Today in Hockey History: New York Rangers Mika Zibanejad Scores 5 Goals

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Normally we’d be closing in on the final push of the 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 March 5th, featuring Mika Zibanejad.

Today in Hockey History

Mika Zibanejad Scores Five Times

2020: The Rangers centre scores five times, including the overtime-winner in a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals. It’s his fourth career hat trick and second of the season for the Blueshirts pivot. The five-goal game is the first since Mark Pavelich did so on Feb. 23, 1983.

Zibanejad caps off the night with a a breakaway goal in overtime on Ilya Samsonov. The Swede takes the feed from Artemi Panarin and scores off the backhand for the game-clinching goal.

Other Notable Events

1969: Chicago Blackhawks forward Bobby Hull becomes the first four-time 50-goal scorer in league history. Hull nets a pair of goals in a 4-4 tie with the Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

Boston Bruins star Phil Esposito sets the single-season assist mark with a pair of helpers in a 2-2 tie with the Detroit Red Wings. Esposito gets his 62nd and 63rd assists of the season.

1972: Rangers defenceman Brad Park becomes the third blueliner to score 20 goals in a 6-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks.

1977: Marcel Dionne becomes the first player in Los Angeles Kings history to reach 100 points. Dionne scores in a 3-3 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins en route to 121 points.

1985: Dionne becomes the first player to get 100 points in eight seasons with an assist in a 6-0 shutout of Pittsburgh.

1991: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first player in league history with 1,400 career assists when sets all three Kings goals in a 3-3 tie with the Washington Capitals.

1992: Quebec Nordiques forward Mats Sundin gets five goals and two assists in a 10-4 win at the Hartford Whalers. The win snaps the Nords’ 33-game road winless streak.

2000: Steve Yzerman becomes the NHL’s all-time leader in assists among players who’ve spent their entire careers with one team. The Wings captain dishes out an assist in a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars.

2019: New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz becomes the fourth coach to win 800 career games. Trotz joins Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock in the 800 club after a 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gets to 1,200 points with a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Happy Birthday to You

1910: Bill Thoms

1918: Milt Schmidt

1930: John Ashley

1956: Paul Gardner

1962: Anatoli Semenov

1968: Shjon Podein

1977: Bryan Berard

1981: Paul Martin; Barret Jackman

1982: Michel Ouellet

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