Today in Hockey History: Los Angeles Kings Wayne Gretzky 2nd in Points

Wayne Gretzky
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Today in Hockey History

Wayne Gretzky Becomes Second in Points

1989: The Los Angeles Kings centre dishes out three assists in a 5-4 loss to the Hartford Whalers. Gretzky moves past Marcel Dionne with his 1,771st point in 743 games. The Great One also reaches 100 points for a record 10th straight season.

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Gretzky is only behind Gordie Howe at that point on the all-time point list. However, Gretzky passes Howe on Oct. 15 later that year.

Other Notable Events

1943: The Boston Bruins score four goals in a record one minute, 20 seconds in a 14-3 rout of the New York Rangers.

1985: Dionne moves past Bobby Hull on the all-time scoring list with his 611th career goal. His goal moves him into third on the all-time list, but the Kings lose 8-7 to the Edmonton Oilers. Los Angeles had a 7-3 lead, but gave up the last five goals of the game.

1986: New York Islanders Denis Potvin ties Bobby Orr with his 270th goal, which is the most for a defenceman. Potvin nets the game-winner in a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1995: Mats Sundin scores his first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Sundin was recently acquired in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques. He goes on to score a Maple Leafs record 420 goals in 13 seasons.

1997: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Patrick Lalime extends his career-opening record to 14-0 with two ties. He makes 49 saves in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

2001: Pittsburgh tops the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in the first game between European-trained coaches. The Penguins Ivan Hlinka tops the Blackhawks Alpo Suhonen after Garth Snow gets a shutout.

2004: Jim Dowd and Richard Park score a record three seconds apart for the Minnesota Wild. The duo power the Wild to a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.

2016: Daniel Sedin becomes the leading goal scorer in Vancouver Canucks history. He scores twice to pass Markus Naslund with 348 in a 4-2 win over Boston.

2019: Peter Laviolette becomes the second American coach to 600 coaching wins in the Nashville Predators 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanhce

Happy Birthday to You

1887: Georges Vezina

1961: Moe Mantha

1965: Brian Bradley

1967: Ulf Dahlen

1971: Doug Weight

1978: Andrei Zyuzin

1981: Dany Heatley

1985: Ryan Suter

1986: Jonathan Quick

1987: Darren Helm

1991: Brayden McNabb

1992: Tom Kuhnhackl

2000: K’Andre Miller

2001: Kirby Dach

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