1940 - The brand-new Buffalo Memorial Auditorium opened its doors to hockey for the first time, with a game featuring the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League.
1963 - Former Canadiens' goalie Jacques Plante returned to the Montreal Forum for the first time as a member of the Rangers. The fans cheered him at the beginning of the game, but his former teammates were not so nice. The Habs beat the Rangers 6-2.
1972 - Germain Gagnon scored with 69 seconds left and the New York Islanders recorded their first victory in team history, 3-2 over Los Angeles.
1976 - New York Rangers' Don Murdoch scored five goals to tie the NHL record for most goals in a game by a rookie, in a 10-4 win over the Minnesota North Stars. The five goals tied the mark set in 1944 by Toronto's Howie Meeker.
1978 - Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg played in their first NHL game, a 3-3 Rangers' tie against the Flyers, at Madison Square Garden.
1992 - Pavel Bure scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Canucks to an 8-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, in Vancouver. Bure scored his first NHL hat trick in the second period, and finished with two shorthanded goals in the game.
2000 - Kevyn Adams scored two goals to lead the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets to their first NHL victory, 3-2 against the Flames at Calgary.
Happy Birthday to J.J. Daigneault, Randy Wood, Mike Green, Dave Brown, Eddy Beers, Dwayne Roloson, Todd Krygier, Lars Lindgren and Marcel Hossa.