1957 - Gordie Howe picked up an assist during Detroit's 3-3 tie against Toronto to become the NHL's all time assist leader, with #409 of his career. He broke the record set by Montreal's Elmer Lach.
1963 - Montreal rookie Yvan Cournoyer scored the first goal of his NHL career. It came in the Canadiens' 7-3 win at Detroit.
1970 - Toronto rookie Darryl Sittler scored the first goal of his NHL career, and added an assist in the Maple Leafs' 9-4 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
1979 - Billy Smith became the first goalie in NHL history to get credit for a goal. He was the last Islander to touch the puck before Rob Ramage of Colorado put it into his own net. But the Islanders lost 7-4 to the Rockies at Denver.
Happy Birthday to Marc Andre Fleury, Jim Nielson, Mud Bruneteau and HHOFer Jack Walker.