March 02, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: March 2nd
1929 - George Hainsworth became the first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season. The Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins 3-0.
1966 - Montreal's Jean Beliveau scored his 380th career NHL goal in 3-3 tie with Toronto. The 380 career goals moved him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard.
1969 - Boston's Phil Esposito scored twice to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season. The Bruins defeat Pittsburgh 4-0.
1972 - Boston's Bobby Orr became just the second player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season three times in his career. He had one assist in a 7-3 win over the Canucks in Boston.
1993 - Teemu Selanne scored 3 goals to break the NHL record for goals by a rookie, as Winnipeg lost to Quebec 7-4. Selanne's 54th of the season broke the record set by Mike Bossy with the Islanders in 1977-78.
1993 - Mario Lemieux returned to the Penguins lineup in Philadelphia after missing the previous 23 games after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.
1995 - Joe Mullen became the second NHL player to play 300 games with three different teams, when he picked up a goal and an assist in his 300th game with the Penguins, a 6-3 loss at Buffalo. Bill Gadsby had been the first to play 300 games with 3 teams.
1995 - Paul Coffey picked up three assists to give him 1,300 career NHL points. Coffey became the first defenseman (and 12th NHL player) to score 1,300 points.
2000 - Vancouver's Mark Messier became just the fourth player in NHL history to score 1,700 career points, when he scored a goal in a 3-1 win over the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Happy birthday to twins Joel and Henrik Lundqvist, Tomas Kaberle, Roman Cechmanek, Bill Quackenbush, Claude Larose, Eddie Johnstone, Jay McClement, Ryan Shannon, Raimo Summanen, and Herb Drury.