December 31, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Dec 31st
1910 - Montreal Canadiens goalie Georges Vezina played the first of 367 consecutive regular season and playoff games, when Montreal lost their NHA season opener, 5-3 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Vezina played every game for Montreal for 15 seasons.
1975 - Montreal Canadiens battled the Soviet Red Army team to a 3-3 tie New Year's Eve at the Forum. Ken Dryden and Vladislav Tretiak starred in goal for the teams. Tretiak made 38 saves, including 16 in the final period.
1988 - Mario Lemieux became the only player in NHL history to score a goal in each of the five ways possible in one game, even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty-net.
1992 - Al Arbour became the losingest coach in NHL history, when the Islanders lost 5-1 to the Blues, in St. Louis. It was Arbour's 522nd career NHL loss, moving him one past Dick Irvin. The loss gave Arbour an all-time record of 721-522-233.
1997 - Dominik Hasek stopped 36 shots for his 27th career shutout, in a 3-0 Sabres' win over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Hasek became the first NHL goaltender since George Hainsworth in 1928-29 to record six shutouts in one month.
Happy Birthday to Charlie Gardiner, Rene Robert, Terry Ruskowski, Paul Gillis, Gary McAdam, Scott Nichol and Corey Crawford.