January 04, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Jan 4th
1976 - Buffalo Sabres beat touring Soviet Wings 12-6 at the Aud, making them the first team in NHL history to defeat a Soviet squad. Gerry Desjardins was the winning goalie for the Sabres.
1984 - Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8 to set an NHL record for most goals by two teams in a game. Wayne Gretzky led the scoring with four goals and four assists, and Mark Messier added six assists.
1986 - Wayne Gretzky became the first player in NHL history to get 100 points in a season for seven straight years. The milestone came when he picked up an assist in a 4-3 Oilers win against the Hartford Whalers.
1987 - Canada and Russia engaged in a bench clearing brawl at the 1987 World Junior Championships. "The Punch Up In Piestany" resulted in both teams being ejected from the tournament.
1988 - Toronto defenseman Borje Salming became the first European trained player to appear in 1,000 career NHL games.
1998 - New Jersey Devils acquired Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir from Edmonton, in exchange for Valeri Zelepukin and Bill Guerin.
Happy Birthday to Greg de Vries, Jiri Hudler, Freddy Meyer and Earl Balfour.