1926 - Detroit Cougars (later renamed Red Wings) played their first NHL game, losing to Boston 2-0 at the Border Cities Arena in Windsor before 6,000 fans. All Detroit "home" games were played in Windsor in the Cougars' first season.
1953 - Rangers' rookie Andy Bathgate scored the first goal of his NHL career.
1977 - Hours after signing as a free agent, Detroit's Vaclav Nedomansky picked up three assists in his first NHL game.
1992 - Washington's Reggie Savage became the 4th player in NHL history to score his first NHL goal on a penalty shot, but the Capitals lost 5-4 to the visiting Minnesota North Stars. Savage followed Ralph Bowman, Phil Hoene and Ilkka Sinisalo.
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