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This Day In Hockey History: Dec 5th


1939 - Eddie Shore played his final game as a member of the Boston Bruins, a 2-1 win over the NY Americans, at Boston Garden.

1943 - Herb Cain and Bill Cowley each scored a goal and two assists as Boston snapped Montreal rookie goalie Bill Durnan's NHL-record 14-game unbeaten streak, with a 5-4 win over the Canadiens. It was Durnan's first career loss after a 12-0-2 start.

1986 - Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picked up three assists, to give him 1,400 career NHL points (in 580 games), when the Oilers won 4-2 at Pittsburgh. Gretzky joined Gordie Howe, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito & Stan Mikita in the 1,400 point club.

1987 - Goalie Darcy Wakaluk shot and scored a goal into an empty net at 19:59 of the third period to give the AHL Rochester Americans a 5-2 win over Utica Devils. Three days later Philadelphia's Ron Hextall repeated the feat, only this time in the NHL.

1988 - Detroit's Steve Yzerman set a new team record with a goal in his ninth straight game, a 7-2 Red Wings' loss at Montreal. Yzerman broke the team record of goals in eight straight games set by Gordie Howe in 1952.

1989 - Pittsburgh Penguins fired General Manager Tony Esposito and head coach Gene Ubriaco, and replaced them with Craig Patrick.

2002 - Flyers' Michal Handzus became the second player in NHL history to score an overtime goal on a penalty shot when he scored with 36.7 seconds remaining in overtime, for a 3-2 victory against the visiting New York Rangers.

Happy birthday to Olli Jokinen, Niklas Hagman, Kevin Haller, Perry Berezan, Percy Galbraith, and Cam Fowler.

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