January 4: Gretzky scores another eight-point game

IT HAPPENED ON… January 4th

1984 : Wayne Gretzky ties his personal NHL score for points in a single game with eight, scoring four goals and adding four assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota North Stars at the Northlands Coliseum.

This is Gretzky’s second eight-point game of his career, and it occurs less than two months after his debut, Nov. 19, 1983 against the New Jersey Devils. His electrifying performance crowned the most offensive game in the NHL in 64 years.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY : January 3 | January 2 | January 1st

Gretzky also extends his record streak of consecutive games with at least one assist to 17. He has 38 assists during the streak, which ends three days later against the Hartford Whalers.

Exactly two years later, Gretzky became the first NHL player to collect 100 points in seven straight seasons. He achieved the feat with two assists in a 4-3 win over the Whalers.

And 11 years later, Gretzky tied a New York Rangers record with four assists in the middle period of a 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

1942 : The Detroit Red Wings shut out the Montreal Canadiens 10-0 at Olympia Stadium. The 10 goals against consecutively represent a high in Canadian history.

1973 : Bobby Orr scores his 163rd NHL goal (in his 428th game), breaking the League record for career goals by a defenseman. Orr beat St. Louis Blues goaltender Jacques Caron at 19:25 of the second period to beat the mark set by Hockey Hall of Fame member Red Kelly, who had 162 goals in 846 games as a defender. Despite Orr’s goal, the Bruins lost 4-2.

1974 : The Bruins set an NHL record for power play goals in a single game, when they found the back of the net seven times on the power play in an 8-0 win over the North Stars at the Met Center. Phil Esposito scores one goal and four assists, Ken Hodge scores a brace and Orr has four assists for the Bruins, who score five times on the power play in the second period.

1988 : Borje Salming of the Toronto Maple Leafs becomes the first player developed in Europe to appear in 1000 games in the NHL. He collected two assists in a 7-7 draw against the Vancouver Canucks at Maple Leaf Gardens. Salming also becomes the fifth player to play 1,000 games with the Maple Leafs.

1990 : Mario Lemieux breaks a Pittsburgh Penguins record by extending his streak of consecutive games to 29 with at least one point. His two assists allowed the Penguins to defeat the Canucks 4-3 at Civic Arena.

1992 : Mike Gartner scores a goal and an assist for the Rangers to become the 33rd NHL player to reach the 1,000 point plateau. He achieved the feat in a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

2007 : The Blues tied an NHL record set by the Los Angeles Kings in 1974 by not conceding a first-period goal in a 12th straight game. The Blues are also perfect in the second and third period in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade Center. The streak will end two nights later, when the Nashville Predators hit the mark at 2:08 of the first period.

2016 : Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche, becomes 19th NHL player to score 600 goals. He hit the mark during a power play at 13:02 of the third period in a 4-1 win over the Kings at the Pepsi Center. His cross pass bounces off the Kings defenseman’s skate Jake Muzzin and eludes the keeper Jhonas Enroth.

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