This Day In Hockey History: Dec 4th
1938 - Boston's Frankie Brimsek recorded his first career shutout, a 5-0 Bruins' win at Chicago. It came in Brimsek's second NHL game, and was the first of six shutouts in the next seven games for the rookie goalie.
1948 - Detroit's Gordie Howe suffered torn cartilage in his right knee in a Red Wings' 3-2 win at Boston. The injury forced him to miss next 20 games, the longest period of inactivity in his 26 year NHL career.
1978 - Buffalo Sabres fired GM Punch Imlach and head coach Marcel Pronovost. Imlach had been the team's first coach (and only GM) in the teams' eight year history. Billy Inglis was hired as the new coach.
1988 - Edmonton's Jimmy Carson became just the third player in NHL history to score six career hat tricks before age 21, when he scored three times (and added an assist) in a 10-6 Oilers' win over the visiting New York Rangers.
Happy birthday to Alex Delvecchio, Dave Taylor, Rick Middleton, Gary Sabourin, Dennis Polonich, Jack Darragh, Jassen Cullimore, Sergei Starikov, Fran Huck, Irv Spencer, and Fred Hucul.