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March 19, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 19th

1933 - The first afternoon game in NHL history was played, with the Detroit at Chicago at 3:30 PM. The Red Wings won 4-3.

1953 - Gordie Howe scored his 49th goal of the season, his highest single season total of his career. He could not reach 50 in his last 2 games of the season.

1972 - New York Rangers' goalie Ed Giacomin became the first goaltender in NHL history to pick up two assists in a game, as New York won 5-3 over Toronto.

1981 - Buffalo and Toronto set an NHL record by scoring a combined total of 12 goals in one period. The Sabres outscored the Leafs 9-3 in the second period, and 14-4 in the game.

1982 - Bob McCammon was named head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, replacing Pat Quinn. It was McCammon's second stint with the Flyers.

1991 - Brett Hull became the third player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season, in a 2-1 St. Louis win over Washington. Hull, who finished with 86 goals, joined Wayne Gretzky (three times) and Mario Lemieux.

1992 - Pittsburgh's Kevin Stevens got an assist to give him 111 points -- the most ever in a season by a U.S. born player. He broke the record of 110 set by Joe Mullen.

2001 - Calle Johansson became just the 3rd Swedish player (along with Borje Salming and Ulf Samuelsson) to play 1,000 career NHL games.

2002 - Dallas Stars traded Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner to New Jersey for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and New Jersey's 1st-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft (Daniel Paille).

Happy Birthday to Larry Patey, Vladimir Konstantinov, Eddie Wares, Janne Laukkanen, Tyler Bozak, Gregg Boddy, Mike Mottau, and Louie DeBrusk.

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