This extremely busy day in National Hockey League history included a little bit of everything. For the first time, a team used three goaltenders to win a game and a penalty-shot goal was scored. In addition, three members of the same family each hit personal milestones in three separate decades.
Blues Need Three Goalies in Win
The St. Louis Blues picked up a very strange 3-1 win over the New York Rangers, on Nov. 13, 1968, as they needed to use three different goaltenders in order to pull it off.
Veteran Glenn Hall started and he allowed New York’s lone goal just over a minute into the game. Referee Vern Buffey gave Hall a game misconduct penalty just 45 seconds later for arguing a penalty call.
Rookie goaltender Robbie Irons came off the bench to replace Hall. However, bad luck strikes as he injured his leg while warming up. He tried to tough it out but was removed from the game about three minutes later.
Future Hall of Famer Jacques Plante came down from the press box, threw on his uniform and was on the ice before the game was even five minutes old. Plante made 21 saves to pick up the win. On a side note, Irons’ three minutes on the ice was the only appearance of his NHL career.
More Goaltending Memories
Long before getting kicked out of the game against the Rangers, on Nov. 13, 1955, Hall was involved in an epic goaltender duel during his rookie season. He and Terry Sawchuk battled in a scoreless tie between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. It was already the fourth shutout of Hall’s career and the 61st for veteran Sawchuk.
On that same night, Plante recorded his second shutout in two nights in the Montreal Canadiens’ 2-0 win at the Chicago Blackhawks. This was the 15th shutout of his career.
Tony Esposito made 34 saves, on Nov. 13, 1982, to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win at the Red Wings. Tom Lysiak’s power-play goal in the third period was the difference-maker in Esposito becoming the fourth goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games.
Pat Jablonski made 38 saves, on Nov. 13, 1992, to earn the first shutout in Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history with a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. Brian Bradley scored the only goal of the night, one of 42 he had during the 1992-93 season. This was Jablonski’s first and only shutout of his NHL career.
On that same night, Craig Billington recorded the third shutout of his career in the New Jersey Devils’ 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals. With the victory, the Devils alternated wins and losses in 13 straight games, setting an NHL record.
Mike Richter picked up his fifth career shutout, on Nov. 13, 1993, in the Rangers’ 2-0 victory at the Capitals. Mike Gartner scored a goal and added an assist against his former team give his current team their seventh straight win and extend their unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2).
A Big Date for the Hull Family
Bobby Hull scored twice and added two assists to give him 400 career NHL points, on Nov. 13, 1963, as the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 6-4. He scored 1,153 points before he left for the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972, which are the second-most in franchise history.
Dennis Hull, Bobby’s younger brother, became the third-highest goal-scorer in Blackhawks team history, on Nov. 13, 1975, when he scored his 259th career goal in a 5-5 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers. Hull’s 298 goals are still seventh on the all-time franchise goal list.
John Marks made history in this same game. He scored two goals within the first 33 seconds of the game to set an NHL record for the fastest two goals from the start of the game. His record lasted until Feb. 13, 2013, when Mike Knuble of the Bruins scored two times in the first 27 seconds of the game.
On Nov. 13, 1986, Brett Hull scored his first career NHL goal in the Calgary Flames’ 4-3 win over the Hartford Whalers. He went on to score 741 goals in his career, the fourth-most in league history. Bob Johnson earned his 157th career victory on that night to become the winningest head coach in Flames history. He is still the all-time leader with 193 wins behind the bench in Calgary.
Hall of Fame Milestones
Dino Ciccarelli scored a pair of goals, on Nov. 13, 1987, in the Minnesota North Stars’ 5-4 road win at the Buffalo Sabres. This gave him 268 career goals to become the all-time leading goal-scorer in franchise history. He scored 332 goals before he was traded to the Capitals in 1992, which are still the third on the team’s all-time list.
Joe Sakic scored a goal and added four assists, including the 900th point of his NHL career, on Nov. 13, 1998, as the Colorado Avalanche won 8-1 over the visiting Lightning. He is still the franchise’s all-time leader with 625 goals, 1,016 assists and 1,641 points.
On Nov. 13, 1999, Brendan Shanahan scored his 400th career NHL goal in the Red Wings 1-1 tie at the Maple Leafs. He scored another 256 times before retiring. He is 14th all-time in NHL goal-scoring with 656.
On year later, on Nov. 13, 2000, Jaromir Jagr scored twice to hit the 400 NHL-goal plateau in the Penguins 3-2 overtime loss in overtime in Colorado. Jagr became just the second player in Penguins history to score 400 goals, joining his former teammate Mario Lemieux. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have since joined the 400-goal club in Pittsburgh.
Rene Robert scored his second career hat trick and added an assist, on Nov. 13, 1974, to lead the Sabres to an 8-6 win over the Canadiens. This was Buffalo’s first win in Montreal in their fifth NHL season. Habs defenseman Guy Lapointe scored the only hat trick of his career in the losing effort.
On Nov. 13, 1997, the NHL’s expansion franchise in Nashville announced the team would be called the Predators. They officially joined the league at the start of the 1998-99 season.
The Capitals played their 2,000th game in franchise history, on Nov. 13, 1999, and beat the Devils 4-3, with Adam Oates scoring a goal and adding an assist.
The Blues recorded their 500th all-time road victory, on Nov. 13, 2003, with a 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis became the second post-1967 expansion team to register 500 road wins after the Flyers reached the mark during the 1999-2000 season.
Speaking of road wins, on Nov. 13, 2006, the Sabres beat the Hurricanes 7-4 in Carolina. This extended their NHL for the most consecutive road victories to start a season to 10. This was the final win of this streak, which is still the longest in league history.
Odds & Ends
Ralph “Scotty” Bowman scored the first penalty-shot goal in NHL history, on Nov. 13, 1934, in the St. Louis Eagles’ 2-1 loss to the Montreal Maroons. His historic goal came on just the second penalty shot ever awarded.
On Nov. 13, 1983, both Mike Foligno and birthday boy Gilbert Perreault scored hat tricks to lead the Sabres to an 11-2 win over the Flames. This extended their unbeaten streak at the Memorial Auditorium to eight games (7-0-1).
Bernie Nicholls became the first player in NHL history to score in all four periods, on Nov. 13, 1984, during the Kings’ 5-4 overtime win versus the Quebec Nordiques. He scored in the first, second and third periods before winning the game three minutes into overtime.
The Columbus Blue Jackets fired head coach Gerard Gallant, on Nov. 13, 2006, after a 5-9-1 start to the season. Gary Agnew was named interim head coach and went 0-4-1 before Ken Hitchcock was named as the permanent replacement.
The Bruins beat the Canadiens 6-1, on Nov. 13, 2008, to end a 12-game losing streak against their most hated rival. Marco Sturm and Stephane Yelle led the way with two goals apiece.
Happy Birthday to You
A total of 19 current and former NHL players were born on Nov. 13. The biggest names out of this group are Perreault (70), Mark Fitzpatrick (52), Jason Garrison (36), Brenden Dillon (30) and Sean Walker (26).