldogs 10-Mar-20
Corb Denneny Toronto St. Pats 26-Jan-21
Cy Denneny Ottawa 07-Mar-21
Syd Howe Detroit 03-Feb-44
Red Berenson St. Louis 07-Nov-68
Darryl Sittler Toronto St. Pats 07-Feb-76
Five Goals

Joe Malone Montreal 19-Dec-17
Harry Hyland Montreal Wanderers 19-Dec-17
Joe Malone Montreal 12-Jan-18
Joe Malone Montreal 02-Feb-18
Mickey Roach Toronto St. Pats 06-Mar-20
Newsy Lalonde Montreal 16-Feb-21
Babe Dye Toronto St. Pats 16-Dec-22
Red Green Hamilton Tigers 05-Dec-24
Babe Dye Toronto St. Pats 22-Dec-24
Punch Broadbent Montreal Maroons 07-Jan-25
Pit Lepine Montreal 14-Dec-29
Howie Morenz Montreal 18-Mar-30
Charlie Conacher Toronto 19-Jan-32
Ray Getliffe Montreal 06-Feb-43
Rocket Richard Montreal 28-Dec-44
Howie Meeker Toronto 08-Jan-47
Bernie Geoffrion Montreal 19-Feb-55
Bobby Rousseau Montreal 01-Feb-64
Yvan Cournoyer Montreal 15-Feb-75
Don Murdoch NY Rangers 12-Oct-76
Ian Turnbull Toronto 02-Feb-77
Bryan Trottier NY Islanders 23-Dec-78
Tim Young Minnesota North Stars 15-Jan-79
John Tonelli NY Islanders 06-Jan-81
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 18-Feb-81
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 30-Dec-81
Grant Mulvey Chicago 03-Feb-82
Bryan Trottier NY Islanders 12-Feb-82
Willy Lindstrom Winnipeg 02-Mar-82
Mark Pavelich NY Rangers 23-Feb-83
Jari Kurri Edmonton 19-Nov-83
Bengt Gustafsson Washington 08-Jan-84
Pat Hughes Edmonton 03-Feb-84
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 15-Dec-84
Dave Andreychuk Buffalo 06-Feb-86
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 06-Dec-87
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 31-Dec-88
Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary 11-Jan-89
Mats Sundin Quebec Nordiques 05-Mar-92
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 09-Apr-93
Peter Bondra Washington 05-Feb-94
Mike Ricci Quebec Nordiques 17-Feb-94
Alexei Zhamnov Winnipeg 01-Apr-95
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 26-Mar-96
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 26-Dec-96
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 20-Dec-07
Johan Franzen Detroit 02-Feb-11

1 comment:

Dan from Minnesota said...

Joe -- One year off on Gaborik! (Time flies when you're havin' fun.)

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