November 23, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Nov 23rd

1926 - Rookie goaltender George Hainsworth recorded the first of his 94 career NHL shutouts, as Montreal beat the New York Americans, 2-0.

1929 - Boston defenseman Eddie Shore set an NHL record by picking up five fighting majors in one game, a 4-3 Bruins' win over the Maroons, in Montreal.

1961 - Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard and John Bassett acquired control of Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and five assists to become the fifth player in NHL history to score 600 goals, as the Kings won 8-3 at Detroit. Gretzky followed Howe, Esposito, Dionne and Hull in the 600 club, but scored his in just 718 games.

Happy Birthday to Saku Koivu, Nicklas Backstrom (the skater), Simon Nolet, Colby Armstrong, Randy Pierce, Brian Glynn and Matt Johnson.

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