Bobby Orr December 14 NHL History
1968: Bobby Orr scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick in the Boston Bruins' 10-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden.

Dec. 14 NHL History

1933: Howie Morenz becomes the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer when the 247th of his career moves him ahead of Cy Denneny. The milestone comes in the Montreal Canadiens’ 2-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum. Lorne Chabot gets the shutout in a game played without a penalty being called.

1943: Boston’s Bill Cowley sets up two goals (and scores one) in a 4-3 victory against Chicago to become the NHL’s all-time leader in assists with 258, one more than former New York Rangers center Frank Boucher. Cowley retires four years later as the NHL record holder with 353 assists.

1968: Bobby Orr scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick in the Boston Bruins’ 10-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Garden.

Orr, 20, scores twice in the first period and once in the second. Each of the three goals is set up by a lead pass from forward Ed Westfall, who also has a goal and keeps Chicago’s Bobby Hull off the scoresheet. Orr also has two assists, the second on Westfall’s third-period goal.

Orr gets his hat trick midway through the second period, beating goaltender Dave Dryden from 35 feet. He receives an 80-second standing ovation and more than 50 hats are tossed onto the ice. Orr misses the chance for a fourth goal by shooting wide of an open net in the third period.

1982: Marcel Dionne becomes the ninth player in NHL history to score 500 goals. The milestone comes when his second of the game gets the visiting Los Angeles Kings even with the Washington Capitals at 2-2. But the Capitals score five unanswered goals for a 7-2 victory.

1985: Ron Wicks referees his 1,034th NHL regular-season game, passing Bruce Hood for the most in League history. Wicks calls eight minor penalties in a 6-6 tie between the Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs at Met Center.

1997: Mike Gartner of the Phoenix Coyotes becomes the fifth member of the League’s 700-goal club when he scores twice in a 3-3 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at America West Arena. Goal No. 700 comes at 10:41 of the first period when he beats goalie Chris Osgood for his first of the night. Gartner retires after the 1997-98 season with 708 goals.

2006: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist plays against his twin brother, Joel Lundqvist of the Dallas Stars, for the first time in the League. Henrik makes 43 saves in New York’s 5-2 win at American Airlines Center; Joel plays 5:44 and does not have a shot on goal in his fifth NHL game. It’s the third twin vs. twin matchup in NHL history, the first since Ron Sutter and Rich Sutter play against each other on March 14, 1994.


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