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January 09, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 9th

1936 - Chicago's Johnny Gottselig became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in a game and account for all the goals scored by his team - the milestone came in a 4-1 win against the Americans, at New York.

1979 - Boston officially retired Bobby Orr's uniform #4 during a ceremony preceding an exhibition game between Bruins and Soviet Wings at Boston Garden. (Wings won, 4-1).

1981 - New York Rangers' center Phil Esposito played in his final NHL game, a 3-3 tie against Buffalo, at M.S.G. Esposito retired as the second highest scorer in NHL history (trailing only Gordie Howe), with 717 career goals and 1,590 points.

1992 - Chicago's 27-year-old rookie goalie Dominik Hasek recorded his first career NHL shutout, to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-0 win against the Maple Leafs, at Chicago Stadium.

1998 - Dale Hunter had up three assists to give him 1,000 career NHL points. The milestone came in a Capitals' 4-1 win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Hunter became the first NHL player to collect 1,000 points and 3,000 career penalty minutes.

2004 - Brian Boucher set a modern NHL record with his 5th consecutive shutout in the Coyotes 2-0 win at Minnesota. He also broke the record (set by Montreal's Bill Durnan in 1949) for longest shutout streak in modern NHL history.

Happy Birthday to Mathieu Garon, Radek Bonk, Scott Thornton, Dave McLlwain, Scott Pellerin, Anders Eriksson, Jim Wiemer, Rob McClanahan, Bruce Boudreau, and Raphael Diaz.

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