November 24 NHL History
1926: The Detroit Cougars (later renamed the Red Wings) get the first win in franchise history by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in Chicago. Frank Frederickson scores the game-winner and Hap Holmes earns the first shutout of his rookie season.
1936: King Clancy announces his retirement from the NHL as a player after a 16-year career with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. The announcement comes two days after Clancy plays in his final game, Toronto’s 4-2 loss at Detroit, but it doesn’t end his involvement with hockey. Clancy spends most of the next five decades as a coach, referee, team executive and goodwill ambassador.
1960: Dickie Moore of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 20th goal of the season in his 21st game, a 3-1 loss to the Red Wings at Olympia Stadium, to equal the League record for fastest 20 goals in a season. He matches the mark set by former linemate Maurice Richard in 1944-45.
1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL. Perrault plays his entire career with the Buffalo Sabres after being selected with the No. 1 pick in the 1970 NHL Draft and finishes with 1,326 points (512 goals, 814 assists) in 1,191 games.
2000: Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman works his 2,000th regular-season NHL game. As is the case in most of the first 1,999, he comes out a winner.
Sergei Fedorov scores his second goal of the game with 28 seconds remaining in the third period to give Bowman and the Red Wings a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.
Bowman’s milestone is announced in the first period and he receives a two-minute standing ovation. But he downplays the achievement, noting that “I knew it was going to happen sometime this year.”
He finishes his coaching career with the Red Wings in 2002, and still holds NHL regular-season records for games coached (2,141) and victories (1,244).
2003: Florida Panthers defenseman Mathieu Biron becomes the first NHL player in 23 years to score a goal against his brother when he beats Martin Biron during a 2-1 win against the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Before the Biron vs. Biron goal, no player has scored against his brother since Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers does it against Chicago’s Tony Esposito on Nov. 5, 1980.
2006: Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios becomes the all-time leader in games played by a U.S.-born player when he steps on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The 1,496th game of his NHL career is a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues. Chelios breaks the record held by Phil Housley.
2014: The New York Islanders defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout at Nassau Coliseum. Frans Nielsen and John Tavares score in the tiebreaker after New York outshoots Philadelphia 46-21 through 65 minutes. The Islanders improve to 15-6-0; it’s the first time in their history they win 15 of their first 21 games.
On the same night, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury earns his 300th NHL win when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime. At 29 years, 361 days old, he’s the third-youngest in NHL history to get to 300 wins behind Martin Brodeur (29 years, 223 days) and Terry Sawchuk (29 years, 323 days).