IT HAPPENED ON… January 14
2016 : Joel Quenneville overtakes Al Arbor to become the second-most victorious coach in NHL history, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at United Center.
This is Quenneville’s 783rd victory in the regular season. As a defenseman, he spent much of his playing career competing against Arbor’s New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup four times in a row between 1980 and 1983.
Quenneville guided the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup victories over a six-season span between 2010 and 2015.
“For having faced the teams [d’Arbour] over the years, I saw that he was one of those men who stood out behind the bench, ”said Quenneville, who earned his 347th victory with Chicago. “His teams have always been winning teams and they were always difficult to face. I am very honored to have caught up with him. “
Video: Quenneville overtakes Arbor with its 783rd victory
1922 : For the first time in the NHL, brothers on the same team score four goals each in the same game. Defenseman Sprague Cleghorn and his brother Odie Cleghorn hit the target four times each in the Canadiens’ 10-6 win over the Hamilton Tigers.
1936 : The New York Rangers and their coach Lester Patrick reach important targets in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Maroons at the Forum. The Rangers become the fifth team to record 200 regular season wins, while Patrick, the team’s coach since joining the NHL in 1926, becomes the first to record 200 wins.
1943 : Left winger Alex Smart becomes the first player to score three goals in his NHL debut. Smart adds an assist to get a four-point game in the Canadiens’ 5-1 win over Chicago at the Forum. Smart will only play eight career NHL games, finishing with five goals and seven points, before being demoted to senior hockey leagues.
1971 : Phil Esposito sets a modern NHL record with his fifth hat trick of the season in the Boston Bruins’ 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Boston Garden. Esposito adds three assists for a six-point night. The hat-trick, his 10th in the NHL, helps the Bruins extend their home winning streak to 12.
1984 : Mike Bossy scores his 400th goal in his 506th NHL game, a 4-2 win for the Islanders over the Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum. Bossy becomes the fastest player to reach the 400-goal mark in NHL history (a record ultimately broken by Wayne Gretzky).
1988 : Denis Potvin becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 300 goals when he scores on the power play in the second period of the Islanders’ 8-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques at the Nassau Coliseum. Potvin, already the first defenseman to collect 1,000 points in the NHL, grabs a loose puck in the top of the slot and defeats goaltender Ron Tugnutt. Potvin receives a warm ovation for several minutes. He retired at the end of the season with record NHL totals (ultimately broken) of 310 goals and 1052 points.
2014 : Two 41-year-old players, goaltender Martin Brodeur and forward Jaromir Jagr, propel the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens at the Bell Center. Brodeur made 29 saves to bring his record in Montreal to 20-9-1. Fans give him a standing ovation when he is named the first star in what will prove to be his last game in his hometown. Jagr scores at 5:23 pm of the first period, ending a 10-game shortage. This is the 695th goal of his career, passing Mark Messier in seventh place all-time.
2020 : Sidney Crosby comes back from an abdominal muscle surgery that forced him to miss 28 games and collects four points (one goal, three assists) for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at PPG Paints Arena . This is the fourth time Crosby has missed at least 20 regular season games due to injury. In the four games following his return, he collected 11 points.
Video: MIN @ PIT: Crosby scores on return to play