Feb. 10 NHL History
1942: The Boston Bruins’ “Kraut Line” of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart combines for 11 points an 8-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Boston Garden in the final game before all three leave to join the Royal Canadian Air Force.
They are applauded after the game; from the Bruins, they receive gifts that include a watch, a gold bracelet, and paychecks that cover the remainder of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens put aside their rivalry and join the Bruins in carrying the trio off the ice while the fans sing “Auld Lang Syne.”
“It was a night I will never forget,” Schmidt said years later. “I will never, never forget those fans.”
1960: The Detroit Red Wings trade star defenseman Red Kelly to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Marc Reaume. The trade comes three days after Kelly refuses to report after being sent to the New York Rangers. Kelly, who’s moved to center by coach Punch Imlach, helps the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup four times in the next eight years. Reaume has four assists in 77 NHL games with Detroit, Montreal and the Vancouver Canucks before retiring in 1971.
1972: Guy Lafleur becomes the first rookie in the NHL’s modern era to have three hat tricks in a season. Lafleur scores three goals (and has an assist) in the Canadiens’ 7-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. He scores two goals in the first period, then completes his hat trick with a goal 43 seconds into the third. Frank Mahovlich assists on all three goals.
1983: The Minnesota North Stars and visiting Rangers combine to set an NHL record for the fastest three goals. New York’s Matt Pavelich scores at 19:18 of the second period, teammate Ron Greschner scores nine seconds later and Minnesota’s Willi Plett beats New York goaltender Eddie Mio six seconds after that for three goals in 15 seconds. Minnesota wins the game 7-5.
1992: Denis Savard becomes the 37th NHL player to score 400 goals. He gets his 12th NHL hat trick by scoring three times in the Canadiens’ 8-3 win against the Canucks at the Forum. It’s the Montreal native’s only hat trick as a member of the Canadiens.
1993: The Calgary Flames set a variety of NHL records in a 13-1 victory against the visiting San Jose Sharks. The Flames score the fastest three goals from the start of a period when Gary Suter, Chris Lindberg and Ron Stern connect in the first 53 seconds of the third. Jeff Reese sets a single-game record for goaltenders by being credited with three assists. Forward Theo Fleury finishes plus-9, another single-game record, and scores a goal with five assists.
2003: After going scoreless for seven games, Brett Hull becomes the sixth player (and the second-fastest) in NHL history to score 700 goals. He reaches the milestone by scoring at 16:54 of the second period in the Red Wings’ 5-4 victory against San Jose at Joe Louis Arena. The goal comes on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle that goes through the pads of goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.