Hockey is finally back! Normally we’d be closing in on the mid-way point of the regular season, however, 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 February 3rd featuring Syd Howe.
Today in Hockey History
Syd Howe Tallies Six Goals
1944: The Detroit Red Wings forward totals six goals in a 12-2 rout of the New York Rangers at the Olympia. Howe scores two goals in each of the three periods while Don Grosso assists on five of those goals.
Howe is the first player to score six goals in a game since Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators on March. 7, 1921. Only Red Berenson and Darryl Sittler have scored six in a game since Howe did.
Other Notable Events
1968: Jean Beliveau gets a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens win their 12th straight game. The Habs get their team record in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
1977: Richie Hansen is the first Long Island native to get a goal for the hometown New York Islanders. The goal is part of the Isles’ 6-3 victory over the rival Rangers.
1982: Grant Mulvey becomes the first player in Chicago Blackhawks history to score five goals in a game. He hits the milestone in a 9-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues and ties Max Bentley‘s mark of seven points in a game.
1998: Florida Panthers forward Dino Ciccarelli becomes the ninth player to get 600 career goals. His third-period goal helps the Panthers salvage a 1-1 tie with the Red Wings, who were once of this former teams.
1999: The Washington Capitals score eight goals in a 9:34 stretch in a 10-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Peter Bondra scores twice in 35 seconds and three in 4:47 during the barrage of goals.
2000: Bob Pulford becomes the first person to coach in and play 800 career NHL games. Pulford and the Blackhawks play to a 5-5 tie with the Calgary Flames.
2015: The Buffalo Sabres snap a 14-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Montreal. Drew Stafford, Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta score first-period goals while Jhonas Enroth stops 32 shots. The slide was one shy of the 15-game streak the 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers suffered.
2019: Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask becomes the winningest goalie in team history with his 253rd win. He passes Tiny Thompson after making 24 saves in a 1-0 win over Washington.
Happy Birthday to You
1912: Lynn Patrick
1954: Tiger Williams
1958: Mark Kirton
1968: Frantisek Kucera
1970: Keith Carney
1973: Jim Campbell
1976: Mathieu Dandenault
1977: Marek Zidlicky
1982: Paul Gaustad
1985: Andrei Kostitsyn
1992: Jonathon Merrill