Gordie Howe November 27 NHL History
Gordie Howe reaches three major milestones on the same day during a span of nine years.


1941: The Boston Bruins tie an NHL record by scoring four goals in the 10-minute overtime period to defeat the Brooklyn Americans 6-2 at Madison Square Garden. Overtime is a mandatory 10-minute period before being discontinued in November 1942. When the NHL reinstitutes it in 1983, the format is changed to a five-minute period, when the first team to score wins the game.

1946: Assistant coach Dit Clapper comes out of retirement to help the Bruins on defense, replacing the injured Jack Crawford. He gets a standing ovation from 14,000 fans at Boston Garden. The inspired Bruins defeat the New York Rangers 5-2.

Gordie Howe reaches three major milestones on the same day during a span of nine years. 

1960: Howe becomes the first player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when he assists on Howie Glover’s first-period goal in the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Olympia Stadium. Howe’s 1,000th point comes in his 938th NHL game.

1965: Howe scores his 600th NHL goal during Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He is the first player in League history to score 600 goals.

1969: To complete his personal hat trick of milestones on this date, Howe has two assists in a 5-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings to become the first NHL player with 1,700 points. He gets point No. 1,700 in his 1,567th regular-season game.

1974: The Montreal Canadiens begin an NHL-record 23-game road undefeated streak (14-0-9) with a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Civic Arena. Jacques Lemaire scores the winning goal at 11:54 of the third period.

1991: The Penguins hold a 10-minute candlelight ceremony in honor of coach Bob Johnson, who died one day earlier, prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils at Civic Arena. Pittsburgh then rolls to an 8-4 victory, giving Scotty Bowman, who has stepped in after Johnson becomes ill, his 750th NHL win.

2007: Mats Sundin becomes the first player to score 400 goals as a member of the Maple Leafs. The milestone comes in a 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal at Air Canada Centre. Sundin’s 400th goal comes with 17.6 seconds remaining in the third period. Sundin scores 420 of his 564 NHL goals with Toronto, and he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

2015: Dave Tippett gets his 500th win as an NHL coach when the Arizona Coyotes defeat the Calgary Flames 2-1 at Gila River Arena. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal with 39.9 seconds left in overtime makes Tippett the 22nd coach in League history with 500 victories.


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