Today in Hockey History: New Jersey Devils Brian Boyle Gets Hat Trick

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We’re normally starting up another hockey season, but we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for November 5th, featuring Brian Boyle.

Today in Hockey History

Brian Boyle Nets Emotional Hat Trick

2018: The New Jersey Devils forward nets a huge hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night in Pittsburgh. His three goals power the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the host Pittsburgh Penguins. Boyle got a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia just 14 months earlier.

NHL free agent frenzy

The natural hat trick comes just about a year after the disease goes into remission. Boyle would be sent to the Nashville Predators at the trade deadline. He played last season for the Florida Panthers.

Other Notable Events

1936: A pair of Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Famers make their debut in a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Syl Apps and Turk Broda play for Toronto and eventually win three Stanley Cups together.

1942: Carl Liscombe of Detroit makes history with a seven-point night in a 12-5 rout of the New York Rangers. Liscombe scores three times and hands out four assists. Detroit also gets six power-play goals, which is still a team record.

1955: Jean Beliveau scores all four goals for the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Three tallies come in 44 seconds and on the same power play. The rules at the time meant a player had to serve the full two minutes when they committed a minor penalty. The rule is fixed for the start of the 1956-57 season.

1970: Goalies Glenn Hall and Ernie Wakely combine to help the St. Louis Blues shutout the Bruins at the Boston Garden. It’s the Blues first win in Boston and it snaps the B’s 29-game home unbeaten run of 24-0-5.

1979: Michel Larocque stops 32 shots and Guy Lafleur scores twice in Montreal’s 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals. The victory gives the Habs a 34-0-2 record against the Caps since Washington first entered the league.

1983: The Chicago Blackhawks set a record for the fastest two goals to start a period. Ken Yaremchuk scores 12 seconds into the second period while Darryl Sutter nets another at 21 seconds in a 10-5 loss to the Minnesota North Stars.

2002: Rangers goalie Mike Richter plays in his final game against the Edmonton Oilers. He suffers post-concussion symptoms and is forced to retire.

Happy Birthday to You

1902: Baldy Cotton

1904: Cooney Weiland

1969: Ken Sutton

1971: Sergei Berezin

1973: Alexei Yashin

1984: Toby Enstrom; Nikolai Zherdev

1992: Matthew Nieto

1993: Colton Sissons

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