Jan. 31 NHL History
1920: Joe Malone of the Quebec Bulldogs sets an NHL record by scoring seven goals in a 10-6 victory against the Toronto St. Patricks. No one else in NHL history has scored more than six.
1928: Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators starts his League-record run of six consecutive shutouts with a 4-0 victory against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s the 42nd NHL shutout for Connell.
1987: Dave Newell becomes the fourth referee in NHL history to officiate 1,000 games. The milestone game comes in Toronto, where the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Maple Leafs 4-2.
2000: Tom Barrasso became the 11th goaltender in NHL victory with 350 victories when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 in overtime at Phillips Arena. The milestone comes exactly two years after he makes 51 saves in a 4-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings, setting a Penguins record for most saves in a home game.
2004: Pat Quinn earns his 600th win as an NHL coach when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Senators 5-1 at Air Canada Centre. He’s the fourth coach in NHL history to reach the milestone. Quinn finishes his career with 684 wins, 300 of them with the Maple Leafs.
2006: The Carolina Hurricanes become the first team in NHL history to win 13 games in January when they defeat the Canadiens 8-2 at Bell Centre. Erik Cole scores three goals and has an assist for Carolina, which scores eight times on 26 shots. The Hurricanes are the sixth NHL team to win 13 games in any single month.
2016: The NHL All-Star Game begins a new era when teams comprised of players from each of the four divisions play a 3-on-3 tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Atlantic Division rallies to defeat the Metropolitan Division 4-3 in the first of two 20-minute semifinal games and the Pacific Division outscores the Central Division 9-6 in the second. In the championship game, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry scores the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the Pacific Division.
The most valuable player award goes to forward John Scott, who’s voted by fans as the captain of the Pacific Division and scores two goals in the win against the Central Division.