February 21, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Feb 21st
1924 - Ottawa Senators signed Frank Finnigan.
1929 - Detroit Cougars clinched their first ever playoff berth, as Clarence "Dolly" Dolson recorded the 8th shutout of his rookie season, in a 1-0 win over the Rangers, in New York. It was the first of three straight shutouts for Dolson.
1970 - Detroit's Gordie Howe picked up an assist to become the first player in NHL history to score 50 or more points in a season 21 times during his career
1971 - Michel Plasse became pro hockey's first goaltender to score a goal, during a Central Hockey League game at Kansas City.
1974 - Defenseman Tim Horton of the Sabres died in an automobile accident in Ontario. Horton, a six time NHL All-Star, had played 22 seasons with the Maple Leafs, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo.
1982 - Dennis Maruk scored twice (to give him 50 for the year) and added an assist to lead the Capitals to a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Washington. It was Maruk's second straight 50 goal season.
2000 - Buffalo's Dominik Hasek became the first European-trained goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career NHL victories, in a 3-2 Sabres' win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.
2001 - Colorado defenseman Ray Bourque played agains the Boston Bruins for the first time in his 22 year NHL career, and picked up two assists in as the Avalanche won 8-2 against the visiting Bruins.
2001 - Colorado Avalanche obtained Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, two future draft picks and a player to be named later (Jared Aulin).
Happy Birthday to Ryan Smyth, Hap Holmes, Brian Rolston, Danny Grant, James Wisniewski, Jim Vandermeer, Mike Laughton, Larry Melnyk , Don Tannahill, Mark Renaud, Wayne McBean and Jerome Dupont.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 12:17 a.m.